July 5, 1971: U.S. President Richard Nixon speaks at 3:32 p.m. in the East Room at the White House and signs the 26th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.
Ratification by the states began on March 23, 1971 in the following order:
Connecticut — March 23, 1971 Delaware — March 23, 1971 Minnesota — March 23, 1971 Tennessee — March 23, 1971 Washington — March 23, 1971 Hawaii — March 24, 1971 Massachusetts — March 24, 1971 Montana — March 29, 1971 Arkansas — March 30, 1971 Idaho — March 30, 1971 Iowa — March 30, 1971 Nebraska — April 2, 1971 New Jersey — April 3, 1971 Kansas — April 7, 1971 Michigan — April 7, 1971 Alaska — April 8, 1971 Maryland — April 8, 1971 Indiana — April 8, 1971 Maine — April 9, 1971 Vermont — April 16, 1971 Louisiana — April 17, 1971 California — April 19, 1971 Colorado — April 27, 1971 Pennsylvania — April 27, 1971 Texas — April 27, 1971 South Carolina — April 28, 1971 West Virginia — April 28, 1971 New Hampshire — May 13, 1971 Arizona — May 14, 1971 Rhode Island — May 27, 1971 New York — June 2, 1971 Oregon — June 4, 1971 Missouri — June 14, 1971 Wisconsin — June 22, 1971 Illinois — June 29, 1971 Alabama — June 30, 1971 Ohio — June 30, 1971 North Carolina — July 1, 1971
Yes. George H.W. Bush was Ambassador to the United Nations and then Chairman of the Republican National Committee while Nixon was President. In Bush’s excellent book, 41: A Portrait of My Father (BOOK | KINDLE), he described his first meeting with Nixon:
“My first time meeting Richard Nixon came when my father brought me with him to an ecumenical church service that the President held in the East Room…The idea of a church service in the White House struck me as unusual. So did the President. When I shook hands with him, he seemed somewhat stiff and formal. I had voted for Richard Nixon, but I didn’t feel very warm about him.
Part of the problem was that Nixon’s style of leadership did not seem to fit the times. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Americans were grappling with race riots in major cities, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bobby Kennedy, an unpopular war in Vietnam, and a changing culture in which drug use was becoming prevalent and women were demanding their rightful place in society. A country looks to its leaders to set a mood, and the rattled nation needed a President to project optimism, unity, and calm. Instead, Richard Nixon came across as dark and divisive. His White House, led by senior aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman, seemed cold and conspiratorial. And that was before the news broke about secret tapes and enemies lists.”
Incidentally, in one of the most fascinating and overlooked stories in Presidential history, George W. Bush actually went out on an awkward and all-around terrible blind date with President Nixon’s oldest daughter, Tricia. Bush’s father had tried to play matchmaker, and George W. reluctantly agreed to go on the date when some of his flight school buddies bet him $50 that he didn’t really have a date with the President’s daughter. George W. Bush wrote later that the date was pretty disastrous – he took the President’s daughter to a place called the Alibi Club, at one point he spilled red wine all over their dinner table, and Tricia Nixon actually had to ask him not to smoke when he lit a cigarette as they were eating. However, President Nixon was out of town, so George W. didn’t meet him that night when he “pulled up to the White House gate in my parents’ purple Gremlin, which was outfitted with Levi’s jean seat covers.”
This Halloween you get an extra Election Collection treat!
“Even the Great Pumpkin is Voting for Nixon-Agnew” states this pumpkin-shaped door hanger. The Peanuts special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown first aired 50 years ago in 1966. This sign, likely produced for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew’s 1968 campaign, builds off of the program’s popularity as well as the fact that Halloween and election day fall so close together.
Also last point, to the people calling me a liar about how a possible third-party run by Sanders could split the Dem vote in half and thus give Trump the presidency, i give you my examples i presented:
Roosevelt quits the Republican Party and joins the Progressive Party, Roosevelt, a former Republican with Republican leaning views, splits the GOP vote and Democrat Woodrow Wilson wins most of the electoral votes as a result. (this was even in a time when the GOP dominated the presidency until FDR, Woodrow wouldn’t have won without the split vote.)
George Wallace, a Democrat, leaves the Democratic party and attracts southern Democrats who had segregationist views to his third-party run. Look how close the vote was between the Dems and the GOP, the Democrats barely lost the vote to Nixon because of the third-party Wallace run and his millions of third party votes away from the GOP.
Very, very tight election race between Gore and Bush, but it was made worse when Nader attracted liberal voters away from the Democrats, Nader was on the ballot in 43 states and DC, and he made enough of an impact to lessen the Democrat’s vote against the GOP, Gore’s popular vote was not enough to win as many people in those 43 states voted Nader instead of aiding the Democrat vote.
So yeah, call me a corporate, paid-by-Hillary crony or whatever the fuck you wanna call me, but this is just basic history and this is no conspiracy bullcrap, it’s just basic truth. :/
In spite of the romanticized garbage Lady Gaga spilled out in American Horror Story: Hotel, the 1970s were not an endless disco orgy and glittery debauchery. The 1970s were actually a very conservative time. America in the 1970s is the America that voted for Richard Nixon and would eventually vote for Ronald Reagan. Which means fashion and beauty ads were whitebread AS FUCK. Seriously, I’ve been making a conscious point of including as many PoC as possible in my fashion lecture (if somebody wanted to do a history of Western fashion without White people, that would be very possible and TOTALLY AWESOME), but when it came to finding WoC examples of the natural-looking makeup of the 70s, I couldn’t find any! Not only were fashion and beauty ads full of nothing but White beauty, it was a very specific kind of White beauty: long blonde hair, blue eyes, athletic body, and a California tan.
Somehow, I convinced my elderly mother, who can barely walk, who has never voted in any election since Nixon, to vote, and I just got her message that she was headed off to place her vote today for Bernie Sanders. If she can do it, you can do it!! Vote, vote vote!!
Okay, I’m going to try very hard not to be That Old Person Talking Politics, right? Or at least not That Old Person Being Condescending About Politics.
Here’s the thing about memes and the election: Even if you love your candidate, painting their primary rival as the worst thing ever, is very very bad. It makes it a lot harder to vote for that rival if they win the nomination.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t examine each candidate’s stand on the issues you care about. I’m not saying you shouldn’t get really excited about your candidate. I’m just asking for people to not be out and out hating on The Other Democrat Candidate in a really personal way. Because there’s only one person you’re helping there and that’s the Republican candidate.
Once upon a time, That Old Person Talking Politics told me something really valuable. I was bitching a little to my mom about my first presidential election, because really, Walter Mondale? I wanted to vote for someone who really inspired me and Mondale wasn’t inspiring at all. (I had to look him up just now to see if he was still alive. He is.)
And Mom said that in more elections than not, she’d voted against someone rather than for someone. She actually switched parties back in the early ‘60s to vote against Nixon, not because she liked JFK. (She’s been a Democrat since then because Reagan but never mind that.)
She said, “Mondale or Reagan?” Put like that, it was total no-brainer.