SOURCE: Author Edward Nixon

Author Edward Nixon

November 16, 2009 17:03 ET

Why We Should Be Missing President Nixon

Richard Nixon's Brother Says Healthcare, Foreign Policy Legacy Relevant Today

KENMORE, WA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2009) - One of the late Senator Ted Kennedy's greatest laments was that he didn't take then-President Richard M. Nixon's offer of working on a bipartisan plan to realign the healthcare system to fit the nation's needs in 1971.

As Congress and the nation battle it out over healthcare reform -- with the fate of more than 40 million uninsured people hanging in the balance -- the former president's brother, Ed Nixon, is hoping people take some time to reflect on the lost opportunity, as well as his brother's accomplishments.

"My brother's offer to address healthcare was genuine, and it stemmed from his feeling that we needed tighter regulation on the insurance industry," said Nixon, co-author of "The Nixons: A Family Portrait," from Book Publishers Network ( "He knew back then what was on the horizon, seeing the writing on the wall three decades before the storm."

While the old line that 'Only Nixon could go to China' has been used by pundits for decades, the underlying truth is that his brother went to communist China in the middle of the Cold War to prevent complete Soviet domination in Asia.

"His trip had nothing to do with economics," Ed Nixon said. "While President Reagan is largely credited for ending the Cold War, the seeds were planted during the Nixon administration. This issue was of significant strategic interest to both China and the U.S. at the time, and working together to keep the Soviets in check was a key element that led to the fall of the Soviet republic. If they couldn't expand, they would not have the economic base to support their massive military budget. When their expansion ceased, it helped hasten their fate."

About Edward Nixon

Edward C. Nixon has spent the last five decades pursuing the responsible use of natural resources around the globe. After receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from Duke and NC State, he embarked on a successful career working for and serving as an advisor to several cutting-edge companies in the field of earth science. He is president of Nixon World Enterprises, Inc., and continues his strong support of the Pyron Solar/Ellis Energy Company in San Diego, California.

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