Tuesday, June 15, 1971 - 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Richard Nixon, John N. Mitchell
Oval Office

President Nixon: I know that this is a tough one, but I have gotten to the point I don't want any goddamn liberals around. I mean, I am very much afraid. You see, the difficulty--you show me a liberal, John, and I'll show you a man who believes in the higher morality. The arrogance [unclear]--

John N. Mitchell: Their opinion of higher morality.

President Nixon: What?

Mitchell: Their opinion of higher morality.

President Nixon: Their--that's right. But no, no. But do you see that is what [unclear--overlapping voices]. They are taught, John, John, the liberals think [unclear] our kids. You're taught in the colleges and universities today that the law--you should be the judge of the law. So if you don't believe, whether it's the religious law or whether it's the law of the land or something of that sort, the highest thing to worship is the intellect, and so an individual who intellectually reaches the conclusion that a law is wrong has an obligation to disobey it. That's what they're saying.

Mitchell: Well, this is the--

President Nixon: I'm afraid of the liberals. I really am.

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