Nixon was a big government guy. Something to consider these days. Nixon created the EPA, and expanded all sorts of other government agencies. He also launched the deeply crony drug war in earnest. (Not to mention the bombing of Cambodia.)
Noam Chomsky called Nixon the last “liberal” president. Consider that. Consider what that means.
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying?” Ehrlichman told Baum. “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”