According to Nixon, homosexuality was being promoted by Communists and left-wingers in order to destroy America. It could destroy America, he thought, like it had brought down the empires of the Greeks and the Romans, respectively.
"You know what happened to the Greeks. Homosexuality destroyed them. Sure, Aristotle was a homo. We all know that. So was Socrates."White House counsel John Ehrlichman:
"But he never had the influence that television had."