Two thoughts about when Watergate occurred and Richard Nixon fell from office:
- Nixon had done no worse than previous politicians in terms of dishonesty and deceit, only he got caught.
- Now that the press had seemingly “bagged” a president, no conservative would ever be safe.
This article by Leonora Cravotta follows that time line from then to now and provides some interesting comparisons, bearing out those thoughts. It is a sad reminder that news outlets no longer reports all the facts, but spin only those that fit the narrative and agenda.
Bugle Call Writes The Following:
As a 27 years old staff attorney for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation, Hillary Rodham was fired by her supervisor, lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman for unethical behavior. When asked why Hillary Rodham was fired, Zeifman said in an interview, “Because she was a liar. She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer, she conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the Committee, and the rules of confidentiality.” Bugle Call wrote this article over the Summer for the 40th anniversary of Watergate. Recent events and comparisons have been made between the scandals of the Obama Administration and the recent email/Benghazi cover-up from former Secretary Clinton who is currently the front runner for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination. The Watergate scandal offers lessons for the scandals that we’re facing today and compares how the media covers corruption they investigate on the left from what we saw in Watergate where they were investigating the GOP and Nixon.
It’s been 40 years since Watergate (August 8. 1974) when President Richard Nixon made history as the first president to resign from office. His resignation was the final act of a riveting drama which opened on June 17, 1972 with a seemingly random burglary at the Democratic National Headquarters which were then located at a hotel named “Watergate”. The “burglars” who were discovered to be part of the Campaign to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) were apprehended while attempting to steal confidential documents and wiretap phones. And while to this day, historians cannot establish whether Nixon knew about the break-in before it happened, his efforts to cover it up including destroying evidence, paying off the burglars, firing non-complicit staff members and interfering with the FBI investigation forced him to step down from the highest office in the land.
Watergate was a watershed event in our nation’s history. It added a new word to our vocabulary. Every “scandal” is now referred to as a “gate”. “Nanny Gate”, Benghazi Gate” etc. Those who were not alive during the Watergate episode probably do not even realize that Watergate was named for a hotel. Watergate changed the lens through which we view our leaders. The man who negotiated the SALT I arms control treaty with Russia, opened trade relations with China, ended the Vietnam War, optimized social security income for seniors, created the EPA and put a man on the moon was no longer to be trusted. The architect of our nation’s prosperity had become a “crook” now known as “Tricky Dick”. Consequently, we were not shocked 18 years later when a little known governor from the state of Arkansas with more than a few skeletons in his closet became our 42nd President William Jefferson Clinton. And when impeachment proceedings were implemented against President Clinton for lying about an inappropriate relationship with a White House intern, we were outraged but not surprised. After all, we had lost our innocence. We no longer trusted our leaders because they proved themselves to have feet of clay.
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Charles Krauthammer wrote about this here:
She burned the tapes.
Had Richard Nixon burned his tapes, he would have survived Watergate. Sure, there would have been a major firestorm, but no smoking gun. Hillary Rodham was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Nixon. She saw. She learned.
Today you don’t burn tapes. You delete emails. Hillary Clinton deleted 30,000, dismissing their destruction with the brilliantly casual: “I didn’t see any reason to keep them.” After all, they were private and personal, she assured everyone.
How do we know that? She says so. Were, say, Clinton Foundation contributions considered personal? No one asked. It’s unlikely we’ll ever know. We have to trust her.
That’s not easy. Not just because of her history — William Safire wrote in 1996 that “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady … is a congenital liar” — but because of what she said in her emergency news conference on Tuesday. Among the things she listed as private were “personal communications from my husband and me.” Except that, as The Wall Street Journal reported the very same day, Bill Clinton’s spokesman said the former president has sent exactly two emails in his life, one to John Glenn, the other to U.S. troops in the Adriatic.
He told The Blaze that he predicts that by April 1, Clinton supporters will dismiss the email flap as “old news.” But he said it will have carry over into the 2016 presidential campaign.
“Now breaking through, however, is a stark reminder of the underside of that Clinton decade: the chicanery, the sleaze, the dodging, the parsing, the wordplay,” Krauthammer said. “It’s a dual legacy that Hillary Clinton cannot escape and that will be a permanent drag on her candidacy.”
(FULL ARTICLE BY CHARLES HERE)