Monday, August 11, 2014

Where are Today's Nixons?

August 9th was the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation.  One must wonder what would’ve happened had he been a democrat.  God knows he acted like one.  The EPA was his administrations doing.  Now look at it.

I’m convinced had Nixon been a democrat things may have been different.  Watergate would've been a small footnote in history.  Woodward and Bernstein lost in the annals of the Washington Post.  Am I wrong?  Has the times changed that much?  Sharyl Attkinson seems to think so.

“I think that we’ve gone backwards since that time when we really felt empowered as journalists,” Attkinson said.

“I’d like to think of what would happen today during a Nixon-type scandal. Nixon would basically refuse to turn over tapes to Congress, his aides would refuse to testify to Congress or would take the fifth or lie to Congress today. Woodward and Bernstein would be controversialized on social media by special political interests.”

“Then at the end Nixon would go on a popular late-night comedy show, during which time he would refer to his attackers as people who were political witch-hunters who believed in Area 51 type conspiracy theories,” Attkinson concluded.

Whatever Nixon’s crimes, at least he put the country first and resigned.  That’s saying a lot considering the actions of today's politicians.  Bill Clinton and Barack Obama could've used him as a role model.

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