Sunday, June 10, 2012

Perspective of the past . . .

THE WASHINGTON POST has an article you should read and ponder. It's written by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, "40 years after Watergate, Nixon was far worse than we thought".

(Sam) Ervin’s answer to his own question hints at the magnitude of Watergate: “To destroy, insofar as the presidential election of 1972 was concerned, the integrity of the process by which the President of the United States is nominated and elected.” Yet Watergate was far more than that. At its most virulent, Watergate was a brazen and daring assault, led by Nixon himself, against the heart of American democracy: the Constitution, our system of free elections, the rule of law.

OK, so it's about Watergate. Ho-hum, old news. Why should you care? Well, Watergate was the tipping point in American politics, with the advent of planned, methodical efforts to violate the Constitution by a major political partyand as we have seen, with Stevie, the ideological lice have infected our conservatives too.

Know thy enemy: know where he comes from, know what his resources are, know what his dreams are — and never, ever under-estimate or forget that from your enemy's POV, his actions are rational. This ain't no schoolyard, or like the Talking Heads proclaimed, no disco, either, no foolin' around.

1 comment:

Steve said...

No doubt Nixon was an SOB. However, he gave us the EPA, and other progressive legislation. This makes Nixon look enlighted compared to Harper.

Frank Rich thinks Woodward was CIA.
Decide for yourself.