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THE SYSTEM WORKED — ONCE

Forty years ago yesterday a bunch of two-bit crooks working for the Committee to Re-elect the President {CREEP} were arrested burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office complex in Washington D.C.

Two years later, under threat of conviction in an impeachment trial, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency in disgrace.

That historical denouement was made possible by the press doing its job, elected representatives from both parties doing their jobs, the judiciary doing its job, appointed officials of the Justice Department who had sworn to uphold the Constitution doing their jobs, and the citizens of this nation doing our jobs by registering our complete and utter outrage at what had occurred.

The system did, indeed, work.

Once

But we learned nothing from it.

Because if we had then Ronald Reagan would have been impeached and sent to jail for Iran/Contra.

And Bush v. Gore never would have happened.

And John Yoo would never have been able to get near a Justice Department computer to write his memo saying that it was perfectly fine for us to torture people.

And George W. Bush and Dick Cheney would have been handed over to a war crimes court at the Hague.

And we’d be drawing up articles of impeachment against Barack Obama for ordering the murder of American citizens without due process.

Yeah, forty years ago an event once aptly described as, “The hour of the Founders, come round at last,” occurred and we all did our jobs and the system worked — but clearly, we learned absolutely nothing from it.

4 Responses to “THE SYSTEM WORKED — ONCE”

  1. Marc of Chicago Says:

    Reagan’s Iran/Contra Affair pissed me off when I was a kid.

    What a geeky teenager I was!

  2. Jim Says:

    What amazes me the most is that everyone on both sides, including the media, is more concerned on who caused the leak, rather than what was leaked.

  3. Gordion Knott Says:

    >Because if we had then Ronald Reagan would have been impeached and sent to jail for Iran/Contra.

    Or, even better: if we had learned from the Nixon lesson, the Republican brand would have been tarnished, and the Reagan presidency would never have happened. Meaning a Supreme Court without Kennedy and Scalia, who are largely responsible for setting the social-change clock back by decades.

    And of course no Bush, Cheney and the like, as you said.

    History is a bitch if you re-evaluate it by hindsight.

  4. Kiwi Says:

    Oh what a beautiful world it would be if we hadn’t had all these criminals occupying the White House. On the other hand, it seems the majority of Americans deemed these miscreants to be worthy of the honour, to the point where most republicunts and dittoheads think that Ronald Reagan is a saint! As long as Americans keep allowing themselves to be conned into voting for the best interests of the rich instead of themselves, they are doomed to repeat a sad, sad history of chronic self-abuse.

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