Friday, October 27, 2017

Midnight Meme Of The Day!


-by Noah

I made my mistakes. But in all of my years of public life, I have never profited, never profited from public service. I've earned every cent. And in all my years of public life, I have never obstructed justice, and I think too that I can say that in my years of public life, that I welcome this kind of examination because people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got.

-President Richard M. Nixon, November 17, 1973

Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

-Spain's Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana
Well, Tricky Dick, yes you were a crook, but Washington takes care of its own. Your tapes also show that you were intensely paranoid and consumed with your bigotries. You were also a treasonous war criminal who, with your capo Henry Kissinger, sabotaged the Paris Peace Accords, resulting in 50,000 more American casualties and estimates of up to 1,000,000 more Vietnamese casualties. If the world was sane, you would have been tried and spent the rest of your days rotting in a rat-infested dungeon until your clothes and skin fell off your bones. Instead, in Washington, one hand washes the other no matter how filthy that hand is. You were pardoned by another sleaze named Gerald R. Ford, who, on more than one occasion, said "No one wants to see the President of the United States in jail." Sez who! Everyone I knew at the time knew damn well where Nixon belonged. Instead, he was allowed to resign and retire to his San Clemente paradise, living off a plush pension which we, the American citizens paid for.

Nixon's "I am not a crook" line was such a bold-faced lie that it instantly entered the national lexicon. Nixon imitators, commentators, and comedians had, and still do have a field day with it. It was such a big bullshit lie that just quoting it at parties or any social gathering is still guaranteed to get laughs. Nixon's cry was the "Fake news!" of its day, 44 years ago. It came as his administration was beginning to unravel as the Watergate investigations were snowballing to their inevitable result. Does all of this sound horrifically familiar?

Nixon had gotten elected to his first term in 1968 by promising that he had a "secret plan to end a war," the Vietnam War (Think "end ISIS in 30 days"). His victory was an extremely narrow victory. In 1972, he had won re-election in a huge landslide. But, he had been caught trying to jigger the system. He had sent a team of burglars into Democratic Headquarters at the Watergate complex. That's the way crooked politicians played the game in those days. There was no social media. There were no bots. There were no personal computers. There were no emails for wiki-leaks to hack. There was no wiki-anything. Nixon was a prototype for Trump. Say what you will about Tricky Dick, he employed Americans to do his dirty work. Maybe that was because, unlike Trump, underneath all of the insanity, sleaze, and filth, he was still a patriot; something Trump will never be. All of Trump's predecessors, right center, or left were patriots; not Trump. Not even as heinous a figure as Nixon would have consorted and colluded with a hostile foreign power, and he certainly would not have had family members helping him.

Nixon lowered the bar. I've always believed that the fact that Nixon got off and proceeded to lead the life of Riley set a horrible example to Americans in the years since Ford gave him his get out of jail card. It not only confirmed to America and the world that those Washington folks who let him off are every bit as corrupt as the politicians of any country, it showed that greed, vulgarity, bullying, and an extreme lack of morals meant nothing and that rules and laws were to be laughed at. Nixon's getting off showed, particularly young people, that if the President Of The United States can get away with crimes and mayhem, so can they. I lay the ensuing exponentially exploding rise in crime and extreme rule-bending, from "ordinary Americans" to banks like Wells Fargo in this country that exploded after Nixon, squarely at the feet of Gerald Ford and his accomplices in the $enate who nodded in approval. Better yet, drape it around their necks with a cinderblock. Acceptance of criminality equals normalization of same. After that, it's only a matter of time before someone comes along and pushes the envelope. That someone is Trump.

This is how countries decay. Nixon didn't invent sleaze. Neither did Trump, John Gotti, or any criminal you care to name. But, Gotti ended his days in the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois while Nixon went free. There are still mobsters, but we no longer wake up to daily news of things like bodies being found in car trunks like we did in Nixon's time. Many Gambino and Bonanno descendants now abide the laws better than people on Wall Street. You could say that our politicians have made the need for mobsters semi-obsolete, at the least, and not just the democrats in my native New Jersey.

After Nixon got off, it was inevitable that a worse figure would follow. As a people, we accepted corruption at the highest level and now we are paying the price. That's how it works. Once we let George W. Bush get away with having his brother purge the voter rolls in Florida, it was inevitable that banana republic state legislatures would codify voter suppression and make it all nice and legal like, as if this were Bolivia, Uganda, or Mussolini's Italy. Witness Scott Walker's Wisconsin. We know how that turned out. Need a template for Trump's disregard for Puerto Rico? Check out Katrina. If Bush and Trump were in some sort of perverted contest, Trump won.

The point is: The more we accept and normalize, the worse we will get. That Trump is still in office may not be, legally, a crime, but it sure as hell is morally. To Washington, Trump appears to be a role model for a future in politics. Flake and Corker are mere aberrations who only said what they said because they aren't running again. They both backed Trump to the hilt with their voting records anyway. So, let's predict what comes next. What will the corrupt inactions of Congress and our legal system lead us to in 10, 20, or 40 years? What could be worse than Trump? Who will push the envelope of acceptable behavior even further? Thanks to Washington's Congressional Criminal Class, it looks like we'll find out. That is if we don't die from radioactive fallout when it drifts over from Korea to us.

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At 6:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So... I'm glad that shortly after I post something about Nixon, you post a fine piece about Nixon being the trailblazer for the open sewer we now live in.

"Acceptance of criminality equals normalization of same."

Absolute truth. Something else I've mentioned often.

But why not mention that every time treason or other crimes (defined as acts that are contrary to existing laws) are committed, each admin at that time COULD reverse the normalization vector?

Sure, Nixon committed treason and LBJ let it slide. But when Reagan committed a nearly identical treason, why didn't Carter have HIM arrested? When Reagan dereg'd the SNLs, it took only a couple of years for their greed to create a "thrift" crisis after which hundreds went to the pokey. And when Enron, WorldCom, et al committed accounting fraud, fucking BUSH(!!!) prosecuted them. But when EVERY wall street concern committed securities fraud to the tune of $10 trillion, neither he nor obamanation saw fit to even investigate anyone for a crime (but gladly took their billions for campaigns).
And when cheney, Rumsfeld and bush ordered torture (STILL illegal, btw), it was the DUTY under that law that obamanation prosecute. Instead, he dismissed ("mistakes were made", and, later, "We tortured some folks") it as wasting time "looking backward" (WTF is law enforcement if not looking backward AND PUNISHING WRONGDOING).

The one to blame isn't the first one to do evil. It's the most recent one to NOT FIX IT!!

Blame fucking obamanation for being the hideous president he was. Blame obamanation for creating the vacuum that only someone as fetid as a trump could fill.

Trump is who he is. But no trump could have gotten elected if obamanation (or all who preceded him) hadn't been empty suits as well.

At 7:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nixon was certainly as vile as presented in the post. There is no need for me to add to the pile on him. But it didn't begin with him.

Take a step back to LBJ. There was absolutely no reason for him to get the US involved in Vietnam. He clearly pandered to be the President, an office which he felt should have been his and which he believed was stolen from him by the Kennedys (the motive for any participation LBJ may have had in either being part of or helping to cover up the assassination).

Vietnam was a helicopter war. Was not Lady Bird deeply invested in a company which made them? Can that not be declared war profiteering? IIRC, there was also a large investment in General Dynamics, which made the attack planes heavily used in Vietnam.

LBJ sent many young black men to Vietnam. Was there a connection to the many urban riots which broke out over the economic conditions which kept these young men in a squalid environment, and which denied them any of the advancement (and avenues to escape the draft) which were enjoyed by the Caucasian portion of the society? I say yes, for there is no other real explanation for LBJ pushing through the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts against a massive and heavily bigoted society well-defended against such change by strong political support, except for a conscience which bothered him over how he fought his war. He had no other way to try to make amends and still keep the war hawks from doing to him what was done to JFK.

The fact that LBJ so totally lost control of this scheme is what opened the door for the resurgence of Nixon. Therefore, Nixon was an opportunist who took advantage of the opportunities provided to him by a corrupt predecessor. Johnson was the actual Pandora who let the rampant corruption already in Washington out of the box and into power, all in a vain attempt to demonstrate to the world that he was better than John Kennedy.

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:43 makes a solid point.

I had always assumed that part of the reason LBJ got civil and voting rights, Medicare and the rest was because he swapped the deep state for his iterative escalations (Kennedy and even Eisenhower started it) for fun and profit (for the CMIC).

But your point on the genesis of all this being that is pretty solid.


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