Sunday, August 9, 2009

Don't let the door hit you on the way out

On this day in 1974, President Nixon resigned.

It took members of his party telling him that he would not be protected from impeachment and conviction to get him to do the right thing.

If he'd been a man and run a clean re-election campaign, he still would have won.

If he'd been a man and refused to cover up for his goons when they broke the law, he would have been a successful two-term president.

Instead, he ran a dirty campaign, then tried to block the course of justice when the morons he had running the campaign for him got caught. When Congress tried to investigate, he stone-walled, and put the entire country on hold for a couple of years while he fought like a cornered rat.

Yes, as president he did some good, and his legacy is more than Watergate. But I blame him and his actions for the paranoia that most people have towards the government. And I hope his reputation is never polished enough that it loses its stain.

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