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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1973, the Watergate special prosecutor was dismissed, starting the "Saturday Night Massacre" which ended in Nixon's resignation and made sure that future generations would never see corruption in the White House again   (history.com) divider line
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2021-10-20 11:59:28 AM  
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2021-10-20 4:36:05 PM  
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2021-10-20 5:20:58 PM  
Trumpty Dumpty makes Nixon look like a farking boy scout who got every merit badge.
 
2021-10-20 5:26:19 PM  
I remember being in 3rd grade in 1973. Every time mom and dad had the news on, someone mentioned Watergate a zillion times. It got to the point where I had to ask my parents what Watergate was. I got the typical Calvin and Hobbes answer.

"It's a hotel in Washington DC, don't worry about it"
 
2021-10-20 5:27:54 PM  
Oh the good old day when you could count on at least some members of both parties in congress to uphold the constitution and prosecute people trying to overthrow the government.

Seems quaint now.
 
2021-10-20 5:28:47 PM  
And remember this was Robert Bork who went along with Nixon, and they tried to reward him with a Supreme Court seat under Reagan. When they couldn't push him through, they held it up as "we're the victims" all the way to this day.
 
2021-10-20 5:29:12 PM  
This sub must've crossed over from a parallel universe.
 
2021-10-20 5:29:17 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Trumpty Dumpty makes Nixon look like a farking boy scout who got every merit badge.


And without stealing them or buying them with borrowed money
 
2021-10-20 5:32:52 PM  
 
2021-10-20 5:33:02 PM  

cowsaregoodeating: Oh the good old day when you could count on at least some members of both parties in congress to uphold the constitution and prosecute people trying to overthrow the government.

Seems quaint now.


It should be noted that while Republicans did eventually come around to the side of justice, that was only after the tapes were made public and 18 minutes had been erased. The GOP was pretty rotten even in 1974.
 
2021-10-20 5:33:56 PM  
Forrest Gump (1994) - Watergate Scene
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2021-10-20 5:36:03 PM  
My parents were convinced that Nixon did nothing wrong.  "Those reporters were democrats!"  Poor innocent Nixon was forced to resign.  (By whom?  They've never answered.)  Ford "had to" pardon him, to placate The Powers That Be.  (Who, specifically?  Also never answered.)  It was all just a partisan hit piece, with absolutely no substance.

My dad died believing this.  My mom believed this up until her stroke (and now she thinks Ford is still president).
 
2021-10-20 5:36:19 PM  
At what age do you learn about Nixon, like middle school?

Even then, as a child, when I heard the supposed reasoning for pardoning Nixon ("Ford justified this decision by claiming that a long, drawn-out trial would only have further polarized the public."), I knew it was idiotic and bullshiat.

Now here we are. Definitely not polarized, thanks to NO ACCOUNTABILITY FOR REPUBLICANS, EVER.
 
2021-10-20 5:37:06 PM  
... and Robert Bork went down in history as a Cox-sacker.
 
2021-10-20 5:44:10 PM  

JAYoung: ... and Robert Bork went down in history as a Cox-sacker.


bork is also the corksoaker whose absurd interpretation of antitrust law is behind the past forty+ years of failed trustbusting.

https://promarket.org/2019/09/05/how-​r​obert-bork-fathered-the-new-gilded-age​/

if someone from the chi school of economics is critiquing a 'hey-look-all-the-profits-went-to-th​e-top' outcome, you know it's a mess for the ages.
 
2021-10-20 5:45:17 PM  
It was Cheney & Rummey who chose to let it happen (and Wolfowitz)
Silverstein did the towers.    All Republicans.

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2021-10-20 5:55:14 PM  

quo vadimus: At what age do you learn about Nixon, like middle school?


Republicans won't let them learn that young. They'll fight Critical Political Race Theory tooth and nail.
 
2021-10-20 6:03:35 PM  
Well, at least we learned our lessons!
 
2021-10-20 6:04:31 PM  
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2021-10-20 6:09:56 PM  

steklo: I remember being in 3rd grade in 1973. Every time mom and dad had the news on, someone mentioned Watergate a zillion times. It got to the point where I had to ask my parents what Watergate was. I got the typical Calvin and Hobbes answer.

"It's a hotel in Washington DC, don't worry about it"


I remember when Nixon got pardoned I asked what that meant. I forget who it was in my family who explained it, then they said it was better that way because 'it wouldn't look good if the President of the United States was thrown in jail'. At the time that sounded reasonable but as I got older I realized that kind of thinking is one reason why political leaders do the shiat that they do. There are people who will protect them out of some stupid notion of protecting an image. If he had been jailed who knows, maybe someone like Trump never gets near a nomination, much less an election.
 
2021-10-20 6:18:46 PM  

Birnone: steklo: I remember being in 3rd grade in 1973. Every time mom and dad had the news on, someone mentioned Watergate a zillion times. It got to the point where I had to ask my parents what Watergate was. I got the typical Calvin and Hobbes answer.

"It's a hotel in Washington DC, don't worry about it"

I remember when Nixon got pardoned I asked what that meant. I forget who it was in my family who explained it, then they said it was better that way because 'it wouldn't look good if the President of the United States was thrown in jail'. At the time that sounded reasonable but as I got older I realized that kind of thinking is one reason why political leaders do the shiat that they do. There are people who will protect them out of some stupid notion of protecting an image. If he had been jailed who knows, maybe someone like Trump never gets near a nomination, much less an election.


Or, and hear me out, the justice system moved as swiftly against rich and powerful people as it did the poor and meek.  He'd have long ago been locked up.
 
2021-10-20 6:22:17 PM  
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2021-10-20 6:23:02 PM  

Birnone: I remember when Nixon got pardoned I asked what that meant. I forget who it was in my family who explained it, then they said it was better that way because 'it wouldn't look good if the President of the United States was thrown in jail'. At the time that sounded reasonable but as I got older I realized that kind of thinking is one reason why political leaders do the shiat that they do. There are people who will protect them out of some stupid notion of protecting an image. If he had been jailed who knows, maybe someone like Trump never gets near a nomination, much less an election.


It would mean that the politicians would have to concede some of their power, along with their safety net, and power is often a strong motivating force that drives these people into high office.

It is rare that the power-creep is put into check by the very people that benefit from it.
 
2021-10-20 6:34:40 PM  

skyotter: My parents were convinced that Nixon did nothing wrong.  "Those reporters were democrats!"  Poor innocent Nixon was forced to resign.  (By whom?  They've never answered.)  Ford "had to" pardon him, to placate The Powers That Be.  (Who, specifically?  Also never answered.)  It was all just a partisan hit piece, with absolutely no substance.

My dad died believing this.  My mom believed this up until her stroke (and now she thinks Ford is still president).


Soros! Rothchilds!
 
2021-10-20 6:50:02 PM  

skyotter: My parents were convinced that Nixon did nothing wrong.  "Those reporters were democrats!"  Poor innocent Nixon was forced to resign.  (By whom?  They've never answered.)  Ford "had to" pardon him, to placate The Powers That Be.  (Who, specifically?  Also never answered.)


Why the Jews, the blacks, and the Kennedys obviously. At least according to my long-deceased grandfather.
 
2021-10-20 6:52:37 PM  
What a scandal!

I'm surprised the press never gave it the "-gate" suffix
 
2021-10-20 7:00:25 PM  
I remember Watergate and when the Saturday night massacre happened. My father had an absolute meltdown. "That sonofabiatch! He's wiping his ass with the Constitution!"
He's 85 now and still hates Nixon.
Yes, I inherited his colorful way of speaking.
 
2021-10-20 7:08:09 PM  
At least Nixon gets to go down in history as the legendary butt of jokes.

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Trump probably will too.
 
2021-10-20 7:10:56 PM  
But seriously - when we look at it from a truly progressive perspective, isn't Biden really worse, and shouldn't we continue to vote Republican?
 
2021-10-20 7:27:52 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Trumpty Dumpty makes Nixon look like a farking boy scout who got every merit badge.


Nixon was worse.  He conspired with the North Vietnam to prevent Johnson from ending the war before the election.

I remember two historians saying that when Ford pardon Nixon...it was the beginning of the end of America. That the rich and the powerful would rarely be punished.
 
2021-10-20 7:28:10 PM  
TFG will definitely go down in history.

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2021-10-20 7:54:18 PM  
If the exact same scenario played out today, there is no farking way Nixon would resign. If anything, he would hold rallies all over the country and shamelessly raise money by boasting about how he stood up to those liberal nitpickers who constantly whine about pansy concepts like "legality" and "ethics."
 
2021-10-20 7:54:25 PM  
Shame it wasn't an actual massacre; think how many horrible farks from that era wouldn't have been around all these years
 
2021-10-20 7:58:43 PM  

skyotter: My parents were convinced that Nixon did nothing wrong.  "Those reporters were democrats!"  Poor innocent Nixon was forced to resign.  (By whom?  They've never answered.)  Ford "had to" pardon him, to placate The Powers That Be.  (Who, specifically?  Also never answered.)  It was all just a partisan hit piece, with absolutely no substance.

My dad died believing this.  My mom believed this up until her stroke (and now she thinks Ford is still president).


Tom Brokaw Pre-Tapes - Saturday Night Live
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2021-10-20 8:20:50 PM  

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"You wouldn't change dicks in the middle of a screw. Stick with Nixon in '72!"
 
2021-10-20 8:21:39 PM  

The Dog Ate My Homework: If the exact same scenario played out today, there is no farking way Nixon would resign. If anything, he would hold rallies all over the country and shamelessly raise money by boasting about how he stood up to those liberal nitpickers who constantly whine about pansy concepts like "legality" and "ethics."


What do you mean "if"? Trump admitted to firing Comey to stop the Russia investigation.
 
2021-10-20 8:23:16 PM  

the_celt: I remember Watergate and when the Saturday night massacre happened. My father had an absolute meltdown. "That sonofabiatch! He's wiping his ass with the Constitution!"
He's 85 now and still hates Nixon.
Yes, I inherited his colorful way of speaking.


My mom went to school with Eliott Richardson, the AAG who resigned rather than fire the special prosecutor. A man of principles who deserves to be remembered as a Repub who did the right thing at the cost of his career.
 
2021-10-20 8:44:56 PM  
Back when republicans still had some integrity.
 
2021-10-20 8:47:53 PM  
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2021-10-20 8:55:16 PM  
Every house I played at had the hearings on during the day. Of course in those days a lot of moms worked at home.

I remember one family always dealing with a sister who wanted to watch Dark Shadows. She would storm in and out crying because she needed to watch it. The mom would say "tough. This is important."
 
2021-10-20 8:56:22 PM  
Imagine if the 1/6 inquiry actually had hearings like that. Daily. With real questioning. With witnesses dragged in kicking and screaming and forced to answer.
 
2021-10-20 9:28:07 PM  
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2021-10-20 9:39:33 PM  

TofuTheAlmighty: cowsaregoodeating: Oh the good old day when you could count on at least some members of both parties in congress to uphold the constitution and prosecute people trying to overthrow the government.

Seems quaint now.

It should be noted that while Republicans did eventually come around to the side of justice, that was only after the tapes were made public and 18 minutes had been erased. The GOP was pretty rotten even in 1974. since Jan. 20, 1961.


Ike warned us, but we didn't listen.

Smedley Butler warned us back in 1935, but we didn't listen.
 
2021-10-20 9:44:29 PM  

Flint Largechest: "made sure that future generations would never see corruption in the White House again.."

Then came the man with the Golden Toilet.


Sheeeeit, we got 8 yrs of Reagan during essentially the same generation.
 
2021-10-21 12:52:54 AM  
LOL the choices have been corruption or corruption lite since at least nov 22, 1963.
 
2021-10-22 3:40:54 AM  
Fox was conceived and created out of Nixon so it would never happen again. His resignation, I mean. If Fox had existed he never would have been impeached.
 
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