The truth about Benghazi, the Associated Press/James Rosen monitoring, the IRS corruption, the NSA octopus, and Fast and Furious is still not exactly known. Almost a year after the attacks on our Benghazi facilities, we are only now learning details of CIA gun-running, military stand-down orders, aliases of those involved who are still hard to locate, massaged talking points, and the weird jailing of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. We still do not quite know why Eric Holder’s Justice Department went after the Associated Press or Fox News’s James Rosen — given that members of the administration were themselves illegally leaking
Good read, but back in Nixon´s time most of the country respected the rule of law, had a sense of morality and had pride in their country. . . . . today, not as much and that is what will make the difference.
Good read, summation, but the biggest difference between the two scandals: The press went after Nixon with a vengeance; they are either studiously ignoring Obama´s scandals, or are actively involved in covering them up.
The difference, Nixon was a ´white´ Republican and had to be taken down by the communist press media. Obama is the first ´black experiment´ democrat so he cannot and must not fail. Obama owns the media and press therefore he will be and must be successful. He wears the armor of blackness that in itself elevates him higher than Nixon could ever hope or struggle to be. Two different times and the players are not equal. VDH can quit the Nixon history lesson as far as I´m concerned.
Obama is untouchable. Watergate may have only been 40 years ago, but it seems like 400 years ago insofar as how low our stewardship of freedom has fallen. The filthy hippies of the 60s are now running our newspapers and television networks. Baby Boomers are taking this nation down. Wonder what the Greatest Generation thinks of it´s progeny now.
Agree with posters 1,2 & 3 for the same reasons. This is not Nixon´s America. It is a wholly different country that has lost its moral compass. Democrat progressive political thought is their god and all opposition is their mortal enemy. Unless there is a sea change in the Republicam Party, I don´t see the political courage or will to see this through to its conclusion. Men who will fight this fight are few and far between. I just can´t muster any confidence in the Republican leadership. Go along to get along is ingrained too deeply.
Could it be that we have deprived the democrats of their media monopoly and have forced them to reveal who they really are? What we have now is a concentrated, double-distilled form of vileness that has not been previously seen even in communist countries? (witness Putin´s view of homosexuality)
The left - with Holder leading the way - is now so vile, they are not worth cleaning up (prosecuting), but worthy only to be scorned, despised, derided and dispatched.
The good doctor does not take into account the media´s worship and protection of Obama, nor the general lack of morality, nor the total imperial nature of our Constitution-hating, America-despising president. Nixon, for all his negative traits, did what he did for power, not in an attempt to transform, nay, to destroy the United States of America. Obama has never hidden his agenda fro those who pay lose attention. I think VDH is terribly naive.
Big difference. With obama and fast and furious and Benghazi the body bags are piling up as fast as the scandals. Watching he and Hillary meet the Benghazi plane carrying the bodies was the single most disgusting thing I have ever seen a president and secretary of state do. There is a special place in Hel^ waiting for them .
Can´t help but appreciate VDH´s clear comparison of the Nixon scandals with mr. o´s scandals.
I hope in the end the truth does set us free, because the corruption and criminality are grinding America down to a level never seen in my lifetime. Although the faux appreciation of a good liar started with Clintoon. That is where I see the press adoration of despicable and immoral characters begin in my lifetime. Please, let´s keep the also very corrupt and immoral Shillary out of Our House in 2016.
My initial instinct is to agree with posters who say this will go nowhere. However, Nixon only had Watergate to deal with.
Given the sheer number of scandals facing this Administration leads me to believe that the truth will come out on at least one. This will severely weaken Obama but will not rise to impeachment as that will not be allowed to happen to the first "black" president.
It´s not 1973 anymore. The country has changed; for the worse. More information is available to the average person out there than at any previous point in history and yet, the level of ignorance of the political system, general history, current events, etc is pathetic. So long as no one interferes with the 20 - 30 somethings with ear buds in and focused on the ipad, he/she doesn´t care, even if they heard of Bengahzi, etc.
Archibald Cox could not resign his position as head of the IRS fast enough at the mere suggestion by Nixon that he use said agency for nefarious purposes. Obama´s people couldn´t jump high enough to please their master.
The question really becomes how much rule of law will have been displaced by regulatory fiat before Obama is finally forced from office. EPA has brought daily fines against fracturing sites in TX and WY. The owners fought and when it became clear they would win in Appeals Court, the EPA dropped the cases. Imagine the IRS nudging you to change your health insurance policy.
You know this, I know this, and VDH knows this. But the Democrat zombie voters are still getting directions from organizer-central. They roam the countryside hypnotically putting stupid bumper stickers on their cars and clicking the "like" button on propaganda posts from Facebook sites. What will we do to change this?
The truth will set you free only if the truth matters.
Had the internet been around in 1973 it would be filled with comments about how no one is taking Watergate and other scandals seriously because of the declining morals of the US. There would be an equal number suggesting it was all a phony scandal.
As for Nixon having only Watergate to deal with, does the name Spiro Agnew ring any bells? Then there was the scandal unfolding around Nixon´s former AG John Mitchell and his lose cannon wife Martha and their highly public divorce.
Obama´s handlers are expert at throwing flak when the press gets too close. A perfect example was CNN´s Benghazi report. Soon after they air the report they receive an off the record tip that we are going to launch attacks on al Qaeda. The Benghazi story is dropped and CNN runs with the al Qaeda story. Had Nixon been so lucky.
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DEW JR 78, 8/6/2013 10:03:56 AM (No. 9460701)
This administration, and all of Washington including the MSM for that matter, is like the MANURE pile behind the barn with hundreds of flies sitting on it. Whack it with a shovel and all the flies take off. Turn your back for a few minutes and all the flies are back. It’s the same manure and the same flies they’re just in a different place.
I remember when “a world gone mad” was just an expression, a figure of speech. I remember ‘something hyphen gate’ meant whatever something was was serious. Or maybe not. But, at least it was easily identifiable. Alas, life was simpler then.
Nowadays, it’s more difficult than it used to be to tell the good guys from the bad guys, not to mention the bad guys from the worse guys. But, one thing is certain; most everything harmful to our health has trickled down and dumbed down from Barack Hussein Obama, America’s bleep-disturber extraordinaire.
Sadly today, it becomes more and more apparent that the time of ‘something hyphen gate’ were, by comparison, the good ol’ days.
As always, solid historical analysis. There is a key difference between Nixon and Obama, however. Nixon would have won handily without any nefarious ´help´. Watergate was an unnecessary overreach. Obama would probably have lost without all of his coverups. This was not an overreach, but rather a desperation move, aided by a complacent press.
This is a diferent time Mr. H. A time when Clapper, Holder and Rice can indeed get away with things, can indeed get promoted. A time when federal workers have become the priviledge class and are not subjet to our rules.
We have a larger, dependent, uneducated, public out there, and a media stronger than ever, with a socialist agenda, who protects this Marxist Muslim president.
An aged citizen hardly recognizes his country. There really is no comparison to Nixon´s scandals. They are from another time and place and we can expect a different outcome from those we now face.
Yes, I believe #25 has nailed it...Republicans have considerably more moral values...and SHAME!!! Liberalism seems to promote exhibitionism which seems to void shame...Recall the antics of the "occupy" crowd protests versus the "Tea Party" crowd events...This comparison is even more valid than many of the so called "morality" polls because of the sample numbers in a poll versus the hundreds of thousands who performed in these opposition events...Right before your very eyes, proof of "character" reveals the ugly truth that the dEmocrats and their liberalism are a Darwin-esque sub-species deviant from the natural evolution of man....
The biggest difference is a simple numbers game. Nixon faced both a hostile House and Senate. Obama has the Senate in his pocket, and Boehner´s friends in the house clearly do not want to rock the boat.
Without impeachment by the House and conviction in the Senate as a real threat, Obama can do whatever he wants to whomever he wants and get away with it.
Hmmmm, may I point out that the Greatest Generation raised their boomer children to be who they are today. I would also ask that some posters here take a good look at the photos of Tea Party rallies and notice the faces of a LOT of Baby Boomers in the crowds. This Tea Party baby boomer was fortunate to have parents who threw their Dr. Spock book into the trash bin b/c they had the common sense to recognize that the methods taught in it would turn out a bunch of spoiled brats. Unfortunately for the rest of us, most of the Greatest Generation fell for the Spock method. Remember also, that the teachers of the baby boomers were all members of the Greatest Generation. My parents fought when the NEA came into our schools in the late 50´s while their fellow Greatest Generation teachers happily all signed up with the unions. So, I wonder what some members of the Greatest Generation think now when they see what a lousy job they did raising heir kids? Seems to me like they´re so quick to blame their baby boomer kids for their own failures. As my parents used to say, the apple doesn´t fall far from the tree. LBJ and his ´great society´ shackled our country with the freebie freeloader programs we have now. Guess what? Yep, LBJ was ´Greatest Generation.´ Greatest Generation baby boomer bashers need look no farther than their mirrors.
No. 20, the Spiro Agnew matter was something that happened at the state level before he was Vice President. It was dredged up by the media and made to seem a huge scandale. I really don´t remember what he was supposed to have done. Do you?
The Mitchells had a messy, unfriendly divorce. Mrs. Mitchell was bitter and wanting to hurt her husband. I took what she said with a grain of salt. Still do.
Nixon´s men broke into Democrat headquarters at the Watergate. What they were looking for is unknown. They were in for a very few minutes, then an employee of the Watergate noticed that there was something placed on the lock of the door they entered so it would not close and lock. He entered and blew the whistle. One lost his nerve and volunteered to be a prosecution witness, John Dean. One, G. Gordon Liddy, refused to answer any questions and was eventually sentenced to eight years in prison, which he served. Liddy was a lawyer and lost his license. All were first time offenders and nothing was stolen.
I remember the media, Miami Herald specifically, writing pages and pages, daily, questioning the honesty of a local banker who happened to be Nixon´s friend. There was nothing there but there was a lot of maybe and what ifs. His name was Bebe Rebozo, he was a Cuban refugee and head of a bank. Years after Watergate he died and the Herald published a glowing eulogy about what a great guy he was.
#32 -- "Nixon´s men broke into Democrat headquarters at the Watergate. What they were looking for is unknown" --
I seem to recall reading that it was something that, after 40 years of public and private tobogganing from one fresh hell to the next, would seem laughably naive, if not altogether innocuous -- namely, the Little Black Book that would prove that the DNC was supplying call girls to its most special favored donors and other friends.
Bottom Line : Even though King Zippy is the worst president ever..and the worst person to ever be president...more then half the country literally does not care...it´s not interesting stuff like Dancing With The Stars...or Justin Bieber...as long as they get their "free" cellphones, "free" medical coverage, and abortions on demand they are unconcerned.
And Republican politicians are mostly cowards...frozen into silence lest they be called "racists" for holding king zippy accountable.
Interesting comments... how I missed this article yesterday is beyond me...
A few corrections... John Dean was White House Counsel; he was not part of the break-in team at the Watergate. G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt were operatives who were present, I believe, among others who were part of the infamous "third rate burglary" in June 1972.
Recall that when the Saturday Night Massacre occurred in October 1973, Nixon ordered AG William Ruckleshouse to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. Instead, the AG resigned, and Bork fired Cox for Nixon. This is a key reason Bork later had to be destroyed and kept off SCOTUS as payback.
Speaking of payback... A lot of the motivation to destroy Nixon was payback for JFK, whose neighbor and friend in Georgetown was Benjamin Bradlee, who was earlier with Newsweek and then became the editor of The Washington Post during W-gate.
Bradlee´s wife Toni was pals with Jackie Kennedy; JFK was very social with Bradlee, who lived next door. Nixon had been hated by the liberoids since he was Ike´s hatchet man as a young veep, and played the heavy to JFK in the legendary 1960 campaign and election.
The big DC joke after the SatNiteMassacre about Nixon was... "Impeach the Cox-sacker!!"
Nixon was foolish to not destroy the White House tapes, the existence of which was revealed by WH aide Alexander Butterfield during his testimony before the Senate´s special Watergate investigation committee.
When, during the summer of 1974, SCOTUS ruled by a vote of 8-0 that Nixon must release the WH tapes, I happened to be the person who first informed Sen. Sam Ervin, chairman of the Watergate Committee, of that "breaking news." He was pleased to hear it.
Roger Mudd, CBS correspondent on Capitol Hill whom we saw often, overheard me and my co-workers joking about the transcripts of the WH tapes later (everyone bought copies from the Govt Printing Office) and quoted us on the Evening News, cleaning up our jokes.
If I may add... I was also an extra in "All The President´s Men" and shot a scene at the Kennedy Center with Robert Redford. He was very polite when I missed a mark on one of the takes at about 5 a.m.
Also met Dustin Hoffman (and Jane Fonda, Warren Beatty, under other circumstances). Avoided having my picture taken with Bob Woodward and Ben Bradlee during a tour of The ComPost later with my celeb friends.
The GOP does have higher standards for its politcos... it was Barry Goldwater who told Nixon it was all over for him after the tapes destroyed his chances to survive.
DimWitz are, by contrast, expected to be dirty lying crooks who cheat and steal. They are still into sex, drugs, rock n roll. They think it´s fun... and funny. "Animal House" is a movie about future DimWit politicos. Belushi´s character became a senator later, right? See SNL´s Al Franken. And look, if you dare, at NYC´s Weiner.
Valerie Jaret, the back room commie at the helm of ship Hussein, seems to have been overlooked by Hansen in his fascinating bill of particulars: Crimes of Obama. His revolving door observation is beautiful, "all the chief participants (in Benghazi) reacting to the attack, ARE GONE !" ....from their current positions”, still raking in newly printed dollars from unwitting, overtaxed citizens. "The scandal grinds on....will not end til truth sets it free" Hansen overlooked, left out, another “chief participant”, his press secretary Jay Carney. A new scandal took place with last night’s lying Lo Fo TV session with the soon to be fired, Jay Leno. It was the perfect interview for the next White House press liar, Jay Leno. Leno’s softball, Larry King-like, avoidance of the truth qualifies him perfectly for office. In desperate need of his next job, Leno can keep White House crimes light with all of his Lo Fo jokes. Jay Leno, best suited, to put off the ultimate exposure of this raging, vindictive puppet, would-be dictator, with his endless array of cheap jokes. With cheap shot last night, Jay has sunk as low as socialist David Letterman.
0bama´s scripted carefree/happy-go-lucky performance on Leno´s show last night was pathetic! ...Considering each of the serious unresolved scandals swirling around him and the mess he has made of the Middle East, 0bama´s jolly facade does not fool anyone. He has made a mess of every issue of national importance.
Thanks for the interesting post #39. You certainly brought back some not-so-fond memories re H20gate. As to the article itself, VDH made my day when he referred to Liddy as "unhinged". Why anyone would ever buy gold from a company who used this freak as a spokesperson I will never understand.
#34 ~ maybe a little black book, but certainly some pictures, and notes ~ something some people in the Secret Serice knew about ~ I´ve always been surprised THEY weren´t asked to do the search.
Well, anyway, Hanson seems to be well thought of here but he tried slippng in a ´ringer´ suggesting that had all of Obamugabe´s scandals been known before the election he might have lost.
Obviously Obama voters aren´t that sensitive to criminal behavior eh ~ they´re DEMOCRATS ~ but the Republicans ended up 5,000,000 voters short.
That´s best dealt with through pursuit of new Republican voters in voter registration drives. We have about 90 million adults who don´t vote ~ going ater 4.75% of them wouldn´t have been out of line!
Leftwingtard Democrats found an additional 15,000,000 new Democrats from 2004 through 2008 ~ more than making up for their losses due to death (more than 1 million a year) and imprisonment. Republicans managed to lose 3,000,000 in the same period! Still from 2008 to 2012 even they found 5,000,000 new Republican voters.
One more time and we got it.
Now, somebody who knows this guy pass on to him the idea that elections may be one by getting out your supporters! First, though, make sure you got some.
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