The American people have long displayed a penchant for playing footsie with the Republican party and its criminal practitioners, fundamentally allowing them to get away with breaking laws, breaching protocols, and engaging in totalitarian tendencies.
On August 8, 1974, faced with the distinct prospect of being impeached and removed from office, Republican President Richard Millhouse Nixon resigned the presidency.
Richard Nixon orchestrated and authorized the break-in and bugging of the Democratic Campaign Headquarters in the Watergate building in Washington DC.
Congress had also accused Nixon of obstruction of justice during the Watergate scandal, which kicked off in 1972.
Many writers have sought to put a light touch on Gerald Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon. Others praise Republicans who are alleged to have told Nixon that the gig is up, and that he should resign.
On October 10, 1973, Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned then pleaded no contest to tax evasion and money laundering charges. He was accused of taking bribes of $29,500.
Gerald Ford, the Senate Minority leader, was recommended to Richard Nixon to fill the vacant vice-presidential spot.
On December 6, 1973, the House confirmed Ford by a vote of 387 to 35. After the House’s confirmation vote, Ford took the oath of office as Vice President of the United States.[w]
Nixon himself was forced to follow his Vice President Spiro Agnew out of office when his crimes caught up to him and forced him to leave office prematurely, but not before he worked out a devious plan to avoid jail, by having Gerald ford pardon him for his crimes. This tradeoff allowed him to return home to California and live out his life without any fear of spending time in prison.
Ford justified his decision by claiming that a long, drawn-out trial would have further polarized the nation.
Any ordinary Americans who organized and orchestrated the commission of felonies, would certainly have expected to spend long stretches of time in prison for those crimes.
Not so for Republican criminal presidents; some people are more equal than others.
The Ford pardon of Richard Nixon was sold by Ford himself and others to reunite the country. The sad fact is that Gerald Ford, the first and only person to occupy both the office of vice president and President without being voted in by the people, engaged in a duplicitous process that allowed a calculative felon to walk away without having to pay for his crimes.
Republican President, and now a near deity, Ronald Reagan lied to the American people. He went around Congress and supplied aid to the Contra rebels in Nicaragua fighting against Cuban-backed Sandinistas.
Democrats passed the Boland Amendment, which restricted CIA and Department of Defense operations in Nicaragua specifically; in 1984, a strengthened Boland Amendment made support almost impossible. A determined, unyielding Reagan told National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane, “I want you to do whatever you have to do to help these people keep body and soul together.” What followed would alter the public’s perception of the president dramatically. How “Iran” and “Contra” came to be said in the same breath resulted from complicated covert activities, all carried out, the players said, in the name of democracy. (American Experience).
Where else have we heard those talking points under Republican presidents? Oh.…… that would also be under president George W Bush, who arrived in the presidency after losing the popular vote and would have lost Florida had the Supreme court allowed the vote count to proceed. Bush used those same talking points as he sought an excuse to launch an illegal war against Iraq’s sovereign nation.
In the end, Reagan kinda-sorta conceded that he had not told the truth in a convoluted explanation that made no sense, even as he denied full knowledge of the illicit arms sale to Iran, after which the money was funneled to the Contras to continue Reagan’s war.
Ronald Reagan was not held accountable for his actions.
The New York Times wrote; As a lieutenant colonel in the Marines and aide with the National Security Council at the Reagan White House, Mr. North operated at the center of the affair and became its most celebrated figure. He acted as the Reagan Administration’s covert intermediary to the Contras after Congress cut off aid in 1984 and was instrumental in carrying out the secret weapons sales to Iran in 1985 and 1986.
There is hardly a case to be made for the rule of law, as far as five of the last six Republicans to hold the office of the presidency is concerned.
Further research will show that none of them fully respected the law’s boundaries, even though they and their supporters wrapped themselves in the American flag and pontificated about their love of country.
Today, America is at a crossroads. Donald Trump was handily defeated at the polls on November 3rd; as of this article’s posting, he has refused to acknowledge that he lost, much less to concede to former Vice President Joe Biden the president-elect.
In what may be viewed as a continuation of his Orwellian presidency, members of his inner circle and the naked emperor himself, acts as if there were no elections on the 3rd of November.
For their own reasons, not a single one of the self-serving traitors to democracy has the guts to shout out to the naked King, “your majesty, you are naked.”
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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