It would appear that we face a political crisis which many liken to the days of Watergate. While there are similarities, what we face today is unlike anything we have faced before, and we are lying to ourselves if we do not admit that and dooming ourselves if we do not face it.
During the Nixon administration everyone knew that breaking into the Watergate Hotel was wrong. Everyone knew that Nixon’s cover-up of that break-in was wrong. Both Republicans and Democrats looked at the evidence and knew it was wrong. It wasn’t just illegal; it was wrong. Nixon placed the well-being of his presidency and his party above that of the country and the law and the congress and the country said “that’s not right.” Members of his own party went to Nixon and told him his presidency could not survive what he had done. He may have been “Tricky Dick,” but he wasn’t a “Stupid Dick.” He resigned. Continue reading