June 13th, 2005

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The Treason of Richard Nixon: Part II

Today's Bartcop-E column

The Treason of Richard Nixon
The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of America's Slimiest Politician: Part II
Republicans are soft on crime... when it's theirs. The pathetic gaggle of right-wing pundits is blaming the messenger, newly-revealed Deep Throat, Mark Felt. They are just lying. Nixon was a crook. Period.

Recap: Richard M. Nixon rose to be Vice President under Eisenhower, then lost the presidential election of 1960 and California governor's race in 1962 at which point he blamed the press and bowed out of politics. Two years later his hated rival, JFK, was dead. Six years later persuaded Vietnam to extend the war then won the 1968 presidential race partly on an anti-Vietnam War platform. (See also this BBC report on the 2004 election, about halfway down A Long Tradition for 1968 and others).

The 1968 election was dirty; the 1972 election was dirtier. Emboldened by his successfully amoral campaign in 1968, Nixon established the Special Investigations Group (known as the "Plumbers" to stop leaks from the Nixon Administration). For the 1972 election, these illegal operatives, run from the White House, became the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CRP or, more commonly during the investigation, CREEP).

CREEPCollapse )
Spiro AgnewCollapse )
Nixon't nervousness, my mother wins Esquire's Dubious Achievement AwardCollapse )
Articles of Impeachment drawn up a few days before Nixon resignedCollapse )
the coverup and list of convictionsCollapse )
Right wing whiners have been after Felt for violating his oath as an FBI agent. Of course they never actually say what that oath was, and I can't find precisely the oath Felt may have said, but an agent in 1976 swore this:
I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.


Meanwhile, Nixon's Presidential oath of office, from the Constitution:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.


Everyone in government swears to the Constitution; that is, they vow to uphold the rule of law that is the centerpiece of the United States of America. Nixon violated his oath of office. Mark Felt would have been violating his oath not to help uncover the crimes committed by Nixon and his fellow travelers.

Now, is anyone brave enough and patriotic enough to come forward and point to the smoking gun(s) in the Bush administration?