Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I am not a crook

Richard Nixon standing at a Victory parade waving Victory hands. I am not a crook.

Richard Nixon looking downcast over a cup of coffee. I am not a crook . . . by today's standards.
. . . by today's standards.

Kennedy and Nixon talking after the second televised debate."Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House." - John F. Kennedy
Kennedy and Nixon talking after the second televised debate.

Remember when politicians had the good manners to at least ATTEMPT a cover up of their criminal deeds? 

"This is a generation weaned on Watergate, and there is no presumption of innocence and no presumption of good intentions. Instead, there is a presumption that, without relentless scrutiny, the government will misbehave." - Margaret Jane "Dee Dee" Myers, political analyst

President Ronald Reagan, VP George WH Bush and his cabinet in the oval office 1986. Quote from Daily Kos about the Iran Contra Affair

When politicians assumed most Americans had some level of intellect and morals and took steps to circumvent immediate outrage? 

"A few months ago, I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and evidence tell me it is not." - Ronald Reagan, admitting the Iran-Contra Affair, March 1987

So what happened?

President Ronald Reagan looking handsome in a tux, with a glass of champagne.

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false." - William Casey CIA Director, in a 1981 meeting where Regan asked him to define his goal.

Misplaced optimism?

George H W Bush and Barbara Bush, 1964. "If the American people ever find out what we have done, they would chase us down the street and lynch us." - George Herbert Walker Bush, June 1992.

A national slide into apathy?

TIME magazine cover Bill Clinton Deep Water. How the president's men tried to hinder the Whitewater investigation.

Acceptance of inevitable political corruption?

You can't beat our dick. Richard Nixon Campaign poster. I am not a crook.
Dicks - everyone knows one.

Not only does everyone know at least one, but we apparently keep voting for them.

Dick Cheney, President Ford's chief of staff and Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense November 1975. I am not a crook . . . by today's standard.
"The good Lord didn't see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratic regimes friendly to the United States. . . . But, we go where the business is." - Dick Cheney

Has political hubris and hypocrisy exponentially increased or are other presidencies just better at hiding human rights violations for political and financial gain? 

Thanks Taxpayers! Haliburton charged you fifty bucks for this cup of joe! Dick Cheney's companies made $39,500,000,000 on taxpayer money in a war that has killed over 1.5 million people and was started on a purposeful, calculated lie.
Dick Cheney's companies made $39,500,000,000 on taxpayer money in a war that has killed over 1.5 million people and was started on a purposeful, calculated lie. 

And believe me, I'm not giving the Obama presidential clownery a pass. 

Hillary Clinton Watergate 1974 What did the president know and when did he know it? and Benghazigate 2013 What difference does it make?

Fast and the Furious, illegal NSA activities, the Veterans Health Administration debacle and utilizing the IRS as a retaliatory terrorist branch of the US government, to name a few.

"A few weeks ago Dick Cheney said he thinks I’m the worst president of his lifetime, which is interesting because I think Dick Cheney is the worst president of my lifetime." - Barack Obama.

But there is something especially disturbing about this particular Dick.

Dick Cheney what really puts American's at risk? "The report's full of crap." Crap expert, Dick Cheney Releasing the senate report on CIA torture OR torturing people?
 "I would do it again in a minute!" - Dick Cheney 

Don't you think?

'I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office." - George W Bush, May 12, 2008. George Bush looking befuddled.

"I’m going to end on a note of gratitude - something I never thought that I would say. George W. Bush, thank you for not dying while you were in office." - Jon Stewart
A 2017 update - 

Donald Trump making the "dumb" face from Republican television debate in 2015. I am not a crook . . . by today's standard.

Additional commentary not needed. 

Other stories of Richard Nixon and Liar Pants Politicians:

Misspelled Impeach

Politics Is An Art

See No Evil, Hear No Evil . . .


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