What Did Nixon Do?

NixonObama_ReutersAP_0513_660Although Richard Nixon left office under a cloud for trying to subvert the democratic process for his own political advantage, Barack Obama’s behavior has been far more serious in its corruption and blatant attempts to manipulate the electoral process by unethical and unconstitutional means.

Nixon, bad as he may have been, has been oversold as a villain. He serves as a convenient bogeyman for left-wing historians and journalists to spew self-serving narratives in which they paint him as a devil and themselves as victims. It would, therefore, do well to review some of the facts of what really transpired in the Nixon presidency and how they stack up against Obama’s unprecedented malfeasance:

First, the much-vaunted “enemies list” that was maintained by Nixon is more the stuff of myth than underhanded politics. In his 1979 book, Blind Ambition, Nixon White House counsel John Dean explained that the list consisted merely of names of individuals not welcome at White House functions. White House chief of staff H.R. “Bob” Haldeman singled out about 20 people on the list for IRS audits and other official torments, “but no action had been taken as far as I knew,” Dean wrote.

So what did President Nixon actually do?

In his final report as chairman of the Senate Watergate committee, Sen. Sam Ervin (D-N.C.) concluded that the purpose of the series of acts that collectively constituted Watergate was “[t]o destroy, insofar as the presidential election of 1972 was concerned, the integrity of the process by which the President of the United States is nominated and elected.”

As Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who broke the original Watergate story, wrote last year, “At its most virulent, Watergate was a brazen and daring assault, led by Nixon himself, against the heart of American democracy: the Constitution, our system of free elections, the rule of law.”

Nixon and his aides, Ervin said, had “a lust for political power” that “blinded them to ethical considerations and legal requirements; to Aristotle’s aphorism that the good of man must be the end of politics.”

The three articles of impeachment approved by the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 accused Nixon of violating “his oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The first article of impeachment referenced the June 17, 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters then located in the Watergate office complex in the nation’s capital. Ahead of the approaching November election, the five burglars’ purpose was “securing political intelligence.”

After the break-in, Nixon used

the powers of his high office, engaged personally and through his close subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or plan designed to delay, impede, and obstruct the investigation of such illegal entry; to cover up, conceal and protect those responsible; and to conceal the existence and scope of other unlawful covert activities.

Although Nixon had apparently not been aware of or authorized the DNC break-in before it was carried out, audio tapes made by the president’s secret recording system revealed that he attempted to cover up the incident and other illegal activities that had taken place during his administration. After extensive litigation the Supreme Court unanimously held that the president had to produce the recordings for investigators. He complied.

The second article of impeachment against Nixon detailed how he allegedly used the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies and their employees against those he perceived as his political enemies.

According to the impeachment resolution, Nixon used the IRS to obtain

confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposes not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

Although Nixon reportedly encouraged a clandestine IRS program called the “Special Services Staff” to probe his political adversaries and plague them with audits, the tax-collection agency’s bark at the time was apparently worse than its bite insofar as Democrats were concerned.

Nixon endorsed but then quickly backed away from an ambitious crackdown on left-wing organizations urged by his aide, Tom Charles Huston. Nixon approved Huston’s plan on July 14, 1970 but by July 27 he had changed his mind and rescinded approval for it after FBI director J. Edgar Hoover voiced objections.

Huston later lamented that dealing with the IRS was fraught with peril. “Making sensitive political inquiries at the IRS is about as safe a procedure as trusting a whore,” since the Nixon administration at the time had no “reliable political friends at IRS.”

Later in September 1971 Nixon ordered White House aide John Ehrlichman to direct the IRS to look into the tax returns of all those thought to be seeking the 1972 Democratic presidential nod, including Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).

“Are we going after their tax returns?” Nixon said. “You know what I mean? There’s a lot of gold in them thar hills.”

Nominated as IRS commissioner by Nixon, Johnnie Mac Walters headed the IRS from Aug. 6, 1971, to April 30, 1973. Nixon White House counsel John Dean gave Walters an envelope containing the names of about 200 prominent Democrats to harass.

Walters refused to target the individuals. “The story is interesting because the IRS wouldn’t do it,” said Tim Naftali, former director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. “It didn’t happen, not because the White House didn’t want it to happen, but because people like Johnnie Walters said ‘no.’”

Contrast Walters with left-wing bureaucrat Lois Lerner, head of the tax exempt organizations division at the IRS, who apparently did the Obama administration’s bidding, harassing conservative groups and funders. Lerner testified before Congress last week and after ostentatiously protesting her innocence invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to continue testifying.

Returning to Nixon, even if he had used the IRS in the way described in the second article of impeachment, he was simply doing what presidents had done for the previous 40 years. This is not to excuse Nixon’s behavior, but it hardly seems fair to single him out for doing what had long been the norm in Washington.

The first known instance of an administration snooping around in its enemies’ tax records for intelligence purposes happened during the presidency of Republican Herbert Hoover (1929-33). FBI director J. Edgar Hoover tried to dig up dirt on a conservative group called the Navy League. He found nothing.

Surprisingly, even if the FBI chief had found anything, his actions were apparently not unlawful. The “confused drafting” of a section in a 1910 appropriations act “actually authorized presidents to use tax records any way they saw fit,” writes author David Burnham. The law stated tax records “were to be open for inspection ‘only upon the order of the President under rules and regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury and approved by the president.'”

The loophole was closed only after the Watergate scandal. “Partly because of the curious wording of what really was an open records law, few Americans have understood that, from 1910 until 1976, the IRS routinely made tax information available to almost any federal or state agency that requested it.” (A Law Unto Itself: Power, Politics and the IRS, by David Burnham, Random House, 1989, p.228)

What may have been unethical in Nixon’s day, is clearly illegal in the Obama era. Presumably Obama, conversant as he is in the law, knows this.

The third article of impeachment accused Nixon of obstructing the congressional investigation into his administration’s conduct. It stated that he “failed without lawful cause or excuse to produce papers and things as directed by duly authorized subpoenas issued” by the House Judiciary Committee and “willfully disobeyed such subpoenas.”

Nixon did in fact refuse to comply with congressional demands and went out of his way to hinder investigations into his misconduct. Facing seemingly certain impeachment in the House and removal from office after a trial by the Senate, Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974.

Now what has President Obama done?

Obama may not stand accused of breaking into his enemies’ offices to gain an unfair electoral advantage, but he has engaged in tactics aimed at unfairly suppressing the Republican vote.

Under Obama, the Department of Justice gave free rein to ACORN and similar left-wing voter fraud factories, refusing to investigate their many wrongdoings. DoJ let the New Black Panther Party off scot-free for physically intimidating Philadelphia voters.

The Obama administration appeared to violate the civil rights of nearly 200,000 U.S. soldiers around the world by deliberately disenfranchising them because they tend to vote Republican. Although the administration has moved with lightning speed to attack desperately needed state voter identification laws, last year it seemed barely aware of its obligations under the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2009.

The law was created to help deployed soldiers, many of whom are constantly on the move, to exercise the right to vote that they fight to protect. The law requires the Pentagon to create an “installation voting assistance office,” or IVAO, for every military base close to a combat zone.

IVAOs are supposed to help military personnel navigate the labyrinth of often confusing voting rules of the nation’s 55 states and territories. But IVAOs can’t help anybody vote if they don’t exist. As of September last year, in half of the 229 overseas military installations Obama’s Department of Defense hadn’t even bothered to set up the IVAO facilities that the law mandated.

Obama’s IRS targeted conservative “social welfare” nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status under section 501c4 of the Internal Revenue Code. Evidence establishes that hundreds of groups affiliated with the Tea Party movement were bullied and intimidated from engaging in constitutionally protected political activism. Some conservative groups were made to wait years for a tax-exempt status determination while the Barack H. Obama Foundation and various liberal groups sailed through the process at breakneck speed.

Who knows how many people failed to donate or become active in those right-leaning groups and what impact this IRS skulduggery had on Republican voter turnout last November.

As commentator Michael Barone observes, the Benghazi cover-up and the IRS scandal “were both about winning elections under false pretenses.”

With Benghazi, “[a] deliberate effort to mislead the voters was launched,” Barone writes. “Clinton, White House press secretary Jay Carney, and the president himself talked about a spontaneous protest of an anti-Muslim video — even though no evidence of that came from Benghazi.” The CIA’s talking points on Benghazi were manipulated by the White House and the Department of State, and Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice was wheeled out to peddle the lies on television.

“This attempt to mislead the electorate worked,” Barone concludes. “It seems a stretch to say that it determined the outcome of the election. But it certainly helped the Obama campaign.”

Obama created a grotesque system of unaccountable federal “czars” overseeing vast swaths of U.S. government policy without being confirmed by the Senate, as the Constitution requires.

Obama invaded Libya without congressional authorization and on a flimsy pretext. He unconstitutionally recess-appointed Richard Cordray as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He refused to enforce the provisions of the presumptively constitutional Defense of Marriage Act.

In the Fast and Furious scandal, Obama supplied Mexican drug cartels with guns to encourage a wave of violence that would create a public clamor for tougher gun regulations. Hundreds of Mexicans and a U.S. border patrolman died as a result. Attorney General Eric Holder has been cited with contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the congressional investigation of the scandal.

Obama has used executive fiat to illegally gut a workfare law and give certain illegal immigrants blanket amnesty. The president also rigged the GM and Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings to unfairly enrich his friends in the United Auto Workers at the expense of higher-priority creditors such as bondholders and suppliers.

Then there is the still-developing scandal surrounding the surreptitious confiscation of telephone records from the Associated Press, a direct assault on the First Amendment. The U.S. Department of Justice secretly procured two months’ worth of telephone logs for journalists at AP, the world’s largest news-gathering organization. Apparently the records were seized as part of an investigation into national security-related leaks.

The administration is also investigating Fox News reporter James Rosen for daring to report what intelligence sources told him about North Korea.

Obama has also done many things that are at least arguably impeachable and are definitely radically un-presidential.

Obama has been particularly aggressive on the propaganda front. His White House asked Americans to report their neighbors who were opposed to Obamacare to the email address of flag@whitehouse.gov. In the National Endowment for the Arts scandal, Obama used federal taxpayer resources to press artists to create art to advance his political agenda.

Obama has undermined trust in the justice system by trying to intervene on behalf of his personal friend, Harvard law professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. In 2009 after admitting he didn’t know all the facts of the case, Obama said the Cambridge, Mass., “police acted stupidly” in arresting Gates when they investigated a reported break-in at his home. Obama injected race into the situation by offering that “separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-American and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”

After the Citizens United decision opened the door to corporate campaign contributions, Obama gave speeches belittling and browbeating the Supreme Court. He even did so in the presence of Supreme Court members.

President Obama may yet live to regret these remarks. If he is impeached in the House and tried in the Senate, the trial will be presided over by Chief Justice John Roberts.

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  • Obama Guy

    Obama worse than Nixon? How much formal schooling do you have dude?

    • PDK

      Oba, did you read the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the whole truth in the above story, or are you just parroting the liberal ideology you embrace rather than embracing your personal responsibility to mature?

      Richard ended America's greatest, 20th century nightmare, the Vietnam Nam war, started by the liberal democrat LBJ, by giving America the peace with honor he promised. Liberals are too immature to handle this reality, therefore they went way overboard going after Richard.

      If Obama, after having done all that is pointed out above were Richard, he would be in prison now.

      Obama could not lift, let alone carry, Richards jockstrap.

      This post volunteered by "From the Sanctuary-The PDK Herald/Crier project", thank you.

      • Dennis X

        Man your REALLY STUPID! The Vietnam War was years old when LBJ was president. nixon prolonged war. What scandals? bush went after churches and the NAACP with audits. Do you understand the difference? The teabaggers are looking for an elite no tax status.

        • UCSPanther

          And if I recall right, it was Kennedy who had the idea to get involved in that war, and one that could have been won if we had the will to follow through.

          • Dennis X

            You still stupid.It was eisenhower a republican that got us into the war and it was Kennedy who wanted to get us out.

          • reader

            too much Oliver Stone, obviously. He's a fraud, and his movies are a joke, dude.

          • UCSPanther

            Keep drinking that Soviet kool-aid, chump.

          • Dennis X

            Still no substance. Maybe you shouldn't watch all those cartoons on the fax news.

          • Rob

            No, he didn't. You are historically ignorant. No surprise there, most Lefties are.

          • Rob

            Nope. Lies.

        • Barb

          Nixon ended the war. Kennedy actually started the American version of the Vietnam war, which was first the work of the French and freedom desiring Vietnamese. Not everyone wanted to live under the communists. Kennedy was a real Democrat and believed in a free world with free peoples choosing how to live without political 'masters'. LBJ messed up the war with his poor management and Nixon picked up the pieces. Truth is hard – read a book. And using words like 'teabagger' is bigoted and insensitive. You are little more than a hater and a lo-info voter. Get over your hatred and learn to debate properly.

          • PDK

            JFK, never sent a single American combat troop to Vietnam. He can been seen speaking in a film strip from summer 63 stating, "It is their war, and their the one's who are going to have to fight"; JFK had concluded not to commit.

            This is the source from which conspiracy theories upon the JFK assignation sprung; that rogue CIA elements wanted the war but JFK would not have the war, and so they got JFK out of the way. "From the Sanctuary-The PDK Herald/Crier Project"; thanks.

          • Barb

            Kennedy sent special forces type of troops in to train the vietnamese and that is not a 'conspiracy' theory. Drop the labels – insults are not necessary. I don't believe in rogue CIA or grassy knoll bs. LBJ did send in the major troops but the groundwork was set prior. He was insecure about his position and tried to follow in the 'great' Kennedy footsteps. The Democrats started the war and the Republicans ended it.

        • Rob

          No evidence whatsoever that Bush did any of that.

          No historical reality in anything you have said.


        • PDK

          Dennis, you ignoramus, the first American combat troop landed on the shores of Vietnam on 3/8/65, near 16 months after the JFK assassination.. Your liberalism is showing sir.-"From the Sanctuary-The PDK Herald/Crier Project"; thank you.

      • Dennis X

        Actually if you could read I've posted that nixon ended the war. But I saying LBJ did not start the war.

        • PDK

          Dennis you immature ignoramus, your besmirchment of RMN by using lower case for his name is letting show your liberalism. Your pretended belief in the illusion that LBJ did not start the Vietnam War reflects your embracement of liberal revisionist history that fits the illusion but disrespects reality.

          You can either embrace the illusion of liberalism, the immature, or the reality of the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the whole truth of non-liberalism, the matured.

          "From the Sanctuary-The PDK Herald/Crier Project"; thank you.

    • UCSPanther

      Only the most stupid and delusional ideologues (like yourself) can defend Obama with a straight face now.

      • Dennis X

        No substance to your response. So you think the Vietnam war began under LBJ ? You had no problems when bush did what he did to the NAACP and churches. Do you understand the difference between an audit and a non tax status 501 C 3 /4. AP needed to be looked at. No phones were tapped , phone records were secured. Benaintnostorygazi , please the story is the repubcians cutting embassy security by over $200 million in 2010 and over $300 million in 2011. Next time try some facts.

        • UCSPanther

          Like I said, only delusional ideologues like you can defend a loser like Obama with a straight face.

          Maybe if we get a good republican in office, we should make the IRS harass you progressives to give you a taste of your own medicine and see how you like it…

          • Dennis X

            Still no facts. And if you would learn to read and retain you'd understand that progressives were harassed by the last republican in office. But you didn't have a problem with that. Now if you paid taxes like I do I want the IRS to examine every group seeking tax exempt status. What social welfare are the teabaggers engaged in? I guess you really don't understand the difference between an audit and a tax exempt status request exam. Wait , the stock market is way up, housuing prices are up ax 15% and the deficit been cut by 200 billion. You don't want to talk about that because you might have to give that Black some credit, ain't gonna happen!

          • reader

            Do you even know the difference between a billion and a trillion? It's all gazillions to you, is it? If a price of a house falls by 90% and then recovers by 15% from the bottom, it means that it's been still down by 65%, genius.

          • reader

            75%, actually.

          • Dennis X

            I guess you don't own property. I have a couple of pieces. The market was inflated. The prices of real estate is a roller coaster. I f you really thought that a 2 bath, 3 bdrm was worth $500,000 good luck. Its worth is that of a 2 bath 3 bdrm in the market , period. If you have to trade in kind, ie when you sell high chances are you have to pay high to get into the same thing. So it really value is moot unless your into the refin game and that's where alot of people got hurt due to greed. Or if you were dumb enough to buy at a very high rate and now your up side down.Oh well.

          • reader

            I guess, you never took an economics class in your life, so you mindlessly cut and paste talking points from MNLSD site or alike. And, try to be coherent at least to a point. Also, I'm afraid to even ask what your IQ really is, since you're hinting at the possibility that a homeless person would be posting here.

          • Dennis X

            No I never took an economics class. I have learned from real life and owning several properties in the so. cal area. I don't know what my IQ may be and I don't really care. My 401k is looking real good, I have tons of equality in my properties. Looking forward to retirement next year with a pension Money in the bank and I'm Black. Sorry things aren't working out for you. Maybe your trailor park will have a class you can take to move up to fries!

          • reader

            "Looking forward to retirement next year with a pension Money in the bank and I'm Black."

            Wow, you must be "proud of this country for the first time in your life." But how do you know that things aren't working out for me? And how do you know that I live in trailor park? Do you conflate skin color and trailor park living with being against Obama? I wonder how Allen West fits into your socio-economic model. You, sir, apart from being an idiot, are a racist. You see, economics are not about you and me, economics are about EVERYBODY. The bottom line is that the work force has shrunk substantially since Obama took office, and it continues to shrink.

          • Dennis X

            Sorry things ain't working out for you, white in amerikkka and still ain't do do .

          • reader

            Hello, is anybody's home? I'm starting to suspect that you're posting from a lobby computer in a mental ward. Nice story about making a killing in this bustling market, though.

          • Steve

            This here, ladies and gentlemen is your typical liberal. Do you see how he is playing the facts?

            First he says housing prices are up 15%, then when countered he claims that the original price was inflated. So in fact, housing is still down 75% but because it was inflated before, it's actually up 15%.

          • Dennis X

            Did you really think your trailer was worth #250,000 ? It's called an inflated market dumb ass!

          • reader

            But the stock market you've started out with is not inflated, right, genius?

          • Dennis X

            My 401k is looking real good .It took a hit after 911 but has bounced back nicely. The stock market is a roller coaster and real estate can be to. My statement was that the real estate market a few years also was inflated . It has since corrected itself but is now starting to creep back up.

          • reader

            I know what your statement was. You're cherry picking meaningless talking points from idiots like Chris Matthews. What do you think it makes you look like?

          • UCSPanther

            You democrat ideologues are funny. I'm sure you would LOVE getting audited if the tables were turned.

          • Dennis X

            You still don't understand the difference between an audit and an exam.

          • Rob

            Which "progressives" were "harassed"? How? When? Where's your evidence? Where's YOUR "substance," you pathetic troll?

          • Dennis X

            Yo trash 1. the NAACP was audited after making statements that bush was the 1st president in decades that didn't address their group 2. First Episcopal Church, Pasadena, Ca. was audited after an anti-war speech was made at the Church.These are two examples that I can think just off the top of my head. Now that you've been bi–th slapped learn to research facts!

        • RtWgNt

          Have you heard of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964? That is considered in history as the impetus for America's entrance into the Vietnam War. Yes, their were American "military advisors" in Vietnam long before 1964, but it was that incident that caused the huge US build up and when the war kicked into high gear.

          Hopefully, you know that JFK was killed in Nov '63, the year before the Gulf of Tonkin, so it was President Johnson who was the CINC when America engaged NVA officially, and it was President Nixon who ended the conflict

          • Dennis X

            Military advisors = fighting =defacto war. The Gulf of Tonkin was a made up excuse to escalate the fighting which both LBJ and nixon did until nixon ended the war in ax. 1974.

          • reader

            Just to give you some perspective on what you're parroting, Ion Pacepa – who used to be Romanian DIE General – wrote that Oliver Stone's JFK recycled KGB fabricated talking points. How does Pacepa know that? Because, as he writes, he received the said talking points personally from the KGB PGU General Sakharovsky with the marching order to disseminate them via DIE channels in North America.

          • Dennis X

            So your saying the kgb fabricated the fighting in Vietnam prior to 63?

          • reader

            If you contend that a handful of military advisors constitute fighting a war, you should be protesting Obama's wars in all over North Africa, South East Asia, Koreas and even Europe. The whole globe is on fire, dude. Forget Nixon.

          • Dennis X

            It's always been that way. But there's a difference between a hot war vs a cold war.

          • reader

            Yeah, there's also a difference between knowledge and hot air.

          • Rob

            Way to dodge the point, loser.

        • Rob

          By any meaningful measure, yes, the Vietnam War as we know it began under LBJ. It was he who expanded the conflict from a couple thousand advisers supporting the ARVN to a full-fledged US military involvement that placed the burden of the war on our shoulders.

          But you know all that, don't you? You're just nit-picking, repeating Leftist canards, and spewing drivel to try to avoid inconvenient historical realities.

        • Rob

          Bush did NOTHING to the NAACP or churches. Pathetic and disgusting lie.

          • Dennis X

            Do some research jerk! Hell I gave you the name and location of the church, can't you google or something? What a moron!

        • PDK

          Dennis the menace liberal flip flops like a fish out of water.

    • pagegl

      Apparently more than you.

    • RtWgNt

      The author just laid out the facts, if you have reading/comprehension skills the case is pretty straight forward. Most people couldn't even tell you what President Nixon was accused or guilty of, which is why most people are ambivalent about Bam's scandals. The willfully ignorant have no basis or moral compass that would lead them to feel one way or the other about what it is being done to our republic.

      • Dennis X

        You mean the breakin into the Democratic election committee office in the Watergate hotel by nixon's men know as the plumbers in ax.1973?

    • reader

      Did you even read the article? I doubt that. Your "formal schooling" replaced reading with "feel good about yourself" and "republicans are evil" mantra, in all likelihood. So, you're "formally schoooled" and utterly ignorant.

    • Rob

      Non-responsive. Typical Lefty, nothing but faux incredulity and ignorance.

    • Ghostwriter

      For Obama Guy and Dennis X,if memory serves me right,to quote the guy from "Iron Chef,"no one died during the Watergate break-in and it's aftermath. With Benghazi,four Americans are dead. Which do you two think is worse?

      • Dennis X

        11 embassies were attacked and 54 people killed under bush. Do the math.

        • reader

          There's a difference between a bomb going off and a sustained attack in progress, when the so-called commander in chief goes AWOL and concocts a lie to cover his tracks.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    There is NO comparison between Nixon's petty crimes and Obama Inc's. One is kindergarten play, the other is highway robbery in broad daylight!
    And if their parties were flipped upside the head, the Demster's crimes would be seen for what they are, but this is not the reality of America on the brink…and a regime gone wild – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/15/regime-gone-w

    Again, Nixon was penny ante…Obama Jesse James and Al Capone combined!
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • AnOrdinaryMan

      …and Mr. Vadum forgot to mention that Zero put a film-maker in jail(and he's still there) for making a video critiical of Islam, which isn't a crime; forgot to mention how Zero has allowed Muslims with terrorist connections into the White House; and also forgot how Zero has obstructed justice for the victims of the Ft. Hood shooting; and how Zero is abusing Federal power, by suing the state of Arizona, because Arizona is suing the Feds, for not enforcing immigration law. Good article Mr. Vadum, but this proves that you and I together can't list all of Zero's crimes. So WHEN are we going to I-M-P-E-A-C-H Obama?

      • http://twitter.com/vadum @vadum

        No, AnOrdinaryMan, I didn't forget to mention anything. I can't fit all of Obama's abuses in one article. It would require a book.

        • AnOrdinaryMan

          I'm sure it would be a very good book.

      • jacob

        Not as long as the Senate, the useless opposition in the House and that piece of…work of the
        House Speaker who should nhave been kicked out long ago and needless to say, HIS
        Supreme Court are those calling the shots….

  • PAthena

    Part of the animus against Richard Nixon was that he was anti-communist and, when he was a Senator from California, uncovered the fact that Alger Hiss was a Communist working for the Soviet Union.

  • Ron

    If Nixon were pro Communist, he would be a hero to the democrats.

    • jacob

      You mean DEMOCRAPS rather a that is what all of them are…???

  • sd42jnq

    There has been a lot of revisionist history about Nixon.

    Because he was a pioneer in the conservation movement, with the formerly good agency EPA as his baby, plus signing the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act, etc., the Left of late has claimed he was a liberal.

    Conservation, the idea of taking care of what you use, is hardly liberal. It not only produced good results until hijacked by the Left, but it's the opposite of environmentalism, which destroys everything. The millions of acres lost to catastrophic fires due to environmentalist lawsuit speaks for themselves.

    I don't buy for a minute that Nixon did anything with the IRS as claimed. Why? Because for forty years it was never mentioned. Think it might have made it into even one of the history books? In one of the newpapers? Because of the complete lack of any supporting material, the IRS claims appear to be the usual garbage claim by the Left.

    It's very much like some of the claims about Harry Reid being "attacked" about 20 years ago when he headed the gaming commission. Not ONE of the Nevada papers I checked had anything about it in their archives.

    Care needs to be taken to avoid falling into the trap of revisionist history.

    • jacob

      About slander, it is convenient to remember that water spilled on the floor is never picked up

    • Dennis X

      So what dd hoover have on him?

  • jacob

    Truth is, that the scarndals of this "administration" make NIXON look like an onions thief….

    Which remids me that I asked then whether DEMOCRAPS never ever spied on the GOP but theis
    saving grace was that they weren't caught because they used the right spies and NIXON used

    • Stephen_Brady

      Indeed, Nixon didn't even use these spies. Early in 1972, he was so confident he would win the election, that he made the decision never to even use McGovern's name. He had nothing to do with the break-in. His culpability was in the coverup, because he rightly judged that no one would think he had nothing to do with the break-in. This brought him down.

  • UCSPanther

    Nixon was sleazy, but Obama taken it to a whole new level.

    The Democrats' arrogance will be their downfall.

  • http://oldschooltwentysix.blogspot.com/ oldschooltwentysix

    Nixon should stand or fall on his own. He was a corrupt politician and there was a smoking gun. Otherwise, it was a completely different time in America, with different norms.

    No matter which site one visits, the other side is responsible for all evil. Like clockwork this principle prevails. The sad part is too many actually believe this nonsense.

    Rather than frothing to impeach Obama, why not continue to expose malfeasance and incompetence with facts, and let people decide for themselves if Obama and the Democrats, who preach to a higher standard of governance, are apt to be as cynical and corrupt as those they indict.

  • jrobinson

    It should be noted WHAT "political intelligence" the Watergate burglars were after – the DNC hooker list for the upcoming convention. The GOP thought it could turn a few of the girls into informants. The Watergate affair was the political equivalent of a panty raid. Obama has done much, much, worse.

  • Jack Rail

    Sadly, we can't depend on John Roberts to do his duty if he were to sit in judgment on an impeached Obama.

    • sd42jnq

      The House Impeaches, the Senate puts the President on trial.

  • fanlad

    “When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of [ our ] government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded.”

    This text was once used in our public schools. Quote from Noah Webster, “History of the United States”.

    Anyone see unprincipled, corrupt or incompetent men in our government?

    • sd42jnq

      There are a surprising number.

      For example, the Republicans in Congress in 2007 wrote up legislation to actually do something real about the millions of Mexicans in the nation. The senate killed it.

      And the reformers were voted out in2008.

      If people want the honest ones, then don't vote them out. Vote more of them in!

  • pgillenw

    The Curley Effect is in play. Google Curley Effect and make up your own mind if this is true.

    Good article.

  • sd42jnq

    I mentioned it before: I don't buy the IRS angle.

    If this is true, then why has it not been in newspapers, history books, and so on? The Left hated Nixon and surely would never have forgotten it.

    But it's not been spoken of or written about in 40 years? Not even in exposés and documentaries about Nixon and Watergate?

    The lack of any supporting material is troubling. Is the IRS angle on Nixon a recent construct by the Left?

    Care needs to be taken to avoid falling into the trap of revisionist history.

    There has been a lot of revisionist history about Nixon of late.

    Because he was a pioneer in the conservation movement, with the formerly good agency EPA as his baby, plus signing the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act, etc., the Left of late has claimed he was a liberal.

    Conservation, the idea of taking care of what you use, is hardly liberal. It not only produced good results until hijacked by the Left, but it's the opposite of environmentalism, which destroys everything. The millions of acres in Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, California ,and Colorado lost to catastrophic fires due to environmentalist lawsuit speaks for themselves.

    Remember last year's Democrat claim of Harry Reid being "attacked" about 20 years ago when he headed the gaming commission? I'd never once heard of it, and when I checked Nevada newspapers, Not ONE of them had anything about it in their archives.

    Revisionist history.

    The Democrats love it.

  • Frankie Spain

    I find the Obama administration is repeating what Nixon did but with the press on their side. It is too bad that most folks believe what they hear from the press all the time.
    Frankie Spain
    Water Damage Tucson

  • Edward Cox

    At 71 I remember the Watergate affair well. I can tell you Nixon was railroaded into resigning by our ever corrupt MSM and the Democratic Party.

  • onecornpone

    I wonder if Johnnie Mac Walters was the last ethical man to serve at the IRS?

    Obama has shamelessly usurped the power of the U.S. Congress.

    As far as exhibiting favoritism, the first signs were the GM dealers selected to keep their franchises.
    From there, it has been all downhill…

  • Kayla

    I find it crazy that people are still able to have faith in Obama, are these people crazy?!

    Kayla Bell
    Access Door Controls

  • ApolloSpeaks


    is cutting him too much slack.

  • mlcblog

    left-wing voter fraud factories

    How exact and concise a way to say it! Thank you.

  • mlcblog

    seemed barely aware of its obligations

    If I remember correctly from actually reading Alkinsky's rules when I was a fledgling leftist and being groomed for bigger things, this is one of their tactics…basic disregard of laws they don't respect. Disdain for our soldiers is part and parcel of their sick fabric. May they rot.

  • mlcblog

    Thank you. This is a wonderfully done synopsis of O's transgressions against our peace and prosperity which had been fairly well secured by our forefathers. He thumbs his nose at all we hold dear.

    I do love the imaginary specter of CJ Roberts presiding over O's impeachment!! but, alas, Roberts is apparently quite liberal (we were apparently tricked during his confirmation procedure) and so — I am sorry to be so hopeless and cynical about all this, would find a way to let O stay in office even though the proof were on the table, or that is bench.

  • awaugh

    There wouldn’t be Mexican cartels had Nixon not created a black market cash cow product out of marijuana. You shouldn’t compare each President’s actions to each other, but instead compare them to what is ethically right. All Presidents are going to make mistakes, but Nixon was corrupt and was cheating all systems he could to gain power. He WAS a mistake.

  • bloo

    Blah Blah Blah im doing a research paper and this did not help at frickin all

  • dee arnold

    This is all lies about President Obama! You guys of white America are afraid that y’all are losing power WHICH YOU ARE! …because you never thought that a black man would ever become President of the U.S. your name for white America is GREED