“I am not a crook”

Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the U...

Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Famous words of President Richard Nixon in a speech to the nation before he resigned under the threat of impeachment. If the media then were like the media now, they would have accepted his words and stopped pursing the truth of Watergate, just shrugging their shoulders and saying that there was a difference of opinion. Nixon would have remained in office until the end of his term in January, 1977, and Gerald Ford would have remained Vice President.

If someone in a crowded theater yells “Fire” and people are injured or trampled to death while fleeing and there is no fire, the one person yelling “Fire” was just expressing a difference of opinion and/or was mistaken. The media have a responsibility to determine and report the truth, even though Chuck Todd contends that as a reporter, it is not his job. Reporting what different sides say is much easier than trying to determine the facts and the truth. In climate change, if 999 scientists say that climate change is real and likely caused, in part, by man, and one scientist disagrees, current media are likely to report both sides and say that there is disagreement. We, the voting public, are not well served by today’s media

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Windfall profits

English: Flag of the Organization of Petroleum...

English: Flag of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Way back in 1973 when OPEC was first able to raise the price of oil dramatically and Iran and others were able to impose the first oil embargo and  oil company profits shot up, there was serious talk of imposing a windfall profits tax on Big Oil. After all they had done nothing to earn the much greater profits. That effort died, probably because the nation was distracted by Watergate, and successful oil company lobbying.

Now that there is less competition among the oil companies and their profits have increased many-fold from the early 1970s, I think that it is time to revisit the idea of imposing a windfall profits tax on Big Oil. If the 1% will not pay their fair share, then let us tax corporate persons more heavily to help reduce the Federal deficit. The GOP always wants to balance the budget on the backs of the poor; they do it every time. It is time for a different approach.

Equal justice

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I want equal justice for all, whether they be ordinary citizens or the powerful. Those responsible for Abu Ghraib were not just the enlisted men and women on the scene, but they were the only ones punished. No one on Wall Street responsible for the 2007 meltdown has yet been punished; it has been back to business as usual there for the 1%.

One article I read recently claimed that President Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon for his role in Watergate started us down our path to letting the powerful go unpunished. I lived through the Watergate years, and I thought that Gerald Ford was a good man except for his handling of the economy. I was glad that Watergate was over, and I did not consider the implications of the Nixon pardon.

Possibly because he believes that the GOP in Congress would play an obstructive role, Barack Obama has not pursued the wrongdoers of the Bush/Cheney years. I hope that will change. The British government is pursuing the Rupert Murdoch scandal at this moment. I hope that those revelations will lead to more information about Tony Blair’s role in the Iraq invasion and eventually will reveal enough details about the Bush/Cheney involvement to spur demands here in the US for further investigation. It is something the US government will have to do ourselves; the GOP will not trust an international body such as the UN or the International Court of Justice at The Hague to do.