Everyone going on about how Trump has had his “Watergate moment” forgets that Watergate wasn’t a moment. The criminal activity began in early 1972. Nixon resigned on August 8, 1974. In between was a daily grind of reporting and protests and people going on with their lives – none of which benefited from panicky overreactions about how the nation was doomed. So buckle in for the long haul. Whatever comes from recent exhausting events, and all the exhausting events of the future, it’s unlikely to happen overnight.
But social media doesn’t thrive on people quietly grinding through their days. It thrives on alarmism, on making every day sound like the most elaborate and shocking episode yet in the soap opera that is reality. And that depresses people because if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss asks Mike Huckabee to tell you a shitty “joke.”
Constant outrage and fear are not healthy. It makes people stressed, tired, and sad. And it makes people wonder when something will be done. Well, things have been done. But you aren’t being given a chance to savor them because other people are constantly yelling at you about how today’s new development is definitely the one that changes history forever and anyone who believes otherwise is a traitor. So let’s pause for a moment and take stock.
I am very interested in the people that were pro Nixon during Watergate and post his resignation.
(My 83 year old aunt was one of these people and I didn’t know this until fairly recently)
I learned my US History in the 90s and it was taught in such a way that Nixon WAS a crook and his base just fell away and broke apart. I don’t think that is true and I am very interested in what happened to them. Did they get more political? Did they get more radicalized? Did they dig in even more?
If anything in recent American history bears comparison to the Watergate scandal, it’s this. If anything demands congressional action, it’s this. But congressional action depends on the Republican Party, which holds majorities in both chambers of Congress. And with few exceptions, Republicans are uninterested in challenging Trump’s actions. The GOP has all but abdicated its role as a check on executive power and a defender of constitutional government and seems indifferent to this latest—and most serious—assault on the integrity of our democracy. Which raises an unsettling question: Is there anything Trump could do to spark rebellion from the Republican Party? Any action that breaks the thrall of partisanship?
Just so we’re clear about how Conservatives feel about “treason”, just look at their disperate reactions to Chelsea Manning and Donald Trump JR.
Exposing war crimes commited by the Federal Government that they supposedly hate so much? High treason, should be executed; write dozens of hit pieces and berate on Twitter.
Openly colluding with a hostile foreign government to dig up dirt on a political opponent Watergate style? Totally justified, just working for the good of the country; do softball interviews on Hannity.