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LESSON #41 – A LESSON FROM HISTORY?– 43 YEARS AGO

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The Government You Elect Is The Government You Deserve.

                                                                                                     Thomas Jefferson

Forty three years ago this week the Watergate Saturday Night Massacre occurred.  Most of us forget the details surrounding Watergate, but it has stayed alive for me because I was privileged to work for Archibald Cox, one of the main players, and a man who took seriously his sacred honor when he went to serve in Washington. On this anniversary of the massacre I have to wonder if there are any people of honor in our government today.

“One of the most controversial episodes of the Watergate scandal, the so-called “Saturday Night Massacre” came on October 20, 1973, when embattled President Richard Nixon fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox and accepted the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus.

The “massacre” stemmed from an inquiry into the notorious June 1972 break-in at the Watergate complex, in which five Nixon operatives were caught trying to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Archibald Cox, a Harvard law professor and former U.S. Solicitor General, was tapped to investigate the incident in May 1973. ( I personally came to know Archibald Cox as a true man of honor). He soon clashed with the White House over Nixon’s refusal to release over 10 hours of secret Oval Office recordings, some of which implicated the president in the break-in. On October 20, 1973, in an unprecedented show of executive power, Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox, but both men refused and resigned their posts in protest. The role of attorney general then fell to Solicitor General Robert Bork, who reluctantly complied with Nixon’s request and dismissed Cox. Less than a half hour later, the White House dispatched FBI agents to close off the offices of the Special Prosecutor, Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General.

Nixon’s attack on his own Justice Department came with grave consequences. More than 50,000 concerned citizens sent telegrams to Washington, and 21 members of Congress introduced resolutions calling for Nixon’s impeachment. In the face of overwhelming protest, Nixon relented and appointed Leon Jaworski as the new Watergate prosecutor. Jaworski resumed the investigation and eventually secured the release of the Oval Office recordings in July 1974, when the Supreme Court ruled the tapes did not fall under executive privilege. Faced with the so-called “Smoking Gun” of his involvement in Watergate, Nixon resigned the presidency on August 8, 1974.”

                                                                     What was the Saturday Night Massacre?
DECEMBER 4, 2013 By Evan Andrews

Given the history of ‘Watergate’ and the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’  one would hope our  politicians would have learned from history. However,  when faced with the abuse of power by our top elected and appointed officials,  the Congress has not exercised their Constitutional authority.  Case in point:  The IRS scandal of working against Americans purely because of their political beliefs. Those illegal pursuits held no one accountable.  The FBI is now a political pawn finding no one guilty of anything but ‘poor judgment’ while  others have been put into jail for less than that.  No Special Prosecutors.  Hearings where answers are merely, “I don’t recall”, “I can’t answer that…” or the people being called before Congress pleading the 5th.  If today’s political climate had been the same during Nixon’s Presidency Watergate, Nixon would not have needed to resign.

Just look at what has transpired in the last year.  We have a woman running for office who seems to outsmart us all and ‘gets in front’ of any disaster to her personally or to ‘her’ DNC.  The Country is accepting and we just roll our eyes.  Further, if you look at her history and everything that points to her, we can wonder where we, as a country have gone wrong.  Acceptance of skirting the law, skirting the basic fibers of morality of our country we all are going into the abyss where anything and everything does not shock us anymore!

In the 1970s the Democrats held the Congress and had the power to bring about the near impeachment of a Republican President.  Americans were shocked that a President had overstepped his powers.  Not so today.  Today, even though the President has tread into waters that should not belong to him, nothing is done. It is ironic that the first article of impeachment against Nixon was for using the IRS for political purposes.  During the time of this current administration the IRS suppressed the rights of conservative groups, the official in charge of the IRS operation pleaded the fifth, and retired with full pension. Proof is an arm’s length away and nothing ties the President to any wrongdoing.  He claims that he learns about these abuses ‘in the news like everyone else’!!  Remember………..Today,  the IRS, the FBI and the entire Justice Department, are becoming institutions of the political left. There are clear abuses and nothing is done.  No one is fired.  Apart from Senate hearings, the ‘demands’ of documents, emails, etc. is ignored with no repercussions.  The answer is ‘that’s politics’!  We are not shocked about anything.  Do we not have people of honor in our government today who would rather resign than break the sacred trust placed in them when they swore to “protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”.

We have sunk low and I fear we have lost what this country was built on.  Yes, corruptness has been within politics since Washington became our President.  However, we have sunk to a new low when our Supreme Court Justices want to give us their political bias and their views on candidates running for the highest office of the land rather than deciding on the merits of cases brought before them reciting the Constitution as the reason for their decisions. Justice  Ginsburg is the prime example and her comment about moving out of the country if Trump is elected.  Apology not accepted.

Today, we have two candidates running for President, who, in my opinion are unfit for the office.  In my opinion, neither person will do our country good.  Hard to swallow that one is better than the other.  I think back and see 17 total people standing on a stage and many, unfortunately for them, were politicians.  It is for that reason the people of this country brought forward a Republican who is NOT a politician.  We, I believe, as a country were tired of it all.  We were tired of the corruption.  We were tired of the political elite who pass legislation but do not live by those very laws. Tired of the PACS, tired of the lies and just plain tired.  So, here is a man who is not up to the task.  And we have a woman who has been in politics her entire adult life who has used the media and is the very result of years of party politics and living above the law.

I keep thinking what Thomas Jefferson said:  Many days it keeps me sane.

The Government You Elect Is The Government You Deserve.”

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I had the privilege of working for Archibald Cox the year that he returned post Watergate to Harvard Law School to teach.  He was a humble man with a clear sense of right and wrong.  He was kind, sensitive to others, shy, a hard worker and who seemed to have a great love of family.  A man of greatness.  A true PROFILE IN COURAGE. As he was humbled,  I was also humbled working for him and sitting in his office watching his great mind think of the words he was about to dictate.  A man of greatness at work.  He was the bright spot out of the Watergate scandal.

Years after I left Cambridge, my husband and I went to a fundraiser in Phoenix for Common Cause and Archibald Cox was the Co-Chairman.  What a gracious man he was and I remember he said to me that he remembered me with fondness and my days working for him.

I ask you who stands among us today as a man of greatness who would fight against the political elite because of the immorality and the illegality of it all?  Who, also, would refuse to fire a man because it was just wrong despite a President’s orders?  Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus did.  More than that they were honorable enough to resign.  Cox, Ruckelshaus and Richardson. Men that I can admire. Imagine that today?

GOOD LUCK AMERICA.  Scary times.

Leigh

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I am going out on a limb here once again and say we, women, remember the very first times of many things.  Well, yeah!

Our first kiss, our first formal dance, the first time we had a ‘real’ boyfriend, our first speeding ticket…..and on and on it goes.  When we reach ‘our’ age, there are many firsts to remember.

Remember the first time you were called a ‘Ma’am’?  Hated it then and I hate it now.  I was taken aback and wondered just how old did she think I was?!  Yes, it was directed in my direction (!!)  from a young woman, who, by the way, is now a ‘ma’am’ herself.  Growing older smartened her up I’m sure.  Well, maybe not.

It made me feel older than I was and I was ticked off at the stupidity of it all.

Also, I hate, absolutely HATE, young waitresses, young women at the stores and in every other job and in all walks of life, who call me their ‘sweetie’, ‘sweetheart’, ‘honey’, ‘baby’ ‘darling’ and every other term of endearment that is directed to me every day.  I am NOT their whatever and I want to say it.  Rather, scream it but I never do.  My fault.  I want to but I don’t.  But should I?  I certainly don’t want to appear as an ‘old bitch’ or ‘old bitty’!!  Do I really care at my age what others think about me?  Hate to admit it but there it is.

Now, granted, I live in the deep South.  Georgia is the deep South.  Was and is.  I got my very first speeding ticket in a tiny little town in Georgia before there was a Rte 95.  Everyone driving to Florida had to slow down in the middle of all the small towns.  I didn’t in one and there he was.  Sirens blasting!  A big fat ticket of $50 which I could pay him in CASH or wait and go to court on Monday.  It was Saturday.  Boy, did he see me coming!  I was on my way to the University of Miami, Sophomore year, top down in my Mustang.  OUCH.

Not smart.  In fact, very dumb.  Handed him $50 cash and off I went crying (sobbing) my eyes out at my stupidity and the lack of the $50 in my pocket.  There is nothing worse then and now than being taken advantage of.  Never did like it.  The very worse part of this story is that the Officer took my money and then had the audacity of saying, ‘Thank you sweetie’.

My distaste for those terms of endearment probably began that day in that tiny little Georgia town.

I believe it is a lack of respect.  I’m not sure if the younger generations think that way but, since I am a girl who has my roots in New Jersey, I believe it is.  I would  never have thought to say to an older woman ‘thank you sweetie’ or ‘honey’ or ‘baby’!!  NEVER.  Maybe in Georgia it is merely the way these young women are brought up.  Young children are reared to say ‘Yes, Ma’am’ and ‘No, Ma’am’ as a courteous response.  Cringe.

Every time I hear it, I think back at the very first time I became that ‘Ma’am’.  One of those not-so-nice memories.

Oh well.  Whatcha gonna do Sweetie?

Leigh

LESSON #40 – YES MA’AM, NO MA’AM

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JUST A NOTE OF THANKS!!!

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The SENIOR CLASS is two!  A big huge thank you for reading and coming along with me on my retirement ride!  In September of 2014 I began this ride and with your help I have accumulated over 3,000 reads and 39 ‘lessons’ on various topics.

A little interest goes a long way.

I had better get cracking and write more, however.  So many partially completed ‘lessons’.

Absolutely LOVE your comments so please keep them coming.  We can certainly help each other on this journey with as much laughter as we can muster!  Feedback, as always, is much appreciated.  Also, if you have written something you would like to share, we can publish on this site.  Fun!

Leigh

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LESSON #39 – “SURE JAN”

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WOW!  All I can say is that we never stop learning!  Nor should we.  Once again I am amazed and astonished (much the same thing) at what I just don’t know.

We were so happy to join in with good friends to celebrate our Goddaughter’s 12th birthday.  Oh, how they grow up so fast but that is another writing.  The ‘big sister’ of the birthday girl entered into High School this year and she filled us in on what we don’t know, never heard of, ignorant to, blah blah blah.  Not a complete list. All I can say is I am definitely feeling OUT OF IT (I was accused of this many a times while my own children were growing up and OLD (haven’t been accused of this as yet…at least to my face)

EMOS.  Hey people, wake up!  These are the ‘Goth’ of my children’s generation. You know…the high schoolers who used to be in all black.  My daughter had them as well as my son.  Now they are the Emos group.  Black clothes, black makeup, black hair…..Black may be beautiful and Black Lives do Matter…but not talking about that.  Get with it people!

FURRIES!  Wait for it!……In this present day we all need to express ourselves.  High Schoolers as well.  Some believe they should have been born as one of our four legged friends beloved as they are.  Yep.  Cats, dogs, lions and tigers and bears OH MY!  These Furries go to school with tails and ears.  Sooooooo cute I say!  No problems say the Administrators.  You may pet them (on their heads) but don’t pull their tails.

MEMES.  We played this game.  I had no idea that there were Memes all around us, what a Meme was or is and my older Goddaughter informed us that there are levels of complexity to the Memes.  OH NO!  God help me.  I don’t completely get it all but I am trying.

GAYS.  As stated in previous blogs I have no trouble with the Gay population.  Everyone deserves to find happiness.  However, in our present day High Schools Gays are being extremely affectionate in the hallways during class breaks.  NOT THAT affectionate but affectionate short of THAT…you know!  We never discussed heterosexuals ‘making out‘ in the halls (‘Making out’ is my High School term back in the day.  Not sure whether they say this term now.  But, hey, this blog is for the Senior Class after all.  (Is it OK to say ‘Gays’?)

Personally, I try not to judge what is going on in this day and age.  Everything is changing so quickly.  I remember one day in my CHHSW school days that two girls walked into the school with granny dresses on.  Oh my….I thought the administrators were all seized by apoplexy and these girls were sent home immediately to dress appropriately.  Dumb then, certainly wouldn’t happen now.  Not with everything else going on in the hallways. Granny away!

FACEBOOK.  Sorry you are on the way out.  Figures!  My husband JUST set up his FB account only to see family photos posted and get back in touch with ‘old’ friends. Better late than never?

HELLO INSTAGRAM AND SNAPCHAT.

Snapchat launched in 2011 and basically is a photo and video messaging app.  Those photo and videos last only a short time, seconds, before they self destruct.  Think about it Seniors.  Why do you suppose this app is so popular?  We weren’t born yesterday!!

Instagram is another photo and video app.  Instagram enables users to share their photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.  Sorry, DK about Tumblr and Flickr and will admit never heard of them.  Whatever.

EMOJIS – Aren’t these just the cutest.  I think we all got this, yes?

These are the times that make man great.  What?  Well, maybe not great per se but informed and I intend to stay informed even if it is by way of talks with my Goddaughters.  I will have to see them more often and catch up.  LOVE them both with my thanks.

I must admit.  I want to know what happens with the Furries and the Emos and I must learn the ins and outs of the Meme complexities.

Happy learning y’all!

Leigh

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Check it out!  This is a Meme albeit a complex one!

 

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