[Historical Note: The Red Tide was a revolutionary high school underground newspaper and youth organization that existed from 1971-1981. See: http://theredtide.wordpress.com/]
Red Tide, Vol. 2, No. 6 [Issue #10]
Watergate: Same Song and Dance
[By Michael Letwin]
The Watergate affair is undoubtedly one of the most revealing occasions of the methods used in ruling this country. The list of illegal actions that the Government has taken in its rule is growing daily.
One of the really good effects that this has (along with such exposes as IT&T’s involvement in Chile) is that the American people are beginning more and more to believe that the Government, be it Democratic or Republican, resort to tactics which it consistently denies employing.
It has become obvious to all that the Government is not a neutral instrument of “good”, but rather that it serves very distinct interests, both of the people in office, and of the corporations that they represent.
Many Democrats and Republicans both are calling for the resignation or impeachment of Nixon, for it is apparent that he was not ignorant of the Watergate incident. Many McGovern-type Democrats are saying “We told you so”, etc.
However much of this liberal outcry against Watergate is hypocritical. No one in the major political parties made noise about illegal acts against people who challenged the Government’s actions in the past.
One must only remember what happened to the Black Panther Party recently, or of the workers movement of the last century to recognize the illegal government frame-ups and massacres that are as much a part of the U.S. political system as Nixon is of Watergate.
The liberals were quiet then, just as quiet as their opponents, the Republicans. What the liberals and even some conservatives now object to is the fact that these methods are being used against one of the two ruling class parties, the Democrats.
But many voters are more sophisticated about Watergate than the politicians would like. According to a Gallup poll of May 5th, nearly 2/3 believe that the Nixon administration is no more corrupt than the administrations of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy or Johnson.
Many people have said that Watergate and the Nixon administration are breaking down “traditional American democratic values”. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Nixon administration is doing a fine job of carrying on the lies, deceit and anti-democratic measures that every administration before it has done.
What is exposed is Nixon’s farce of “law and order”, which he himself has violated. This contradiction is ample evidence of the bankruptcy of a system of law order that operates for the rich instead of the working many.
Perhaps from now on, many more people will not be fooled by false propaganda from either party as to the cleanliness of its laundry, for both are using a broken washing machine.