Red Tide, Vol. 3, No. 2 [Issue #12]
Nixon: Same Song & Dance
[By Michael Letwin]
The prevailing mood in regards to Nixon these days seems to be that he should be impeached if he refuses to resign.
The reasons for these types of fairly drastic action are numerous and clear. Whether or not Nixon has been proved guilty in the courts of each and every charge against him, from bribes from the dairy industry to “accidental” tape erasures of subpoenaed tapes, he has without a doubt lost the confidence of most Americans.
Nixon’s most atrocious crime, that of the illegal and near-genocidal bombings and [w]ar in Southeast Asia, which amounts to no less than mass murder on a scale comparable to that of the Nazis, is an undisputed fact. So are the many wage freezes, welfare and health cutbacks that have hurt working and poor people so much during his term of office. Unfortunately, these are not the issues [that] are being raised usually in the mass media. All of these actions, especially the “campaign of dirty tricks” and the Watergate cover-ups[,] have caused a widespread disillusionment and cynicism not only with the Nixon administration and the Republican party, but also with the Democrats and the political system and politicians generally.
ALL ARE CORRUPT
And rightfully so! This kind of corruption is not limited to those in the present administration or party. There was an equally destructive war in Southeast Asia before Nixon was in office. In fact, all the dirty tricks that have been used by the Republicans against the Democrats in last election have been used on a much more vicious scale by all administrations against the leftwing movements, workers, minority and women’s liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s, just to mention the more recent examples.
An example of this is the recently disclosed memo from J. Edgar Hoover to the FBI declaring war on groups and individuals “who spout revolution and unlawfully challenge society to obtain their demands.” This was in May of 1968, under Johnson’s Democratic administration.
Many people are realizing that instead of just a few individuals, we have a corrupt political system.
[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/]