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Listen To You Tell Me Texas Friday 8/26/16

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People are beginning to compare the never-ending Hillary Clinton email saga to Watergate. That is not good news for Mrs. Clinton and it’s even worse news for the country.

In June 1972, operatives for President Richard Nixon’s re-election campaign broke into the Democratic National Committee’s offices at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C. The purported reason for the burglary was an attempt to photograph key Democratic campaign documents and to place wiretaps in the phones.

When news of the burglary first came to light, Nixon was initially able to keep his distance from it. But that didn’t last. The story refused to die. Nearly every week, some new bit of information would come to light. Month-by-month, attempts by Nixon and his aides to put the Watergate affair in the rear view mirror failed. Every denial turned out to be a lie. Every attempt to dismiss Watergate as a minor burglary served only to make it look worse.

As we know, the Watergate scandal would eventually hound Richard Nixon from office. Watergate happened long before email was invented. But for a reel-to-reel tape recorder in the Oval Office – one put there at President Richard Nixon’s direction – Nixon  might have skated on Watergate.

Hillary Clinton’s problem is much more persistent because emails are more persistent. Once an email is created and sent, it is virtually impossible to eradicate it.

A constantly enlarging pool of such emails strongly suggests misconduct by Hillary Clinton every bit as egregious as that of Richard Nixon. What can be publicly discerned gives the unmistakable appearance that she effectively sold access to the office of the Secretary of State for financial and political gain.

The evidence strongly indicates that she used a charitable foundation bearing her name and under her de facto control as a conduit for “contributions” that look disturbingly like payments for access to her office.

Just as Team Nixon could never seem to escape the Watergate story, Team Hillary cannot seem to escape a steady stream of potentially incriminating revelations stemming from Hillary’s emails.

At this point in Watergate, there was no conclusive proof that Nixon was directly guilty of anything. But the whole thing stunk like a polecat.

Just as email-Gate now stinks.

That, however, is where email-Gate and Watergate parallels begin to diverge.

By this point in Watergate – 14 months after it first came to light – Richard Nixon was in real political trouble. His approval rating in the polls had crashed to a dismal 31 percent. The national media – at that time the three big TV networks and the major-city daily papers – were on him relentlessly.

Such has not happened for Mrs. Clinton – even though her ‘pay-for-play’ emails are every bit as malodorous as the Watergate revelations were.

Republicans, together with a large majority of the American people, renounced Richard Nixon.

That Democrats and a majority of Americans are sticking with Hillary is telling us that the country has dramatically changed since 1974.

And not for the better.

Paul Gleiser

Paul L. Gleiser is president of Gleiser Communications, LLC, licensee of radio stations KTBB 97.5 FM/AM600, 92.1 The Team FM & KYZS in Tyler-Longview, Texas.

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6 Responses

  1. Buddy Saunders says:

    I was a new first-year middle school teacher in Grand Prairie and even then a Republican when Watergate came on the scene. I started a petition among my fellow teachers, a petition signed by many, asking President Nixon to come clean regarding his role in the Democratic break in. We sent that petition to President Nixon because we wanted a president to be honest and forthright.

    Yes, times have indeed changed. Too many people seem altogether comfortable with a serial liar becoming our next president. While Nixon was very wrong in what he did–I have to believe is condoned much that happened in Watergate–I equally believe his motive had nothing to do with personal enrichment. Contrast that with Hillary Clinton who has shown herself ready to sell out anything and anyone, including her own country, for personal gain.

  2. Linda E Montrose says:

    Guess I am one of the few who has stood by Nixon, even now. What he did was nothing new and continues even today and guess who is at the bottom of it? Yes, the democrats!!! Nixon was a strange bird to be sure, but the one thing that NO ONE can say about him…EVER, is that he did not love his Country. clinton loves nothing but power, at anyones expense…it doesn’t matter to her or her husband who they run over or destroy as long as they gain more power. Nixon’s intentions we will never know for sure, but you can be sure of one thing, his intentions were more honorable than anything clinton has ever done in her life. I can not understand how people can keep thinking so badly of Nixon when hillary has shown to the world how evil she really is!!! I’ll take Nixon anyday!!!

  3. Ron Willis says:

    Nixon did so much good during his time in office, but it was his stubborn pettiness that he will be remembered for, and that finally did him in. The news media never gave him the teflon armor that it gave to each of the Clintons. There’s nothing that Bill or Hill could do or say at this point that would keep the media from being her biggest cheerleader. She will be your next president.

  4. R. Eagleman says:

    Let us not forget one of the House Judiciary Committee staff members who did everything in her power to remove President Nixon from office was none other than this paragon of virtue, Hillary Clinton. In the famous words of the Obamas’ pastor and mentor, “the chickens are coming home to roost”. If not for the sycophant media protection, this bird would already be roosted in a pen somewhere. Ah yes, the unbiased media remind me of my trip to Sea World and the chorus of clapping seals. The media are given constitutional protections to be watchdogs not lapdogs, but since the journalism curricula have sunk into such low standards for admission and graduation, we are now witnessing the products of that lack of ethical training. Incompetence and lack of media ethics help explain why they are not more critical of the horrible acts of Islamic terror, as when these maniacs are in control, journalists and gays are usually number 1 & 2 on their decapitation hit parade. It is truly amazing to watch how they are so diligent in their investigations of conservatives and Republican candidates, and yet their total lack of curiosity about Hillary’s multitude of scandals. When you combine the loss of objective media with the complicity of the F.B.I. and the I.R.S., our country is being transformed from a representative republic to a banana republic. I guess we should have paid closer attention to candidate Obama when he promised a fundamental transformation of our country.

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