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When Nixon resigned, everyone gave each other a pat on the back, said "check and balances worked, all is well", and went on about their business as if nothing had happened.

That isn't how I see it. Methinks Nixon's resignation ultimately led to Carter's election, but facing the worsening crisis of the end seventies, people got fed up with reality and gave up, turning to fantasy (Star Wars, disco and pop music, makeup, supply-side economics), and elected Reagan.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Dec 26th, 2006 at 05:08:04 PM EST
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A while ago, Santorum made an analogy with The Lord of The Rings on the subject of the War on Terror. When I read that, it came to me that the "conservative" movement, as a whole, was engaged in a sort of role playing game, only using reality as a platform...

Happyness is not virtue's reward but virtue itself Spinoza
by caribeyandino on Tue Dec 26th, 2006 at 10:07:45 PM EST
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Watergate entailed a long list of serious crimes; only the most superficial were ever investigated, let alone prosecuted.  

The underlying structure that made the abuses possible was left in place.  Not an accident, I think.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Wed Dec 27th, 2006 at 05:05:26 AM EST
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I suppose I am referring to Ford's words "Our long national nightmare is over".

When the same words are uttered about Bush, I won't believe them either unless the Democrats set about undoing Bush's damage, which they won't because the imperial presidency is very convenient, if only you hold it.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Dec 27th, 2006 at 06:12:29 AM EST
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