Tuesday, 13 March 2018

don’t confuse me with the facts. i’ve got a closed mind.

Serving as a reminder that even in these dark days, the arc of history bends towards justice, we would do good to recall the infamous gaffe of Indiana congressman and noted Nixonian sycophant Earl Fredrick Landgrebe.
Staunchly defending the seemingly indefensible actions of Richard Nixon throughout the Watergate Hearings even as documents surfaced demonstrating that Nixon himself directed aids to hinder the investigation of the break-in, Landgrebe pledged, “I am going to stick with my president even if he and I have to be taken out of this building and shot.” In lieu of impeachment, the very next day (8 August 1974) Nixon tendered his resignation and stepped down from high office. For his pledge of loyalty, Landgrebe was voted out of the House of Representatives a few months later. While such historical anecdotes are heartening, we’d also do well to remember that Americans—as well as dozens of other nations past and present—have systematically surrendered their political will and power by consenting to allow governments to work towards the advantage of business and personal enrichment rather than for the betterment of society.