Do you remember President Richard M. Nixon?
I do. Very clearly.
Whether or not you remember him, history will forever remember that he was the rotten core of the early 1970s, internationally disgraceful, Watergate Scandal.
According to Wikipedia, Nixon gave a series of 4 televised interviews to British journalist, David Frost:
“In part 3, Frost asked Nixon about the legality of the president’s actions. In the context of American national security, Nixon replied: ‘Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.'”
While many of his minions received lengthy prison sentences for their various involvements in the crime, Nixon himself was permitted to resign from his presidency, to narrowly escape his impending impeachment.
To many Americans, it was a huge slap in the face when his successor ensured that he would never face any criminal charges or other accountability for his illegal actions, by immediately issuing a pre-emptive presidential pardon to him for all of his crimes, while citing the need for the country “to heal.”
So, instead of languishing in a well-deserved federal prison cell, Nixon spent the remaining years of his life as a free man, living on his private ranch, writing books, giving political advice, and being lauded in many circles as “an elder statesman.”
This seems like a relevant time to remember the old saying:
“Behavior that is rewarded is repeated.”
Update, January 15, 2021, 9:30am: Before I wrote this post, I hadn’t seen or heard anyone else mention Nixon. This morning, I saw that some people remember him.
I think that’s a hopeful sign.
Update, January 23, 2021, 9:00am: I think that this is another hopeful sign.
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