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On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." :: Arundhati Roy ::

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Monday, May 24, 2004  

Any Republican leaders up for an inspiring history read?

"Thirty years ago, a Republican president, facing impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate, was forced to resign because of unprecedented crimes he and his aides committed against the Constitution and people of the United States. Ultimately, Richard Nixon left office voluntarily because courageous leaders of the Republican Party put principle above party and acted with heroism in defense of the Constitution and rule of law."

Apparently Barry Goldwater, a Republican Senator during President Nixon's term, gathered influential republican leaders together to firmly advised Nixon to resign. They placed "principle over politics" and dissociated the Republican Party from Nixon's presidential politics. And in 1968, Democratic leaders (including Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, Robert Kennedy) advised then-president Lyndon Johnson to not run for a second term due to his botched Vietnam War policies.

Carl Bernstein, co-author of All the President's Men and one of the investigative journalists who blew open the Watergate scandal, writes that Republican leaders are not holding President Bush accountable for his presidency. Check it out, it's a quick read. Makes me wonder which Republican congresspeople or party leaders would ever come out and hold Bush accountable, and uplift the respect of the party.

posted by Anjali Taneja | 5/24/2004 11:52:00 PM | |


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