Skip to comments.Trey Gowdy and the Real Lesson of Watergate (1973 Democrats blocked investigation of LBJ.)
Posted on 05/09/2014 7:06:13 PM PDT by Kaslin
It is the real lesson of Watergate.
As South Carolinas Congressman Trey Gowdy, the new chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, begins his task, it is worth recalling a lesson from Watergate. Specifically a lesson about the creation of what became known as the Senate Watergate Committee and how the Senate Republicans of 1973 lost a fight that literally changed the course of American history.
The date is November 17, 1972. The Democrats in the United States Senate are not happy with the results of the just concluded presidential election in which their nominee and Senate colleague, South Dakotas Senator George McGovern, had lost 49 states all but Massachusetts and the District of Columbia to President Richard Nixon.
In the middle of the campaign back in June the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee had been burglarized. Among other things, the objective was to bug the phones to monitor the DNC Chairman, ex-JFK and LBJ White House aide Lawrence OBrien. The story had been a detail of the campaign, but a small one. Not until October had the story gained any kind of traction, moving in a bigger way from print media and the hands of the Washington Posts young reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to television. Walter Cronkite at CBS had spent two nights in a row on the scandal, a big deal in a day where the three TV networks only had a single half-hour news show at the dinner hour. There were strands of a story a connection between Nixons re-election committee, the story of an intelligence fund at the committee. And not much else. The news reports had no effect whatsoever on Nixons impending landslide victory.
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
Here’s the real lesson of Watergate:
In 1972, Richard Nixon got 520 electoral votes and 60.7% of the popular votes. Despite this enormous victory, the Democrats determined to get rid of him and overturn the results of the election.
From that moment, everything they said, everything they did, was focused like a laser on their desired result. They knew what they were doing, they did it, and they won.
“Every single e-mail involved in this episode must be placed in the hands of Gowdys committee. Every relevant person involved from high to low should find themselves sitting at that witness table. America can spend the summer getting to know not only what Hillary Clinton did and where the President was and what he was doing exactly. The country can learn just who is Tom Donilon, anyway? Who is Ben Rhodes? Probe the Dudes memory and go over the scribblings of Tommy Vietor. Find every secretary, every night watchman. Be as thorough in investigating Obama as those Senate Democrats and, yes, the Republicans were in investigating Richard Nixon. Just follow the facts.”
Great and timely find! Thanks!
I never knew this history, LBJ bugged Nixon via the FBI? And in ‘64, bugged Goldwater. Bookmarked.
Great article. Did not know about the Dems using the FBI to bug the 1964 and 1968 GOP campaigns.
Shame on Hoover for not telling LBJ to take a hike.
I could never understand why the Dems made such a big deal about a political burglary, but it was to destroy Nixon.
Nixon had successfully fought the Communists, especially the traitor Alger Hiss. The Dems, who have been Commies themselves for many years, had it in for them ever since Hiss was convicted in 1949-1950.
The book “Witness” by Whittaker Chambers details those years and how many Commies the Soviets had in DC in the Federal government starting in the mid 1930s. Many of these, Hiss included, became influential, and set the stage for the Cold War from 1946-1991.
The Dems are true enemies of America. This election MUST put them back into minority status.
Our future depends on it.
Excellent article, well worth reading. Thanks.
The 1960 election should have been thoroughly investigated as well...What did the Mob do, and when did they do it? ;)
I thought of that too. We have a risk of the Rats rewriting history. Already have, I know that.
In fact, via my last post, I was reading up on Lee Harvey Oswald, impoverished he was, he took Marina to a maternity ward in New Orleans to give birth to one of their daughters. Oswald left, so he wouldn’t have to pay and said something like “The President’s father bought him the presidency and we can’t even afford to have a baby”. Oswald left the ward so to avoid paying and I guess the State or Charity would handle it.
I can see in 2050 somebody writing the same thing about Obama.....I hope that we improve over time but I don’t have much faith in that we will.
I had a close friend, now passed, who was in the Oval Office when LBJ received a message stating that a Republican operative whose phone had been bugged (and knew it) had told a caller that he couldn't respond because his phone was bugged -- however, he was on his way to the airport and would call en route.
LBJ immediately phoned somebody at the FBI and instructed them to bug every phone booth between the RNC and Dulles (the airport where the Republican was headed). The phone booths at Dulles were already bugged...
Watergate was about one of Nixon’s staffers trying to get risqué pictures of his wife from the Democrats’ escort service. It was still in court a few years ago. Maybe it still is.
I had never heard that history re LBJ, but it sure fits.
In time, the second shoe will drop. The Administration will announce that they will not cooperate with the Committee and will refuse to respond to its subpoenas.
All of us should be aware that the Democrats will adopt a total stonewall as their defense.
Presumably, Gowdy (and Boehner) are aware of this possible course. What will be their reaction to it? What do you think it should be?
What are the possibilities? I’m sure they will do what they can do.
Boehner’s a doormat just as much as Trey Gowdy is a bulldog.
Trey will declare, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!!” while Boehner is crying & applying tanning cream.
Gowdy’s a Cinncinatus; he doesn’t regard a Congressional career as the highest of all goals, unlike the tanned Ohioan. If the GOP-E backstabs him, he’ll come back to South Carolina; we here have much that he can do for the cause of liberty.
All of us should be aware that the Democrats will adopt a total stonewall as their defense.
You are likely correct. Except for the press (newspapers were big then) Nixon would have gotten away with his stonewalling.
Well, what goes round, comes round . That is never more true than for dishonesty and lying and it will be so much fun watching the Hildebeast squirm under Gowdys cool gaze. Remember, that during Watergate, Clinton worked for Jerry Zeifman who fired her and said she was an unethical, dishonest lawyer, .. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.
My Texas born and bred parents were lifelong Republicans back in the days before we even had John Tower.
The reason was that my mother worked as a high level telephone operator manager in Austin in the days when LBJ set up Lady Bird to own and operate that city.
My mother said that there were only a handful operators who were allowed to connect calls from “certain parties”.
They were the ones who knew that their families would have goons show up with threats if they ever listened in on the conversations.
She retired to raise me and my siblings not long after, but the memories stayed.
She was also convinced that LBJ was in on the assassination. No proof, she just knew how his M.O.
this is why Republicans speaking glowingly of Compromise is ridiculous. Dems will never play nice. They’re ruthless at achieving their goals.
The best book I’ve read about Watergate, is the ‘Watergate Amendment’ by John Fitzgerald. It is a great read and a lot more than just Watergate!
1. Go to court. That's where disputes between the Legislative and the Executive are usually resolved. The 1st Circuit, however, is a mixed bag and it would be quite possible to end up with a judge who won't recognize an open and shut case of Administration lawlessness.
2. Assign the House Sergeant-at-Arms to arrest whoever refuses to respond to the Committee's subpoena and seize the evidence requested. It is unclear, however, whether the House actually retains this weaponry -- it hasn't been deployed for eighty years (not since 1934).
3. Take House action to defund something critical to the Administration, pending a satisfactory response. Such action, however, would require the Speaker to stand for the Committee and its investigatory objective. Not a certainty, in my mind.
Perhaps, there are more. And I would suggest that Chairman Gowdy is investigating them all.
I know I am splitting hairs, since the Media is made up of 99% Dems (or political parties further to the left), but I'll cast the mainstream Media members as the true enemies of America. The Democrats could never get away with their fraud, lies, and crimes if they did not have the entire Media wing running interference for them. That is why the Government-Media complex is trying constantly to control the Internet - one small corner of the Information world that is not completely owned by the Leftists.... (I suppose I should make a pitch at this point for the Freep donations ...).
Old book “It Didn’t Start With Watergate”, by Victor Lasky, shows how what Nixon was involved in was no worse than and in may ways just a continuation of what many of his predecessors including Kennedy and Johnson had been doing - but then as now the press looked the other way for what ‘rats were involved in while the likes of Rather, Brokaw, and Donaldson pursued Nixon with everything they had - and then as now Republicans were not a match for the ‘rats in relentlessness and ruthlessness......
Yes, he was our teacher.
One sentence I remember from US v. Nixon, 1974:
“We are a nation of laws, not men.”
Barry “I Won” Soetero must have missed that one in his con law lesson plans.
Right out of the gate - a congenital liar -
excerpt: “Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, called Clinton a liar and an unethical, dishonest lawyer.
He contends Clinton was collaborating with allies of the Kennedys to block revelation of Kennedy-administration activities that made Watergate look like a day at the beach.
Whether they like it or not their only two options are to Impeach and refuse to authorize another dime of money.
It's the only power they have.
We got to get the Democrats out of power—we must vow to drive out each and every Democrat from power and replace them with GOP Conservatives—House, Senate and White House. ONLY then will we find out the truth.
He is a Democratic political operative, elevated by the Clinton's in the ‘90’s from bureaucratic mediocrity to an influential position in the Secretary of State's office. They embedded Donilon in Fannie Mae as a lawyer and lobbyist from 1999 to 2005—a period marked by mismanagement, corruption and insolvency in an institution blamed for the 2008 financial meltdown. Donilon is the prime suspect in a series of leaks of classified information in 2012 aimed at making President Obama appear competent in national security policy. These included the Stuxnet cyberworm, a U.S. informant inside al Qaeda in Yemen, a claim that Obama has a “kill list” he uses to okay drone attacks on terrorists, and more.
It chronicles the domination of the dems since the Roosevelt years and the arrogance it's given them. It's an arrogance that allows them to be corrupt, and not blush. It explains a lot.
I hope Gowdy understands who it is we are dealing with. The evil they personify has become more than just slightly unsettling.
This is one fantastic article
Then there was the illegal gun-running operation that cost a border agent his life. Nixon also slept through an attack on American embassy, then perpetuated a cover story for months, misleading the victim's families and the American people. And then there was the collection of everyone's phone calls by the NSA. That Nixon was a real monster.
Here we have proof-positive that Dummycrats should never ever be given political power. They use it like tin pot dictators in Third World satraps.
Lock-stepping Dummycrats spit on those hallowed vestiges of a government they would destroy---they want total power. The power-mad Clintons' grasp for power over and over again is terrifying.
If the Dummycrats had any sense whatsoever they would know that since the 11th century, the system of "Checks and Balances" was initiated in the Great Council Halls of Venice to keep the all-powerful Doges in check.
We need checks and balances now more then ever----to keep the power-crazed Clintons and lock-stepping Dummycrats from trampling us under their feet.
Republican congressman promises House will stop Obamas abuse of power
Coach is Right ^ | 2/20/14 | Doug Book FR Posted by Oldpuppymax
Barack Hussein Obama has spent 5 years ignoring both the law of the land and constitutionally imposed limits on the power of the presidency. So far, republicans in both the House and Senate have done precious little to take this corrupt, Marxist plant to task on his countless abuses of executive authority.
But on Monday, during a segment with FOX News political analyst Jeanine Pirro, Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina promised viewers that the House will use the power of the purse to end Obamas obsession with rule rather than governance.
When Pirro asked the congressman if House republicans were actually going to DO it, Gowdy energetically responded Blank Yeah, (just in case his mother was watching.) more at coachisright.com ...
The only Watergate-Benghazi (F&F, IRS, ...) comparisons that interest me are the outcomes.
The guys who ran Nixon out of office were pros. We’ll see how Boehner and McConnell stack up.
Our future depends on it.
This can not be repeated and shout out enough
Noobie: Where do you get the ridiculous idea that the republican want to compromise on this? *rme*