Oh, to have such a president now: honorable, brave, experienced, thoughtful, modest, compassionate.

R.I.P., G.H.W.B.

The sixth of seven Bag Man podcasts dropped last week and I’m telling you: you must listen to this series.  The final line of Episode Six will knock your socks off for its relevance to today.  But don’t cheat: start at the beginning, with Episode One.

What do you do when there’s a criminal in the White House (the Vice President) who is vehemently denying all the allegations (though true) and attacking the press and the prosecutors for conducting “a witch hunt?”

What do you do when that criminal might very well become President, because the actual President at the time — Richard “I am not a crook” Nixon — was also in jeopardy of removal?

Nixon, it turns out, was guilty of treason, in President Johnson’s view, that ultimately cost 20,000 American lives (see the final two minutes of this clip).  And that’s not even what he was impeached for.

Oh — and here’s another question:

What do you do when there’s a criminal in the White House and the majority of the Senate, though representing a minority of the citizenry,  just doesn’t care?

The answer to that one I hope we never have to find out.  I hope they will care.  That if called upon to weigh the truthfulness of Trump against the truthfulness of Mueller, the FBI, and the Intelligence Community, they will be objective.

To help them, my friend David Durst offers this by way of context: “How amazing to see Trump continue to attack Mueller as unethical, untrustworthy, conflicted and  a coward.  Here is a comparison of the two: Donald J Trump:  Skirted military service due to a bone spur.  Robert Mueller: Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal (with Valor), Combat Action Ribbon, South Vietnam Gallantry Cross.  Appointed US Attorney by Ronald Reagan; Assistant Attorney General by George H. W. Bush; FBI Director by George W. Bush.  Registered Republican.”



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