The year was 1974, and what a year it was. With allegations against the President of the United States and subsequently the impeachment of President Nixon, the nation was in peril. We survived. Perhaps a little scarred, a little less trusting of our government, a little more wise or at the very least angry enough and intelligent enough and willing enough to see it through to the eventual resignation of the president.
The Impeachment can be found at: Nixon Articles of Impeachment.
So, where are we today? We know our Fourth Amendment rights have been violated. We know our First Amendment rights have been trampled upon. You would think the American Citizenry would be up in arms with using the Internal Revenue Service to intimidate conservative groups and inhibit their rights to free speech.
All which looks an awful lot like what we saw during the investigation into Richard M. Nixon.
Violated the First amendment rights of persons to freedom of speech, and violated the Fourth amendment rights of persons to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures.
We have an ongoing investigation into the Benghazi attack, with no information, no immediate interviewing the survivors , no intelligence gathering, We learned within days, the consulate attack stemmed from a YouTube video. A global manhunt ensued for the producer of the film. And the people were pacified…but not all.
We are in the midst of repeating High Crimes and Misdemeanors.
Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation … it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.
James Garfield, the twentieth president of the United States, 1877
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
Patrick Henry, American colonial revolutionary
The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.
If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.