Friday, September 2, 2016

The Integrity Slide

On August 9, 1974, ex-president Richard M Nixon walked away from the White House never to return.

He didn't leave without a fight, but once it was clear he had lied and tried to cover up several "incidences," and the threat of impeachment hung like Damocle's sword over his head, he resigned.

Worried about the upcoming election with George McGovern, he and members of his staff bugged the democratic party's national headquarters. In the 1972 election, he won with over 60% of the vote-- a landslide. Had his crimes put him at an advantage?

His crimes, his cover-ups, were a great loss to America. A great loss.

Richard Nixon was a diplomat who created a bridge with China. He ended the war with Vietnam, and because of Viet Cong fear of him, once he resigned, they invaded South Vietnam. His administration is known for transferring power from the federal government back to the states. He is credited for initiating anti missile treaties with the Soviet Union.  His skills benefitted more than the United States.

His mistakes, his insecurities, his lack of integrity, not only hurt himself, but hurt our nation.

In 1992, President Clinton once again confirmed a president of the United States could convincingly lie to save his skin. Though impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury, the Senate acquittal allowed him to finish out his term and accomplish some important milestones as president. He brought health care to children; he helped bring peace to Northern Ireland.

The integrity slide continues. Whether it's an 18 minute gap in tape recordings or missing emails,  or "I don't remembers," or "I don't knows," it hurts our country.

This time it's the head of Homeland Security. In a July 3, 2016 congressional hearing, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, is questioned about a former Homeland Security employee who testified that during 2009, over 800 customs and border patrol documents and emails with Islamic terminology were scrubbed clean or deleted. The secretary throws up his hand and says he knows nothing about it. When pressed, he acknowledges that he never looked into it, even though it was testimony in a judicial hearing.

One of the main reasons this concerns me is Homeland Security has identified elections as an infrastructure they are responsible for. Mr. Johnson has hinted, most recently at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, that Homeland Security may intervene. A HS website document states that HS is in conversation with states concerning the protection of elections.

Oh...and the other main reason for my concern is that the head of national security who "doesn't know anything"  about a judicial committee inquiry, may also "not know anything" about an election anomaly.

The slide continues.