Can America Afford Another Nixon?

Terry Paulson
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Posted: Oct 31, 2016 12:01 AM
Can America Afford Another Nixon?

Long before writing columns, I joined the rest of America fixated for months on the Watergate soap opera that eventually brought down President Richard Milhous Nixon. From “Deep Throat” to “Dirty Tricks,” from “I am not a crook” to Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974, we watched America avoid what might have become a republic-threatening Constitutional crisis. The scandal also “resulted in the indictment of 69 people, with trials or pleas resulting in 48 being found guilty.”

After my column supporting Trump on policy issues, I received many emails in support and some thoughtful emails of disagreement. One from a good Christian friend and Clinton supporter: “I have come to believe strongly that character tops policy.”

Yes, what we see and read about Donald Trump gives most some cause for concern. But the one-sided barrage of media scrutiny and coverage would be hard for any candidate to survive.

Media Research found that a “whopping 91 percent of news coverage about Donald Trump on the three broadcast nightly newscasts over the past 12 weeks has been ‘hostile.’” Donald Trump’s “locker room” comments and questionable actions reported by many women were the most covered stories. Certainly, sexual titillation brings eyeballs to headline news, but where are the collaborating facts to support these damaging allegations? And where is the media outrage over the actions of Hillary Clinton regarding Benghazi, her private server, and the lies that WikiLeaks keeps disclosing?

That is now sure to change. The FBI has reopened the investigation of Hillary Clinton on the basis of new emails found on the private email server belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.

This bombshell disclosed by FBI Director James Comey eleven days before the election adds fuel to the evidence already dogging her campaign. Can Hillary be trusted?

She lied to the FBI on numerous occasions and said 39 times “I do not recall.” Do not such lies speak volumes about her lack of character? Hillary deleted over 33,000 emails after receiving a subpoena from the U.S. Congress for those very documents. They had demanded all emails, not just the emails she deemed relevant.

Hillary denied last-minute requests for military support for Benghazi. Then, while repeatedly telling Americans the attacks were a result of an insulting video, told her daughter almost immediately that it was a planned attack. Is telling the truth to citizens important to you?

Even without recent allegations related to the Clinton Foundation, these actions could result in charges, that if convicted, would put Hillary Clinton in jail, not the White House. As Trump has shared, Four Star General James Cartwright may be sentenced to five years in prison and charged a substantial fine for lying on just one occasion to the FBI.

Donald Trump’s public statements may give him poor grades on public decency. His behavior with women, if backed up by facts, may come to top Bill Clinton’s womanizing track record. You may not trust either alone with a daughter you love, but why would you entrust Hillary Clinton in leading the country you love?

In this divisive election, can we afford the risk of electing a president who could be indicted for multiple offenses? Top Republican leaders eventually went to Nixon to let him know that they would not stand in the way of his impeachment. Nixon eventually resigned to avoid the public disgrace. Would Clinton?

Many will still vote for Clinton because of critical policy priorities. But if you are undecided and worry about Trump’s character, take heart in the comments of Liz Crokin, a journalist covering Trump for over a decade: “In all my years covering him I’ve never heard anything negative about the man until he announced he was running for president. Keep in mind, I got paid a lot of money to dig up dirt on celebrities like Trump for a living so a scandalous story on the famous billionaire could’ve potentially sold a lot of magazines and would’ve been a ‘yuge’ feather in my cap. Instead, I found that he doesn’t drink alcohol or do drugs, he’s a hardworking businessman and totally devoted to his beloved wife and children. On top of that, he’s one of the most generous celebrities in the world with a heart filled with more gold than his $100 million New York penthouse.” Vote Trump.