Wednesday, November 16, 2005


On November 17, 1973, thirty-two years ago, President Richard M. Nixon told the Associated Press, ""People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." Nine months later, on August 8, 1974, he resigned in disgrace, having tried in vain to cover up crooked, political trickery.

We know that at about this time, a young George Bush was going into hiding, ducking his reponsibility to the Texas Air National Guard. A sure sign of character.

But where were Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld at the time? As it turns out, Rummy was White House counsel, and Cheney his deputy assistant. Corruption of power and complete loss of moral clarity stick on these guys like mud on swine.

So let's fix ourselves a daiquiri, pull up a beanbag chair, put on the Beverley Hillbillies, and reminisce. Think back to a time when the standard was set for poor taste and absense of integrity. When Elvis was king, there was no Prince, and the Jester was you and me. The No.1 song: "Keep on Truckin'" by Eddie Kendricks.