History Lesson

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx.

On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night Massacre.

Yet, the differences are stark.

The resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General Bill Ruckelshaus and the firing of Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox came in the middle of an East-West crisis.

On Oct. 6, 1973, the high holy day of Yom Kippur, in a surprise attack, Egyptian troops crossed the Suez Canal and breached Israel’s Bar Lev Line. Syria attacked on the Golan Heights.

Within days, 1,000 Israeli soldiers were dead, hundreds of tanks destroyed, dozens of planes downed by Soviet surface-to-air missiles. As Egypt’s army broke through in the Sinai, there came reports that Moshe Dayan was arming Israeli F-4s with nuclear weapons.

“This is the end of the Third Temple,” Dayan was quoted.

Nixon ordered every U.S. transport that could fly to deliver tanks and planes to Israel. Gen. Ariel Sharon crossed the Canal to the west and rolled north to cut off and kill the Egyptian 3rd army in Sinai.

The Gulf Arabs declared an oil embargo of the United States.

We got reports that nuclear-capable Russian ships were moving through the Dardanelles and Soviet airborne divisions were moving to airfields. U.S. nuclear forces were put on heightened alert.

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The only hysteria I saw was in the comment section. 2 things became clear –

1) Most right-wingers seem to think the Catholic church invented marriage, and that it always has been between 1 man and 1 woman, with no dissent until the 1960’s
2) God was ok with slavery, segregation, attempted genocide, child labour, etc … but letting 2 men marry is just too far and America will PAY for it

No doubt some people here believe that, but my guess is most of the population does not. Those readers should be hysterical that they’re a dying breed.


I think Erick is correct about this (hysteria). I blame the “Obamamaniacs” for the problem. There can be no other reason.


Quote: “This voter suppression legislation will deprive tens of thousands of eligible voters of their right to vote, with a disproportionate impact on youth, seniors, Indigenous people, new Canadians, the homeless, and people with disabilities.”

You mean to tell me that these same people are also disproportionately under-serviced by federal and provincial governments, to the point where they cannot offer ANY additional proof of identity? Seriously?
There’s a big, stinking pile of BS underneath the fuzzy-bunny (logical) slippers of that argument.