Letter from the Past on Watergate

There are some very bright people in this community who say things far better than I can.

Other than a dwindling number of Obama acolytes, the American people are more than a bit annoyed with the false talking points told about a video which supposedly resulted in the death of a U.S. Ambassador and three others.

Had this not been just a few weeks before a Presidential election, most would be less irate.

Congratulations to my Berkshire County neighbor, Jim Balfanz of Stockbridge, MA, for reminding us of a similar pre-election scandal called Watergate.

Back then the media did their job, as they were wise to Nixon.

Today, they think their job is to serve Obama.

Most of the main stream media needs counseling, as they appear to be co-dependent on a very abusive President.

Question on Benghazi: What would be your position on this if George Bush or Ronald Reagan was sitting in the White House? For you who are old enough to remember, what became known as Watergate resulted in a president resigning ahead of being impeached for obstruction of justice — for an attempted cover-up (AKA lying) of a misdemeanor crime.

Benghazi resulted in the deaths of an American ambassador and other American citizens, and what is now known (with more to come) is that the cover-up (lying) is even worse than that which took down a prior president. Politicians, including the secretary of state and the president lied and Americans died, unlike the crimes involved in Watergate.

Americans died and politicians decided just before an election (as with Watergate) that politics were more important than the truth and that illegal actions were needed to keep them on track to win an election. Is this what you really support? Have we really sunk this low?

On February 7, 1973, the United States Senate voted to establish a select committee to investigate Watergate, with Sam Ervin named chairman the next day. The hearings held by the Senate Committee, in which John Dean and other former administration officials testified, were broadcast from May 17 to August 7, 1973. The three major networks of the time agreed to take turns covering the hearings live, each network thus maintained coverage of the hearings every third day, starting with ABC on May 17 and ending with NBC on August 7. An estimated 85 percent of Americans with television sets tuned in to at least one portion of the hearings.

It is time for the same process to take place with regard to Benghazi.

JIM BALFANZ

Stockbridge

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