Thursday, March 14th, 2013
My Dear America:
I just finished watching what I understand to be the final presentation of the Conference sponsored by Common Cause titled "The Lessons Of Watergate."
The presentation was by John Nichols, a journalist for "The Nation."
Mr. Nichol's presentation, like all of those other presentations that I watched on my computer during the past two days, was interesting, exciting and very informative. As a Watergate Junkie for many years I was struck by the number of Watergate Scandal involved individuals who were apparently attending the conference. John Dean, Daniel Ellsberg, Richard Ben Veniste, William Cohen and Elizabeth Holtzman, just to name a few.
There were many outstanding presenters and many incredible moments even for those of us who were not there in person.
I want to personally thank Common Cause and especially the Administrators and Staff of Common Cause for putting on a very worthwhile and interesting presentation for everyone who was there and for those of us who could only make it online. I hope Common Cause is able to put the entire live stream broadcast on their website for people to enjoy the Conference for years to come.
Even more important to me than learning about Watergate was learning more about Common Cause and what those of us who call ourselves liberals or progressives owe this outstanding organization. Common Cause has been in the forefront of advocating for the people of America who often times do not have anyone else standing up for them. Common Cause has been advocating for you and I, America for a very long time and it appears will be continuing to be planning to do so for a lot longer.
I feel lucky that we all continue to have Common Cause looking out for us in the New World of Big Bucks Politics and little attention paid to to High Crimes and Misdemeanors involving our Political Leaders.
I learned some things from this outstanding Conference that I am sure will continue to stick with me over the years. I learned that one of the possible reasons for some of the Nixon White House Plumbers burglaries might have been to find out in 1972 if Democrats were aware that Richard Nixon had convinced North Vietnam not to be involved in peace talks in 1968 until after Nixon won the White House. That was a mind blower to be sure.
Another bit of information that blew my mind was the revelation that the Administration with the most legal prosecutions pressing reporters to reveal their sources using the threat of jail is the Obama Administration by a wide margin.
Neither of these startling bits of information can be designated good news but I believe that good or bad, Americans need to know and learn how to deal with the Truth and that, indeed, the truth truly shall make them free.
We in America have many problems, almost too many to fix. The news we hear daily is mostly bad news, news stories showing how things are going from bad to worse. Its a shame that we have to tolerate the bad news with the good but I am thankful that we have organizations like Common Cause that are truly looking out for us, for Americans of all Genders, Colors and Stations in Life.
Thank You, Common Cause for being there for us for so long, for putting on this Conference and for keeping the Democratic Ball rolling in these seriously strange and difficult times.
All Americans who benefit from your Tenacity, your Courage and your Truth continue to support you and wish you well in all of your struggles.