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The Culture of the Cover Up - A Tricky Spin on Weiner

By Greg L | 12 June 2011 | National Politics | 6 Comments

Guest post by Sanford D. Horn

A Weiner by any other name is still a Nixon.

In this, the month of the cover up of all cover ups, US Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) should have learned a lesson from history that the cover up and subsequent lies are typically worse than the original act.

June 17, 1972 – a date that should have lived in obscurity was the Watergate break-in – the name that would lend itself to political scandals henceforth and forever more. Travel-gate, Monica-gate, Nanny-gate, Trooper-gate, and now, Weenie-gate, which will no doubt permeate the nightmares of many for some time to come.

Watergate – a third-rate burglary by the famed “Plumbers” unit, whether authorized or not by President Richard M. Nixon lead to the unraveling of his presidency. Not because of the break-in, but because of the lies and cover up that ensued.

Nixon’s own psyche and deep-rooted paranoia lead to his ultimate undoing and subsequent resignation on August 9, 1974. All Nixon had to do was to announce what the five burglars had done, have them prosecuted and then pardon them following the reelection in November of 1972. Watergate would have been a forgotten footnote of history and Nixon would have completed his term in office.

Instead, the lies and cover up lead to the first presidential resignation in United States history. Nixon was, as many are, too concerned what the public would think of him. His was a special brand of paranoia – he didn’t like people, but in public life was forced to be surrounded by them. He believed his closest confidants were out to get him.

And arrogance knew no bounds as it did with “Tricky Dick,” a nickname Nixon acquired going back to the days of his U.S. Senate campaign against Helen Gahagan Douglas in California in 1950 – a race he won handily 59 percent to 41 percent. Nixon told British journalist David Frost in a post-presidential interview, “It’s not against the law when the president does it.”

Congressman Weiner may not have broken the law, but he certainly leads the league in arrogance. He said he will not resign, and that is his choice. But Weiner has also given his constituents a choice too – send an arrogant troll back to Congress to represent their best interests, or send him a message that deviant behavior should not be rewarded with the responsibility of elected office.

Supposedly George Washington could not tell a lie and Abraham Lincoln’s moniker was “Honest Abe.” Some myths of history are worth both perpetuating as well as emulating.

Sanford D. Horn is an educator and writer living in Westfield, IN.

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  1. Anonymous said on 13 Jun 2011 at 7:52 pm:
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    Well at least he didnt hit on page boys or have a shoe tapping problem! LOL. At least his party is throwing him under the buss.

  2. Anonymous said on 14 Jun 2011 at 5:03 am:
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    Speaking of immoral acts, if a man has more than one wife (female) there’s a law against that yet people are pushing for a law to allow a man to marry another man? I just don’t understand the moral ethic that supports both cases. The first case is by far hugely more natural than the second, and so modern society seems very twisted when it comes to moral ethics.

  3. Anonymous said on 14 Jun 2011 at 10:50 am:
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    The moral arguement doesn’t go very far. The only major religion supporting polygamy is Islam. Other religions decided there was no need in the more modern society. The Feds don’t have rules against it either. So the truth is that “modern” thinking changed the marriage rules and it seems that “modern” thinking seems to have no issues with what other people are doing. Maybe you would have a better arguement if someone were trying to force you into a gay mariage.

  4. Wineplz said on 14 Jun 2011 at 1:29 pm:
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    Besides the mockery he’s making of the House of Representatives, I’m still trying to figure out why he hasn’t been prosecuted for indecent exposure like a flasher would. He did exactly that: showed women lewd photos of himself, some of whom didn’t ask for those types of photos. Electronic means are just the updated version of running around wearing only a raincoat.

  5. Anonymous said on 14 Jun 2011 at 7:25 pm:
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    So Anon at 10:50, if “modern” thinking seems to have no issues with what other people are doing as you state, then why is Weiner in the hot seat?

  6. Anonymous said on 15 Jun 2011 at 6:36 pm:
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    Actually, the only people who care, or act like they care, are “conservatives” who need to be in everyone else’s business, the right wing politicians trying to gain more power by acting like it’s horrible and pandering to them and the left wing politicians who have to act like they care because they are afraid they might lose a little power. The majority of the people think it’s funny. So unless the issue is entertainment then the majority doesn’t care.

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