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    On August 8, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, becoming the first president in American history to withdraw from office. The House had begun impeachment proceedings because of his involvement in the Watergate burglary cover-up, a group of Republican senators had told him he likely had too few supporters to beat conviction in the Senate, and Nixon relented to pressure from the public and Congress.
    In an address to the nation, Nixon explained that "by taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America." The next day, Nixon departed the White House and Vice President Gerald Ford took the oath of office.

    Nixon's enemies called him "Tricky Dick." Over the course of his 30-year political career, he showed himself to be vindictive, paranoid and selfish. But his decision to resign could be characterized as an act of patriotism: It spared the nation a painful and extremely divisive process of removing the commander in chief from office. History has recorded that, to paraphrase Shakespeare, nothing in his presidency became him like the leaving of it.

    Even a half-century later, the mind of Richard Nixon is a tangled mystery. Deceptive, self-seeking and devious, he was also capable of far-seeing statesmanship (witness his outreach to China) and a genuine concern for America's place in the world. Historians will long debate which side of his character was salient in his decision to resign. But one thing is clear: By resigning, he protected not only his own historical legacy but also the country he had taken an oath to serve.

    Donald Trump should follow suit.
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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    Nixon is remembered for Watergate and resignation. Only serious historians and diplomats remember his accomplishments.

    Nixon also committed verifiable crimes. Literal, actual crimes. In the case of Johnson, the Congress had to create a law so he would violate it....that law was struck down afterwards by the supreme court. In trump's case, they couldn't even do that, instead opting to just claim something is illegal because they say so.
    Tacitos, Satrap of Kyrene


    • #3
      Worse, in Nixon's case as the impeachment moved forward it became bipartisan as well as having broad public support, the Democrats allowed maximum Republican participation, and there was clear-cut crimes involved.

      In Trump's case, as the impeachment moved forward it lost any bipartisan support, the public outside the Democrat party wasn't buying it, the Democrats cut the Republicans out of the process to the maximum extent they could, and the Democrats also made up the crimes based on rumor, gossip, and hearsay.


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