Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 14, 1974, Page 8

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette August 14, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - August 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Wed., Aug. 14, 1974 SOFAS, LOVESEATS AND CHAIRS. Choose the fabric, pattern and color Choose from Traditional, Mediterranean, French Provincial, Colonial, Italian or Contemporary. Choose from Thomasville, Henredon, Clyde    <3 Pearson, Selig, North Hickory or Conover.    Uyinteriors lf you can wait for delivery, save 20% OFF the manufacturer s suggested price!Kenwood house interiors SHOWROOMS! 405 SECOND ST SE DOWNTOWN HOURS; WEEKDAYS 9 Til 5. 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Far more than mere advocacy of primitive conservatism, this aide felt Mr. Nixon was displaying genuine, deep-seated hostility. Those resentments smouldered and grew over the long hard political road that Mr. Nixon traveled to the White House, where they were fed by his new struggles against congress and the despised press. Instead of declining under the actuality of presidential power. Mr Nixon's animus grew in direct proportion to his political success — even after his record 1972 landslide. From those animosities came the abuse of power and the lawlessness that destroyed him This self destructive inner passion might seem to conflict with the portrait of Mr. Nixon painted by the secret White House tape recordings as the supreme public relations practitioner, preoccupied with scenarios, images and gamesmanship The tapes do reveal incessant discussion of public relations unrelieved by issues or serious ideological considerations. One longtime Nixon associate, a top White House presidential aide in the early Nixon days puts it this way. Most Presidents stick to the business of government for their first three years, then campaign for re-election in the fourth year; Mr Nixon governed for six months at most, then turned his whole attention tg re-election for the next 31*? years. Nevertheless, Mr Nixon was never truly a political pragmatist, seeking only a majority. Far from it. His gamesmanship was heated out of proportion by the fires of hostility to his enlarging circle of ‘‘enemies.” This exotic mixture of public relations and hate is pointed up by the fateful transcript of his .lune 23. 1972, conversation with H. R Haldeman That transcript will have its place in history as the ‘‘smoking gun” of the Watergate conspiracy. But parts of the transcript, though irrelevant to Watergate, betray the underlying cause of the Nixon presidency’s ruin Opinion Page 2 Views Ideas    Insights Judgments    Comments Martyrless finish closes the book By Roscoe Drummond WASHINGTON - Have no doubt about it, the recovery of the nation’s poise and peace is going to come faster than anyone dared hope The great danger was that Richard Nixon would remove himself from the presidency in the image of an injured martyr who had done no wrong and that, without a senate trial and verdict, the divisive turmoil over Watergate would continue to poison the political life of the country. But that which many feared most — that resignation would continue a lacerating controversy rather than terminate it — is not, it appears, going to come upon us. These are the* reasons: 1. Mr. Nixon resigned with grace and without bitterness, and it is amply evident that the congress and the country want to close the book without further ado over impeachment. Own Admission 2. There is no basis for hitter-end Nixon supporters to claim or to feel that he was unjustly, unfairly or peremptorily hounded out of the White House on unproved charges. There is no valid basis for continued debate on this score because Mr. Nixon himself has admitted enough responsibility for his own downfall so that the issue is settled with finality. 3. The country is fortunate to have President Gerald Ford as Mr. Nixon’s successor because his transcendent forte is reconciliation. He is the very embodiment of reconciliation and goodwill and decency. The leaders of congress are responding to that spirit of unity with evident sincerity. Most Americans will respond the same way. I believe that Richard Nixon has done his part in stepping down in a manner which sufficiently accepts the verdict of congress to vote his removal ii he had not removed himself. That’s enough He doesn t have to grovel — and he didn t. He wouldn’t know how Power-zeal, pal-protection, doom By James J. Kilpatrick SCRABBLE, Va — What is to tie said of the history that now overwhelms us9 Carlyle said it, and Emerson too History is biography That is all the explanation one can offer; that is all the explanation there is In seeking to understand the resignation, we have to look beyond the biography of Richard Nixon Watergate was a confluence, a great flowing together of a hundred streams of biography. Together they formed a river of pollution; separately they might have flowed as placidly as the stream at the foot of White Walnut hill. The country is the best place to think upon these things. My office windows look upon the mountains. These old hills endure; and they provide assurance that our republic will also endure. We are in the late summer of the garden, with plants going to seed, and the seed renewing The succession of the presidency will move forward as steadily as the turning of the leaves There was the biography of .John Mitchell and of his tormented wife Martha. In the spring of 1972, when the Watergate break-in was being hatched, the ordinarily phlegmatic Mitchell was a man preoccupied by personal distress* If his biography had been otherwise, he might have imposed the unequivocal veto that would have aborted the blunder. Taut spring We know almost nothing of the biography of Gordon Liddy. "He must be a little nuts,” the President remarked to Bob Haldeman. It may be a fair appraisal, but it is all part of biography James J. Kilpatrick Giddy was the strong man. the ringleader, the forceful personality whose persistence could not be turned aside. And because Liddy was the kind of man he was, the burglary went forward. In the characters of Haldeman, and of .John Dean, John Ehrlichman, Jeb Magruder and the rest of the President’s men, we find the raw stuff of history. Were they plastic men, easily molded0 Or weak men? Or men flawed by too much loyalty? They were what they were. The historians who will strive one day to get it all in perspective will see these events as the lengthoned shadows of the men who made them: Archibald Cox, John Sirica. Elliot Richardson W;e will study the lives and ambitions of-two young reporters. Who would have supposed that the biographies of men named McCord, Barker, Gonzalez, Caulfield, and Ulasewieh would figure in the history of the presidency0 In the end, though, we are driven back to the biography of Richard Nixon. History will treat him more gently than men do now — than I do now The engulfing disappointment dominates my own horizons like a thunderhead over Red Oak mountain. Nixon was ambitious; in itself, it is no sin to be ambitious. A strong man, he sought power; but effective government demands that strong men seek powerful office. He was a man who would not abandon friends who served him poorly, but an excess of loyalty, with no more, is not an impeachable offense Detached The curious thing about Nixon — the aspect of hisvharacter that will baffle biographers — is that this most realistic of men constantly lost touch with reality. He was a man of the law; hut in his creation of the plumbers he put himself outside the law He was a modest man, well versed in the reality of poverty; hut in the improvements to his homes he yielded to fantasy. Knowing his own vulnerability, he armed himself at every point; and thus he made every point vulnerable. Keenly sensitive himself, he had little sensitivity for the people and the congress Behind a public mask of self-assurance, as the transcripts disclose, was a human being desperately struggling for an unattainable security. Now , in disgrace, he returns to private lift* — or to whatever privacy history will allow him. In his own strange way, Nixon loved hts country and revered hts office No biography would be complete that dealt with Watergate and resignation alone There will be time enough, when the seasons change and spring comes again, to write of this in tranquility The important history now revolves around the biography of Gerald Ford. Washington Stor Syndicate Mr. Nixon’s lack of interest in issues is stripped bare. When Haldeman informed the President about British devaluation of the pound, Mr. Nixon replies: “I don’t care about it. Nothing we can do about it ” Although federal revenue-sharing has been heralded as his greatest domestic accomplishment, Mr. Nixon tells Haldeman: “There ain’t a vote in it . . . there s no votes in it, Bob ” But the transcript shows that the President was no super-pragmatist interested only in votes. About to launch the most successful Republican courtship of the Jewish vote in history, Mr Nixon is concerned about daughter Julie’s visit to a Jacksonville, Fla , museum because: ‘ ‘The arts you know — they’re Jews, they’re left wing — in other words stay away.” While his aides were ardently wooing rank-and-file and leadership support in organized labor, Mr. Nixon was preoccupied that daughter Tricia had been greeted at an Allentown, Pa , speech by “20 or 30 thugs — labor thugs out booing’’ — referring later to the ‘‘Allentown Bullies club ” Aides who fed Mr Nixon s passion against his enemies, such as Bob Haldeman, prospered. Those who did not were sneered at behind their backs. Faithful servitor Herbert Klein is condemned by Mr. Nixon for being ‘ unorganized,” hut his real sin was lack of hate. “He’s just not our guy at all, is he?" asks the President. “No," replies Haldeman Whatever credits history gives Richard Nixon will be measured by his actual personal contribution to foreign policy initiatives — China. Moscow and ending the Vietnam war. But former Nixon lieutenants now say he never did really understand what Vietnamization was all about, dismissing it just as he did devaluation of the pound or revenue-sharing Certainly he cared far less about Vietnamization than about his raging hostility to “enemies In a 1971 book about the Nixon presidency, we called him ‘‘a man with an infinite capacity for keeping a permanent mental ledger of the ills done him over the years.” By keeping that ledger up to date — and taking positive action to redress its balance — Richard M Nixon destroyed his presidency and brought his country to the brink of chaos PubilttaKt Hall Syndical*There’s something for everyone in • International News • National Reports • Local News and Events • Sports Stories and Scores • Television Page • Financial and Market Reports • Women s and Fashion Pages • Business Opportunities • Comics and Cartoons • Retail Advertising • Editorial Pages • Classified AdvertisingMORE of Interest to Eastern Iowans But he did affirm that he had committed "wrong” acts. He did affirm that he ’ N -1 v r V, v' - V V \ 9Wouldn t you really rather have custom -covered furniture from Kenwood House and Save 20%? decided to resign because he had "lost so much of his political base” in congress that he could not govern effectively This was only another way of saying that his defense against impeachment had crumbled and that his resignation was just one step ahead of the verdict the* senate was about to bring in Bitter truth He did more than that. In the statement released by the White House after making public the June 23 tapes, Mr Nixon admitted that hi* had committed acts cited iii the articles of impeachment. He affirmed that he had acted to abort the Watergate investigation six days after the break-in arid that, as the first step toward coverup, he had directed that the FBI not go further into the case. This assessment of Mr. Nixon's Watergate role is not the subjective judgment of some reporter, nor is it the* interpretation of the special prosecutor or of the house judiciary committee It is Mr Nixon’s own assessment of what he did Because this is Mr Nixon’s verdict, the senate does not need to render its verdict. It is a verdict which can and should Im* accepted as final Now we can begin to bind up the wounds of the nation by looking ahead, not backward lot Angeles Times Syndicate • Patterned Note from teacher on a little girl s report card "Good worker, intelligent — hut talks too much ” Note from the father on the back of the card "(’omc up some time and meet mother." Baltimore Sun Roscoe Drummond ;

  • Bob Haldeman
  • Elliot Richardson
  • Gerald Ford
  • Gordon Liddy
  • Hall Syndical
  • Herbert Klein
  • James J. Kilpatrick
  • Jeb Magruder
  • John Dean
  • John Ehrlichman
  • John Mitchell
  • John Sirica
  • Richard M Nixon
  • Richard Nixon
  • Richard Nixon Watergate
  • Robert Novak
  • Roscoe Drummond
  • Rowland Evans

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: August 14, 1974

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