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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta commentary by Tom Will U.S. make it into third us pledge together to make this next four years the best four years in American Richard Second Inaugural Address WASHINGTON When Richard Nixon addressed the nation last on assuming the presidency for the second he had good reason tor lofty optimism. He had just been elected by overwhelming majorities in 49 he had begun new bridges with the Communist he was ending a decade of U.S. in- volvement in the Vietnam war. Let us he that the new era be one which we can renew the spirit of America as we enter our third century as a nation Now. barely 10 months the President's vision seems a myopic joke. The first year of his second administration has been m the view ol critics one of the most shattering in U.S. history. And there are still three more to po. yawps an angry congressional aide. American spirit is reeling. At this rate we may never make it into our third the American chin is drooping. It has fallen so many times in recent it's hard to tell if it's any lower now than usual but indications are it is. News ot the energy shortage and other which has been bombarding the public with almost weekly flak. has. in the words ol an educator the nation's spirit so much that our mood itself may be an additional And now another blow. The re- cent firing ol Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. and the subsequent resignation and tiring ol the two top Justice Department have hit the nation at the knees. almost the last says Rep. B. F. Sisk think the President has flipped his lid the- American people are just about ready to give the mood is bleak. 'How much more of this can we rages a demonstrator out- side the White House. Another picketer carries a Back Agnew At Least We Knew His David Brunell. administrative aide to Kep. Donald Riegle sums it up this who is a thinker and a doer and a wonderful is now at her all time psychological low. She says it she could pray the country back into she would But she just doesn't know what to not knowing what to do in such do nothing. Historian Henry Steele Com- mager says that during clif- liculties people tend to back to watching At one time they would write their Commager but these write ins are so highly organized Nixon has conducted a few himself that they are usually suspect and So the public turns a tendency Commager terms grave Public of is not an immediate American development During the Johnson Administration. Secretary of State Dean when asked about public response to various U S replied that people paid much more attention to personal than public matters. Last as 50 million people did not take time out ot their privacy to vote. Cornell Professor Andrew Hacker says Americans long ago lost their become a loose aggregation of private persons who give higher priority to personal pleasures than to collective Yet this this apathy may not be the operative word for the American people. Commager says he notices a awakening of public outrage over the President's latest moves. Rep. John. Moss i who has had little help in six months of raising impeach- ment says he now is getting a heavy volume of of it critical of the And another congressional source says he is astonished at the number of letters his office receives ing about presidential takeovers and wondering what they can do as modern The time may be says author Fred J. Cook So Proudly We for an The peo- ple says must now decide if they want democracy or dic- tatorship. Some in Washington have already publicly chosen the former. Demonstrations in front ol the White House have been but and con- ducted by unusual numbers of es- tablishment type citizens. Leo Bailev. lor is a middle crew cut officer with the Internal Revenue yet he in his to man the Picketing the White he says he will not even sit down to rest. want Mr. Nixon to know I stand tall against Another Jim Goodnow of has been moved to do more than simply picket. voted for Mr. Nixon. Now I feel shamed and betrayed. So I've entirely on my own. The Committee to Impeach the Goodnow says he's gathered 3.000 signatures in tront of the White House alone. One local political ac- Barbara believes the public mood may be disenchanted help cleanse our Nixon may yet in doing something good. I think people are unifying against his actions. I think people are at last Oh no The...REHABILITATION Society of Lethbridge FOR THE HANDICAPPED ARE HOLDING THEIR ANNUAL CHOCOLATE DRIVE Monday. Tuesday and Nov. 7 We urgently require drivers for this three night blitz in Lethbridge. Any service you can give would be greatly appreciated by the Society. The proceeds of this Annual Chocolate Drive makes it possible through public for the Handicapped to help themselves. We hope all public minded both young and will assist us in this worthwhile campaign. Enquiries can be made at THE REHABILITATION SOCIETY 1261 2nd Ave. A Lethbridge. Alberta or by Phoning 328-2046 Matter Who You Are... There are some things you cannot do This Advertisement is made possible through' the Sponsorship of the Following Local Business Chinook Stationers Ltd. EHiS Lsri. 319-7th Streets. Phone 327-4591 Phone 327-4453 Subway 6u Oil 146 N. Mayor Magrath Dr. Green's Shoe Slore Downtown On 6th Street South Phone 327-2912 Van's TolivlsiM Salts and Sirvici 12M 3rd Avenue South Phone 327-8020 I Oil HWOW 327 10th Street Phone 327-2802 Glen Little Construction Ltd. 206-31tt Street S. Phone 327-4876 Lethbridge Farm Equipment Lia. l263-2nd Avenue South Phone 327-3888 Western Metal Fabricators Ltd. 1801 -2nd Avenue South Phone 327-2161 Skelton's Prescription Pharmacy 424 Mayor Magrath Dr. Phone 328-3965 Lime VJsrks Ul ou Phone 327-1501 Park Plaza Motor Hotel 1009 Mayor Magratk Drive Phone 328-2366 Kirk's Tire Sales Lid. 1021 -3 Phone 327-5985 Hamilton Floor Coverings Ltd. 909.3rd Avenue South Phone 327-54S4 Fred's Bakery WeetmlnMor Shopping Phono Fairfisid Appliance Services lid. 3rd Avenue S. Phone 327-6684 Pro-San Janitorial Rug Cleaners New Location 1271-2nd Ave. S. Phcne .128-5073 GTE Automatic Electric Ltd. 3030-5thAve.N. Phone 328-3376 Palliser Distillers Ltd. Alberta Chinook Beverages Ltd. 2407.2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-1310 A ndrew Johnson 1868 and By DON OAKLEY Newspaper Enterprise Association The constitutional crisis engendered by the Watergate tapes controversy has focused the curiosity of Americans on the only other time in their history that a president has stood in peril of being removed from office by virtue of Article Section 6 of the Constitution the impeachment clause. On Feb. a bill of impeachment embracing 11 charges was brought by the House of Representatives against Andrew 17th president of the United States. On March his trial began in the and in voting on May 16 and he was the Senate each time falling just one vote short of the two-thirds needed to convict. Are there any similarities or parallels between those momentous events and the impeachment fever gripping many Americans and an uncertain number of congressmen Are there any lessons that can be applied to our Aside from the sheer mechanics of the impeachment process assuming that the current crisis reaches that point the answer is no. The two periods and the circum- stances of the two embattled presidents can scarcely be com- pared. For at least a year preceding those fateful days in the spr- ing of Andrew attempting to carry out the con- ciliatory policy of the fallen Abraham Lincoln toward the post- Civil War had been locked in combat with a Congress dominated by bent on treating the South as a conquered province. Two years after in a series of Reconstruction Congress in effect renewed the war and declared the former Confederacy to be Postwar state governments were abolished and the South was divided into dis- tricts and placed under military occupation. What brought the confrontation between president and Congress to a head was the passage in 1867 of the Tenure of Of- fice forbidding the president to remove any officer of the government without the consent of the Senate. It was Johnson's defiance of this act by attempting to replace Secretary of War Edwin a notorious source ot administration to the that was the immediate cause of his impeachment. Rather than similarities between 1868 there are routinely passed laws over the veto of President Johnson. even in the midst of the Watergate scandal. Congress has consistently failed to override the vetos of Presi- dent Nixon. usurped the role of commander-in-chief from Andrew going so far as to deprive him of control of the Army. it will be considered a significant if Congress succeeds in limiting the President's war-making in- itiative to a 60-day period over his expected veto. Congress denied to Andrew Johnson the right to remove civil including members of his own cabinet. we wonder who will be next to join the long line of secretaries and others exiting the executive either resigning under a cloud of suspicion or being ousted by Richard Nixon. Andrew Johnson's opponents doubted the con- stitutionality of the Tenure of Office Act in even- tually nullified by the Supreme even supporters of Richard Nixon fear he is attempting to place himself above the law. No breath of scandal Not least of the there was no breath of scandal surrounding the Johnson no question of honesty or no maze of Watergate deception and coverup under no waffling or defiance in the face of court orders to produce evidence. In the case of Andrew Johnson was that of a powerless president-by-accident versus an overweening and vindictive Congress that of Richard a strong overwhelmingly versus a malleable Congress accus- ed of defaulting on its constitutional rights and duties. Yet because only once before has there been a serious movement to invoke the impeachment provision of the Constitu- tion against a president Jefferson called it a we inevitably seek guidance from history. If guidance is to be found it to be found in the consciences of thai handful oi senators who1 risked ana received political retaliation tor standing against the will of the majority. To those men of the 40th the continued existence of a government of balanced powers was too too to permit of the destruction even of an impotent Andrew Johnson. The question the members of the 93rd Congress may be ask- ed to decide in their hearts is whether the integrity of that same government now demands the curbing of one of the most strong- willed and independent chief executives ever to sit in the White House. Richard M. Nixon. Richard ;