Richard Nixon’s resignation under threat of impeachment, 42 years ago this week, can teach us enduring lessons about ethics, politics, and the presidency, as I reflected in a TV news interview yesterday.
Impeachment is the process by which an official of the government is charged with criminal action. Over 10% of the world’s nation have impeachment provisions. The US Constitution established the process by which impeachment is conducted in the United States. Article One of the United States Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power of impeachment and the Senate the sole power to try impeachments. The Constitution defines impeachment at the federal level and limits impeachment to “The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States” who may be impeached and removed only for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Nice to be back in the Mile-High City. Beautiful! Flyin’ in from ALASKA, over snow-capped hills (think you call mountains)! Stepped off the plane reminded Todd “don’t inhale!” So, the President was here last week, gettin’ his Rocky Mt. High on.
“Governor Sarah Palin is the most influential woman in the history of the Republican party,” said Dan Caplis of KNUS moments before the Alaskan icon took the stage at the WCS 2014. “She stands before you today undeterred and undefeated,” said Caplis. Glad to be back in the Mile High City, Palin went straight to work doing what she does best: breaking things down to common sense, something she called an endangered species in Washington.
(’76 Editor) “Contrition is BS.” Press secretary Ronald Ziegler’s acid tone shocked me – and he didn’t use the initials. It was 1973, a bad year in a bad decade for America. I was a young speechwriter in the Nixon White House, assigned to gather input from Ziegler and national security advisor Henry Kissinger for a TV address