Watching this overt betrayal of US democracy by a GOP presidential candidate.
It is now known that Lyndon Johnson “looked the other way” when he learned that GOP candidate Nixon was making a deal to scuttle the Paris peace talks, denying the Democrats a peace deal and prolonging the war in Vietnam. LBJ thought that his revelation of Nixon’s US betrayal would tear the country apart — and, well, Nixon wasn’t going to win anyway, right?
Later, Iranian moderates told Westerners that Ronald Reagan’s behind-the-scenes dealing with extremists – eventually confirmed as “Iran-Contra” – might have won him an election, but also strengthened the terrorists’ hand, prolonging their “holy war” against the United States.
Later, Dick Cheney’s private firm, Haliburton, took his unprecedented no-bid US$40 billion in contracts for oil-related services during the Iraq war, a war he and others in the W administration lied to launch.
At what point does the United States unleash its Justice Department — and deal justice to crimes like these, committed in the name of Republican rule?
My novel, Carla Rising, includes the true story of a US oligarch in the 1920s, whose administration looked very much like a 2017 Trump administration…in my view.