When Richard M. Nixon, the 37th President of The United States, resigned 40 years ago last Wednesday, on August 8, 1974, following the now-infamous politically purposed break-in of national Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, it brought him, close confidants and advisers and the Republican Party down.
It’s important to “Remember this November” who, exactly, was one of his adoring fans?
That adoring young fan at the time was none other than Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich. Kasich, who barely won four years ago with only 49 percent of the low 49 percent voter turnout, wants another four years as chief executive. As he runs for reelection, John Kasich and his team have scrubbed his past from his campaign this year, banking on voters old enough to remember not remembering, and young voters essentially not much caring about Watergate, as polling shows.
Ditching the fact he’s been a long, early and loyal supporter of virtually all conservative, right-wing Republican ideology ALEC has converted to off-the-shelf legisaltion, the Wizard of Westerville appears to be running a stealth campaign this year. Among other things Y2Kasich [slogan for his fissled 2000 campaign for presidential] hides which major political party he’s been in the grasp of, and at the beck and call of, since he entered his long and lucrative career as a perpetual-motion performance politician. Kasich version 2G will likely feature right-to-work legislation, even more income tax cuts for the already wealthy, more legislation harmful to women, even larger budgets, more grinding down of local governments and public schools, and ….well, you can fill in the rest.
Nixon’s national scandal, which prompted him to resign to avoid impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives shortly after his re-election in 1972, is among the crowning historical events of the 20th century. And young-man John Kasich, whose greatest God-given skill is the gift of gab, went to the White House to shake his hand. Ohio’s go-go CEO-style governor probably has no misgivings about his bonding encounter with “Tricky Dick,” even though the criminal incident at the center of Watergate marks a pivotal point in the nation’s history, when Americans started down the long road of disappointment with and hostility toward government politicians like John Kasich has fanned.
Bible student John Kasich knows original sin when he sees it, and he sees it in government. And to discipline government, he’s used the ruse of corporatism to prostitute it as handmaiden to his beloved private sector. Gov. Kasich and his cronies oversee an Administration that’s a living reflection of President Nixon’s—It’s a house of secrets, he’s it’s supreme commander and micromanager, and like his professional role model who once said he wasn’t “a crook,” even though he was, Gov. Kasich has an enemies list. And this correspondent, I’ve come to learn, is on it, based on the fact that after nearly four years of including me with other Statehouse media, I’ve been excommunicated, banished to the blue-nowhere of the 5th Estate.
So if you want to Remember in November, remember that John Kasich was a fan of Richard M. Nixon. Oh, and as the second picture shows, John Kasich was right there beside George W. Bush, whose eight years in office [2000-2008] produced two politically motivated wars that killed thousands of U.S. military personnel and hundreds of thousands of others while simultaneously creating unbudgeted costs upwards of $6 trillion. And with the help of a Republican-led Congress, President Bush also cut income taxes by $2.3 trillion and even though he had the worse job creation record of any modern president, losing nearly 500,000 net jobs despite his and Kasich’s long-held beliefs that income tax cuts create jobs.
And just for ironic reference, nine-term Congressman John Kasich voted to impeach President Bill Clinton on all four indictments. And for even more irony, Congressman Kasich, like every other Republican, voted against Bill Clinton’s first budget, which happened to include a teenie tax increase. Had Bill Clinton’s budget not passed, because Kasich and Republicans won, all that budget surplus that was there to balance the budget, a feat Kasich virtually claims sole credit for, would not have existed. So Gov. Kasich voted no but benefited from something he didn’t want to happen.