Someone recently mentioned to me something about Nixon being impeached. I would like to dispel any misconceptions some may have about Nixon, and it appears that many people DO have such misconceptions. First and foremost, he was never impeached. There have been only two presidents impeached.. Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Compared to Clinton, Nixon was a paragon of virtue.
Consider... All evidence and testimony indicates Nixon did not know about the break-in at the Watergate Hotel when it occurred. His subordinates conducted the break-in in an attempt to get dirt and help his re-election chances, but they specifically did not tell him they were doing it so that he would have "plausible deniability".. a common practice among political operatives when pulling some tricky moves. But, when they were caught, Nixon tried to cover it up and save them. He could have simply tossed them to the wolves and walked away clean.. but out of loyalty to his subordinates, he tried to save them. It was not the deed, but the coverup which got his butt in a sling. Then, Nixon had the class to resign, rather than drag the nation thru a big impeachment scandal.
Flash forward to Clinton. When questioned in a civil suit brought by Paula Jones about his other sexual escapades, he committed perjury. At that point, being that it was a civil suit, his perjury was a relatively minor offense. But then, when a Federal Grand Jury was convened to investigate whether he had committed perjury... investigating a criminal offense, he committed an even greater criminal offense by committing perjury before a Federal Grand Jury thereby conducting a serious criminal violation. (By the way.. the law in Arkansas which allowed such questioning in a sex harassment suit was signed into law by.. guess who? Bill Clinton himself. He thought it was a great law when applied to other men... until it bit HIM in the ass.)
So, Nixon lied to the public in a speech, but not under any oath and thus committed no crime when he lied.. and he lied in order to try to protect others. Clinton lied in a Federal Grand Jury investigation, thus committed a criminal offense.. in order to protect nobody's ass but his own. Then, rather than having the class to step down, as Nixon did, he fought it and won when the senate democrats refused to convict in spite of his obvious guilt. Judging from THAT result, Nixon should probably have fought it too.
I consider there to be a huge moral difference when one man lies, outside of being under oath, in order to protect other people... versus one who lies under oath to protect his OWN ass. The difference? Nixon had a media which was dead set on destroying him..and Clinton had a media which was dead set on spinning the story to protect him. Why did the media hate Nixon so much? Well, I suspect that the leftist leanings of the media has a lot to do with it. Not only was Nixon a republican.. but leftist socialist/communist types had a BIG reason to hate Nixon... because the thing which launched his career was his pursuit of communist Alger Hiss.