Jay Meehan: ‘Redact’ as a transitive verb
“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus — and you’ve got to make it stop!”
~ Mario Savio
I feel ripped off. But don’t get me wrong. Experiencing interlocking intrigues of political scandals on a daily basis are nearly always my most rewarding encounters. I can replay my all-time favorites in that category over and over on the cathode-ray-tube of my mind as if it were yesterday.
As the hearings warped time on a daily basis, my coefficient-of-abhorrence for the alleged perpetrator grew to take on all the trappings of an out-of-control pituitary gland. Sound familiar?
As a late night disc jockey broadcasting from a low-on-the-food-chain AM radio outlet in beautiful downtown Murray, my often carbon-monoxide rich cognitive centers drifted toward the radical. You know, I began playing more-and-more “hanging songs” as the shift played out.
Actually, hearings or no hearings and with a deep resentment that drew on my pre-teens, I wanted Nixon strung up by his thumbs. I found his entire life to be a total embarrassment. Each gaudy revelation only stoked the fire.
So, each morning as I slapped-in an 8-track and pulled out of the overly lit, cattle-ranch sized car dealership within which the broadcast studios were located, I raced toward Parley’s Canyon and my digs in Park City.
With joyful anticipation of a day filled with additional Watergate sugar-plums and the sleaze they rode in on, I would usually hit blue sky just prior to the back-9 at Mountain Dell. From there on, it was clear, and clean. Until I turned on the tube, of course.
That’s why I feel ripped-off by what I consider the mishandling of the Trumpian Russia Probe. How can a guy be expected to roll in the relish of all those presidential appointees rolling over on him if you can’t save it to DVR?
Back during the Nixon era, we didn’t need no stinking Russia to help put an evil candidate into office. Hell no! We were ignorant enough on our own to get that job done. However, in order to expose the bottom-feeding scumbags with their associated improprieties, we did need the involvement of the electorate that came with open hearings and television.
Which, I imagine we will get with congressional hearings. Or will we? I don’t sense the public as a whole having reached a level of disgust that would ensure a fair and just response to the level of demagoguery through which they have been forced to wade. They seem aware that they’ve been “slimed,” but they don’t act like it.
Will those on the periphery of the Russian hackers who illegally accessed the cybersecurity of Democratic National Committee files (and were subsequently indicted by the Mueller probe) be treated similarly to the five men who physically broke-in to the DNC when it was housed in the Watergate office complex? Let’s hope so.
Although I somewhat doubt that, what with Trumps legal team having been “beefed-up” to combat any release by Demo lawmakers of “sensitive materials” contained in Mueller’s report. Boy, how Haldeman and Erlichman, Nixon’s closest aides, would have loved a “wormhole” pass to these times.
Not to forget that Trump’s recently appointed and confirmed Supreme Court Associate Justices won’t be playing their assigned roles. Because it’s quite difficult to see a scenario play out wherein this doesn’t reach this Supreme Court. You know, that bunch that will also be throwing their weight to solidify Citizens United and Voter ID laws.
Which, of course, makes the taking back of the White House and Senate in 2020 all the more imperative.
There’s a part of me, of course, that wishes Mueller had been as political and carried an equal agenda to those Kenneth Starr packed around while serving as Independent Counsel investigating issues surrounding the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinski affair. But alas, we ended up with an honorable man.
Let’s wrap this with another quote, this one by House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY): “Because Congress requires this material in order to perform our constitutionally-mandated responsibilities, I will issue a subpoena for the full report and the underlying materials.” And so, he did!
Jay Meehan is a culture junkie and has been an observer, participant, and chronicler of the Park City and Wasatch County social and political scenes for more than 40 years.
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