Glenn’s got a new book out, With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful. The interview above with Rachel Maddow is worth your time.
One focus of Glenn’s book, which I haven’t yet read, evidently is the pardon of Richard M. Nixon, something that rocked my world when it happened. When Gerald R. Ford died, I minced no words, writing “I Can’t Forgive Ford,” plus a follow up piece. I think our country suffered greatly for Nixon not being fully investigated and tried for the crimes he committed as president. A subtle message was also sent.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as I watch Occupy Wall Street unfold, giving birth to state Occupy movements. I think back to Eliot Spitzer, who opened the door for his enemies, but who was on a trail that Wall Street tycoons couldn’t afford him to follow. Spitzer paid dearly for his stupidity and we lost a sheriff.
It’s ironic that Democrats like Eliot Spitzer and Bill Clinton were made to walk the plank, Clinton being impeached, but yet Richard M. Nixon was allowed to resign, and Ronald Reagan skated on Iran-Contra, something far more dangerous than a consensual fling with an intern.
A lot more people who robbed this country from the comfort of their Wall Street offices need to pay. Our political class and the parties who protect these people, because they pay their way into power are failing us even further if they don’t.
TM NOTE: Speaking of books, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mahablog, Skippy, Newshounds, and Joe Gandelman of The Moderate Voice, where I also post weekly. All of these blogs offered a free ad to me to get the word out on my book. Joe also has encouraged me to also write about the book on his site, for which I’m very grateful. Class acts, all.