Eisenhower was our last legitimately elected Republican president

The Past 5 GOP Presidents Have Used Fraud and Treason to Steer Them...

Ford and Bush Sr. aren't directly accused here, just the benefactors of systemic corruption. Bush Jr.'s illegitimate  elevation is already widely known. The Nixon and Reagan treasonous deals with enemies surprised me.

History suggests – even if treason can be demonstrated – that, as long as he holds onto the Republican Party (and Fox News), he’ll survive it intact. And he won’t be the first Republican president to commit high crimes to get and stay in office.  

In fact, Eisenhower was the last legitimately elected Republican president we’ve had in this country.

Since Dwight Eisenhower left the presidency in 1961, six different Republicans have occupied the Oval Office.

And every single one of them - from Richard Nixon to Donald Trump - have been illegitimate - ascending to the highest office in the land not through small-D democratic elections - but instead through fraud and treason.

Nixon promised South Vietnam’s corrupt politicians that he would give them a richer deal when he was President than LBJ could give them then.

LBJ found out about this political maneuver to prolong the Vietnam war just 3 days before the 1968 election. He phoned the Republican Senate leader Everett Dirksen – here’s an excerpt (you can listen to the entire conversation here):

"President Johnson: 
Some of our folks, including some of the old China lobby, are going to the Vietnamese embassy and saying please notify the [South Vietnamese] president that if he'll hold out 'til November the second they could get a better deal. Now, I'm reading their hand, Everett. I don't want to get this in the campaign.

And they oughtn't to be doin' this. This is treason.

Sen. Dirksen: I know."

Those tapes were only released by the LBJ library in the past decade, and that’s Richard Nixon that Lyndon Johnson was accusing of treason.

But by then - Nixon’s plan had worked.

Behind Carter's back, the Reagan campaign worked out a deal with the leader of Iran's radical faction - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini - to keep the hostages in captivity until after the 1980 Presidential election.

This was nothing short of treason. The Reagan campaign's secret negotiations with Khomeini - the so-called "October Surprise" - sabotaged Carter and Bani-Sadr's attempts to free the hostages. And as Bani-Sadr told The Christian Science Monitor in March of 2013:

After arriving in France [in 1981], I told a BBC reporter that I had left Iran to expose the symbiotic relationship between Khomeinism and Reaganism.

Ayatollah Khomeini and Ronald Reagan had organized a clandestine negotiation, later known as the “October Surprise,” which prevented the attempts by myself and then-US President Jimmy Carter to free the hostages before the 1980 US presidential election took place. The fact that they were not released tipped the results of the election in favor of Reagan.

And Reagan’s treason - just like Nixon’s treason - worked perfectly.

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Comment by Craigart14 on August 8, 2017 at 9:13pm

Christopher Hitchens covers the Nixon treason in "The Trial of Henry Kissinger."  Y'all also might like H. Bruce Franklin's "Vietnam and Other American Fantasies," which exposes the fraud behind the POW/MIA campaign.  It's worth noting that more than half of the American combat deaths occurred after the 1968 election of Richard Nixon, the "peace with honor" candidate.

Comment by Grinning Cat on August 1, 2017 at 10:17am

"Liking" not the facts but the reporting!

Tom raised a good point: American capitalism and the GOP select for sociopathy.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 1, 2017 at 7:39am

The value of truth in politics is questionable at best. My guess is that a far higher percentage of writings and utterances are aimed at covering it up than are aimed at revealing it. For most politicians it's kind of like Kryptonite.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2017 at 2:26am

If we read the propaganda put out by the White House, and we believe it, we are either lazy, foolish, or crazy. 

It is through the alternative press, through conversations with survivors, and through careful reading and listening that we are able to know the truth about Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Geoge H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump.

Main line TV, radio, and newspapers all exist as propagandists. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 1, 2017 at 1:41am

@Lauren:

The August Surprise in 1953, when a CIA-assisted coup overthrew the Iranian government, was a conspiracy fact.

President Truman denied the conspirators' request; President Eisenhower granted it.

 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 31, 2017 at 9:33am

Unthinking blind obedience as the highest virtue - what could go wrong?

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 31, 2017 at 9:06am
Republicans' leaders ate their followers' brains.

Bert, a Jesuit high school teacher told his class, which included me, that if their Secretary General says black is white, then for them black is white. In short, Jesuits obey their leader.

The Republicans also obey. Who did not hear congressional Republicans obediently repeating the same criticisms of the ACA? They have health care criticisms but their only health care plan is "Let's kill the ACA."
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 31, 2017 at 8:23am

Who Ate Republicans’ Brains?

NYT

But the stark dishonesty of the Republican jihad against Obamacare itself demands an explanation. For it went well beyond normal political spin: for seven years a whole party kept insisting that black was white and up was down.

And that kind of behavior doesn’t come out of nowhere. The Republican health care debacle was the culmination of a process of intellectual and moral deterioration that began four decades ago, at the very dawn of modern movement conservatism — that is, during the very era anti-Trump conservatives now point to as the golden age of conservative thought.

Comment by Lauren Ell on July 31, 2017 at 5:45am

Off the bat Alternet rates high on being a biased left leaning source that features poor journalism and limited understanding. This article is a prime example of that.

The "October Surprise" issue involving Reagan is a noted conspiracy theory, not fact. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Surprise_conspiracy_theory

 

Comment by tom sarbeck on July 30, 2017 at 1:11am

I didn't hear of Nixon's treason but did hear of Reagan's.

As biologists might say, American capitalism and the GOP select for sociopathy.

About forty years ago an SF psychiatrist told me sociopathy originates among the wealthy. She said that like most people they want one or more children. Unlike many others they don't want to care for their children, and send them to boarding schools where they get excellent educations but little or no emotional support.

Sociopathy and psychopathy are now known as anti-social personality disorders and are considered incurable.

The only remedy I know for American capitalism is employee ownership of the companies they work for. It is a growing thing.

I have heard that a provision of the federal tax code encourages it. When business owner(s) retire, if they sell their company to its employees they get a tax break. If I knew how to search the IRS Code I would look for it.

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