• Fondly Remembering Richard Nixon

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    The image of Richard Nixon waving his arms as he boarded a helicopter leaving the White house for the last time as president on August 9, 1974, remains etched in generational memories. The solemnness of Gerald and Betty Ford waving goodbye to the disgraced 37th president next to David Eisenhower consoling Julie Nixon was in direct contrast to the jubilation of millions celebrating his departure. No more Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady, Helen Gahagan Douglas, no more links to the un-American House Un-American Activities Committee, no more Watergate. Good riddance Milhouse, Pat, Roy Cohn, Bebe Rebozo, H.R. Haldeman and all that. Basta.

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  • Pierre Maudet’s Responsibilities

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    “Pierre Maudet must accept his responsibilities” has been a rallying cry of those who want him to step down as Conseiller d’Etat as well as for those who want him to stay. Although both sides use the same language, neither side has explained the nature of “his responsibilities.” Both sides agree, however, that since there is no rule in Geneva governing removal from office, it is up to M. Maudet to determine how he sees his responsibilities.

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  • Pierre Maudet, Unimpeachable Behavior and the End of Innocence

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    Geneva politics have been riveted by charges of unethical and potentially illegal behavior by Conseiller d’Etat Pierre Maudet. Should he leave office? Can the local branch of his political party, the PLR, force him to resign? After all, the head of the national party has already expressed her wish that he step down.

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  • Gilets Jaunes, Modern Junk Politics and Robespierre

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    During the recent holidays, I had the opportunity to listen to my French friends extol the virtues of the gilets jaunes movement. “We have had enough of the elitist rule that has left most of the French working class economically desperate,” Pierre said. “People have gone into the streets out of dire frustration.” Jean added; “This is not just a complaint about taxes, rather it is an uprising against the oligarchy that has destroyed democracy.”

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