Magazine June 12, 2017, Issue

The Eternal Scandal

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Americans face a critical question in this era of strife and acrimony: Isn’t it about time we cut Dick Nixon some slack?

No, this isn’t a plea for historical revisionism. Rather, I am here to argue that American history is teeming with relevant examples of corruption, ham-handed cover-ups, and utter incompetence. As a nation, we’re exhibiting a tragic lack of imagination by incessantly relying on one scandal to make our point.

The day Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey, the on-again/off-again nemesis of both Democrats and Republicans, reaction was as swift as it was predictable. “Nixonian,” Senator Bob Casey Jr. of

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