Step by step

Gerald and Betty Ford escort Richard and Pat Nixon to the presidential helicopter after Mr. Nixon’s resignation speech. Photo: Oliver F. Atkins.


“By taking this action, I hope that I have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America.”

On this day in 1974, President Richard Nixon announced his resignation as the 37th President of the United States, effective noon the following day. Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President.

I was sixteen at the time as I watched the announcement. I cried.

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Gerald Ford went on to be a better president than any of us thought at the time. Sadly, he was narrowly defeated by Jimmy Carter in 1976. And we know how that went. (Badly, in case you don’t recall.)

Having watched the Nixon resignation, which was preceded by the Agnew resignation, I cannot fathom the concept of wanting the country to go through that again, no matter how much you like or dislike a president.

That’s why, when the calls for the impeachment of Donald Trump started before he was even inaugurated, you just had to realize that some people on that side of aisle were a little unhinged.

This is a history post, not a political one. I’ll just say that, in the grand scheme of things, if your only policy initiative is “anti-Trump” it’s eventually going to backfire.

Let me be clear, if the President does something that warrants impeachment, then by all means, the Constitution should play itself out. But wishful thinking from the left is not grounds for impeachment, and it still won’t make Hillary the President.

Sorry. Not sorry. But it’s time people realized that.

I’ll just leave that there to simmer.

It’s day two of the staycation and things are progressing.

We made some progress on projects yesterday, not quite enough.

But I did manage to get my script down to less than ninety minutes. My goal was to get it to that point so that it can play in one act with no intermission.


On a side note, I also helped the younger son replace a power source to his laptop.

I will not be adding computer repair to my list of skills.

I have, however, established that there is to be no balking when the trash needs to go out, or the dogs need to be pooped.

It’s the little things in life that count.

Like I talked about yesterday, it’s the little steps, not the sprints, that get us to our goals.

And sometimes, as in the case of the ailing laptop, there are side trips or detours.


But that’s what makes the journey interesting. Like driving cross country, sans Interstate, and stopping at all of the “points of interest” along the way. Not that I’ve ever done that.

It’s Tuesday and, this week, we don’t want Friday to get here so soon.

Your weekly mileage may vary.


Activists invite Va. congressman to hold town hall
The Washington Post
“It is clear these individuals are more interested in scoring political points with TV cameras running than in having a constructive dialogue about issues,” Brat said in an email. “I will not spend 90 minutes being shouted at by individuals who have already demonstrated they have no interest in a productive exchange of ideas.”

Hatch defends colorful comment with a lesson on Civil War jargon
Sen. Orrin Hatch offered a quick Civil War history lesson on Twitter Monday to provide context for a colorful comment the Utah Republican made about how members of his party “shot their wad” on their efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Lynch used email alias ‘Elizabeth Carlisle’ to write about Clinton tarmac meeting
FOX News
The emails were included in 413 pages of Justice Department documents provided to conservative watchdog groups Judicial Watch and American Center for Law and Justice.

Many States Preparing For Historic Eclipse Like A Natural Disaster
CBS Philly
Several counties in Idaho and Oregon have already issued emergency declarations. Local officials are citing increased public safety risks, financial damage, and excess costs of cleanup and property damage for the alert

The Cate Blanchett-Led Lucille Ball Biopic, by Aaron Sorkin, Moves Forward With Amazon
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has acquired the rights to the biopic project, which has its eyes on the two-time Oscar winner and will feature a script by Aaron Sorkin.


American singer-songwriter and guitarist, Mel Tillis, was born on this day in 1932.


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