Liddy’s Total Lack of Moral Capacity

This weekend was the 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation as president of the United States and the Worldnetdaily, that bastion of alleged Christian virtue, has a profile and an interview with G. Gordon Liddy that shows his complete lack of moral character.

While Watergate did not engulf President Nixon until after his re-election, Liddy was arrested and later convicted on multiple counts.

He was sentenced to prison in January 1973. Between his arrest and his sentencing, Liddy became a household name for refusing to say a word about the Watergate plot. Liddy said his silence was based on a very simple premise.

“It concerned me that it was a threat to the administration,” he said. “I wanted to preserve the administration of Richard Nixon, and I knew that if I didn’t talk, it would secure those above me. So I didn’t talk, but Dean cracked and talked. That’s what brought down Richard Nixon.”…

More than 40 years after the Watergate saga began, Liddy made it clear he has few regrets about the episode. He said he had good reasons to break the law and those reasons have since been validated again and again.

“I saw Democrats as being dangerous to the country,” he said. “I see the Democrats now as being even more dangerous to the country. I wanted to prevent them from being able to damage the country further. So I chose to make use of the special knowledge that I had as a result of the FBI and so forth. That was it.”

But remember, it’s secular progressives that are moral relativists.

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  • Larry

    To save the Constitution, we must destroy it!

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    To save the Constitution, we must destroy it!

    Acceptable collateral damage.

  • A Masked Avenger

    I was talking to a therapist recently, who commented that she was interested in Nixon, and looked for evidence that he was generally amoral, sociopathic, without conscience, etc., and found none. He seemed to her basically an ordinary person, who for some reason had this absolute conviction that what he did was what is done in Washington, D.C.

    Her comment was, “Why are we so sure that he’s wrong to believe that, and we’re right to see him as an aberration?” Perhaps that IS exactly how things are done in DC. Perhaps his “real” crime was getting caught, in circumstances that opened him up to ridicule, and then failing to stage the big repentance act so beloved of Americans.

    NOTE! Because it doesn’t go without saying: the above is not a Nixon apologia. My takeaway is not to conclude that Nixon’s behavior was OK, but rather to ratchet up my cynicism that others in DC are better. And note again, that’s not a tu quoque to justify Nixon. If you want to draw a simplistic conclusion, I wouldn’t suggest that one: I’d suggest surrounding DC with barbed wire and guard towers, instead. Or some equally graphic allusion to doing something meaningful about that cesspit.

  • Georgia Sam

    “Now if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms comes to disarm you and they are bearing arms, resist them with arms. Go for a head shot; they’re going to be wearing bulletproof vests. … They’ve got a big target on there, ATF. Don’t shoot at that, because they’ve got a vest on underneath that. Head shots, head shots…. Kill the sons of bitches.” – G. Gordon Liddy, on his talk radio show, 1994

  • dugglebogey

    The Nixon tapes revealed many other crimes that Liddy committed, why weren’t they investigated and why wasn’t Liddy prosecuted for them? Was he pardoned by Nixon or Ford?

  • Chiroptera

    “It concerned me that it was a threat to the administration,” he said. “I wanted to preserve the administration of Richard Nixon, and I knew that if I didn’t talk, it would secure those above me.”

    This doesn’t indicate a “total lack of moral capacity.” If Liddy lacked any moral capacity, then he would have squeeled himself to save his own skin or get a lighter sentence.

    It certainly is a different kind of moral capacity, one I don’t want to see emulated, but I wouldn’t call morals I dislike the same as no morals at all.

    In fact, these two types of people need to be treated differently. A person with no moral capacity can be influenced or “bought off” by appealing to his or her self-interest. A person with a moral conviction, as wrong as it may be, isn’t so easy; perhaps it might be possible to manipulate them in some way depending on their other intellectual or emotional capacities.

  • raven

    “I saw Democrats as being dangerous to the country,” he said. “I see the Democrats now as being even more dangerous to the country.

    Amoral. No surprise.

    And unable to think his way out of a paper bag.

    We are still recovering from the Bush/Cheney Catastrophe. The economy that they crashed is projected to recover by 2018 according to the Fed. It has been getting steadily better though since Obama took office. To take just one statistic, the stock markets have been hitting records for months.

    Iraq is however, still a giant black hole of human misery with no light yet visible at the end of the tunnel. The Bush/Cheney pointless invasion of Iraq cost money, hundreds of thousands of lives, and didn’t make the USA safer. It made the world more dangerous for everyone.

    Speaking of threats to America, thanks to the Iraq war, two of my friends are dead. The GOP was as dangerous to them as is possible. They also killed tens of millions of 401(K) plans, one of which was…mine.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    I wouldn’t suggest that one: I’d suggest surrounding DC with barbed wire and guard towers, instead. Or some equally graphic allusion to doing something meaningful about that cesspit.

    In other words, you’re just another bigot, indiscriminately demonizing all politicians and public servants, because you’re too fucking lazy and uncaring to do anything more difficult or complex. Fuck you too — maybe you should grow up a decade or three before your next comment here.

  • coragyps

    I was subjected to Liddy’s radio show a couple of times back during the Clinton/Lewinsky goings-on, and heard this exemplar of morality talk about how he had been happily married to his wife for forty years, unlike scumdog Presidents that fool around on their wives. And a week or two later, Liddy was remeniscing about all the fun he had with “hippie chicks” and their wild sexual ways.

    1997-40 = 1957.

    Hippies did not exist until about 1963.

    You do the math.

  • dingojack

    Liddy claimed he used his ‘special knowledge’ gleaned from his FBI training during (and presumably after) the Watergate break-in !?!

    Given how incompetent the break-in, and subsequent attempted cover-up, was it rather leaves one wondering why these ‘specially trained’ FBI agents are permitted to roam in areas where they might cause harm to themselves or to the general public.

    Dingo

  • raven

    …G. Gordon Liddy, the famous … the legendary cocktail party at which Gordon had held his hand over a candle …

    Liddy has a long history of erratic behavior.

    He once held his hand over a candle flame until the flesh burned, to impress some woman. That would impress a lot of people all right. They would back away slowly and hope Liddy forgets their name quickly.

  • A Masked Avenger

    Raging Bee:

    In other words, you’re just another bigot, indiscriminately demonizing all politicians and public servants, because you’re too fucking lazy and uncaring…

    Aw, I’m uncaring for the poow, pewsecuted powwiticians, who are selflessly serving us by ordering drone strikes (as Obama does regularly) on houses full of people without even knowing who the fuck is inside them (i.e., signature strikes), or claim the authority to order the death of anyone on the planet by uttering the magic words, “I declare thee an enemy combatant,” etc., etc.. We must rise up and defend this persecuted, powerless minority!

    Or you could learn to read, fuckhead. I told you not to draw one simple-minded conclusion, and suggested that if you want to draw simple-minded conclusions, I could suggest a better simple-minded fucking conclusion, but I guess I underestimated your simple-mindedness. I thought nobody would be so stupid as to conclude that when I said, “If you want to draw a simplistic conclusion… I’d suggest…” that this was somehow the point of my post.

    Cordially fuck yourself with your stinger, friend bee.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    In case you haven’t noticed, asshole, not all politicians and bureaucrats supported the policies you mention.

    I told you not to draw one simple-minded conclusion, and suggested that if you want to draw simple-minded conclusions, I could suggest a better simple-minded fucking conclusion…

    The simpleminded conclusion you offered was NOT better, in any way. A blustering asshole who calls a whole city a “cesspit” (ever actually been here?) and talks of building a barbed-wire fence around it, is in no position to lecture ANYONE about simplemided conclusions. You’re no better than Liddy.

    People like you voted for ignorant Republicans who pretended to run against “Washington insiders” and “bureaucrats;” and Republicans and libertarians have been using rhetoric like yours as cover for their bigoted and backward policies for nearly as long as I can remember. If I misread you, it’s entirely your own fault. Either change your rhetoric or go fuck yourself.

  • dean

    So I chose to make use of the special knowledge that I had as a result of the FBI and so forth.

    Makes you wonder what he did for the FBI.

    Liddy was a big backer of the conspiracy book “Silent Coup” – the premise was that John Dean orchestrated the break-in to steal information, held by the Democratic Party, that linked Dean’s wife to a call girl ring. He even endorsed it in an addendum to a mid 90s re-release of his book “Will.” Now, seeing his comment

    I saw Democrats as being dangerous to the country,” he said. “I see the Democrats now as being even more dangerous to the country. I wanted to prevent them from being able to damage the country further.

    it seems he has dropped his opinion of the book – most likely because he realizes that presenting those in the Democratic party as enemies of the country is currently in vogue.

  • dean

    I’d suggest surrounding DC with barbed wire and guard towers, instead. Or some equally graphic allusion to doing something meaningful about that cesspit.

    Hope you didn’t strain either of your two brain cells coming up with that bit of “wisdom”.

  • Michael Heath

    A Masked Avenger:

    My takeaway is not to conclude that Nixon’s behavior was OK, but rather to ratchet up my cynicism that others in DC are better.

    Non sequitur of the week.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    “My takeaway is not to conclude that Nixon’s behavior was OK, but rather to ratchet up my cynicism that others in DC are better.

    A distinction without a difference — either way, you’re excusing Nixon’s behavior, as many other cynical and uncaring people strove to do immediately after he resigned.

    And it’s not even close to the truth: there were plenty of people, both in and out of DC (yes, DC is populated by humans, just like the rest of America (something you’d see for yourself if you didn’t have that stupid mask covering your eyes)), who behaved better than Nixon, and who quite effectively campaigned against him when his malfeasance became obvious.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Hope you didn’t strain either of your two brain cells coming up with that bit of “wisdom”.

    Hey, at least this shows he read about the Gaza blockade. That’s more than some here can say.

  • Steve Morrison

    @#1, #2:

    It would surely be better … to give up not only a part, but, if necessary, even the whole, of our constitution, to preserve the remainder!

    —Sir Boyle Roche

  • busterggi

    Once a C.R.E.E.P. always a C.R.E.E.P.

    Although I did like the National Lampoon comic about them.

  • jonathangray

    “In disciplinary matters, St. Benedict’s used the demerit system. A whisper in class, or some other breach of the strict code of conduct, brought one or more demerits related to a schedule of punishments ranging from post-schooldays study to expulsion. The Germans [monks, refugees from Nazi Germany] didn’t bother with demerits. Once, when a rather large boy in the rear of the room snickered at the way one of the German monks pronounced an English word, the German looked up calmly and said, ‘You. Stand up.’

    “The boy stood, a smirk on his face, expecting to receive a demerit. The German walked down to him and, with a right-hand lead, knocked him cold. He then commanded the boy sitting nearest the door: ‘You. Wasser.’

    The boy brought back a paper cup full of water, which the monk threw on the face of the unconscious boy to revive him, then gave him a hand up to his seat, turned, walked back to the head of the class and said, ‘Zo. Unt now ve begin again.’ The Germans really knew their subjects, and there was always an ‘atmosphere conducive to learning’ in their classrooms.”

    – from Liddy’s autobiography Will

    : D

  • jonathangray