Sunday, May 30, 2004

As this page loads, a tree frog croak-sings somewhere by the north side of the house. Already, it is eleven minutes to ten, late in the morning. Outside the house is brightness and weather fast getting hot and humid. I've been transitioning from a nocturnal back to a diurnal activity-sleep pattern.

This morning I was still slowly waking, lying alone in the bedroom, listening to Weekend Edition, when I heard a short interview with Archibald Cox, a prosecutor who was fired by President Richard Nixon when the former refused to back down from his duties and service to the Senate. Nixon wanted him to allow the corruption of the Watergate affair to stay secret. Apparently, Cox' superior and his secretary resigned, rather than carry out Nixon's order to fire Cox. This became known as the "Saturday night massacre."

According to an Associated Press article whose author is not cited,which I found in the on-line Houston Chronicle,on or soon after his firing, I suppose it was, Cox said, "Whether ours shall be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people."

Another Watergate figure died yesterday, the same day--Sam Dash, who was the Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee. Listen to this report by NPR's Linda Wertheimer. During the spring and summer of 1973, Mr. Dash directed the committee's hearings into the burglaries.


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