If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.-George Bernard Shaw
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.-Karl Marx
History repeats itself, and that’s one of the things that’s wrong with history.-Clarence Darrow
Based on the repetition of history – Walker Resigns in November
Remarkable similarities echo through the demise of Richard Nixon and of Scott Walker. It remains to be seen if history will repeat itself and that the resignation of Walker will follow his original statement of “I am not a target, in the same eight months that Nixon’s resignation followed his original statement of, “I am not a crook”.
History Repetition Time Line
Nixon – “I am not a crook.”
Orlando, Fla, Nov. 17 1973— Declaring that “I am not a crook,” President Nixon vigorously defended his record in the Watergate case tonight and said he had never profited from his public service. “I have earned every cent. And in all of my years of public life I have never obstructed justice,” Mr. Nixon said.
“People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got.” Washington Post
Walker – “I am not a target.”
Asked if his legal team had heard anything about his being a target, Walker said “No. I have not heard a single thing about that other than spin from those on the left.”
“There’s nothing new there,” Walker said. “You’re going to hear nothing but spin, false innuendo.” Buzz Feed
Many reading this post may not have been old enough to remember the Watergate investigation and the divisiveness and mistrust of government that brought the country to its knees. See any similarities?
Nixon was a zealot for his agenda and the need for his party to control the White House even to the point of bending and breaking the law; the appeal of power was well worth the risk of breaking the rules of law. See any similarities?
For months Nixon denied any knowledge of the break-in of the Watergate Office Building to gain records that would influence the upcoming election. Yes. The break-in was all about securing an advantage for winning an election. See any similarities?
Will history repeat itself? Is Walker the farce preceded by the Nixon tragedy?
Below is a video featuring the song by Arlo Guthrie, “What Else Don’t You Know”. Like his late father, Woody Guthrie, Arlo is known for singing songs of protest against social injustice.
Walker as Witness
Thus far, Walker is on the witness list for the Kelly Rindfleisch Trial on October 15, and as announced yesterday, the trial of Tim Russell on Dec. 3. Finally, he may be called to testify under oath to “how he didn’t know that the Cats with the bugs where there”, within 25 feet of his office door.
The clock is ticking
The Reindfeisch trial is scheduled.
Judge Hansher ruled that the 2002 immunity deal didn’t apply “if she committed additional crimes in the future.” He denied an earlier, similar motion by Rindfleisch.
She is scheduled to go on trial Oct. 15. Rindfleish immunity denied
Kelly Rindfleisch Trial Oct. 15 Countdown
Wink’s sentencing was moved to Nov. 21 by Judge Daniel Konkol at the request of Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf. Wink’s cooperation is needed in the case of Timothy Russell, another former county official, and also in a Waukesha County case, Landgraf said
Wolff said Wink was eager to complete her case. She has continued working with the Republican Party of Milwaukee County, Wolff said.
Darlene Wink Trial Nov. 21 Countdown
Timothy Russell Trial Dec. 3 Countdown
…for no man.