Subject: Beginning of a Downhill Slide
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Thurs June 17, 1999 at 2:05PM

Beginning of a Downhill Slide


Upon this date in nineteen seventy-two
An act of intrigue first came into view
With the arrest of five men in a hotel
Who'd broken into a suite, causing tell ...

Of a much higher plan to corrupt a campaign
In order that a sitting President could maintain
His hold in his office without party opposition
A despicable act ... and one which did him in

For no single man or party should hold power
Through corruption and dishonesty, at any hour
As it has no place in a country founded on freedom
Regardless of the rationale for this greatest of sins

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
11:20am June 17th, 1999

The five Watergate "burglars" arrested were:

Bernard L. Barker
James W. McCord, Jr.
Frank A. Sturgis
Virgilio R. Gonzalez
Eugenio R. Martinez

the man who hired them:

G. Gordon Liddy, Finance Counsel, CRP
[CRP - Committee to Re-elect the President]

the man who hired Liddy:

John Ehrlichman, Assistant to the President

the man who hired Ehrlichman:

H. R. Haldeman, White House Chief of Staff

the man who hired Haldeman:

Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the USA

(resigned in disgrace, facing certain impeachment,
on August 9th, 1974, two years after re-election.)

Gerald R. Ford - named his Vice-President [after
his elected running mate - Spiro T. Agnew (former
governor of Maryland) was convicted of tax fraud]
pardoned Nixon, preventing subsequent charges.

Gerald R. Ford - lost his own election bid to
James Earl Carter, Jr. in 1976. President Carter
failed his re-election bid in 1980 to Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan became the first President since
Nixon's position as Vice President to two-termer
Dwight D. Eisenhower, to serve two full terms.