Republican President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew were overwhelmingly reelected in November 1972, winning 49 states and 520 electoral votes.
They crushed the hapless Democratic ticket of Sen. George McGovern and Sargent Shriver.
Ironically, the 1972 congressional elections also saw Democrats retain firm control of the Senate and House, and a 29-year-old rookie from Delaware, Joe Biden, unseat Republican Sen. J. Caleb Boggs by 4,000 votes.
In October 1973, Vice President Agnew pleaded nolo contendere in Baltimore federal court to a tax-evasion felony, and he immediately resigned. His successor, Gerald Ford, the minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, was overwhelmingly confirmed a few days later by the Senate 92 to 3, and the House 387 to 35.
On August 8, 1974, President Nixon also resigned, as he was facing an inevitable congressional impeachment over involvement in the burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters (Watergate) in June 1972, and the subsequent cover-up.
President Ford quickly nominated Nelson Rockefeller, New York’s governor since 1959, as vice president, but he wasn't confirmed until December 1974, by the Democratic-controlled Senate (90 to 7) and House (287 to 128).
Nearly a half-century later, 78-year-old Democratic President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have unquestionably demonstrated, in a mere seven months, that they are totally unqualified to discharge the awesome responsibilities of the two highest federal elected positions.
A short list of Biden’s many catastrophic policies include: the ''imbecilic'' withdrawal and then return of the American military to Afghanistan; the open border with Mexico and subsequent illegal entry of several million unvetted immigrants; sky-high inflation; rampant crime in Democratic-run cities; surrender of energy independence; and suspension of sanctions on Iran and resurrection of President Barack Obama’s terrible nuclear deal with the Islamic terrorist state.
Consequently, Biden and Harris must be removed from office, sooner rather than later. Harris had a flimsy, undistinguished three and one-half years on the national stage as a senator from California before being selected by Biden as his running mate.
Before dropping out of the campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, in early December 2019 before the first primary was even held, ''Crackling Kamala'' polled at 4% of the party’s voters.
During the tragic downfalls of President Nixon and Vice President Agnew, the courageous, nonpartisan decisions of a group of prominent Republicans can serve as beacons of wisdom, integrity and patriotism during the current cascading national and international crises.
In early 1972, an investigation of political corruption in Baltimore, Agnew’s hometown, revealed that the vice president and former Maryland governor had for many years been receiving illegal payoffs from a local businessman. The probe was initiated by George Beall, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland; President Nixon appointed him in 1970.
After Elliot Richardson, an Army veteran of the Utah Beach landings on June 6, 1944, was chosen as the U.S. Attorney General by President Nixon in May 1973, he did not stymie the ongoing investigation of the vice president, or the Watergate crime and cover-up.
In October 1973, Attorney General Richardson was ordered by President Nixon to fire Archibald Cox, the independent Watergate prosecutor. During Senate confirmation hearings in the spring of 1973, Richardson had promised not to interfere with the investigation of his appointee, Cox.
He kept his word to Congress, and resigned on October 23, 1973, as did his assistant and successor, William Ruckelshaus, who also refused to fire Cox.
By contrast, John Mitchell, who was President Nixon’s attorney general between January 1969 and February 1973, was convicted by a federal court in 1975 for his involvement in the Watergate scandal, and he served 19 months in federal prison.
Richardson, Ruckelshaus and U.S. Attorney Beall were magnificent public servants who put country above party.
So were many Republican members of Congress, including Sen. Barry Goldwater, the unsuccessful presidential candidate in 1964, Hugh Scott, the Senate minority leader, and John Jacob Rhodes, the House minority leader. On August 7, 1974, they informed President Nixon in the Oval Office that he was facing certain congressional impeachment unless he resigned.
Two days later, President Nixon permanently left the White House.
Forty-seven years later, there are various scenarios that could end with the justifiable removal of President Biden.
First, under the 25th Amendment, ratified in 1967, a majority of the president’s Cabinet can declare him unable to discharge the responsibilities of the office, because of mental and physical disabilities.
Second, Biden can be impeached by the House and convicted by Senate.
Third, if federal investigations are launched into the highly suspicious business dealings of President Biden and his son, Hunter, they could lead to indictments and his resignation.
Undoubtedly, 2021 and 2022 are shaping up as historically cataclysmic as 1973 and 1974.
Mark Schulte is a retired New York City schoolteacher and mathematician who has written extensively about science and the history of science. Read Mark Schulte's Reports — More Here.
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