Monday, May 15th from 6 – 9 pm at The Black and Brown Social Club
474 Valencia Street near the 16th Street BART station
Information, discussion & community! Monday Night Forum!!
Occupy Forum is an opportunity for open and respectful dialogue
on all sides of these critically important issues!
Film: The Final Days
Based on the acclaimed book written by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, The Final Days chronicles president Richard Nixon’s administration during the critical period after the Watergate break-in scandal, which ultimately led to Nixon’s resignation from the office on August 1974. Facing certain impeachment on charges of obstruction of justice and abuse of power, the 37th President had virtually no choice but to resign. But it was not the actual break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in 1972 that forced the first presidential resignation in American history, rather it was the cover-up afterward.
Stanley Kutler writes in “The Wars of Watergate” (1990):
Political Philosophers since the ancient Greeks have sought to understand the links between politics and ethical behavior. The eagerness of Nixon and his supporters to dismiss his misdeeds because “everyone does it” perversely twisted the conservative political tradition to which they subscribed that allegedly rests on virtue and morality.
As the impeachment inquiry reached its climax, Congressman William Cohen recognized that perversion and wondered “how we moved from the Federalist Papers of the 1780s to the Nixon tapes on the 1970s”. Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, who had few illusions about human nature, nevertheless understood that leadership must rest on something other than covering up crimes and scheming to punish alleged enemies. Americans idealize their presidents and hence expect them to meet the highest moral standards. People demand leaders better than themselves; the President symbolizes “legitimacy, continuity and morality”; and the country came together on the fundamental proposition that virtue mattered.”
Today, the veils have been lifted on the actuality of Washington and the American Government. Even still, we can be shocked and appalled by the actions of those we elect to represent us. Come to OccupyForum to watch The Final Days, and discuss what the hubris of Nixon meant for its time, and what the hubris our current president can mean for ours.
Time will be allotted for announcements. Donations to Occupy Forum to cover costs are encouraged; no one turned away!
We can also watch “Frost” or “All the President’s Men” depending on the wishes of the group.