WASHINGTON REPORT:THE SOUND OF FOOTSTEPS:

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But if anything has been retarded in Fresno, it is the growth of academic freedom in institutions like Fresno State. The judge in Mezey's intitial court hearing held that Mezey was legitimately...

...But, to carry out a scenario further, if Hutchinson and Smith each can say to his aroused Nixon constituency back home that other conservative party members on the Committee, such as Representatives McClory and Railsback, both of Illinois, Hogan of Maryland, Dennis of Indiana, Maraziti of New Jersey, etc., also voted in favor of approving impeachment articles, then there has been erected a political shelter within which Hutchinson, Smith and like-minded colleagues may stand...
...Resurrection and death...
...when playwrights construct a symbol for philistinism...
...yet when I do, I go with joy...
...I read Feuerbach, Freud, Russell, Ayer with a head nodding in agreement...
...Or will power change women...
...Imagination has too little purchase...
...when populists require a symbol for opulence...
...350 to 85, to impeach...
...He has recently spoken to a major veterans' group in Washington...
...salvation and corporeal flesh...
...187 Republicans...
...However, Vietnam veterans gathering in Washington on the last days of March were able to see only an aide...
...No institution in the world is easier to criticize than the Church of Rome, to a chorus of nodding heads...
...Freedom, you imagine, is doing what you please...
...He traveled to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to corral the country-music vote...
...And, obviously, the President himself hears these ominous notes...
...to demand swift and painful decisions, from which no appeal is possible...
...Penthouse attacks her chastity, Ms, her chauvinism...
...Why am I not like them...
...Unfortunately, an air of gaiety seems to be a more prevalent mood, whatever that found in the Oval Room of the White House...
...Newsmen recently had a birthday party for Judge Sirica, whose conventional juridical outlook was offended by the deceits and outlandish tales told by defendants in the burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate Apartments...
...Predictably, he and his allies will launch a fresh effort against the "unfairness" of the press...
...Earlier this year, the President backed off an intended appointment of Paul Nitze to be Assistant Secretary of Defense (for international security affairs) because of Senator Goldwater's opposition...
...Correspondingly if the Judiciary Committee reports favorably impeachment articles, a similar strategy of numbers could be devised, apparently is being devised, within the full House...
...He is campaigning-not this time for elective office, but to thwart impeachment proceedings...
...Drifting from one office to another (each of them part of the same prison) until you found your window fronting on eternity, the essential brick more permanent than paper, more indelible than all the ink that stained your soul until you gagged, refusing it...
...The President's involvement may even be greater in a manner not made clear by the sequestered testimony and other evidence now in the hands of the staff of the Judiciary Committee and Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski...
...Not majoritarian numbers, simply one-third plus one of the 100 Senators or 34 at most needed to defeat a motion to convict him of one or more articles of impeachment...
...True image of the human race...
...Sometimes I imagine myself Jewish...
...Such a scenario has great appeal to House members, who dislike the lordly Senate...
...when scholars seek a symbol for obscurantism...
...The tilt of English culture is against her, almost every modern movement defines itself by opposition to her...
...SISYPHUS ROMA REVERSED MICHAEL NOVAK Just where you look for something, it isn't...
...three Gods...
...Such beliefs...
...Richard Rovere, recently writing in The New Yorker magazine, senses a surliness in the atmosphere here in Washington...
...The Constitution states that to convict two-thirds of those present and voting, 19 April 1974: 152 not a Constitutional two-thirds, is required...
...Richard Nixon is not known for sharing confidences, so it is not clear whether he is campaigning primarily to avoid articles of impeachment from being brought for approval to the full 435-member House by its 37-member Judiciary Committee (21 Democrats and 16 Republicans...
...The Mezey Case was Fresno's Watergate, the first of a series of dishonesties that has left Fresno State where it is today-struggling to get back to where it was six years ago...
...The politics of impeachment, as practiced by the President, is evident in the Congress...
...When liberals desire a symbol for illiberalism...
...There has been recently noted a somewhat more perceptible threatening tone toward the President on the part of both Republicans and Democrats within the House of Representatives and, specifically, within the Judiciary Committee itself...
...The procedures of her thinkers and her officers are less divine than simply of another century, another place...
...Such practices...
...Even those disposed to believing in the President's complicity in "Watergate" are offended on the grounds that there comes a time in such a momentous episode that it may be argued rightly that the President, whatever his presumed transgressions, is more equal than others in being afforded the right of suspended judgment and fair hearing and fair trial...
...Where, then, would you look for the perfect city of human life, reflection of justice, wisdom, intelligence, and grace...
...Thereupon they inform their constituents that "all we did" was to bring something to an indictment "an intermediate action"-against the President and that it is now the Constitutional responsibility of the Senate to act definitively...
...I do not often go to church...
...i.e., acquit or convict...
...There is reason to believe that indisputably conservative Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have been persuaded that the Watergate scandals implicate the President-as a minimum, his grossly faulty judgment of human beings because 26 of his associates currently stand indicted, including two former Cabinet members and two former principal assistants of his...
...Institutional evils the Church carries with her-dishonesty, oppression, greed, indifference and worse...
...plough that makes the soil shine...
...In this argument, there is some merit because the Washington press corps is inclined to hound a major event to or beyond acceptable limits-and to either place haloes or the hangman's noose upon public figures...
...when popula tionists desire a symbol for obdurate stupidity-there stands Mother Church, open to a thousand arrows...
...2 vacancies...
...Sometimes I imagine myself in the shoes of Charles Davis, or John Cogley, or countless other friends or acquaintances who, in one form or another, drift away, turn away, or find a better path...
...The parish priest whose arrogance hides his insecurity, the impossibility of his role...
...The amendment was adopted by the full House in late March, as was an amendment to forbid expenditure of federal funds even for court-ordered transportation...
...Having politically prospered over the years by appearing as the persecuted, misunderstood man of affairs, the President is now doing what he does best in his own distinctive fashion...
...great buildings here, great works of art, homes, monuments, memories, are almost always Protestant, not Catholic...
...19 April 1974: 154...
...The formulae in which her doctrines are encased are, like certain dictionary modes of speech, archaic...
...If only the Eucharist did not include the Word...
...On his part, the President, too, is playing his version of safety-in-numbers...
...It turns out, instead, to require endurance of hatred and opposition...
...souls...
...You pitch your life to "realism," only to discover days that are ecstatic, astonishing...
...The judge in Mezey's intitial court hearing held that Mezey was legitimately fired for his public statements, thus making it clearly a case involving academic freedom of speech...
...The President shows every sign of appealing to the worst social instincts that reside within us-a characteristic of his campaigns for election to the House a quartercentury ago, subsequently the Senate, and successively the Vice-Presidency and the Presidency...
...Will women change power...
...I only know that, as year passes into year, I find myself more Catholic than the year before...
...Is any sport easier than to mock the Catholic Church, especially in the United States...
...A pull like gravity holds onto me...
...A Congressional ally in this effort seems to have been a die-hard Nixon supporter, Repre sentative Steiger of Arizona, who worked to have the Rules Committee, the legislative traffic-cop of the House, shelve the bill, although by a divided vote, Representative Udall of Arizona is working to revive it...
...As if liberation did not entail the ambiguities of power...
...it turns out, instead, to be steady...
...WASHINGTON REPORT THE SOUND OF FOOTSTEPS The President's formative years were spent in the 1920s, his critics wryly point out, and, therefore, it should be understood, if not excused, why he took his political clues from the Chief Executives of that decade: the morals of Warren Harding the warmth of Calvin Coolidge and the economic touch of Herbert Hoover...
...If, for example, only one or two conservative Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, such as Representative Hutchinson, the most senior, and Smith of New York, vote to bring impeachment articles before the full House, then each risks being assaulted by Nixonites back home...
...celibacy . . .), must seem the most incongruous and ugly of institutions...
...Sometimes I imagine myself an atheist...
...House members, burdened with twoyear terms and this year being an election year, they will have thrown the hot issue to the Senate...
...No false promise in her conduct...
...In their Congressional Districts live a sizable number of die-hard Nixon supporters...
...God made bread is not so humiliating as God made sentimental speech...
...Commonweal: 153 shown excessive zeal in reaching into grand-jury proceedings to ferret out matters that should be kept confidential...
...Norman O. Brown remarked once that there is wisdom in noticing what Roma spells, reversed...
...It would be a form of Constitutional revenge against the Senate which House members contend is unjustly endowed with greater prestige and privilege by press, political scientists and the populace at-large...
...A lawyer played a Watergate tape at a party...
...The numbers cited are not without importance, because both the President and the House have adopted what may be characterized as a "strategy of numbers...
...Politically, however, these conservative Republicans confront a problem...
...when women want a symbol for oppression...
...Love is supposed to be transporting...
...The President's campaign -or, at least, known portions of it-primarily centers not on the House or its Judiciary Committee, but in the Senate, the ultimate judge, and in sections of the nation where die-hard supporters presumably live...
...As the impeachment screws began to be felt, the President, reversing himself, abandoned a national land-use bill he had supported, that had passed the Senate and the House Interior Committee...
...What more obvious symbol have we of medievalism, darkness, mediocrity, corruption, venality...
...Jaworski, the Special Prosecutor, Rep...
...The intellectual apparatus cracks...
...He has correspondingly aligned himself publicly with hard-core anti-school busing proponents to support an amendment by Representative Esch of Michigan that would permit reopening of suits settled as far back as 1954 and would further require the Attorney-General to assist in such reopenings...
...The banality of the Catholic parish-its ordinariness, boredom, bad taste, inertial force of habit-is its coercive splendor: ashen embers that explode...
...If the ruling is upheld in the higher courts, any professor in the nation could be terminated for a public statement that a college administration deemed "damaging...
...Rodino, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and members of the special committee investigating the Watergate Scandals have appeared on television repeatedly to argue their case...
...Life is ignorant of logicloves a logic of its own...
...In this connection, he traveled to Houston to identify himself as a conservative before the National Association of Broadcasters and also spoke to employees of the Space Center there...
...Therefore, the number conceivably, should death, physical impairment or cowardice create an absence, could be fewer than 34 to thwart conviction...
...KENNETH SEIB (Kenneth Seib is himself a member of the English Department at California State University, Fresno...
...I do not wholly understand and, whatever it is, perhaps it tells against me...
...The Catholic Church, I then perceive (eating the "flesh" of God...
...Or to avoid a majority vote for impeachment by the House itself (246 Democrats...
...The Washington Post has 0 D. F. PETTEYS THE SCRIVENER Thinking, poor Bartleby, of you the scruffy saint of brick and ginger nut and ink, sustaining for a while the weight of solid odds against you, fixed firmly in the truss of circumstance-all the precedents and rulings rooted like a vine, twisting tendrils turning, mounting up the wall that blotted out the sun from where you copied documents behind the bricks containing nothing but themselves, each of them aligned with its fellows sustained by mortar and accumulated weight while you copied in a neat hand without blot or error the signed attested documents, copying decrees of long dead gentlemen in robes-one wonders what, if anything, you ever made of them...
...Some of these persons, very much in the center of investigating the scandalous affair, believe that the undertaking to determine if there is any Presidential responsibility should be conducted "more in sadness than in anger...
...He is certain to show in Ohio, perhaps Indianapolis, or a place like Augusta, where the Masters Golf Tournament will be held, and where he could toast Bobby Jones' memory...
...Or, to avoid upholding of the impeachment articles by the 100-member Senate (57 Democrats, 42 Republicans and 1 Unaffiliated, Byrd of Virginia...
...Then, to continue with the scenario, the House may vote overwhelmingly, e.g...
...love and Rome...
...Exclude, though, the misery of sermons...

Vol. 100 • April 1974 • No. 7


 
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