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Calling all independent thinkers

By Mike Andrew

In our November issue, I remembered Sen. George McGovern, who died October 21.

This month, I have to remember another iconic figure of the 1970s, but one on the other side of that decade’s political divide – Nixon’s Solicitor General Robert Bork.

Bork was the hatchet man in the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre.”

On October 20, 1973, Richard Nixon ordered his Attorney General, Elliot Richardson, to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate break-in. Richardson resigned rather than comply. Richardson’s deputy, William Rukleshaus, also resigned rather than follow Nixon’s orders. Finally Bork, then the third in command at the Justice Department, fired Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox.

A federal judge later found the firing to be illegal in a suit brought by Ralph Nader. It was one of the reasons the Senate rejected Bork when Ronald Reagan appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1987.

“All I will say is that I carried out the President’s directive,” Bork explained. In other words, “I was just following orders.”

If you like following orders, you may not want to join PSARA. On the other hand, if you’re an independent thinker, if you like knowing the facts, making up your own mind, and acting on your decisions, you might want to join with other like-minded people and sign up.

Your membership donation helps us to produce the Retiree Advocate and bring you twelve issues full of hard-hitting articles, most of them written by PSARA members. You’ll also be invited to participate in PSARA forums and discussion groups, to join with other independent thinkers and come to a common understanding about the problems we

face. And you’ll have the opportunity to act on that understanding – whether we join a picket line, or a phone bank, or lobby our elected representatives.

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