Watergate To Mar-o-Largogate
What Will the Crooks Do?

In my previous article, Helping Marjorie Taylor Greene Slay Her Dragons, I decided not to rant on and on about her. It wouldn’t work. Therefore, I decided to sit down with Marjorie and chat about all the nonsensical notions spewing from her mouth.

Then I noticed that HBO has a new mini-series, White House Plumbers. There is a litany of plumbers plus Nixon’s White House staff, including E. Howard Hunt, G. Gordon Liddy, Bernard Barker, Jeb Magruder, Eugenio Martinez, James W. McCord, John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, Charles Colson, et al. They all went to jail and were fined for the break-in of the Democratic National Committee’s offices at the Watergate complex.

Inmate Charles Colson

Inmate Charles Colson

The mini-series about the plumbers made me think about the truism Yogi Berra coined, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Nixon didn’t want to resign, but Senators Barry Goldwater, John Rhodes, and Hugh Scott finally convinced Tricky Dick to resign the presidency.

The crooks paid their fines, spent time in prison, and were released. Additionally, they maintained that they were innocent, including Nixon, who was pardoned. In the following years, they were largely forgotten, except for one. Colson was the only exception.

Colson had what he called a religious conversion, which radically changed his mindset. He became an evangelical Christian. After serving his time, he started Prison Fellowship, a non-profit ministry. Colson also had a radio program called BreakPoint and other activities to do good in the world.

A former inmate talks to an inmate.

A former inmate talks to an inmate.

However, not everyone thought that Colson was born again. Mike Wallace interviewed Colson for 60 Minutes. Wallace didn’t buy Colson’s conversion. That being said, I bought it. Colson and I are polar opposites on nearly every important thing in life. Even after Colson’s conversion, he and I wouldn’t agree on almost everything politically or theologically. Nonetheless, I accepted his new lifestyle. He was driven to help people in prison and help them after their release.

I wrote a letter to him a half-century ago. I was surprised that Colson responded to my letter. It is framed on my office wall next to a letter from Cory Aquino.

Frames Letter

The note at the bottom of the letter, Exodus 14:13, is interesting. “And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.’”

Therefore, Colson takes us from Watergate and Mar-o-Lagogate. Some of the Mar-o-Lagogate crooks are indicted, on trial, or in prison: Steve Bannon. Tom Barrack, Elliott Broldy, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Rich Gates, Paul Manafort, George Nader, George Papadopoulos, Roger Stone, Alan Weisselberg, et al.

Trump’s lawyers are in trouble with the law: Alina Habba, Michael T. Madaio, Peter Ticktin, Jamie Alan Sasson, Rudy Giuliani, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, et al.

Finally, Trump has a list of indictments and possible indictments in the next few months. Will Trump have a conversion like Colson?

Whether Trump does or not, all the other crooks must face the Kierkegaardian-esque question of either/or. Either they continue to be crooks or follow Colson’s mindset of helping others.