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Forty-four years ago, five men broke into Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., determined to help secure the presidency for a Republican. The scene of the crime, besides Richard Nixon’s White House, was the Watergate Hotel.
Since then, all manner of crimes or misdemeanors have been named with the suffix -gate, everything from Contragate to Monicagate, Nannygate to Deflategate. Most of them cheapened the severity of the Watergate break-in and cover-up.
Now comes hard evidence from The New York Times of yet another break-in at the DNC, a computer hacking by Russian burglars. This one is crime against democracy. If such villainy could ever warrant comparison to Watergate, this is such a crime. And no self-respecting defender of democracy, especially a man about to assume the presidency, should dismiss this as anything less than a clear and present threat to the legitimacy of our government — now and into the future. Sure, Donald Trump should be skeptical of U.S. “intelligence” — but not in utter denial or contempt of it.
Yes, this is mostly a blog about nature. Now I worry about the nature of our democracy. Read it for yourself in that article I link to above — some stellar journalism on the part of The Times. And if that’s not enough nature for you, here’s a Siberian Jay.