Memory Bookends

Carey Rowland
2 min readFeb 7, 2024

A news event yesterday falls on my long-ago memories of 1973.

In that year, our United States Senate opened its investigation of Richard Nixon’s Watergate burglary.

50 years went by. Then Our United States House of Representatives opened its investigation of donald trump’s attempted robbery of the 2020 election.

As an American, I took both of these crimes seriously, because they threaten the integrity of our Presidential leadership.

If we allow our Presidents to rule as criminals, what hope do we have of defending our nation against the real criminals who would steal our peace and safety?

My memory of ’73 was of Senator Sam Ervin managing the Senate’s Watergate investigation. As a senior studying political science at LSU, I spent a multitude of hours watching those investigative hearings in the spring of ’73.

My recent memory of ’23 was of Representative Bennie Parsons managing the House’s investigation of the January 6 insurrection.

Nine years of my childhood were spent in Rep. Bennie Thompson’s state, Mississippi. Now I live in North Carolina, the home state of Senator Sam Ervin.

But that detail is neither here nor there. Anyway, just now . . . Wednesday, January 7, I am ruminating on yesterday’s DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision that affirms the principle that no President of our United States has the right to defy the Law while claiming it is part of his job to do so.

Such are the Historical bookends on a life-long news-shelf of memory. Now, as an American citizen of advanced age, I have spent a multitude of hours watching the testimonies in the House January 6 Committee, and subsequent events. . . especially this week’s report of a landmark decision by the DC Circuit Appeals Court denying trump’s appeal for immunity.



Carey Rowland

Author and Publisher of 4 novels: Glass half-Full, Glass Chimera, Smoke, King of Soul; 1200+ blogs, musician, songwriter, poet, 43-year husband and father.