Watergate

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Watergate – The Scandal Of Them All Essay, Research Paper Although twenty five years has passed since the notorious President Nixon resigned from office, the infamous legacy left by Richard Nixon and his administration will never be forgotten, leaving the American people with a distrust among American Politicians and disrespect for the American Presidency. Among the scandals that have gone through the White House there was not one as corrupt, as unfortunate, and as deceiving like the Watergate Scandal. Richard Nixon took advantage of his Presidency, believing that he could do anything he wanted, ” When the President does it, it’s not illegal .” Because he believed this, he and others in the White House performed illegal actions to secure his re-election in 1972, and

then did even more to cover up the Watergate. Watergate had such an impact on the American people because it was a hard slap in the face when you realize how corrupt your President really is. Before this incident, the simple title of “President” was glorified, people respected who the President was and everything he stood for. What Nixon did damaged the title by lying and cheating. The faith in the President has been lost. It was 1972 and the United States had been going through great despair. While fighting in Vietnam and finishing the 1960’s with assassinations and major civil rights movements, the people in turmoil needed to a leader who could hopefully turn the United Sates around. They thought that the man in office was just the person to accomplish all these things.

But in reality, Nixon was hardly a man of dignity and morality. He was deceitful and dishonest. Perhaps because of the hardships that America was going through, the shock of a “bad” President could not have come at a more inconvenient time. One of the reasons that Watergate left such a legacy was because it destroyed the faith of the American people not only in the Presidency, but in other political offices. The depressing reality was that President Nixon himself had not been the only one involved in the scandal. He had other people do his dirty work. People who also held very respectable offices in the White House. For example; people like the White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman who authorized the break-in itself, John Mitchell, the Attorney General who approved it, and

Gordon Liddy who headed up the break-in. On another subject, other than the Watergate scandal, there was Vice President Agnew who was involved in bribes of his own. Agnew was forced to resign as Vice President because if he were to take the presidency after Nixon resigns, he too had secrets of his own and also taking part in illegal activities such as taking bribes. Although Agnew was in the dark when it came to what Nixon was up to, he was also corrupt. This goes to show how inactive the role for vice president had. There were so many trusting men involved that no one knew they could ever do such a thing. Today, anyone who is even involved in politics, nevertheless one who holds an office is considered corrupt. The offices and titles are no longer as respectable because you can

either be characterized as a cheat, a liar, or a stealer even though you are not. Aside from a distrust in politicians, a distrust of the use of campaign money came about. After the break-in, the members of the team such as Rolando Martinez and Bernardo Baker were paid by Nixon’s lawyer. The payment was considered “hush money” that was filtered from Nixon’s campaign funds. When the FBI traced the money, they found it was in a bank in Mexico. This was an obvious illegal use of the campaign funds and after Nixon’s Presidency, we came up with new laws that prevented these kinds of situation. There was also a distrust of government intervention. Nixon had everyone involved in his antics including members of the FBI and the CIA. Patrick Gray, FBI Director, burned papers that