The Pros And Cons Of The Watergate Scandal

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“No man is above the law.” This phrase is believed to be a representation of the checks and balances of the United States Government. However, when one truly looks into it, is it really the case? A prime example of an executive official getting away with an illegal crime with no lockup time is exemplified by the Watergate Scandal. President Richard Nixon was elected on November 6, 1968 and a majority of people loved him, his campaign, and a majority of his goals for the country. Nixon accomplished many tasks both abroad and in the US during his term as president; however, these accomplishments are completely overlooked as his most infamous marker is his involvement in the Watergate Scandal. In fact, in the eyes of much of the world and the USA, “References to Nixon's deeds and the Watergate controversy soon became a shorthand for amorality, abuse of power, and official criminality” (Kutler 1). Nixon in a majority of ways is only…show more content…
However, during his presidency Nixon created many positive impacts that many citizens enjoy to this day, and just as his presidency had pros for the American citizens it also had cons. The Americans’ trust in the federal government never improved after the Watergate Scandal and to this day, it has not reached what it was before Nixon’s presidency. Furthermore, the press was also impacted by the scandal, as there reputation was refurbished and made more positive as they spread the truth. Finally, Nixon and his scandal influenced the world in both positive and negative ways. Peace was spread by Nixon eventually, and he was able to create a more open policy between other countries, but his scandal gave countries from around the world the capability to do exactly what Nixon did. All-in-all, Nixon and the Watergate scandal had a very significant impact on America and the world as a
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