Richard Nixon 's Impact On The Nation

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In his first couple of months in the oval office, Richard Nixon positively impacted the nation. As did most previous presidents do, Nixon had put himself right into action making sure he could build up and maintain and good reputation in office. But soon after completing his first term, disaster struck just as reelection was coming up. Nixon had destroyed his reputation, and by doing so showed the people how easy it was to be successful at a point and then lose it all due to one event, Watergate. Paul H. Elovitz, who teaches at Farleigh Dickinson University and is a founding faculty member of Ramapo College of New Jersey, begins to break down Nixon’s scenario. Elovitz comments, “Among his successes were the recognition of China, ending…show more content…
Nixon worked hard for all the goals he reached, but as it is emphasized, Nixon’s major failure brought his reputation to the dumps. We can see that Elovitz wanted readers to see how one man can achieve so much for so long, then lose everything because of one event. In Edward D. Berkowitz’s early books about what occurred in the seventies, both cultural and political, he discusses the topic of the Watergate scandal, viewing it more as a criminal act and misuse in power that develops from a spoiled and corrupted mind. I truly believe that Nixon’s purpose for the misuse in power came from his corrupted mind that desired more power and recognition from the American people. We do not see Edward jump right into the Watergate scandal, but work his way up to it following events that may or may not have changed Nixon’s desire for power. When Edward begins to discuss the scandal, he opens with “in his zeal to win,” which comes to mind as Nixon stopping at nothing to pursue victory, even at great risks. Later being involved in the Watergate scandal, we learn that Nixon was entangled with the scandal (Berkowitz 19). Part of Nixon’s staff had broken into the Watergate hotel in attempt to bug the Democratic National Headquarters. As explained by Berkowitz, Nixon’s men were no ordinary burglars, but

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