The Watergate Scandal Essay

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The Watergate Scandal


The United States Justice System is founded on In it's historical context, Watergate was not a surprising development when it is considered that Nixon was a paranoid personality capable of using any avenue to insure that his political objectives were attained. He had proved that early in his political career in his famous Checkers speech. By the early 70's however the nation had changed. It wasn't as easy to dupe the public with sappy speeches to explain away political indiscretions. The country was seriously concerned about our involvement in Southeast Asia and how the administration was going to extricate itself from the disaster. The media was on the job during this watershed period in our political history.
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As the result of Watergate, the concept of a special prosecutor became a reality and despite initial problems it worked. Interestingly, Nixon true to his pattern of abusing power, arrogantly thought he could control the office of the special prosecutor (The Saturday Night Massacre). Fortunately Leon Jaworski, who was selected by Nixon to replace Archibald Cox, recognized the seriousness of the situation and continued the prosecution in an honorable fashion. Jaworski is one of the true heroes of this episode in American Political History along with Elliot Richardson. These two men who recognized Nixon for the corrupt person he was and refused to be controlled by him.
The question of changing the ongoing political movement to the right is an extraordinary one. At the time Nixon resigned he was seen as a patriot by the right wing much like Lt. Col. Oliver North was viewed in the Iran Contra affair, subscribing to the notion that the ends justify the means. This was true of Nixon and his entourage of ex-CIA officers such as E. Howard Hunt, Bernard Barker (Cuban Exile and former CIA Contract agent), Chuck Colson (protege of E Howard Hunt) and Frank Sturgis a.k.a. Frank Fiorini, a former CIA operative who reported to E Howard Hunt.
The CIA and Military are natural hotbeds for right wing extremism. Oliver North is our political history's most recent publicized example. The problem here is that Military and Agency Officers, by the military code…