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Trust in government forever tainted

By Colin Moore

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 10, 2014

~~<p>The crisis began with a bungled burglary at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters in a Washington, D.C., office complex. It ended on Aug. 9, 1974, as Richard Nixon gave one final wave before boarding his helicopter to leave the White House in disgrace.</p>
<p>&quot;Watergate,&quot; as the events came to be known, exposed a web of deceit and political corruption unrivaled in American history. Nixon and his aides had used the Office of the President to intimidate political rivals, to secure campaign donations, and, ultimately, to subvert the democratic process. As journalist Walter Lippmann wrote at the time, Nixon's &quot;dirty tricks&quot; provided an uncomfortable reminder to Americans about &quot;how very vulnerable our constitutional system is. If the national government falls into the hands of sufficiently unprincipled and unscrupulous men, they can do terrible things before anyone can stop them.&quot;</p>
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The crisis began with a bungled burglary at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters in a Washington, D.C., office complex. It ended on Aug. 9, 1974, as Richard Nixon gave one final wave before boarding his helicopter to leave the White House in disgrace.

"Watergate," as the events came to be known, exposed a web of deceit and political corruption unrivaled in American history. Nixon and his aides had used the Office of the President to intimidate political rivals, to secure campaign donations, and, ultimately, to subvert the democratic process. As journalist Walter Lippmann wrote at the time, Nixon's "dirty tricks" provided an uncomfortable reminder to Americans about "how very vulnerable our constitutional system is. If the national government falls into the hands of sufficiently unprincipled and unscrupulous men, they can do terrible things before anyone can stop them." Login for more...



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