Political science The Watergate Affairs The Watergate affair is arguably the most controversial event in American history in terms of political affairs. It changed the perception of citizens to the presidency significantly. Named after the Watergate apartment and office complex where most of the scandalous activities occurred, the affairs had political twists that incriminated Nixon. Nixon resigned owing to certain impeachment evidenced by his illegally recorded tapes. Nixon was a mysterious man with many enemies. Regrettably, he used his presidential powers to get back at his adversaries, and later had to cover up his actions.
Spying, interference, clampdown on civil liberties, and criminal acts make Nixon appear as a debauched person, which he was. Despite his efforts to clear his name, his actions betrayed any form of innocence from the public (Wood 3). The Watergate affairs demonstrate the unlawful measures that powerful people take to cover up their actions and maintain power. Nixon faced considerable opposition and he needed to silence his adversaries to promote his political agendas. Public confidence is lost through such underhand tactics that politicians perpetrate.
The whole process was largely unnecessary, especially the burglary, since Nixon had won the previous elections squarely. Nixon was unable to make any legislative progress because of the Democratic majorities in both congressional houses (Wood 2). There was a need to establish Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, hence the approval of the Watergate affairs. The cover-up is what triggered the downfall, and not the actual involvement. The imprisonment of his accomplices is not justifiable; even Nixon was supposed to be imprisoned. Investigative justice is necessary to uncover such scandals and measures that are more punitive should discourage impunity.
Work CitedWood, Mike. Nixon’s Inevitable Road to Watergate: A Psychoanalysis Using the Path Dependent Model. California State University Fullerton. President Richard M. Nixon Conference, April 27, 2012.