It was accountability that Nixon feared.
When you see how the President makes political or policy decisions, you see who he is. The essence of the Presidency is decision-making.
I recently read some of the transcripts of Nixon's Watergate tapes, and they spent hours trying to figure out who was leaking and providing information to Carl and myself.
Getting up in the morning and having work you love is what makes life different for people. If you get into a position where you don't love what you're doing, get off it.
I believe Watergate shows that the system did work. Particularly the Judiciary and the Congress, and ultimately an independent prosecutor working in the Executive Branch.
Watergate provides a model case study of the interaction and powers of each of the branches of government. It also is a morality play with a sad and dramatic ending.
Sometimes,doing nothing is the best reaction.
The fact of the Watergate cover-up is not nearly as interesting as the step into making the cover-up. And when you understand the step, you understand that Richard Nixon lied. That he was a criminal.
The source known as Deep Throat provided a kind of road map through the scandal. His one consistent message was that the Watergate burglary was just the tip of the iceberg.
We're not going to have another Watergate in our lifetime. I'm sure.
Last Update: 26 October 2021
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