America loves a scandal. After all, what do most people think of when this question is brought up: What does Bill Clinton and John F. Kennedy have in common, besides the fact that they were both Presidents of The United States of America? They are men who excelled in their job yet both had a blemish on their previously near perfect reputation that society viewed as a letdown. Both men had scandals that involved women; Monica Lewinsky and Marilyn Monroe. I strongly believe that society judging the career of these men based on their scandals is wrong.
He was a close admirer of Washington and was sometimes said to be Washington's shadow (Presidency of John Adams, Ralph Adams Brown 1975). He and the Federalists believed that nothing the Anti-federalists and their supporting press could say would be enough to shake their control. Yet it was Adams who, in spite of his undoubted intelligence, made a mistake of such proportions that it brought about his own downfall and the party's (Press and the Presidency, John Tebbel 1985). This mistake would be the Sedition Act, which tested the first amendment and the freedoms of the press. This obviously did not please the press and its opinions were generally shifted to that of the Anti-Federalist.
Stengel then discusses the second Presidential debate in which Dole said that Clinton "single-handedly contaminated the highest office in the land" and is the leading cause of the public's distrust of the government. The focus of Dole's campaign was not Clinton's issues, but his moral pertinence. The press were surprised by the fact that most people think that Dole has a better character than Clinton, but they still prefer Clinton as President. This notion comes from the reasoning that most Americans are only concerned with whether or not the country and its citizens are taken care of, and so disregard the President's moral imperfections which, in the people's opinion, have very little to do with the issues. So the President can cheat on his taxes or even his wife and the Americans will overlook it as long as he is getting the job done.
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 covert methods and agencies that Nixon created to ensure his own prosperity and his enemies’ demise, collectively known as the Watergate scandal, would ultimately serve to bring about the president’s resignation and shock the American political system to its core. The scandal was able to bring the American public together in a way that few events had before, and unite them in their mistrust for the political system and calls for either Nixon’s impeachment or resignation. While Nixon himself was not able to survive the public’s disdain,; it did not, as one might assume, completely destroy his party’s future in politics. In fact, the Watergate scandal only managed to strengthen the Republican party, as in the years to come Americans would seek less government involvement and call for more conservative politics that would ultimately serve to strengthen the Republican party on a national level. Nixon had long felt like the unwelcome outcast within Washington society.
Americans may have seen the country as a fallen nation, but from the eyes of the world, America was a prosperous country during the 1970s. The trouble for the country started during the Nixon administration. A president covered in scandal, lies, CIA involvement, and self-interest led the American people to see the leaders they put in office in a new light. Although inflation for the country started with President Lyndon Johnson and the expensive Vietnam War, Nixon only made it worse. “Nixon had made the problem worse by refusing to make unpopular budget cuts and by not pushing for a tight monetary policy that would have slowed down the economy and, thereby, reduce price and wage increases.” (Farber, 21) The American people were discovering the many masks of their chosen leaders.
With programs challenging economic, social, and political standards, the New Deal imposed both radical and conservative ideals into the American society causing Franklin D. Roosevelt to leave his lasting stamp and legacy on all presidents and generations to come. Because the economy was unstable, Franklin Roosevelt imposed many programs to boost the economy both helping and hindering American citizens through banking and financial reformation with government regulation. After declaring the “bank holiday,” Roosevelt created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in order to put confidence back in the citizens and their ability to trust banks to keep their money. By also separating commercial banks from investment banks, the government was trying to keep the flow of money uniform. This idea is radical in form because of the new government imposed restrictions, and conservatives may argue this movement shows signs of socialism.
His New Deal programs caused a tranquil peace of mind among many Americans, considering the programs were designed to progress America’s situation after the Depression. However, several Americans opposed Roosevelt, and objected his New Deal laws. This group of Americans believed that the government was doing too much, and was taking away their personal freedom. Others believed that the government was not doing enough, and should have played an even greater role within the American society. Roosevelt’s New Deal not only brought prosperity to America after the Great Depression, but it also brought division among Americans.
Nixon would go on to graduate third in hi... ... middle of paper ... ...in was biased against Nixon, but I didn't use this book for the opinion, I needed a book with some factual evidence, which is what it provided. President Nixon had a few things going for him, including his diplomacy and the funding of the space program. This is overshadowed by his mistakes and ineptitude. I believe that Nixon was all around a bad president. His escalation of the Vietnam War, his poorly chosen officials, and the Watergate Scandal all added up to the American people losing their trust in the presidency.
Although much of what Moore says is exaggerated and one sided, many of his statements are true. Moore is correct in stating that the nation is falling downhill; however, he is wrong in saying that Bush is the only cause in America’s decline. Moore blames everything that goes wrong in America on the "stolen" presidential election of 2000. Moore says that Bush did not win the election; Americans just gave him the presidency even though he did not receive the most votes. He states that the voting ballots are unusable and that people’s voices and opinions do not count anymore in America.