The Watergate scandal took place in the 1970s in the United States, as a result of the burglary at the Democratic National Committee head office in Washington. President Nixon’s solicitors and administrators tried to conceal his activities. The scandal emerged after a security officer came across a tape that gave directions to the National Democratic Headquarters. That was what Nixon campaigners tried to do to blemish the name of the democratic candidates and the overall Democratic Party. The Democratic Party was ill-treated and subjected to negative public bias. It became evident that Nixon was involved in all those activities and, most importantly, in the abuse of power. That scandal came to an end only when President Nixon resigned. That was the scandal, which had significant impacts on the American politics and resulted in the subsequent resignation and arrests of prominent government officials. Although President Nixon was widely popular and made positive strides while in office, his popularity was not enough to help him overcome the "Watergate scandal" (Davidson 400).
The five people arrested while trying to install electronic devices at the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate hotel were a group sent by the Nixon administration. Nixon’s friend also helped break into the office of Los Angeles psychiatrist Daniel Ellsberg to access discrediting information regarding his mental state: earlier, Ellsberg had released the so-called Pentagon papers that were extremely embarrassing for the members of the Nixon administration. The media played a crucial role in the scandal, and the news about it turned them into the “fourth check” on the U.S. government. That was a good proof to the fact that the media were strong enough to bring down a government. Essentially, the report presented by journalists Woodward and Bernstein made the President refuse from his position. Since the scandal and until present, the power of the media has never been underestimated (Elish 50).
The scandal was the living proof that most politicians were not in a position to stay in government for a long time and still be above the law. Political power could not save President Nixon and his cabinet from facing the consequences of the law, resignation, and jail terms. The scandal verified the constitutional belief in equality in the U.S. The final impact was that, after the scandal, most politicians in the United States understood the value of legal behaviors. President Nixon and his cabinet worked in a way that was shameless to a level of being arrogant in their actions. In addition, politicians finally understood the importance of being distinct, or crystal clear, with their activities to the people of the United States (Elish 67).
In the next general elections of the United States I will vote for Barack Obama due to his position on immigration. Obama supports the path to legalization for illegal immigrants that includes such activities as learning English and imposing fines for hiring illegal immigrants. I will vote for building a fence against the Mexican border. Obama has also given an order not to deport illegal immigrants from the United States. The Robogate scandal is another political incident that has had much effect on politicians in the United States. The robocalls were used to discourage voters by telling them about changes in voting locations, which were misleading and false (Elish 67).
The Watergate scandal had considerable impacts on politicians and people of the United States. Most of all, Americans appreciated the role which the media played during the scandal. Another thing that was clear from the Watergate scandal was that the Constitution of the United States applied to all citizens, despite the power which they held in government. No one is above the law in the United States.