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Did the Watergate scandal demonstrate the overall strength or weakness of the American democratic system? Think about:- the power of the executive branch prior to Watergate- the role of the press in...

Did the Watergate scandal demonstrate the overall strength or weakness of the American democratic system?

Think about:
- the power of the executive branch prior to Watergate
- the role of the press in the Watergate scandal
- the role of Congress in Watergate
- the role of the courts in Watergate
- other great historical crises

I personally put that it demonstrated strength but I just need evidence to support my answer. Thanks in advance!

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I think Watergate demonstrated the strength of our system.  Yes, there was terrible corruption.  However, the system won.  We were able to root out the corruption and prove that the president or party in power could not do whatever he or the wants.

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I am writing the day after Rep. Weiner resigned his position, following the outcry over his sexting exploits were revealed. I think the power of the media and the social networking made possible through Twitter, Facebook, IM, and other electronic means of communication is going to put the lives of public officials in particular under an increasingly powerful microscope.

I agree that Watergate demonstrated the basic strength of the American system of checks and balances within the government and the citizens involved in that process. I wonder if the "plan" would have even gotten off the ground if the communications we have available now had existed in 1974...

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I agree with bullgatortail. Richard Nixon violated the law of this country and his...

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