The principle of a republic is so that educated voters could have a say in their government. Oddly enough, even after Woodward and Bernstein discovered and released the connections between President Nixon and the Watergate Scandal-using the right to free press, another staple of the Constitution- Nixon won his reelection by a landslide in 49 states!! This is an example of two failures of free press of protecting the country because Nixon was also a part of another scandal that was published by the press. He falsified Pentagon Papers and made calls to bomb other territories without the approval of Congress.
I am interrupting our own regularly scheduled program to do a segment called “Presidential Paranoia"
President Nixon did not trust any of the other branches of the US government, the CIA or the FBI. As a result, he wiretapped the Oval Office. That didn’t work out too well for him.
In a meeting President Nixon was quoted saying “use any means” in response to silencing his opposes, such as the New York Times when they reported his actions with the Pentagon Papers. Later, when Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Washington Post, got incriminating information about the illegal activities executed to ensure Nixon’s re-election their source (“Deepthroat”) warned that lives, including their own may be at stake if the information were to go public.
President Nixon was projected to win the reelection and still decided to create a “slush fund” within the Committee to Reelect the President to hire burglars to break into the Democratic National Committee. He hoped to sabotage Edward Muskie and George McGovern, the most popular democratic candidates. It was later used to bribe them to commit perjury.
And that concludes the explanation of how power drove Nixon to Machiavellian ideals
When all had been revealed about the Watergate scandal Nixon compared his power as the President to the power of King Louis the IVX, the most famous Absolute Monarch of all time.