The Watergate Conspiracy

The story of the Watergate political break-in. And the devastating result that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. And beyond.

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1. The Start of the Conspiracy

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Quote: "You must pursue this investigation of Watergate, even if it leads to the President; I'm innocent. You'll got to believe I'm innocent; if you don't, take my job", unquote, -37th President of the United States Richard Milhous Nixon, (January 9, 1913-April 22, 1994).

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I

The innocence of America was shattered when the youthful looking President John Fitzgerald Kennedy died in Dallas, Texas, at the hands of Soviet spy Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested for the assassination of the 35th President of the United States, on November 22, 1963. The Kennedy legacy was vast since the family would suffer more heartbreak when Senator Robert "Bobby" Kennedy was assassinated on June 8, 1968, by Sirhan Sirhan. Bobby was a lawyer before working for his brother. The rise of the Kennedys cast a striking indictment on the social and economic news of the nineteen sixties. The war in Vietnam was on the television nightly; the civil rights movement flourished with the rise of African-American leaders like the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and Muslim Leader Malcolm X lead their congregations over a long period of time. After their deaths, America was burning with fear and anger. And, as the nineteen sixties ended, the beginning of the early nineteen seventies proved to be the downfall of President Richard Nixon. 

II

President Richard M. Nixon lived in Yorba, Linda, in Orange, County, California. The Downtown Los Angeles suburb was full of voters who wanted change. Nixon was educated at Whittier College, then Duke University of Law. By nineteen thirty-seven, (aged twenty-four), Nixon served in the United States Naval Reserve during World War II, (in nineteen forty-two); Nixon went to Washington, DC with his wife, Pat Nixon. After the war ended, he decided to focus his time and effort on a political career that would end in controversy.

III

By nineteen forty-six, (then aged thirty-three), Nixon burst onto the political stage by becoming a United States House of Representatives candidate; by nineteen fifty, he a member of the United States Senate, (in the year of the Korea War in Asia-a war that didn't end until nineteen fifty-three). Nixon was famous through the 'Hiss Case', in which Alger Hiss, (who worked for the United States Government), was branded a Soviet Spy in nineteen forty-eight, that led to him testifying in nineteen fifty to the HUAC hearings; Hiss denied all of the charges against him that was brought on by Whittaker Chambers, (Jay Vivian Chambers), (August 3, 1948), that, "...Hiss was a Communist", he stated. Whether or not he was in up in the air; Hiss was charged with perjury. And the matter was dealt before further damage was done.

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From 1945 to 1950, Richard Nixon attempted to shine. He defeated California Democrat politician Jerry Voorhis, (Horace Jeremiah Voorhis), in nineteen forty-six. Nixon then rose up the ranks when he won against actress turned politician Democrat Helen Gahaghan Douglas. Nixon's win caused him to be embroiled in murky waters as he campaigned during his career in office. When he served under American naval hero and the 35th President of the United States Dwight Delano Roosevelt, as his Vice-President, Nixon was one of the youngest politicians to lead America in The White House's distinguished history that was spread over centuries. After the Truman Presidency, (nineteen forty-five to nineteen fifty-three), was over, there was a massive shift in America after World War II ended; in its place was a growing cynicism that masked an inner turmoil that caused everyone to fear the Communist threat. After Robert Opperheimer delivered the nuclear bomb during "The Manhattan Project", the crisis over the world over who had the most nuclear weapons created further chaos and drama. By 1951 to 1953, Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy inflamed America by saying there was a Communist threat inside the country; McCarthy used his political clout to spread fear. He was a dive bomber during World War II; he was a native of Grand Chute in nineteen forty-two, (that led to him to work for the American Intelligence Division). McCarthy's antics caused him to be on the outer during The Eisenhower Presidency. In the end, after the political firestorm was over, Richard Nixon's rise to the top continued after the death of Senator McCarthy in nineteen fifty-seven, when he was forty-nine.

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V

After the nineteen fifties ended, the next decade was changing yet again. The music of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and other bands, were popular as concerts, and black and white television, became a phenomena that gripped America and The World; by nineteen sixty, a young politician named John F. Kennedy arrived on the scene. He was the son of Irish immigrants; Joseph "Joe" Kennedy was his father; Rose Kennedy was his mother. The Kennedys were famous for their large family structure that bred success in politics, business, and other ventures across America. John Fitzgerald Kennedy grew up at Brookline in Massachusetts. After they lived in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, Kennedy was engrossed in the beginning of the German invasion of Poland in 1938. When World War II started in 1939, he published his book, Why England Slept?, (which formed as a longer form of his thesis); after Kennedy travelled around the World, the nightmare of Adolf Hitler was on his mind), and the political "Treaty of Munich", in Germany, he suffered a back injury during the PT-109 plane flight in 1943, for which he received a bravery award; he was taken off his command of the PT-59 in 1944-5. After his war efforts, Kennedy focused on a political career; he then knew he had enemies including Richard M. Nixon.

VI

In the meantime, Richard Nixon was the running mate for President Dwight Delano Roosevelt; Nixon was the President's Vice-President by the age of forty in the year nineteen fifty-three. By nineteen sixty, he lost the United States Election to President John F. Kennedy. Nixon was forty-seven; Kennedy was forty-three. And the rift between the Nixon family and the Kennedy family had begun.

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By 1961 to 1962, Nixon lost to Pat Brown, (Edmund Gerald 'Pat' Brown, Sr.); Brown became the 32nd Governor of California, (1959-62); Brown was a native of San Francisco, was a lawyer as well as a politician by 1927; by 1950, he was the Governor of California. After the death of President Kennedy in 1963, Brown ran for office in 1964 and 1966, but lost to the actor and politician Ronald Reagan, who was the 40th President of the United States in the early to late 1980's-(1981 to 1989). Richard Nixon supported the 'Taft-Hartley Act' (1947)-which oversees union activities; Nixon served on other boards, as his political acts overseas got him noticed. By May of 1948, Nixon approved "Mundt–Nixon Bill", which the Attorney-General needed for all of the Communists be registered in America. Nixon knew that President Kennedy's problems in the early nineteen sixties, (namely The Bay of Pigs invasion in 1962), and other important problems, that included The Vietnam War which dragged on and on for decades in the deep jungles of Asia, was reaching a critical stage. Nixon waited his time to force Kennedy's hand. When Kennedy visited Germany, he proved to be an American leader who accomplished a lot since he came to power in nineteen fifty-nine, (that led to his support and the 1960 Presidency); Kennedy was a great speaker, something that Nixon wasn't. By January to November of nineteen sixty-three, there was a sense of doom which surrounding the White House. Kennedy was happily married. He couldn't have foreseen the dire, (and sad), events in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963; he was spending his last day on Earth in a car with his wife, and members of the United States Secret Service. After his assassination there was a lot of conspiracy theorists who blamed Marxist Lee Harvey Oswald for the death of the President. Oswald was then shot by Kennedy sympathiser Jack Ruby, (who was part of the mob), live on television. Nixon was playing with time. He wasn't the first person to take over from President Kennedy after his death. In the end, the controversy over the Cuba invasion led to rifts in the Latin American countries which Fidel Castro was leader, Kennedy's power when he spoke his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner ​" speech. Nixon waited. He was upset that Texas Governor Lyndon Baines Johnson took over after Kennedy's death. By 1964 to 1967, Robert "Bobby" Kennedy rose to attention. He was a lawyer who came to fame in the nineteen fifties, and was part of his brother's Government in the nineteen sixties; Robert Kennedy supported civil rights, (and other causes). When he died in nineteen sixty-eight, the talk of the 'Kennedy curse', spread throughout America, as the sixties decade came almost to an end.

VIII

By Friday, July 18, 1969, Massachusetts Democrat Senator Edward Moore 'Ted' Kennedy, was thirty-seven years' old, and was a rising star on the American political scene. After the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, and his brother, Robert Kennedy, Ted was nervous. Kennedy was at Chappaquiddick Island with twenty-eight year old Mary Jo Kopechne when they were involved in a car accident that caused her death. The incident cast a further shadow of the 'Kennedy curse'. Afterwards, Kennedy had a long career in politics until his death in 2009, but the shadow of Chappaquiddick wasn't forgotten.

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By 1970, the new decade was full of hope for America. Sadly, as the feminist movement was building, and the protests were happening, President LBJ, (as he was known), was impressed by President Roosevelt's "New Deal", in the 1930's. During World War II, Johnson was involved in battle in the early 1940's working for the United States Naval Reserve-including the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbour. By 1948, (three years' after the war ended), he had to fight against the 35th Governor of Texas Coke R. Stevenson; and Shelby County, (8th District) Democrat George Edwin Bailey Peddy. Johnson served as the Senate Majority Whip in the early nineteen fifties, (when President Dwight Delano Roosevelt was in power); Johnson's other threat was Ernest McFarland of Arizona, who was the Majority Whip, (and a jurist), at a time in which communism was in the newspapers, radio, and in the political scene, it was the rise of Democrat Barry 'Morris' Goldwater that caused Johnson to re-assess his political career. By 1954, he was re-elected. By 1955 to 1960, Johnson was involved in the Suez Canal crisis; and the Soviet space satellite called Sputnik 1; he then was involved in The National Aeronautics and Space Act​, (1958)-that led to the birth of NASA into the near future of space exploration in the skies. By 1960 to 1970, Johnson failed to predict that President Kennedy's powerful influence. In 1963, LBJ was the 36th President of the United States; Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr., was the Vice-President. By 1968, the Vietnam War was at its height, and Minnesota Senator Joe McCarthy fought the political race against Johnson. Johnson won-but not by much. Suddenly Robert Kennedy wanted to be President. His death, and sudden distrust of the American Government, was fuelled by disaster that would be going forward into the early nineteen seventies.

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While President Johnson and Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller were in power in 1969, the rise of Richard Nixon grew. The Vietnam War was dragging on; the global threats in Asia, (and other countries who hated America, and her allies), meant that Nixon's power shift was complete...and as LBJ was out, Nixon was in as the 37th United States President when he won the election.

 

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