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    Watergate scandal, Age of Limits, and Crisis of Confidence

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    These questions are investigated:

    1. Describe how the Watergate scandal evolved into a Constitutional crisis.

    2. What was the nature of the "crisis of confidence" Jimmy Carter described?

    3. Describe something you learned this week about the "Age of Limits" (1965-1980) that you had not known before and that you see has a connection to events and developments in 2008.

    4. Develop and pose at least three questions that have arisen in your mind and that you regard as worthy of further research.

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    Although these topics are huge, I offer notes and research to get you started:

    1. As you first overview how the Watergate scandal evolved into a Constitutional crisis, you might note how it all evolved around a break-in and cover up. As you define what it means, you might briefly mention that "Watergate" is a general term used "to describe a complex web of political scandals between 1972 and 1974. The word specifically refers to the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C." (http://www.watergate.info/).

    In fact, you might add that research reveals that "on the night of June 17, 1972, as five burglars entered the Democratic National Committee offices inside the Watergate office complex in Washington" (http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/impeachments/nixon.htm).

    Thus, you might add that the reason why it became constitutionally linked was the fact that the burglars were employed by "the Committee to Re-elect President Nixon" (http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/impeachments/nixon.htm). Thus, Nixon was trying to tap inside the offices in order to help his election hopes.

    Since it was alleged that "Nixon had been personally involved in the payment of hush money to the five burglars and two other operatives involved in planning the Watergate break-in" (http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/impeachments/nixon.htm), it became the grounds for impeachment requests due to the major obstruction of justice. Because Nixon was charged with abuse of power, this aspect shows the direct crisis as a ...

    Solution Summary

    The Watergate scandal, Age of Limits, and Crisis of Confidence are featured. This posting uses research to supplement and guide users on all three subtopics.