U.S. History 2
Good Or Bad History
Good or bad history is about as broad of a term as it gets. What determines good or bad history? Morals, the press, or lessons? Good history is determined by strong human morals, the saving of lives, the lessons learned as a whole people, the strength in numbers. On the other hand bad history can be defined by corruption, secrecy, betrayal, and the lack of morals. The integrity of the United States of America was sacrificed when President Richard Nixon swore his oath to this nation and betrayed it numerous times until his scandals were uncovered in the Watergate break in, depicted in the movie, “All the President’s Men.”
The movie “All the President’s Men,” is based on horrible time period in U.S. history where corruption thrived in the white house. It absolutely falls into the category of bad history for the obvious reasons such as; in the movie the main characters were ultimately pursuing Richard Nixon. Who deceived the whole nation, and had been involved in illegal activities since he was a vice president, also his cover up was a disgrace to himself, the nation, and the presidency. There are more discrete symptoms of bad history that add up too, he had accepted bribes on multiple occasions, he made deals with the mafia, and tried numerous times to kill Castro. In a video of Lamar Waldron’s interview on the show “Conversations with Great Minds,” he says, “The other thing is,” referring to one of the many myths of Watergate, “that the cover up is worse than the crime. Well of course there wasn’t just one crime, there were a lot of crimes. And not just with Watergate,” (youtube.com). Waldron goes on to explain how the movie showed only a small portion of the actual story. This is a perfect example of corruption because he is supposed to represent our nation responsibly and he had more power than he should have had.
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