Watergate Scandal Failure

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We have the secretive government to blame for the eventual failure of society. The Watergate Scandal of 1972 is a very good example of somebody abusing their power. This political scandal involving former president Richard Nixon, where five men were arrested at the Watergate hotel on June 17th 1972. They were said to be bugging the offices to listen into conversations and taking pictures of files in the offices of the Democratic National Committee to try to get information to help Nixon’s reelection (which he was going to end up winning whether or not he had gathered the information or not). He gave many people “hush” money to keep their mouths shut about the whole thing. This shows that President Nixon had abused the power that he had in…show more content…
The Party is basically the government of Oceania. These higher powers are able to do things like put cameras in people’s homes, arrest them for non-patriotic behavior or behavior that is demolishing towards The Party and even controlling the daily activities of the lives of the citizens. Any rebellious activity towards the party is a crime, and you could get arrested for it. So the main reason for the Thought Police is to monitor all of the activities of the people in Oceania and arrest the people who commit a Thoughtcrime. A Thoughtcrime is essentially a any crime of having inappropriate or “incorrect” thoughts that aren’t approved. “The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely…” (Orwell, p. 2) this quote displays how the people of Oceania have no control over whether they’re privacy is being invaded or not. The telescreen isn’t able to shut off by the power of the people but rather by the power of the people controlling it. Imagine never being able to turn off your television? Or never being able to turn off a camcorder recording you in your home. “You had to live- did live, from habit that became instinct- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every move scrutinized.” (Orwell, p. 3) Growing up Winston had to cope with the fact that everything that he does and says in monitored by the telescreens. “A…show more content…
If more people knew about the NSA scandal, a bigger action will be taken. Just like in 1984 Winston states “…the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire.” ( (Orwell, p. 2) If the Proles, much like people today, became conscious of the things that are going on within our own government and do something about it, then there will be no need to worry about people abusing their

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