Time Essay: The Good Uses of the Watergate Affair

SOME Americans—it might even be a majority—catch themselves in a guilty sensation: they are glad about Watergate.

They should not feel guilty. Watergate could have highly salutary consequences.

To be sure, there are those who are pleased for reasons of petty partisanship or from a vulgar enjoyment of that dependable old theme, The Mighty Brought Low. But there are deeper reasons for taking satisfaction in the whole squalid affair.

> Watergate has already destroyed a White House palace guard that "sheltered" the President from Congress, from many high officials of his own Administration and from many regions of public opinion. It is possible...

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