I'm interested to see what people think. In many ways, Watergate was the high point of the American system of government. It showed that the separation of powers idea worked and that a criminal who abused the Presidency could be (effectively) removed. Now things seem a lot worse. Frankly, Nixon was an amateur compared to the Bush administration. The latter has left nothing but wreckage in its wake and has (to my untrained eye) shamelessly engaged in massive abuses of power and corruption. The level of mendacity and wrongdoing of the Bush administration rivals some third world dictatorships in its audacity (even conservatives like John Dean think that this is worse than Nixon). Impeachment proceedings would certainly restore the image of American democracy abroad, and probably at home as well. Or does no one really care about their country any more.