by Stephen Whitney

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Samuel: Leadership Failure (8 of 18)
Series: Lessons from the Lives of OT Characters
Stephen Whitney
1 Samuel 8:1-22

Richard Nixon became President on January 20, 1969. As he planned to run for a second term five men were caught breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate complex on June 17, 1972 with the intent to sabotage the Democratic Party.

A month later it was revealed that President Nixon had a secret taping system that recorded his conversations and phone calls in the Oval Office. The tapes were subpoenaed, but the President refused to release them, citing executive privilege. A couple of months later Nixon's lawyers revealed that an audio tape of conversations, held in the White House on June 20, 1972 which
had an 18½ minute gap.

During a news conference on November 17, 1973 Nixon told the nation, ''People have got to know whether or not their President
is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I got.''

Support for him continued to diminish as a result of continuing revelations. Tapes revealed that he had known about the break-in soon after they took place and had approved plans to thwart the investigation. In a statement on August 5, 1974 Nixon accepted blame for misleading the country about when he had been told of the truth about the Watergate break-in. As a result of losing more and more political support, Nixon resigned the office of presidency on August 9, 1974; the only President in U.S. history to do so.

Leadership is built on trust and when the trust is broken people
no longer respect your leadership. They look for someone else.

Samuel :1
Samuel was now old and no longer able to serve as a judge for the people of Israel so he appointed his two sons to serve in his place.
He had faithfully led and served the nation, but now physically was not able to travel throughout the country to decide legal cases.
Chuck Swindoll wrote, ''From the time that Joshua die ...

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