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Cracked only offers comment voting to subscribing members. If you’re already an awesome Cracked subscriber, click here to login. History is stuffed with famous warriors and mad geniuses who are just waiting to be played by Russel Crowe, or at least, Ben Affleck. This is about the little guys who wandered onto History’s highway and managed to do something that changed the world for the better, and in a huge way. Today, I’m going to accidentally bring down the American government.

Security guard Frank Wills had no early warning either. 80 a week, Wills might have had good reason to believe he was well out of History’s high beams. But in 1972, while patrolling the offices where the Democratic National Headquarters was, Frank noticed that little strips of tape was holding a few doors open. You all pretty much know the rest of the story. The burglars were arrested, tied to Nixon’s re-election campaign and eventually, to the President himself. Amidst charges of massively illegal behavior, Nixon finally resigned in 1974, and was beaten to death in an alleyway behind a New Jersey Taco Bell. He became a bestselling author, and lived for years.

Wills, the hard working American who was just doing his job, managed to disintegrate into obscurity almost as quickly as he’d emerged. He played himself in the 1976 movie All the President’s Men, but he didn’t even get a raise for bringing down the government. In fact, when he left the job because they apparently refused to pay for vacation time, he found he couldn’t get work anywhere else. Money went fast, and there wasn’t a whole hell of a lot of it to begin with. He couldn’t pay his electricity bill, couldn’t afford to bury his mother, and had to wash his clothes in a goddamn bucket. And not one of those fancy golden buckets. And that was pretty much it until he died in 2000.

The desire to add “-gate” to every scandal that makes the news. That, and an executive branch that wasn’t totally corrupt. For most of the 20th century the media had a crush on the president. Teddy Roosevelt made racist jokes, JFK chased tail, and the press blushed and wondered if the president ever thought of them when they weren’t around.