Hats Off To President Jerry Ford
I was too busy on Friday (September 8th) to write the post that I had intended, but still want to salute a brave politician for a correct decision.
Watergate not only destroyed the Presidency of Richard Nixon but also cut a wide swath through the American mindset of what our government was all about. After President Nixon resigned there was a battle cry from many that he should be tried for his criminal behavior.
I have long thought that while on principle that idea made sense the reality of the situation demanded that the national bloodletting be stopped. It was a political suicide, but yet President Ford was determined to put the country before every other consideration, and so on September 8, 1974 Ford gave a Presidential pardon to Richard Nixon.
President Ford would run for election in 1976 and lose by a slim margin, and by every conceivable way to analyse the race the pardon cost him the victory. We rarely ever hear about such bold moves by politicians for all the right reasons, but Gerald Ford made one that still can be thought of as an honorable decision.