Thursday, December 28, 2006

Jerry Ford

Jerry Ford was not the greatest or best president we ever had, but he was the right man for the job at the time. He was not perfect, and hardly a true conservative, but he was relatively honest and decent and standing between the crook and the idiot in the timeline of history, he shines like a star.

Yes he made mistakes, but I don't think pardoning Nixon was the wrong thing to do, though Nixon should have acknowledged and apologized for his deeds. It put an end to wasting time and energy on Watergate and allowed the country to begin moving again because a trial for Nixon would have just been a Roman Circus and political free-for-all that America did not need at the time.

I often wonder what would have happened had he defeated Carter in 76. Perhaps the Shah would have never fell and the Jihad would have never gotten off the ground. Perhaps ... We don't know. But we might not have had Ronald Reagan either. We don't know how history flows well enough to guess.

RIP Jerry Ford

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Ford was a good person. Being cast into the role of President at that time was an incredible challenge. Pardoning Richard Nixon was the right decision; it was done, as was Nixon’s resignation, to spare the country not Nixon. There was and is much more to the Watergate scandal than will ever be known, Nixon was a patriot who put his country first, yes he had his faults, as all of us do. I don’t care for Nixon being call a crook but, I surely won’t disagree with the idiot aspect in your timeline assessment.

10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yup agree - good post shoprat. Ford was definitely the right guy for that particular time and circumstance.

1:10 PM  

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