2102Re: A few thoughts about President Ford
- Dec 27 7:27 AMVery well said, Gregory.
I just came back from my first visit to Philadelphia, a city that a
history buff enjoyed very much.Gerald Ford is no Benjamin Franklin.
(Indeed, very few Americans ever lived can be compared to Franklin.)
But it seems to me that Ford was a man who truly cared about his
country, and a man who meant to serve his country the best he could in
Congress and in the Oval Office. While moderate Republicans like
himself are becoming non-existent, President Ford is a figure that
many miss for ever more.
There should be bipartisan support for the cliche: "The world is a
better place because he lived."
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Gregory" <greggolopry@...> wrote:
> It was not unexpected, and yet it is a national time of sorrow to hear
> that President Gerald Ford has died. I think that President Ford well
> served his country by granting a pardon to Richard Nixon in 1974. I
> wrote about this matter in a post just a few months ago.
> There have been many points of view about the pardon over the decades
> but I still view Ford's action to be one of the most sincere and brave
> decisions that any President has made in my lifetime. I grew up in the
> final months of Watergate and was fascinated as a child by the events
> taking place in Washington. I have spent the past 20 years as an avid
> reader and thinker about the life and times of Richard Nixon, and my
> bookshelves have more than 40 volumes about the man. As a result I have
> a very firm set of beliefs about the actions of President Ford when he
> granted the pardon. There is every reason to have wanted Nixon to be
> brought to justice, but President Ford understood that there was a
> difference between what the nation wanted, and what it needed. It was
> because Ford showed real leadership that our national nightmare did end.
> It is a grateful nation that bids him farewell.
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