Friday, December 29, 2006

The Only Good Republican

Fellow Eagle Scout former President Gerald R. Ford has died. The sheer tactlessness of the media's really getting me torqued up about it.

Sure, it's bad form to say what you really think about someone after they die. Thirty years ago, Ford was reviled for pardoning President Nixon and ridiculed as a buffoon... just like every other Republican president since. Hmmmm! Coincidence? Or Science?

But time sure seems to put history in perspective. I feel like a bit of an outside observer; having been born in 1976, the first time I remember being aware of who the President was was when Reagan was shot in 1982. Looking back on the Ford Presidency now, it seems he was a pretty good President, but didn't have the time to make a difference. Though pardoning Nixon cost him the 1976 election, I think he made the right choice. Can you imagine the ensuing trial? Months on end of revisiting and prolonging Watergate, then Nixon in prison for years. The 1970s were painful enough, no one needed that, no matter how much anyone wanted it.

So it's giving the press yet another opportunity to gloat over its two biggest perceived vistories in the 20th century; Watergate and Vietnam. Heck, it's even giving Kennedy Assassination conspiracy theorists a little juice. The MSM and moonbats get to simultaneously impugn Ford's character over Watergate, and criticize President Bush over Iraq.

There's plenty about Iraq and Bush Administration policies that can be criticized (though I prefer constructive criticism and rational discussion to moonbattery), but Gerald Ford had the tact to keep it under his hat, unlike certain other former Presidents. He knew exactly how Bob Woodward would use that interview.

The Ford interview also belies a certain lack of familiarity with the situation. He seemed to think that sanctions would've accomplished something in Iraq, after 12 years of failure doing exactly that. I'm of the opinion that military action was warranted in Iraq, but much, much sooner. If only we'd had a President who was willing to make an unpopular decision at the time...

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7 Comments:

Blogger Gyrobo bloody well said...

Ford may have been a decent president, but where was he when Pluto got demoted to dwarf planet?

31 December, 2006 14:15  
Blogger Eve bloody well said...

Happy New Year!

31 December, 2006 19:28  
Anonymous Lone Pony bloody well said...

Happy New Year!

31 December, 2006 19:30  
Blogger BostonMaggie bloody well said...

Pardoning Nixon was part of Ford losing the election, but there were other factors. Not the least of which was have Rockefeller for a vice-president and then going with Dole for a running mate. You can't please all the people all the time, but Ford just pissed off everyone. I am a little older and a total geek, so I was following that election from the lofty perch of being a 15 year junior in a shelterd catholic school I was mad that we didn't run Reagan.
Woodward is a jerk.

01 January, 2007 14:47  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin bloody well said...

Ford was a genuinely decent man and no one can argue that. Perhaps, had be become president for a time, he would have made his mark on America. But though I am a Conservative I cannot condone in any form what Nixon did; there were other venues for remedies to his concerns and violation the law was not one of them. Therefore the country perceived Ford's pardon as a clear example of partisan politics and I would agree. Yes, the wound may have continued to gape; but Conservatives have a duty to ethical conduct, like anyone else.

Despite my disagreement, Ford was a Quintessential Good Man and I am sure he did what he thought was right for the country at the time.

BZ

03 January, 2007 10:20  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin bloody well said...

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03 January, 2007 10:20  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden bloody well said...

01 10 07

Hey Matthew:
I agree with you here. I think Ford was a brilliant and practical man, who will likely go down as one of the better Presidents in the twentieth century!

It is wrong to cast aspersions on his character. A wise woman once said this: "Say something good about the dead. He is dead. Good." I figure if one has nothing nice to say about the dead person, keep their mouth shut!!!

heheheheh Anyway, hope you, Jack and Red are having a good New Year!

10 January, 2007 18:11  

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