if Nixon had gone to prison instead of being pardoned, there would most likely have been some major legislation passed in the way of better checks and balances to prevent what he did from happening again, limiting presidential powers, i.e. 'executive order' powers, etc., and we might not be living in the past like we have been for the last six years. i can think of at least 650,000 reasons why that would have been a good thing.
look, Ford seemed like a super nice guy that, and of all ex-presidents, would probably be one of the nicest and most relaxed to just hang out with and watch college football or something.
so this has nothing to do with him personally, but when you hold the office of president, you aren't just subject to personal analysis and 'popularity' contests, but studied for your role in history and this thing called "politics". he should be respected for being a kind, nice man, but this isn't about him as a 'man', it's about him as a cog in history.
so alright, here's the thing: was anyone else watching the service just now? because Cheney just made a eulogy speech for him that was so obviously about justifying his own current incarnation of the party's brand of corruption and cronyism, that Ford is to be cannonized for "saving the country" [by pardoning Nixon], and that's just something I can't take lying down.
all of Nixon's crimes should have been aired for public witness and record, and reform, not just the ones the republican party leadership of the time decided we should know about.
after all, we're the ones that pay for our politicians' mistakes, as well as their salaries. we always forget that, but we are their boss, not the other way around.
and a little code-breaking here is once again in order and deserves repeating: when they say "he saved the country", what they mean is "he saved the Republican party". The 'country' would have been far better off with a decade of caps on power abuse and reforms of the Executive office, than it was served by being spared any 'trauma' of the 'horror' of their unveiling. [And seriously, could anything really have shocked Americans into paralysis in the decade that showed us napalmed babies and charles manson?]
so, yeah, Ford seemed like a nice guy. totally. but that doesn't mean we should censor and sanitize his place in history. if he really wanted what was best for America, and i think he did, he wouldn't want us to be crippled by its censorship, and it is a disgrace to his honor and to his integrity to do so.
let him be laid to rest in peace and with respect for all of his virtues, but let's not go simple on the events he lived through and was a part of. Nixon sucked and should have = gone to jail. and all his crimes should have been put in every high school history book as a reminder of what NOT to do if you're president.
the part of Ford that was 'what was best in all of us' wouldn't have wanted to hamstring us like that.
and if these scumbags eulogizing him today had it their way, they'd hide a whole lot more corruption, war profiteering, etc. from us, and then claim they were again "healing the country", but would actually just be trying to distract us from the fact that they were the ones that made us "sick" in the first place.
how ironic was it to see Dick Cheney up there, the man who singlehandedly made $40 million dollars off his Haliburton stock alone because of the war he started in Iraq, just one stock of what is undoubtedly a varied and expansive portfolio.
how disgusting to use a president's death for facetime and personal justifcation like that.
and the people are swallowing it hook, line, and sinker.