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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » A Moment Of Silence

Goodbye, Mr. President.

33 Responses to “A Moment Of Silence”
  1. Beeblebrox Comment by Beeblebrox UNITED STATES

    Although a moderate with whom I did not necessarily agree all the time, Ford stands as a noteworthy and commendable figure for his sacrificial decision to pardon his predecessor. He probably knew it would cost him reelection but did it anyway to spare the country the nastiness of a show trial of Nixon.

    The question that remains is, which would have been worse; to have a former president put on public trial or suffer 4 years of Jimmy Carter? For certainly Ford would have been reelected had he not pardoned Nixon and thus, hardly anyone would have ever heard the name Jimmy Carter, much less have to put up with his idiocy for the next 30 years.

  2. EvilFreeSmeg Comment by EvilFreeSmeg UNITED STATES

    Godspeed Brother Gerald, you’ve been called for your final Masonic degree.

  3. mile66 Comment by mile66 UNITED STATES

    Compare Ford’s decission to pardon Nixon with the Dhimmicrats’ promise to hold hearings, commitees, and more for all GOP officials,current and former, involved with the Bush administration.

  4. LC Mrs. M Comment by LC Mrs. M

    President Ford did what he truly felt convicted was the right course of action, even at the cost of his own future political career, unlike so many present day politicos who will sell their own mothers to save their sorry asses.
    He could not have known the price the country was to pay for his losing the election and being subjected to Misery Index Carter. Who is to say that a public trial of a former President would not have torn this country totally apart? It very well could have been much worse had he not pardoned Nixon and allowed events to take their course. Those things we will not know.
    But what we do know is that for once we had a President that was noble, honest, and forthright. Sure he was boring as hell…but give me boring as opposed to throwing us left handed curve balls day after day. He stayed the course, and when the time came he went on his way gracefully and quietly. Now if only Jimmah could have had the good manners to do the same thing…doddering old shit headed fool.

    A grateful Nation Thanks you Mr. Ford. G-d Speed.

  5. jaybear Comment by jaybear UNITED STATES

    President Fords legacy can be summed up thusly:

    He was a decent man.

    I’m not sure the same can be said about carter.

  6. L.C. Rowane Comment by L.C. Rowane UNITED STATES

    jaybear, I’m POSITIVE that the same can’t be said for that socialist idiot Cahtuh. He’s about as far from decent as one can get and still be human.

    That being said, I remember President Ford rather fondly, he was a truly decent person.

  7. Unregistered Comment by elchonon

    I await the day I can spit on the coffins of carter and clinton (aint nobody said they gotta be dead when we bury em)

  8. Wild-Eyed Charlie Comment by Wild-Eyed Charlie UNITED STATES

    President Fords legacy can be summed up thusly:

    He was a decent man.

    I’m not sure the same can be said about carter.

    I am quite sure that it cannot. Carter’s collaborating with the Soviets to block Reagan’s election is treason, pure and simple.

    I know: Let’s send Carter to Ethiopia to negotiate on behalf of the Somalis…

  9. Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur Comment by Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur UNITED STATES

    Even when his body betrayed him, his manner did not. In office, and in retirement he showed the kind of dignity rarely exhibited by public officials.

  10. Unregistered Comment by irish19 UNITED STATES

    Everyone here has pretty well summed up my feelings about President Ford. I think his pardoning of Nixon is/was one of those history changing moments. Think about this. If Ford doesn’t pardon Nixon, he gets re-elected. Since there is then no Mr. Peanut, would Reagan’s election have necessarily followed? Would we still be engaged in the Cold War?
    Here’s another. Say Harry Truman refuses to support France’s claim to Indochina following WWII? Instead, he tells Uncle Ho that we’ll help him build a democracy or reasonable facsimile thereof, and besides we’ve got better shit in terms of foreign aid than either Stalin or Mao. What might have been the outcome?

  11. Unregistered Comment by Marvin UNITED STATES

    R.I.P. Mr Ford - You were a decent and honorable man.

    But everybody is focused on the pardon, an not on your membership on the Warren Commission.

  12. Unregistered Comment by Crawdaddy550 UNITED STATES

    Say Harry Truman refuses to support France’s claim to Indochina following WWII? Instead, he tells Uncle Ho that we’ll help him build a democracy or reasonable facsimile thereof, and besides we’ve got better shit in terms of foreign aid than either Stalin or Mao. What might have been the outcome?

    An interesting question…And considering Fwench perfidity of late maybe we would have been better off in bed with a Vietnamese Ho than Fwench whores.

  13. LC Joe D,  A&IG/GWN Comment by LC Joe D, A&IG/GWN CANADA

    Fitting words that any man, tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, would be proud of…..”He was a nice guy.”

    RIP President Ford.

  14. jaybear Comment by jaybear UNITED STATES

    Fitting words that any man, tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor, would be proud of…..”He was a nice guy.”

    Good words Joe D.

    It’s funny how the media are talking about him in terms of his pardon of Nixon. I haven’t heard anything about his handling of the capture of the SS Mayaguez….

    He sure didn’t sit around wringing his hands for 444 days like saint jimmy carter did with HIS hostage situation.

  15. Unregistered Comment by Steve UNITED STATES

    Godspeed, President Ford.

  16. bigdicksplace Comment by bigdicksplace

    Sleep well Boss.

  17. maxxdog Comment by maxxdog UNITED STATES

    The man had quite a life! Most of it in faithful service to this country and for that I thank him.
    Rest in Peace, Mr. President

  18. LC Guido Cabrone Comment by LC Guido Cabrone UNITED STATES

    In my opinion, President Ford was far more deserving of the term “statesman” than many other occupiers of the office have been.

    He was a man who truly put his the country before himself. Can’t say that about a couple of others.

    Godspeed, President Ford.

  19. sig94 Comment by sig94 UNITED STATES

    Amen.

  20. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952 UNITED STATES

    Good bye and Godspeed, Mr. President….I admired the way you stood by your wife and family during their tme of need, the manner in which you conducted yourself in office, and your deportment after your defeat. The wrong man won and the country is still the worse for it……..God bless you, Mr. Ford……

  21. juandos Comment by juandos UNITED STATES

    Personally I would’ve rather be reading Carter’s obit with glee…

    Ford was a genteel politico as politicos go… Truly a nice guy…

    Yet this incident bothered me quite a bit about Ford’s administration…

  22. MegaTroopX Comment by MegaTroopX UNITED STATES

    Think about this. If Ford doesn’t pardon Nixon, he gets re-elected. Since there is then no Mr. Peanut, would Reagan’s election have necessarily followed? Would we still be engaged in the Cold War?

    The present is the sum of the entire past. You can’t be certain of the results if any major facet is changed.

    Remember that Outer Limits where the woman goes back in time to kill Hitler, and another baby just ends up taking his name and historical place?

    What can you do?

    Interesting questions by Irish, though.

  23. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952 UNITED STATES

    Having served on the Enterprise………..l smiled when I read this.
    http://newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/12/27/200053.shtml?s=lh?s=im

  24. LC Mrs. M Comment by LC Mrs. M

    I’ve seen the Nimitz in person Caveman…never realized that Ford was the one that helped christened it. Damn big ship when you are standing on the dock immediately in front of it. I guess it would be considered a dinosaur these days. Mr. Ford certainly deserves one named after him. Too bad they couldn’t have one done before he died.

  25. Ten-Ten Comment by Ten-Ten UNITED STATES

    America has lost a favorite son. You will be missed Mr. President. “I’m Gerald Ford, and you’re not.”

  26. Xystus Comment by Xystus

    Talk about what-ifs & alternative histories, especially of the trying-to-kill-Hitler variety–I just discovered this last night. :bigsurprise_ee:

  27. Unregistered Comment by annoyinglittletwerp UNITED STATES

    My first political memory is that of the 1976 election.
    The vote had been the day before-and me(a few weeks past my 6Th birthday)sat on the floor with my classmates.
    My teacher held up a copy of one of the Chicago papers that had a pix of Jimmy, Ros, and Amy.

    She told told us that this was our new president and his family.
    At that point I blurted out(in all of my 1st grade indignation) “But MY mommy and daddy didn’t vote for HIM!”
    My parents had told me about the election and that they were voting for this nice man named President Ford.
    If Mommy and Daddy liked him…

    After I came of age I realized that I didn’t always agree with Pres. Ford-still he was a decent man-a mensch as my late father might have said.

    Godspeed Sir.

  28. Unregistered Comment by irish19 UNITED STATES

    ALT: Ford was indeed a mensch. That’s an excellent term to describe him (BTW, one of these days I’ll send those pictures from the PW counter-demo—I really do have them honest).
    MegaTroopX: I’ve never seen that particular episode. Sorry. However, your point is well taken.
    Everyone: Ford was, IMHO, with the possible exception of Reagan (and I can’t help it I had problems with his environmental policies–I mean c’mon James Watt at Interior?), the best POTUS we’ve had in a very long time.
    Bush may do well when history gets around to him, but Gerry Ford was a good guy. I miss him.

  29. purple raider Comment by purple raider UNITED STATES

    RIP.

    A decent man, and a hellova Wolverine.

  30. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW UNITED STATES

    But then there is all of this

  31. Beeblebrox Comment by Beeblebrox

    DJ,

    The use of the term “all” in your comment to refer to a page of references to Ford’s interview with known journalistic deceiver Bob Woodward is hardly becoming of someone attempting even a modicum of intellectual honesty. Furthermore, the actual “smoking gun” in the interview has been hyped by the liberal drive-by media as “strong disagreement” with Bush’s policies even though the quote is not even close to that.

    In the interview with Woodward Ford says that based on “public” information he would have not gone to war in Iraq. Well, as Ford knew, the President always has more info than that which is “public”.
    Furthermore, Ford was more recently interviewed as being supportive of Bush with the caveat that he should not have used WMDs as a rationale for going into Iraq. Why Ford made this criticism even though WMDs have been found by coalition forces in Iraq is anyone’s guess. He was 93 when he made the statement so maybe it was just failing memory.

    In any case, Ford was a known moderate and the guy in the White House when we lost in Vietnam so one must consider the source. As I said at the top of this comment thread, I have not necessarily agreed with Ford over the years given his non-conservatism. Still, Woodward was sleazy to release the tape before ol’ Gerald’ body was even cold just in order to damage Bush and the war effort.

    Typical of the left.

  32. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW

    Still, Woodward was sleazy to release the tape before ol’ Gerald’ body was even cold just in order to damage Bush and the war effort.

    From what I understand, Ford agreed to the interviews on the condition that they wouldn’t be publicized until his death.

    Ford was not the kind of ex-President to bash or criticize a sitting president. But then again, his short term was pretty much considered as a stop-gap and fodder for Saturday Night Live skits.

    I agree that if Ford hadn’t pardoned Nixon, there probably wouldn’t have been a Carter Administration, and probably not a Reagan either, because many of the problems Carter encountered would have been visited upon a Ford presidency. Sure, they might have been handled a bit differently, but I’m thinking that the results would probably have turned out the same.

    Reagan’s first choice for VP was Ford, and if he had accepted the job, there never would have been a Bush I and Bush II presidency.

  33. Beeblebrox Comment by Beeblebrox UNITED STATES

    many of the problems Carter encountered would have been visited upon a Ford presidency

    I don’t think this is a very easy argument to make. To the extent that Ford might have made bad choices and governed from the ultra left the same as Carter, yes I suppose he would have faced similar problems. However, When Reagan came into office he pretty much did the OPPOSITE of what Carter did and proved that Conservative ideology is the practical and workable ideology while the modern liberalism of Jimmy Carter was pretty much proven to be absolutely bankrupt. Reagan faced bigger challenges than Carter did (since Carter, like Clinton after him) just made a bigger mess of the US and the world at large during his term in office. How long did it take Reagan to clean up his mess? Well, it would have taken even less time if he had had a Republican Congress but even as it was, it was only a few years before he had this place humming again.

    Actually, we owe Jimmy Carter a debt of gratitude. He proved one and for all that governing from the left fails every time it is tried. Because we have this history to look back on, it should go without saying that anyone who still holds to liberalism as an ideology is either an idiot or is selling something.