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The dream that Ford ended

Posted by schroeder915 on January 3, 2007

I’ve been thinking hard about the press glossing over Ford’s actions as healing, wondering why I didn’t appreciate more the rhetorical salve … until I saw Oyster’s post quoting Hitchens:

The Ford epoch did not banish a nightmare. It ended a dream — the ideal of equal justice under the law that would extend to a crooked and venal president.

You see, it goes well beyond the Ford presidency. Once Ford pardoned Nixon, the nation didn’t have the stomach for another round of impeachment prospects when Reagan contravened United States law, negotiating with terrorists to finance death squads in Central America. It wasn’t until the Republicans had a shot at a Democratic president again that the Republicans (mistakenly) thought that the electorate could stomach a trumped-up impeachment. Now we’re stuck with a president who really needs to be impeached, but congressional Democrats don’t seem to have the will to do it.

It doesn’t matter to me what the electorate thinks. If you put a gun in the face of a store clerk and rob the till, you go to jail and pay the price. When you lie to the American people to whip up support for a unjustified war which kills thousands of Americans, and tens of thousands of Iraqis, while leaving the Taliban and al Qaeda to regroup, you deserve impeachment. Let the cards fall where they may. The Democrats might not hold a majority in the next round of elections if they impeach Bush. I don’t care. We can’t allow presidents to send Americans to their deaths for a lie. We ought to know by now that we’ll pay a debt one way or the other. At least let’s pay it now and get it over with before more Americans are savaged by the lack of justice.

Speaking of unspeakable acts which undermine justice and pave the way for more injustices, why did we the Bush administration stop at just lynching Saddam? We They should have scalped him as a demonstration of the American form of justice under Bush’s war on terror.

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5 Responses to “The dream that Ford ended”

  1. Tim said

    Thanks for blogging this. While I think it is appropriate to give a deceased former chief executive a dignified state funeral, the eulogizing has been nauseating. Simply put, Ford was a disappointment right from the start. What did he really accomplish as President? Others spent time in jail, as they should have, while Nixon walked free on the beaches of California. Ford’s foreign policy was a failure as well, as he let Africa slide into revolution and anarchy that set the stage for genocide. But all we’ve been getting from the “free” press is the sugar-coated, rose-colored glasses treatment of Ford.

    Again, thanks for breaking that spell and telling it like it is!

    Peace,

    Tim

  2. F P said

    Thanks for this.

    Yes there was a whole media storm on this Ford crap. What can we do to fix our Media or to get people to look at alternative sources for information? What are the best media sources for reliable information now, blogs? Check this out

  3. Lenny Zimmermann said

    Almost non-stop, 5-day coverage of the only non-elected President in U.S. history that served so short a term really only says two things to me. One, there must not be any “real” news going on so the news stations have nothing else to cover. (That’s sarcasm, folks, even if mixed with a bit of optimism that maybe things really aren’t as bad as constantly watching the news might imply.) And second, it’s just proof that we really are leaning more and more towards having an “Imperial Presidency.”

    I agree that the press constantly harping on how Ford “healed a nation” is more than just annoying, not only because, as you mention, it only proved that if you have the power you can get away with practically anything, but because it also greatly assumes that the American people were, and are, too week to stomach the turmoil of seeing such a trial go through, let alone seeing the presidency being put back in its rightful place as an equal and assailable branch of our government. Why is it always assumed that the nation needs “healing”? Are we not tough enough, today, to deal with the founding notions of our country that involve constantly questioning our government and the place WE are supposed to give it in deciding how much we allow it to lord over our lives?

    I think we are FAR tougher, as a nation, then our media outlets seem to want to give us credit for. Then again we do often seem to just sit back, nod our heads in agreement and let the media moguls get away with treating us as sheep, but I still hope that we are only deluding ourselves that maybe those “other” Americans are sheep while we know that WE are not. Maybe it’s just our own fault for underestimating the full resiliency and capability of our fellow man. Well here’s to the reminder that we are ALL a whole lot tougher then that. (New Orleanians progressing this far after such a disaster as we have been through should be proof enough of that!)

  4. Lenny Zimmermann said

    Speaking of media perceptions, a Edge.org has a nice collection for 2007 of many sources responding to the question of “What are you optimistic about?” (http://edge.org/q2007/q07_index.html)

    The one related to media I found most relavent was the response by Chris Anderson, Curator, TED Conference, titled “Systemic Flaws In the Reported World View”:

    “…So for example, the publication last year of a carefully researched Human Security Report received little attention. Despite the fact that it had concluded that the numbers of armed conflicts in the world had fallen 40% in little over a decade. And that the number of fatalities per conflict had also fallen. Think about that. The entire news agenda for a decade, received as endless tales of wars, massacres and bombings, actually missed the key point. Things are getting better. If you believe Robert Wright and his NonZero hypothesis, this is part of a very long-term and admittedly volatile trend in which cooperation eventually trumps conflict. Percentage of males estimated to have died in violence in hunter gatherer societies? Approximately 30%. Percentage of males who died in violence in the 20th century complete with two world wars and a couple of nukes? Approximately 1%. Trends for violent deaths so far in the 21st century? Falling. Sharply.

    In fact, most meta-level reporting of trends show a world that is getting better. We live longer, in cleaner environments, are healthier, and have access to goods and experiences that kings of old could never have dreamed of. If that doesn’t make us happier, we really have no one to blame except ourselves. Oh, and the media lackeys who continue to feed us the litany of woes that we subconsciously crave.”

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