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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:50 PM
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Ford Prolonged Our Nightmare, Impeaching Bush Will Heal Our Nation
Ford Prolonged Our Nightmare, Impeaching Bush Will Heal Our Nation

By Jonathan Tasini, Huffington Post

One of the most common themes we are now asked to accept, as part of the hagiography surrounding the death of Gerald Ford, is that Ford ended our "long national nightmare" by pardoning Richard Nixon over his crimes in "Watergate" and that such an act remains a positive part of his legacy.

In the debate over whether the pardon should have been granted, the focus has typically been on the dynamic at the time and what would be gained by putting the disgraced president and the nation through a criminal proceeding. Here's another way of seeing it: by pardoning Nixon, Ford actually prolonged our national nightmare and, along with others, paved our nation's march forward that has culminated in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in the Iraq War. We can only heal our nation now with the impeachment and trial of the current president and vice president.

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I think it is a fair argument to make that had Nixon been convicted and served a prison term--as he should have--the Iraq war might never have happened--and hundreds of thousands of people would not have died, we would not have squandered as much as $2 trillion on an insane war and we would not have opened up a huge rift in our relations around the world. Is it not likely and plausible that, with the precedent of a Nixon conviction and imprisonment very much branded in the consciousness of our elected leaders, the current president and vice president (particularly the latter who worked in the Ford presidency) might have paused for a moment, in their improper, fallacious and illegal pursuit of an immoral war and the evisceration of our civil liberties, to ponder whether they were committing acts that might land them in jail? Given the individuals, I'll concede that perhaps nothing would have deterred them from committing impeachable offenses, that in the words of the House, were "subversive of constitutional government," caused "great prejudice to the cause of law and justice" and brought "manifest injury to the people of the United States."

We can undo some of the damage that the Nixon pardon caused. And that task must be taken up by the incoming Democratic majority. Incoming Speaker Pelosi and incoming Majority Leader Reid, if you continue to refuse to hold the current Administration accountable, as set forth in our Constitution, for the breaking of our laws and the violation of their sworn oaths, you will only be prolonging our national nightmare for years and possible generations to come. Future presidents will not hesitate to repeat the behavior of the Nixon and Bush Administrations because they will see our track record--our unwillingness to hold our elected leaders accountable for laws they violate. Based on lies that they will cloak in their own justification and without the proper Constitutional authority, future presidents will embark on wars that will kill countless more young men and women.




more at:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jonathan-tasini/ford-prol...
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muntrv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:52 PM
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1. Ford pardoned Nixon and the GOP thanked him by almost nominating
Raygun in 1976, thus moving the party to the far right.
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:58 PM
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2. Ford by pardoning Nixon
prevented discovery which would have come during a trail. It was a disservice to the Constitution and the American People.
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 06:15 PM
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3. Exactly! K&R!
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Imagevision Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 11:37 PM
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4. The impeachment of Bush would begin the healing process for the United States after so much
deat destruction, wrong doing and the most corrupt administration in US. history!
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 12:39 AM
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5. Kick(nt)
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Hailtothechimp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:48 AM
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6. I think calling it a "pardon" isn't quite accurate.
Edited on Sat Dec-30-06 10:48 AM by Hailtothechimp
A pardon, in my mind, is forgiveness for a specific wrong that has been committed. If I bump into someone by accident, I would say "I beg your pardon" for doing that.

But Nixon's wrongdoings were never specifically identified, the way they would have been with formal articles of impeachment. He did things wrong, but we were never allowed to investigate them to find out what they actually were.

What Ford handed Nixon was more like immunity. Like on Survivor where, if you have immunity, you will survive regardless of what happens during the game.

That's what Ford gave Nixon. And it seems like an end run around the Constitution to me.

So why are we celebrating this man again? Because I don't understand how what he did was a good thing for our democracy.
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