In pardoning Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford claimed that he was helping to end “America’s long national nightmare.” But perhaps his actions were simply a way of foregoing what would, in the short term, be extraordinarily difficult, but might in the long term have been beneficial for the country — that is, a thorough airing of the Nixonian dirty laundry. Perhaps a better solution might have been to take Nixon aside, press a wad of bills into his hand, and whisper, “You have forty-eight hours to make it to Canada. Now go, run like the wind!”
ONE SMALL BLOW AGAINST ENCROACHING TOTALITARIANISM
“I cannot help feeling that the gun crisis is at the core of everything that ails our country.” — Owen King
January 9, 2001
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