Ford’s Pardon of Nixon
Thirty-four years ago on this day in people’s history, President Gerald Ford gave Richard Nixon an unconditional pardon. On September 8th, 1974, Ford addressed the nation in a televised broadcast less than a month after Nixon had resigned from the Oval Office. Justifying his pardon of Nixon for any crimes relating to the Watergate scandal, President Ford believed he was healing a nation. He told the American public, “The tranquility to which this nation has been restored could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President.” After Ford died in 2006, the corporate media issued him a pardon of their own characterizing his move in retrospect as controversial but necessary. Due to Ford’s actions, the nation certainly moved beyond Watergate…and right into Reagan’s Iran-Contra scandal and Bush’s manipulated intelligence in the war against Iraq.
Some kind of healing that was!