President Jerry Ford is one of the great American leaders of the last fifty years. His decency, integrity, and greatness will outlive him and his family. The coverage on Fox News and C-Span has been wonderful these past ten hours. May God Bless Betty Ford and the entire Ford family.
President Ford’s death will be used by the remaining media outlets to re-hash the Nixon years and to reinforce the misperceptions of Richard Nixon and the republican party of the 1970′s. While Ronald Reagan is the towering figure of modern conservatism, Jerry Ford and Richard Nixon are men of greatness with Nixon looming over the American political scene for more than thrity years.
As a tweleve year old, I was highly impressed with Mr. Ford. As a fourteen and fifteen year old, I was proud to support Ford for President against Jimmy Carter. Although Jimmy Carter’s ridiculously failed Presidency set the stage for Ronald Reagan’s rise to power, Ford would have made a greater President if he had been elected in 1976. Although Ford lst Ohio by only ten thousand votes, he did not spend one minute making a false claim to winning or act as a shadow President as pitful John Kerry has attempted to do the last two years after losing Ohio by one hundred thousand votes. Ford’s death highlights Kerry’s trite and inconsequential stature.
Thirty years later, Jerry Ford looks like a giant and a prophet compared to Jimmy Carter. While Ford is a national treasure, Carter is a national embarrassment.