08 Sep '12, 5pm

Nixon Was Pardoned 38 Years Ago Today – Was It The Right Thing To Do?

Nixon Was Pardoned 38 Years Ago Today – Was It The Right Thing To Do?

Nearly forty years ago in a controversial exercise of executive authority, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for any crimes he committed, encouraged or participated in related to the Watergate scandal. It wasn’t a popular move at the time. Even today, liberals rightly feel the Nixon administration was being given a free pass while conservatives hold fast to their resentment surrounding the impeachment proceedings well into the Clinton and Obama administrations . Eventually most politicians and the press came to see the pardon as the right and necessary thing to do, but is that a supportable conclusion? Considering the zeal by which the current conservative leadership plays fast and lose with facts and rules and the persistence of the Nixonian Southern Strategy in American politics, that answer very well could be “no.” The Watergate scandal was, after all, an ele...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/nixons-pardon-and-the-depravi...

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