The Last Decent Republican
The irony could not be missed this week as all the top Republicans in Washington commented on the life and legacy of Gerald Ford. They praised him for being a man of decency, discretion and for his ability to unite a troubled nation. In a radio address someone else wrote for him, President George Bush said:
Providence gave us Gerald Ford's steady hand and calm leadership during a time of great division and turmoil. He guided America through a crisis of confidence, and helped our nation mend its wounds by restoring faith in our system of government.Mr. Ford commented on Bush and his own former chiefs of staff, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld in an interview with Bob Woodward to be released after his death. Of the troublesome trio Ford said:
Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction. And now, I've never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do.Take that, boys. And furthermore...
Hmmm, Bush must have missed that day in "Leading the Free World 101"--if he ever took the course at all.
I just don't think we should go hellfire damnation around the globe freeing people, unless it is directly related to our own national security.
Of Dick Cheney who was made an honorary pall bearer for President Ford, he said
I think Cheney has become much more pugnacious.I'll drink to that.
So we face 2007 after deadliest month in Iraq to date where the death toll stands at 2997 and now we have lost Gerald Ford, the last decent Republican. Who will heal us now? Dare we have the audacity of hope?