I have a confession to make. I once voted for a Republican
Presidential candidate. That candidate was Gerald Ford.
Why? Several reasons. For one, it was my
first time voting, so I was not very good at it yet. Two,
even though I was upset about the pardon of Nixon, and unimpressed by
his handling of the economy, I thought he was sincere and honest.
Three, I thought he had been chosen deliberately to be a
noncontroversial “placeholder” president; not someone who was
interested in a power grab.
One of the areas where some liberals and some conservatives agree is
this: concentration of too much power is potentially a bad thing.
When Nixon resigned, the office of the President became less
of a center of power. That is how I wanted it, and I thought
Ford would keep it that way.
Fourth, I did not trust Jimmy Carter. He presented himself as
humble, almost to a fault, and I did not buy it. Of course,
time has shown that he was genuine, so he proved me
Fifth, I must also confess, I was influenced by the fact that Ford was
from Michigan. Not a big influence, but I couldn’t ignore it.
Now he returns, for interment in Grand Rapids.