It has been several months since the observers raised the case, but the indictment for 45H Last week the president revived the debate. Should we let justice take its course at the risk of tearing the nation apart, or should we rather contemplate pardons?
advocates of tolerance
History buffs will probably remember that Gerald Ford opted for a presidential pardon on September 8, 1974. Hinting at a true tragedy, he doubted his predecessor could have enjoyed the presumption of innocence and a fair trial.
Instead of letting his countrymen tear each other through a long and painful process, he considered it wise to look to the future by ensuring tranquility for his country (His statement here).
Ford’s decision was vehemently deplored by journalists, politicians, and citizens, but in hindsight, the majority of opponents now consider pardoning Nixon to have been the best option.
In 2023, those considering pardoning Trump are not necessarily 45 supportersH president. Like Ford, they want to avoid the worst. Trump’s nature amplifies their fears. The latter seems to love chaos, he’s just in his element there.
If we imagine several counts after the one in New York, the pardoners imagine a very long legal process during which the circus will continue for the past five or six years. Ultimately, even a guilty verdict will not change perceptions and the division will remain deep.
in opposition to forgiveness
Although I’ve read all about Ford’s decision and noted that, in simple terms, her opponents in 1974 changed their minds, I agree with those who oppose an opening gesture from Biden.
I can sum up the argument simply by saying that Trump is not Nixon and Biden is not Ford. If it is true that what Nixon was accused of was serious, then in 2023 the foundations of the regime must be preserved. What Biden himself called the soul of the country.
Pardoning Trump when, for a rare time in his life, he faced the repercussions of his statements seemed counterproductive to me. While citizens often have the impression that laws do not apply to the rich and wealthy, this would send the wrong signal.
Most importantly, he found many fanatics, far-right representatives, and fascists in the 45thH Presidency of the leader of providence. Those who were still in hiding before 2016 are now working in broad daylight, infiltrating the conservative movement. Do you think a pardon would dampen their enthusiasm?
If you are one of those who believe that the past few years have been a nightmare for the United States, an amnesty will not change anything, but rather prolong it.
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