Tuesday, December 26, 2006
In the upcoming days, the media will be focusing on the life of former President Gerald Ford, as they should. And as pointed out by the Washington Post in an article by J.Y. Smith and Lou Cannon, his life was influenced by the actions of others. In his case, the white collar crimes of others allowed for him to rise to the Presidency.
First it should be noted that Ford took over the presidency following Nixon's resignation, a resignation resulting from the Watergate Scandal. But the reason for Ford being in a position to assume the presidency also related to white collar crime, as he became vice-president when Spiro T. Agnew resigned following a tax charge. Thus two white collar crime incidents provided him with the opportunity to serve as president of the United States.
And perhaps one of the most controversial aspects of his Presidency also concerned a white collar crime matter, as Ford pardoned former President Nixon.
He was neither a perpetrator nor a victim. But like so many, white collar crime touched his life and made a difference in many events in his life. We mourn the passing of former President Gerald Ford.