Frases de Gerald Ford
Data de nascimento: 14. Julho 1913
Data de falecimento: 26. Dezembro 2006
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. foi o 38º presidente dos Estados Unidos entre 1974 e 1977, logo após ter servido como o 40º vice-presidente de 1973 a 1974. Ele foi a primeira pessoa a ser nomeada para a vice-presidência sob a Vigésima Quinta Emenda, logo após a renúncia de Spiro Agnew. Quando tornou-se presidente depois da renúncia de Richard Nixon em 9 de agosto de 1974, Ford se transformou na primeira e até hoje única pessoa a ter exercido os cargos de vice-presidente e presidente dos Estados Unidos sem nunca ter sido eleito pelo Colégio Eleitoral. Antes de ser vice-presidente, ele serviu por 25 anos na Câmara dos Representantes pelo 5.º distrito de Michigan, oito anos como o Líder da Minoria Republicana.
Enquanto presidente, Ford assinou os Acordos de Helsínquia, relaxando as tensões da Guerra Fria. Com a conquista do Vietnã do Sul pelo Vietnã do Norte acontecendo no nono mês de sua presidência, o envolvimento dos EUA na guerra essencialmente acabou. Internamente, Ford presidiu durante a pior crise econômica desde a Grande Depressão, com uma crescente recessão e inflação. Uma de suas ações mais controversas foi o perdão presidencial a Nixon por seu papel no Caso Watergate. Durante seu mandato, sua política externa ficou caracterizada, em termos processuais, pelo aumento do papel do Congresso, e pelos correspondentes poderes do presidente. Em 1976, Ford derrotou com uma pequena margem Ronald Reagan para a indicação Republicana a presidente, porém perdeu a eleição para Jimmy Carter.
Após seu mandato, Ford permaneceu ativo no Partido Republicano. Após problemas de saúde, ele faleceu em sua casa em Rancho Mirage no dia 26 de dezembro de 2006. Com 93 anos e 165 dias de idade, Ford viveu mais do que qualquer outro presidente dos Estados Unidos, e sua presidência de 895 dias permanece até hoje a mais curta de todos os presidentes que não morreram no cargo.
Citações Gerald Ford
„Demasiadas vezes parecem mais críticos com intenção de procurar novas formas de alterar o Congresso do que realmente saber como ele funciona. Eles talvez poderiam lucrar com o conselho de Thomas Huxley, que disse há um século: "Senta-te perante os fatos como uma criança pequena, que está preparada para abandonar cada ideia preconcebida - ou você não aprende nada.“
„Num sentido político, há um problema que atualmente sustenta todos os outros. Esse problema é fazer o Governo suficientemente sensível para o povo. Se nós não fazemos um governo respondendo ao povo, nós não o fazemos acreditável. E devemos fazer governo acreditável se quisermos ter uma democracia que funciona.“
„I deeply believe in equal justice for all Americans, whatever their station or former station. The law, whether human or divine, is no respecter of persons; but the law is a respecter of reality.“
— Gerald Ford
Context: I deeply believe in equal justice for all Americans, whatever their station or former station. The law, whether human or divine, is no respecter of persons; but the law is a respecter of reality. The facts, as I see them, are that a former President of the United States, instead of enjoying equal treatment with any other citizen accused of violating the law, would be cruelly and excessively penalized either in preserving the presumption of his innocence or in obtaining a speedy determination of his guilt in order to repay a legal debt to society. During this long period of delay and potential litigation, ugly passions would again be aroused. And our people would again be polarized in their opinions. And the credibility of our free institutions of government would again be challenged at home and abroad.
„My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.
Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule.“
— Gerald Ford
Context: My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy. As we bind up the internal wounds of Watergate, more painful and more poisonous than those of foreign wars, let us restore the golden rule to our political process, and let brotherly love purge our hearts of suspicion and of hate.
„I once told you that I am not a saint, and I hope never to see the day that I cannot admit having made a mistake.“
— Gerald Ford
Context: I once told you that I am not a saint, and I hope never to see the day that I cannot admit having made a mistake. So I will close with another confession. Frequently, along the tortuous road of recent months from this chamber to the President's House, I protested that I was my own man. Now I realize that I was wrong. I am your man, for it was your carefully weighed confirmation that changed my occupation. The truth is I am the people's man, for you acted in their name, and I accepted and began my new and solemn trust with a promise to serve all the people and do the best that I can for America. When I say all the people, I mean exactly that. To the limits of my strength and ability, I will be the President of black, brown, red, and white Americans, of old and young, of women's liberationists and male chauvinists — and all the rest of us in-between, of the poor and the rich, of native sons and new refugees, of those who work at lathes or at desks or in mines or in the fields, of Christians, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, and atheists, if there really are any atheists after what we have all been through. Fellow Americans, one final word: I want to be a good President. I need your help. We all need God's sure guidance. With it, nothing can stop the United States of America.
„Government exists to create and preserve conditions in which people can translate their ideas into practical reality. In the best of times, much is lost in translation. But we try.“
— Gerald Ford
Context: Government exists to create and preserve conditions in which people can translate their ideas into practical reality. In the best of times, much is lost in translation. But we try. Sometimes we have tried and failed. Always we have had the best of intentions. But in the recent past, we sometimes forgot the sound principles that guided us through most of our history. We wanted to accomplish great things and solve age-old problems. And we became overconfident of our abilities. We tried to be a policeman abroad and the indulgent parent here at home. We thought we could transform the country through massive national programs, but often the programs did not work. Too often they only made things worse. In our rush to accomplish great deeds quickly, we trampled on sound principles of restraint and endangered the rights of individuals. We unbalanced our economic system by the huge and unprecedented growth of Federal expenditures and borrowing. And we were not totally honest with ourselves about how much these programs would cost and how we would pay for them.
„The old question still remains: Can a free people restrain crime without sacrificing fundamental liberties and a heritage of compassion?“
— Gerald Ford
Context: The old question still remains: Can a free people restrain crime without sacrificing fundamental liberties and a heritage of compassion? I am confident of the American answer. Let it become a vital element on America's new agenda. Let us show that we can temper together those opposite elements of liberty and restraint into one consistent whole. Let us set an example for the world of a law-abiding America glorying in its freedom as well as its respect for law. Address at Yale Law School's 150th anniversary (25 April 1975)
„The oath that I have taken is the same oath that was taken by George Washington and by every President under the Constitution. But I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances never before experienced by Americans.“
— Gerald Ford
Context: The oath that I have taken is the same oath that was taken by George Washington and by every President under the Constitution. But I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances never before experienced by Americans. This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts. Therefore, I feel it is my first duty to make an unprecedented compact with my countrymen. Not an inaugural address, not a fireside chat, not a campaign speech — just a little straight talk among friends. And I intend it to be the first of many.
„It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not fairly begin until a year or more has elapsed. In the meantime, the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President of the United States.“
— Gerald Ford
Context: It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not fairly begin until a year or more has elapsed. In the meantime, the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President of the United States. The prospects of such trial will cause prolonged and divisive debate over the propriety of exposing to further punishment and degradation a man who has already paid the unprecedented penalty of relinquishing the highest elective office of the United States. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974. Proclamation 4311, granting a pardon to former President Richard Nixon (8 September 1974)
„A strong defense is the surest way to peace. Strength makes détente attainable. Weakness invites war, as my generation—my generation—knows from four very bitter experiences.“
— Gerald Ford
Context: A strong defense is the surest way to peace. Strength makes détente attainable. Weakness invites war, as my generation—my generation—knows from four very bitter experiences. Just as America's will for peace is second to none, so will America's strength be second to none. We cannot rely on the forbearance of others to protect this Nation. The power and diversity of the Armed Forces, active Guard and Reserve, the resolve of our fellow citizens, the flexibility in our command to navigate international waters that remain troubled are all essential to our security.
„I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.“
— Gerald Ford
Context: My conscience tells me it is my duty, not merely to proclaim domestic tranquillity but to use every means that I have to insure it. I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference. I do believe, with all my heart and mind and spirit, that I, not as President but as a humble servant of God, will receive justice without mercy if I fail to show mercy. Finally, I feel that Richard Nixon and his loved ones have suffered enough and will continue to suffer, no matter what I do, no matter what we, as a great and good nation, can do together to make his goal of peace come true.
„I am a little late getting around to it, but confession is good for the soul. I have sometimes voted to spend more taxpayer's money for worthy Federal projects in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while I vigorously opposed wasteful spending boondoggles in Oklahoma.“
— Gerald Ford
Context: I am a little late getting around to it, but confession is good for the soul. I have sometimes voted to spend more taxpayer's money for worthy Federal projects in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while I vigorously opposed wasteful spending boondoggles in Oklahoma. [Laughter] Be that as it may, Mr. Speaker, you and I have always stood together against unwarranted cuts in national defense. This is no time to change that nonpartisan policy.
— Gerald Ford
Context: It is not the ultimate fate of Richard Nixon that most concerns me, though surely it deeply troubles every decent and every compassionate person. My concern is the immediate future of this great country. In this, I dare not depend upon my personal sympathy as a long-time friend of the former President, nor my professional judgment as a lawyer, and I do not. As President, my primary concern must always be the greatest good of all the people of the United States whose servant I am. As a man, my first consideration is to be true to my own convictions and my own conscience.