Sunday, April 02, 2023

The man with the most wisdom to offer on the Trump indictment

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(My new American Thinker post)

What else can I tell you?  D.A. Bragg's indictment smells of pure political vengeance.  Even former A.G. William Barr calls it "pathetically weak case."  We've heard the words "pathetic" and "weak" about this case quite a bit.

We've crossed a line, and my guess is that former presidents Obama, Clinton and incumbent Biden know that what goes around comes around.  Not a threat — just reality.  In baseball, you hit my star, and I'll nail yours.  In politics, we investigate each other, and the country suffers.

Let's go back to the Nixon pardon, or the last time that a U.S. president was facing criminal charges.  Enter President Ford, or a man who understood how dangerous it was to go after a former president.  It became President Ford's biggest and most courageous decision.

September 8, 1974 was the day that President Ford announced a pardon for President Nixon, his predecessor.  As I remember, it happened on a Sunday morning.  My parents and I saw the TV coverage as we ate lunch.  My father's initial reaction was that it made sense, but it would be politically difficult with the midterms two months away.  He was prophetic, because the Democrats pounded the pardon and scored big.

President Ford won in the end.  Years later, the JFK Library Foundation presented him its "2001 Profile in Courage Award."  The award celebrated the fact that President Ford put country over his political ambitions.  And he did.

President Ford left politics in 1977 and died in 2006.  The pardon looks better and better with age, and so does the 30-month "accidental" Ford presidency.  He put the nation first, and we need something like that today, no matter how you feel about Trump.

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Happy # 78 Reggie Smith

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We remember Reggie Smith who was born in Louisiana on this day in 1945.

Reggie Smith was one of my favorite hitters:  .287 batting average, 2,020 hits, 314 HR & 1,092 RBI.

He was a young member of the 1967 AL champs Boston Red Sox plus a veteran in The LA Dodgers that won the NL pennant in 1977 & 1978 and World Series in 1981.

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Happy # 59 to Pete Incaviglia

We say happy birthday to Pete Incaviglia, who was born on this day in Long Beach, CA in 1964.

Pete jumped from Oklahoma State to the Texas Rangers in 1986.   He hit 30 HR & 88 RBI as a rookie.   Pete became a real fan favorite on that Texas team that challenged the Angels to the AL West title.

He hit another 27 the next year.   Overall, he hit 124 HR in 5 seasons with Texas.   Pete was traded to Detroit and bounced around a few teams.

In 1993, Pete hit 24 HR with the NL champ Phillies.

As I recall, he hit long home runs.

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