We read a lot these days about what the country needs now. The left needs a Democratic version of George W. Bush. The right needs a Republican version of Franklin Roosevelt. We need a strong leader to make things right. We need a Lincoln. We need a Churchill. We need a Patton.
I think we need a soft spoken, not terribly bright seeming, not too good looking person to step in and take the reigns of power reluctantly.
I think we need another Gerald Ford.
The second worst era of my American experience was the end of the Nixon reign. The country had been torn apart by Vietnam, Watergate and the resignation in disgrace of the leader of the free world.
Gerry Ford, who had no mandate whatsoever--he'd been appointed as Spiro Agnew's replacement by general consensus of the Congress--had no big plans, or ideas, or ideologies to push.
He willingly committed political suicide for the good (and sanity) of the nation when he pardoned Richard Nixon.
And he sat back while Chevy Chase made fun of him every Saturday night, and while the nation healed itself through its own inherent mechanisms.
Where is the Gerald Ford of yesteryear? I’m starting to think he's in Congress right now. Little Dennis Kucinich, who never once flip-flopped on his policies or his voting record while running for president in 'O4, is looking taller and taller to me every day.