Reflections in the glass~now darkly~of Gerald Rudolph ”Jerry“ Ford, Jr.~a good President and good fella~a quietly dutiful, humble, man~emblematic of his generation~who did not take himself too bloody seriously~remember that sort~from now long ago gone~


Gerald R. Ford being sworn in as U.S. President, August 9, 1974.

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~~I reflect today on President Ford~~and fondly so~~

Gerald Rudolph ”Jerry“ Ford, Jr. (born Leslie Lynch King, Jr.; July 14, 1913 – December 26, 2006)

IN ONE WORD:  Competent


President Ford~~The man Uncle Richard called the “Roger Eugene Maris” of our enterprise at this city~~the man forever with an asterisk after his name as the only non-elected President in history, was a very knowledgeable and likeable guy.  As he spent most of his career in Congress golfing on Burning Tree, I saw him quite regularly, in summer, often on a daily basis.  He was perhaps the best-read politician I ever met~~at least as to current events.  Since his time at Yale, he devoured newspapers and was truly up on things.  What I remember most is his saying to me on the links of Burning Tree~~likely dozens of times~~”Beggs~~what would you say is the very best political job at Washington?”   “I don’t know, Sir.”  ”Well, Beggs, I’ll tell you~~The minority leader of the Lower House–the best job ever~~there’s nothing to do there you see~~you walk out, vote against the majority, get shut down and head to the club room or The Burning Tree~~there simply isn’t much to do, you see, Beggs?”  ”And, of course when I go home, I just tell the people~~ “Well. we just need to elect more Republicans and then we’ll be in the majority–but I don’t really want that–that is a helluva rough job~~Speaker of the House.”  I very much liked President Ford for his competence, candor and above all else, for not taking himself too bloody seriously.


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~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~

~~La crema y nata~~

~~Artista de la conquista~~

 ~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Rockefeller Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear of any man~~

~~Κύριε ἐλέησον~~

Rejoice and Glad!!



~~The Catholic University of America Screaming Red Cardinal Mascot~~



Tuesday, 12th Novembre, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013

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