Because he opposed the will of the majority of the American people?
There is something unseemly about issuing a pardon to a man before he was criminally charged with anything, and further, one who built much of his political career on law and order. Ford, to hear the corporate press tell it, simply made a deep, inner decision to save the nation the trauma of a trial against Nixon, by issuing a preemptive pardon. The problem with this official reading is that there’s plenty of evidence that it just ain’t true. Acclaimed historian, Howard Zinn, in his phenomenal A People’s History of the United States – 1492-Present (New York: Harper Collins Perennial, 2003) tells us that months before the Nixon resignation, “…. top Democratic and Republican leaders in the House of Representatives had given secret assurance to Nixon that if he resigned they would not support criminal proceedings against him.” (p. 546] The New York Times reported that what Wall Street wanted in case Nixon resigned was, “the same play with different players.” It took a French journalist