Friday, July 6, 2018

Fact of the Day: Jimmy Carter Vietnam Pardons

On his second day in office, Jimmy Carter pardoned all those who had avoided the Vietnam War draft. 

13 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I knew quite a few "draft dodgers" who had moved to Canada. They were happy to be pardoned -- not because they wanted to move back to the USA (they didn't) but because it meant they could cross the border to visit their birth families and friends for the first time in years without worrying about being arrested.

Christine said...

Interesting Debra.

Sami said...

I suppose if you don't agree with the war should you really go and fight? But at the same time it's your duty to your country to defend it in the event of a war!
Nice of President Carter to pardon those people though.

Margaret-whiteangel said...

Oh did he..

Pat Hatt said...

Bet that had a whole lot of support and non support depending on the side.

Kati said...

I think it is good that he did that!

-Kati
Almost Stylish

RO said...

That's pretty interesting, and that he did it on his second day in office too. Happy Friday! RO

Martha said...

That is really interesting. I didn't know that.

Emmylou said...

Gosh! I miss these days when US presidents' pardons were meaningful and not like pardoning someone like D'Souza...ahem...

Kirk said...

I remember that.

John M said...

I don't remember it but I think it was great.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Goes to show what a kind heart he has.

Nameless Cynic said...

Quick question, Sami: What, in Vietnam, was posing a threat to America?
That's the part of the question you're screwing up: "it's your duty to your country to defend it."
Who were they defending against?