The involvement of the President of the United States in criminal activities and the subsequent pardon of that President even for well-intentioned reasons does not teach a fitting moral lesson to our youngsters. The apparent lesson is that there is a double standard of justice—one for the rich and powerful and one for the poor and powerless.

Although we cannot erase the sequence of Watergate events, we need not encourage our children to accept public corruption as inevitable.


Speech delivered to Hawaii PTA, October 26, 1974.