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Jimmy Carter: exercise in hypocracy


Last Edited: September 29, 2006, 10:17 am

In a speech yesterday, Jimmy Carter told the crowd that President Bush has brought "international disgrace" to America, and that every past president has been a supporter of human rights, until this one.  I guess Carter forgot about all the presidents who supperted slavery.  And he must be taking back all the awful things he said about Reagan.

Carter's speech is so typical of the hate speeches given by radical liberals.

The first thing of note is something that Ann Coulter points out in her book, Slander.  There is a technique liberals have been using for decades, and is supported by the complicit mainstream media.  Every Republican president that gets elected is the worst, most dangerous person ever.  They always set the record for as "worst" for whatever category they are talking about.  But after they leave office their reputation rebounds, and the media tries to make everyone forget what they said.

Ronald Reagan, of course, is the best example of this.  There is only a small segment of people now who still go around saying that Reagan was the worst president ever, but during his presidency in the 1980s that's all you would hear every day.  The day-in and day-out steady drumbeat of negativity in the press for 8 yearswould wear down all but the hardiest of souls.

The same thing happened to George Bush Sr.  The media hated and ridiculed him, but when he left office he became a good guy again.

I guess the current president can look forward to making new friends in a couple of years when he leaves office.

Back to Carter, the ironic thing about his speech is the sheer hypocracy of it.  Although he's calling the current president an "international disgrace", it is in fact he who is bringing disgrace to America by his very un-presidential actions as he travels around telling the world how horrible our elected leader is.  No less, he is doing so in a time of war, when hundreds of thousands of American troops are in harm's way.  Jimmy Carter is a bad American.

The news story, from KESQ in Nevada:

Ex-Prez Carter: Bush has brought U.S. "international disgrace"

RENO, Nev. Former President Carter is urging northern Nevadans to elect his son, Jack, to the Senate to help combat a Bush administration he says has brought "international disgrace" to the country.

The former president told a crowd of about 300 on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno today that the nation is more sharply divided that it has ever been as a result of Bush's policies.

The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, he says he's deeply embarrassed that the American government now stands convicted around the world as one of the greatest abusers of civil rights. He continued the theme in a dinner speech to 700 at a Democratic fundraiser tonight, saying every past president has been a supporter of human rights, until this one.

Jack Carter is bidding to unseat Republican Senator John Ensign. Both father and son said Ensign must go because he has voted 96 percent of the time with the Bush administration. They say that in addition to bungling foreign policy, Bush has cut taxes for the rich to the detriment of working Americans.

The former president say that Bush's policies have been a radical departure from what all previous presidents have done, including Republicans like Bush's own father, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and Dwight Eisenhower.

He says never before has the United States had a policy of pre-emptive war, as was the case in what he called an "ill-advised invasion" of Iraq.


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konaneComment by konane - September 29, 2006, 12:43 pm
Illustrates why I've characterized him as a flake when he was Georgia's governor.

His ascendancy to the White House didn't change a thing except allow terrorists to draw blood because he was too much a coward to destroy them, plus give away the Panama Canal so now China owns it.

Carter years were a sink-hole in American politics we're still trying to extract ourselves from.
four4meComment by four4me - September 29, 2006, 1:26 pm
Ronald is the popularity leader at 87% no other president since has had that high of a score. All presidents have high and low points during their tenure. A recent poll done by AOL put Reagan at the top Clinton second George senior third and George jr. last. I liked Ron while he was in office more people made more money than with any other president since. he was feared by all nations. no one new what to expect from him next--- every day while he was in office people trembled. If it weren't for Ron we would all be in the poor house. He fixed the deficit only to have it crumbled by the Bush's. We will never craw out from under the deficit we have now. It would take a miracle to fix.
four4meComment by four4me - September 29, 2006, 1:30 pm
take a look at the cost
ToddComment by Todd - September 29, 2006, 1:50 pm
four4me, The economy is thriving right now. The DOW just hit an all-time record. Unemployment rates are at historic lows. All of this is directly attributable to the Bush administration. At present we have myopic polls. However hindsight is 20/20, and history will be a kind judge to GWB. History will look back on the Iraq war and show that although both the financial and human costs were high, the costs of inaction would have been far higher.
konaneComment by konane - September 29, 2006, 2:02 pm
Those economic figures fail to mention that in about 1996 it was Clinton who signed into law the ability of corporations to overstate their assets which precipitated Enron, Global Crossing and other unprecedented bankruptcies GW inherited.

Considering those, plus the economic effects of 9-11 and the war on terror it's simply amazing we're still standing as a nation. Were it not for current leadership we'd be wallowing in a mire of socialism which IMHO was Clinton's plan. Now that's my conspiracy theory but can back that one up with facts showing intent.
Rick GComment by Rick G - September 29, 2006, 3:15 pm
I like Jimmy. I didn't care for his presidency and didn't vote for him, but as a human being, a peacemaker and diplomat, this man has my total respect. How many of us are going to be swinging hammers to help build homes for the poor when we're 80 years old? Many countries in the world respect him as a diplomat and moderator as well. I think he would have been a better Secretary of State than a President.

My favorite presidents and ones I'd love to sit and have a beer with are Ronnie, Jimmy and Gerald Ford, not because of their presidencies but because they all could relate to the Average Joe and that is my type of drinking buddy. No BS with those guys.
ToddComment by Todd - September 29, 2006, 4:00 pm
I have no idea what Jimmy Carter is like personally, so I have no way of judging his "good guy" quotient. I measure my feeling on him by the carnage he left behind when he was president, and his actions in touring around the world saying exactly the same things about our American President as Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Saddam Hussein would say. In fact, I believe he's made it a point to visit each of those countries and cozy up to those dictators.

Here are some things Carter has said:

- President Bush has pursued an "erroneous policy" that has fostered violence in the Middle East. (He actually said that Bush fostered violence, not the terrorists.)

- President Bush is "Israel's worst ally".

- Because of the unwarranted invasion of Iraq by Bush and Blair, which was a completely unjust adventure based on misleading statements, and the lack of any effort to resolve the Palestinian issue, there is massive Islamic condemnation of the United States. (So the Roadmap to Peace was a "lack of any effort". Hmmm... I guess the only way to show Carter effort would be to erase Israel from the map completely. By the way, It was Hezbolah the corrupted and destroyed the Roadmap to Peace, which was on its way to success. Just goes to show that the terrorists (and others) do NOT want peace there. It also shows that there is absolutely no way to keep Carter from lying about the president overseas.)

- "There's no doubt in my mind that Al Gore was elected president." (I suppose he missed the two-dozen recounts that all showed George Bush won.) (By the way, Carter also implied that Bush pulled a fast one in Ohio in 2004 and that he lost that election too. Despite winning by a margin of 3.5 million votes.)


To say these things within our borders is bad enough, but Carter purposely makes those remarks to foreign audiences, which in turn stirs anti-American sentiment.

Rick, Carter is a big-time Socialist, which is the polar opposite of Libertarian views, is it not?
konaneComment by konane - September 29, 2006, 4:13 pm
Socialists LIVE to tell people what they can do with their OWN money.
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 29, 2006, 5:10 pm
I guess what the world things doesn't really matter. Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace prize and has spent many years raising money for Habitat For Humanity instead of playing golf or hanging around the ranch. I can't believe you feel you have the right to call him a bad American. There is something really wrong with a country (and I pray changes will be coming soon) when it's so divided by the current administration that its supporters need to cast aspersions on the patriotism of other fine, upstanding Americans. "She doesn't agree with the stem cell issue. She's a BAD Christian." or "He protested against the war in Iraq, he's a BAD American." If we brought our children up this way, telling them they were BAD every time they had an original thought, they'd all end up with serious behavior disorders. I was just thinking..isn't this exactly what the Terrorists do?
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 29, 2006, 5:12 pm
Correction: First sentence should say "I guess what the world thinks" (not things)

I proofread it too! Grrr. :-)
ToddComment by Todd - September 29, 2006, 5:59 pm
Hey, I agree with you on the HFH stuff, that's really great. The Nobel prize is nothing but a sham at this point. I think it's more of a detriment than a positive thing. They gave a Nobel prize to Yassir Arafat(!) which is a great indicator as to its viability. Actually I should qualify this by saying the Nobel science prizes are great, but that's all.

Carter ultimately FAILED in the Middle East, anyway.

I absolutely think anyone who goes around determined to makes sure the world has a negative opinion about our country is a bad American, especially when that person previously occupied the White House. Ex-Presidents prior to Carter were known for their ability to spread good will around the world. Carter is the opposite.
emilygComment by emilyg - September 29, 2006, 7:55 pm
carter might be right on all counts.
Rick GComment by Rick G - September 29, 2006, 8:13 pm

RE: Jimmy and Libertarianism, yes, that's why I didn't vote for him. However I gained respect for him because he's an honest man. I disagree with your statement "Ex-Presidents prior to Carter were known for their ability to spread good will around the world. Carter is the opposite."

He's accomplished more diplomatically in the world after his presidency than many presidents do during their term and to question his good will in the international community doesn't make sense. Just because he, or any other American for that matter, doesn't agree with your man does not make them evil or un-American. He's simply an American with an opinion exercising his right of free speech. Thank God we still have that right at least. We just can't exercise it on the telephone, the internet or any public place.

jarasanComment by jarasan - September 29, 2006, 8:32 pm
The media accomplices pay attention to this guy, that's so true. He is senile and unable to remember anything. "Why not the best?" What happened?. The advances of science have allowed his body to live this long, but the brain is done. Remember, he used his mind at the white house to decide who used the tennis courts, this caused irreversible loss of gray matter. He also facilitated Iran going back to the future, to a more medieval form of government, and the list goes on. Guilt is a hard thing to live with you know.   Jerry. GHB, are statesmen. JC and BJC are par for the course and just need to grow up and admit to themselves it's OK to have made mistakes. But for pete's sake don't weaken us any further, this is the kind of stuff that the USA haters use in their propaganda. The people that care about this country, appreciate this country, understand what we have here, it is precious. There is no place on earth like the US., trust me on this, I've been to Canada (just kidding). There is an election coming up, vote, vote as often as you can. Remember, friends don't let friends vote uninformed.
Rick GComment by Rick G - September 29, 2006, 9:16 pm

Said like a true Chicagoan, "Vote as often as you can".

I like "Vote early and vote often".

HA! good laugh for the night.
ToddComment by Todd - September 29, 2006, 9:19 pm
Really Rick? What exactly has Cartewr accomplished since his presidency, other than building houses?
Rick GComment by Rick G - September 29, 2006, 10:02 pm

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. I'm not going to sit here and list the reasons for that.

Please don't tell me that the Nobel Peace Prize is another radical Democratic liberal fabrication.
guesserComment by guesser - September 30, 2006, 1:38 am
Unemployment at an all-time low ?   That depends on how you look at it.    First, after someone has been 'unemployed' for two years, they are no longer counted.    Yeah, I know - how can someone live and be unemployed for 2 years ?
Second, unemployment may be 'low', but UNDERemployment is HUGE, I know so many folks that used to make 50-70,000 a year, and honest-to-god they are mowing lawns, cooking food, being bus drivers, and guarding buildings at $8.50 an hour that it's unreal. Some folks work two jobs like that, and I know a couple of guys that have third jobs they do on weekends.
Clinton's NAFTA sent a ton of companies to Mexico, we can't seem to stop cheap stuff coming from China or anywhere else nor can we compete with it, and we can't stop illegal aliens from coming here and taking jobs - and driving wages LOWER.
On top of that we have the minimum wage going UP, so experienced, skilled workers are being displaced because folks can't afford them AND the folks they have to pay a higher minimum wage to.
And the politicians - both parties - don't care. Period.

All we need right now to destroy our economy is one more attack like 9/11, and another big hurricane, and we're in BIG trouble.

I know most of this because I live it every day.
ToddComment by Todd - September 30, 2006, 1:44 am
The unemployment stats and the economy speak for themselves. Yes, things change, as they always will. Most people don't spend their days working the fields anymore. Most don't work on a factory line. Most don't work in a steel mill. Things change. We are not underemployed as you say. The standard of living has never been higher.

Rick, I noticed that you did not answer my question, and you twisted what I said. I said the Nobel science prizes are great, but the other Nobel prizes are not. For several years now they have been given to people who have a public disdain for America. Sorry you don't see it, but that's the fact, live with it.
justxploringComment by justxploring - September 30, 2006, 2:31 am
"We are not underemployed as you say. The standard of living has never been higher." Todd

Todd, a new shopping center just opened up the road. They want to get ready for the snowbirds who own at least 2 homes and come down here in the winter. The everage house in the area, even in this market, is about $450K. One store is offering $6.40 an hour to start and another $9.

So the standard of living has never been higher for whom?
ToddComment by Todd - September 30, 2006, 11:05 pm
That's actually quite a bit higher than stores used to pay for the bottom-level jobs.

You are not putting things in perspective. Do you actually need me to go through the standard of living issues, and compare what a poor person lives like today vs. 20, 30, or 40 years ago? MIDDLE CLASS used to be lucky to put food on the table every night.

OK, you tell me justexploring, exactly which year was the cost of living better than it is in 2006?

If you can't name the year, then don't post stories about a store with what I think are very normal wages for working in a store.

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