Monday, August 28, 2006

Will Jimmy Carter Ever Go Away?

James E. Carter Jr.....there's an easy target. But what a target!

Our beknighted former president never ceases to stick his proboscis into any world crisis, and it's usually to the detriment of his country. It is unprecedented for an ex-president to publically criticize his predecessor, and unheard of for an ex-president to run his own country down overseas. Carter does this repeatedly to his shame.

The most recent outrage by the former Georgia peanut farmer was to visit London, where he criticized British prime minister Tony Blair for being "subservient" to George W. Bush, and for not exercising a restraining influence on American foreign policy. Can you imagine? An ex-American president urging a foreign government leader to restrain American foreign policy. And he said much more. Read it in the London Telegraph.

Jimmy Carter was rightly turned out of office in 1980 because he was inept. Inept in foreign policy. Inept in domestic policy. (He's also inept in theology. Concerned Southern Baptists might want to ask the Plains, Georgia, Sunday school teacher why Paul Tillich is his favorite theologian). The state of America at the conclusion of Carter's term was worse than "malaise" - Carter's assessment of the country during his failed re-election campaign. The country was in shambles.

Carter waxes eloquent about how he never would have ordered the invasion of Iraq. Oh, really? That's supposed to surprise us? He sat in the Oval office wringing his hands when Iranian Islamic goons held Americans hostage in Tehran for a year, not counting the fiasco of a so-called "rescue attempt." It is telling that they were released the day Ronald Reagan took office.

Jimmy Carter is obsessed with trying to claim some sort of legacy to make up for his laughable four years in office. He's creating a legacy all right. A contemptible one.

Earth to Jimmy. Please stop it. At once. Stop making yourself a nuisance on the world stage and head home to Plains. Build houses for Habitat for Humanity. Stop trying to be a citizen of the world and begin remembering that you are a citizen of the United States. If you are incapable of doing that, I am sure Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez would love to have you. Better yet, try Papeete, Tahiti. It's not only far away, but it's also a French outpost. You'd feel right at home.


Randy said...
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Randy said...

Joel, had some grammatical errors in previous comment, here's the update. Thanks.


You are so 'on target' about Carter. All I can remember are the pictures of the downed helicopters in the barren desert. Kind of allegorical of his Presidency I think too.

If I remember him correctly, he said that his four years in the 'Oval' was like a prison. If it was so bad, he should stick to building houses and leave the real "White House" to the current administration's leadership and remain quiet.

It's so easy for a stained President to pass judgement on the current leadership. As if, he has really earned the right to speak after he failed so badly.

SolaMeanie said...


I hate to have to write a blunt comment like that about someone who is supposed to be a brother in the Lord, but I have serious doubts about that. Paul Tillich? Please!

While he has broken precedent about criticizing his successors in office, I don't mind that nearly as much as his increasingly common practice of doing it on foreign soil, as well as meddling in his predecessor's foreign policy. He did it to Bill Clinton also.

Maybe he's gunning for Secretary General of the U.N. Somehow that would be fitting since the U.N. is as useless as Jimmy Carter's presidency.

Rattlesnake6 said...

The only people who like Carter are those born after his abysmal presidency. The man was a disaster and his theology was worse! Billy Beer, anyone?

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Your so right about Tillich. After all, the guy was an existentialist among other things. (Plus, this is off the subject, but I love Rich Mullins' music but he was a big fan of Søren Kierkegaard. What's the fascination with these guys?)

You sparked another good point. And this irks me. Why are these people, Carter, The Dixie Chicks, etc, making their comments on foreign soil?

Plus, your third point parallels mine on the UN. I don't see any real use there.

Carter sticks in my mind all too well. I had just gone into radio, gas prices were soaring (if you compare it to the average wages then), the Iran fiasco was going on, but all is well. Ok, my sarcasm came through.

Again, Carter, as you aptly put it, needs to go back to building houses. Thanks for the great words as always Joel.

lee n. field said...

gas prices were soaring (if you compare it to the average wages then)

Let's not forget the interest rate. I remember people with 16% mortgauges. My brother had student loans from that period, and he was a looong time paying them off.

Randy said...


You brought up a very good point! Thanks. I think the reason I wrote that line the way I did was I had just started my broadcasting career, AND had loans too. Plus, interest rates were horrible. My beginning salary wasn't that great either for a guy out of school.

I had to chuckle (at the time I didn't though) at the line where you said, it took a "looong" time
paying them off!

Be well.

Rob said...

What's the record for George W again? How many people have died in Iraq? (That's because of WMD's, no that's not right it was to bring freedom and democracy to the Middle East, no we can't leave because What?)

Can someone say Vietnam? I'd have to say this is a record of a laughable President as well wouldn't you?


SolaMeanie said...

Well, Rob..that's about the kind of answer I'd expect from you..bless your heart. :)

First, it is really no argument to have.."well..the other guys are just as bad or worse" set as your default comeback. My subject was Jimmy Carter and the harm he is doing to the United States. What George W. Bush, Richard Nixon, Franklin Roosevelt, and even George Washington did is irrelevant.

Second, this might come as a bit of a surprise, but I am a conservative. Both biblically and politically. I also happen to believe it is perfectly acceptable to love your country, which is the genuine meaning of patriotism. Carter is coming dangerously close to being a traitor to his.

I am not a global citizen. I am a citizen of the United States in a temporal setting, and a citizen of the kingdom of Jesus Christ in the larger picture. I try to have as biblical a worldview as possible, and that even leads me into conflict from time to time with the Republican Party, which might also surprise you. I am not knee-jerk. I have voted for Democrats in the past when they reflected my values more closely than did the Republican alternative.

Ultimately, the only thing that will change the heart of man is the Gospel. But spreading the Gospel is not the job or government or statesmen.