Some things just do not require further explanation. Thanks Lee for forwarding this video.
Archive for the ‘Jimmy Carter’ Category
Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 10, 2011
Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 16, 2011
Many consider Jimmy Carter the worst president in modern times. During his Presidency the country went through a second oil embargo; had economy that was so weak that a new term was created for to define it, “stagflation”; endured the Iranian hostage crisis; and saw the beginnings of massive government boondoggles including the Departments of Energy and Education, just to keep on taking. In fact, possibly the only good to come from the Carter Administration was that it set the stage for the ascendancy of Ronald Reagan and a more conservative view of government’s role in American society.
During his first three years in office, President Obama has come a long way towards eclipsing the failure of the Carter Presidency. A combination of failed policies and inability to connect with the American people has sent President Obama’s poll numbers dropping. He may follow Jimmy Carter as another one-term president.
It is interesting to hear Jimmy Carter’s words in June 2008, prior to Obama’s announcement for his run for president. Carter’s then said of Obama: “I just don’t think he’s got yet the proven substance or experience to be the president”. These words could be the most profound of his political career.
Posted by Steve Markowitz on July 18, 2011
Many of us who are graying a bit and listen to the rhetoric of Barack Obama, hear his scare tactics and see the incompetence of his policies, feel a sense of Déjà vu. No, it’s not the return of an old flame from our younger years; it’s more like Jimmy Carter reincarnated.
This week commentator Laura Ingraham put out a ‘remix’ of Jimmy Carter’s famous “Malaise Speech” over some of Obama’s rhetoric, linked below (thanks Carl for sending it in). The similarities are remarkable (scary)!
No for some positive spin on all of this. When Carter gave his Malaise Speech, the press was starting to focus on a movie actor gaining traction in the Republican Party. Instead of focusing on the message this outsider offered the Country, the mainstream media reported on Ronald Reagan’s supposed lack of credentials and intelligence. This aspect of the late seventies may also be repeating itself.
Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 1, 2010
When American presidents leave the Office they often leave behind a legacy that includes positive and negative attributes. Often, as time moves on, history becomes kinder to these retirees, focusing more on the positive attributes. One needs look no further than George W. Bush to observe this cleansing via history. Jimmy Carter, however, bucks the trend.
Many still believe that Jimmy Carter was America’s worst president of the past century. This perception has withstood the test of time in part because Carter continues to spew out anti-American and anti West rhetoric. He has done it once again, this time relating to North Korea.
Carter sees himself as a self-anointed world diplomat for trouble spots around the globe. This is delusional. While he has traveled to various hotspots from North Korea to the Middle East, not one these areas are less problematic after his visit. Just the opposite; it can be argued that when an ex-American president visits countries run by despots, he offers these dictators legitimacy.
North Korea is a pariah in the modern world, a country that Carter has visited in the past. This year they have sunk a South Korean warship killing 46, got caught building an illegal nuclear enrichment plant, and just killed some South Korean soldiers and civilians with an artillery barrage on Yeonpyeong island. So what does Progressive Carter have to say about this? He has called for bilateral talks with North Korea, which he then states requires the United States to show “respect”. Carter justifies this gibberish saying: “Leaders in Pyongyang consider South Korea’s armed forces to be controlled from Washington and maintain that South Korea was not party to the 1953 cease-fire.”
Jimmy Carter’s lame logic is to respond to North Korea’s atrocities and breach of international law by showing them “respect”. Remarkably naïve. No wonder the Iranians took the American embassy hostages when he was in office. If there was ever a case for impeachment-in-absentia (post retirement), Jimmy Carter has made it.
Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 22, 2010
Jimmy Carter was arguably the worst President of modern times, although Barack Obama is certainly pressing him. In keeping with the revisionist philosophy of Progressives, Carter is now attempting to rewrite history to create a more favorable legacy. Part of the effort includes his book White House Diary and interviews with the mainstream media.
One of Carter’s recent interviews was with Left-leaning Brian Williams serving up softballs to the ex-President. The exchange included the follow incredible statement by Jimmy Carter:
BRIAN WILLIAMS: The last photo of you with your– fellow former presidents, you were well off to the side on the right. And I thought to myself, well, there’s- there’s a possible metaphor. What is it- about you, you think, the way you’ve – decided to conduct your life and post-presidency? Do you feel listened to? Do you feel – that you receive your due? Or do you feel, in fact, apart from the crowd?
JIMMY CARTER: No. I – I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents. Primarily because of the activism and the – and the injection of working at the Carter Center and in international affairs, and to some degree, domestic affairs, on energy conservation, on – on environment, and things of that kind. We’re right in the midst of the – of the constant daily debate.
Wow! However, this remarkable exchange was only the first salvo. Next, Carter went on to meet with another Left-leaning reporter, Leslie Stahl. Besides more softball questions, Stahl pontificated on the Carter presidency with the following statements:
- “Carter argues that despite the image of failure, he actually had a long list of successes, starting with bringing all the hostages home alive and solar panels on the roof of the White House.”
- Carter “was cursed by a dismal economy, poor relations with Congress, and a nightmarish standoff over 52 Americans held hostage by Iran.” “When all is said and done, and many will be surprised to hear this, Jimmy Carter got more of his programs passed than Reagan and Nixon, Ford, Bush 1, Clinton or Bush 2. And yet, as I say, there’s the sense that you were a failed President.”
Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 17, 2009
Jimmy Carter has once again reminded us why he was a one-term president. The year was 1976. The country was warn down by the Viet Nam War, still upset with Watergate, and irritated with President Ford for pardoning Richard Nixon. We were sure that nothing could be worse than the legacy left by the Nixon Administration and the republicans. We were dead wrong; we got Jimmy Carter.
Those of us old enough to remember recall how Carter seemed to come to Washington as a breath of fresh air. He came from the Georgia capital instead of the Washington scene. Our hope quickly faded. Here are just a few of the “gifts” that America received during the Carter Presidency: Read the rest of this entry »