Monday, November 14, 2005

a refreshing and inspiring essay by carter

1 comment:

8th Man said...

I know I won't have the energy to say all that I want in response to Pres. Carter's essay.
It baffles me to read the words "social justice" "civil liberties" in this context since the Iraqi people are in the process of getting more and more of exactly that ,thanks to our actions. From what I've heard in recent polling they believe their lives will be improved a year from now by something like seventy percent to thirty. If there had been any polling during Hussein's dictatorship, I bet it would've been closer to 110% happy with their future, much like the "election" results a few years back.
One only has to look at the results of the Carter Admn. to understand how his belief system results in more problems than it solves. So forgive me if reading his theories now make my eyes roll.
For many in the Carter camp, peace is more important than right and wrong or the suffering of thousands. He has basically said that it would be better to have Hussein in power.
He reminds me of those people with the "Free Tibet"
bumper stickers. It's easy to put a sticker on your car because then you don't have to lift a finger to actually DO something about it.
Carter:
I am extremely concerned by a fundamentalist shift in many houses of worship and in government, as church and state have become increasingly intertwined in ways previously thought unimaginable.
Is he serious? The founding fathers had so much more religion going on in the early years of this country, it would make the current adminisration seem utterly secular.
Carter:
Our government has abandoned fiscal responsibility by unprecedented favors to the rich, while neglecting America's working families. Members of Congress have increased their own pay by $30,000 per year since freezing the minimum wage at $5.15 per hour (the lowest among industrialized nations).

I caught myself agreeing with the first six words of this statement. With Republican control in the last few years I'd have like to see more party fundamentals in regard to spending cuts, but naturally Carter wasn't headed in that direction. He believes in rewarding the people who work hard and get ahead with a 70% tax bracket. SEVENTY PERCENT. And I suppose our minimum wage should be the highest in the in the world so we too could have unemployment in the double digits like our European cousins.
Carter writing anything about economics is like a child trying to explain how a midlife crisis works, except Carter doesn't have the benifit of childish ignorance to fall back on. He actually lived during the time of his own presidency and saw how the reversal of his policies during Reagan's years proved how backwards his thinking was. But old habits die hard and I'm sure Carter would be much happpier with the socialist, er uh, "progressive" tax code of the late seventies
Carter:
It is time for the deep and disturbing political divisions within our country to be substantially healed, with Americans united in a common commitment to revive and nourish the historic political and moral values that we have espoused during the last 230 years.

I agree here. However what Carter believes the values of this country are, are most likely polar opposite of what I would say.
Would Carter have used military strength to stave off the spread of communism on the Korean penninsula?
Would he have gone to war with Nazis without a direct attack on the U.S.-preemptively?
Fought to hold the union together in 1861?
If we'd had Carter during these 230 years one has to wonder what kind country would be left. The 13 States of Far Western Europe?
Carter:
Regardless of the costs, there are determined efforts by top U.S. leaders to exert American imperial dominance throughout the world.
Yes indeed it is an upsidedown world I live in where the liberation of literally millions of people can be viewed with such thinking
How dare we give those people the right to vote for their own representative government.
Am I taking crazy pills?
There's no doubt Carter would like us to fail in Iraq. Maybe if the U.N. had given its blessing he would be in favor of it. I for one don't believe that the U.S. needs the approval of China, Sudan, or Lybia to take action.
We're winning in Iraq. It's only a quagmire in the world of Carter and a media who'd love to see this president fail, not considering what that would mean to our future and theirs.