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    Um, because he’s Jimmy Carter

    Um, because he’s Jimmy Carter

    A question which really didn’t need to be asked, Why Is Nobody Listening to Jimmy Carter’s Searing Critique of America?

    If you told the average American that there was a very powerful politician who, after leaving office, tried to speak out when his conscience was bothered by the actions of his fellow political insiders; if you told them that he abandoned partisanship, calling out even members of his own political tribe; if you told them that he said what he thought to be true even when it was uncomfortable, even when it lost him friends, even when it was seen as a betrayal by other powerful people, who shunned him; if you told Americans all that, you would think they’d express admiration for the mystery man.

    Yet few celebrate Jimmy Carter.

    He criticizes America. People don’t like that.


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    Henry Hawkins | July 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm


    “Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.”

    [If you want something, the wise government ought to provide it, unless, of course, you’re stationed at the American embassy in Iran, would like to work for a living, or drive a gas-powered vehicle. Then you‘re on your own.]

    “I think what’s going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A. I wouldn’t say it’s the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.”

    [Sure, Jimmy. There was no terrorism before Gitmo. But if there was, it would have run out of motivations until Gitmo, right?]

    “If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.”

    [Congratulations, buddy. You found it. In fact, you define it.]

    “It is difficult for the common good to prevail against the intense concentration of those who have a special interest, especially if the decisions are made behind locked doors.”

    [And 30 years later, Democrats still struggle with transparency, eh Jimmy?]

    “It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.”

    [Ah, but even that wonderful outcome pales in comparison to the rich political benefits that derive from so poorly educating our children that they are unable to identify the above words or others much like them as platitudinous drivel. ‘Joys and beauties’ sounds a bit like hope and change, huh?]

    It was thanks to this idiot’s incompetence that I was economically forced to leave my beloved home state of Michigan, in that by age 24 I had become hopelessly addicted to food and shelter, no longer available there by midway through the Carter administration. Never made it back. Hey, Jimmy? How about we set up a new Habitats For Humanity org just for you? We’ll call it Domiciles For Dimwits.

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