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The Worst President Since Honesty Became Political Suicide

Carter first got the bum deal from Republicans during the Reagan era after everyone said it was Reagan to thank for getting the hostages out of Iran the day Reagan was inaugurated. In fact, it was Carter, working till the very last moment that got them out alive. He has even said he could have very easily have authorized the destruction of large areas of Iran (presumably with nuclear weapons) in retaliation to the embassy attacks, but he knew it wouldn't bring anyone back alive any way. So he is not a nutcase like many politicians. Most would likely have to be talked out of this option or agreeably into it for a considerable period of time without being able to come to a consensus on what to do. (Those are lawyers for you)

Next, the malaise speech, which everyone knows about, whereas Carter basically just told everyone the truth they didn't want to hear, got him into hot water with the media and their parent corporations. Basically, Carter told everyone that human greed was taking over the United States. And, well, guess what? It was.

Next, Carter knew that energy independence was the only way to get out of the Middle East. He had classified knowledge of the US strategy for the Middle East and why, even until this day, we have boots on the ground there. He understands why we are bribing the hell out of everyone there and propping up Israel. So, what did he do? He advocated alternative energy about 30 years before anyone started taking it seriously. People all over the country laughed and scoffed when they learned about Carter's "crazy ideas" to power houses and cars with solar panels. Now, if you are building a new house, and have the money, putting a few solar panels on the building are considered a good investment. Every day, auto magazines talk about the car of the future being made out of a giant battery material with storage capacity under the wheel wells. Now crazy Carter doesn't seem so crazy. In fact, he was a nuclear-friggin physicist.

Carter's Loss to Ronald Reagan

Carter was a great public speaker and a great orator, but not as great as Ronald Reagan, who had done it professionally, as an actor, for decades prior to the Carter/Reagan debates. Reagan mopped the floor with Carter with one-liners and jibes here and there, and even by joking about himself. This made the incumbent President Carter seem serious, stern, and by this point inept to control the economy or foreign affairs. Neither were true. Carter was simply the president, while Reagan had minutes, hours, days, weeks, and months to prep for these debates as a professional actor. This is not to say that Reagan was a bad president either, but who was more charismatic on television, who had the more soft spoken voice, who was the big charmer? Well, Reagan. And to be honest with you, Carter's appeal to intellectualism doesn't hold water to American voters like Reagan's appeal to nationalism or Kennedy's appeal to emotion. It just doesn't jive.

In many cases, Carter was the first technocratic president. By far, he is the most open-ended and active of all the former presidents hands down. Interestingly,

1. Look at pictures when all the ex-presidents get together. Carter usually stands away from them in the shots.

2. Notice in a recent video that Carter walked right past Bill Clinton when Clinton outstretched his hand to give Carter a handshake and proceeded directly into the next room.

3. The Bush administration was furious when Carter went to the Middle East to try to broker peace agreements on behalf of the United States without State Department approval.

4. Even this year, Carter claimed that a lot of racism was coming out in the presidential election. Bill Clinton initially looked like he didn't want to deal with the question, but went on to say that while it's probably true, the Democrats can't campaign on an anti-racist platform by accusing the Republican Party of being racist. So the political climate was not a good time to address racism, even if it is real and not perceived.

5. Carter declassified, during Israel's incursion into Lebanon, during the Bush administration, that Israel had a stockpile of 200 nuclear warheads by the time he was president. He did not elaborate on how these weapons were created or received, but he seemed to infer that by the time he was president that the United States may have violated the non-nuclear proliferation treaty. Carter was instantly criticized that he was starting an arms race in the region. The reality is that the invasion of Iraq already created the arms race, and American defense contracting companies are subsidizing it.

A confluence of events made Carter lose the election, but as for his reputation, he really doesn't give a cr*p what people think about HIM - as he has said he is not running the world. You must watch Man from Plains to understand more about Carter. It is a great documentary and hard to find. Now, Carter may not have been the best or the greatest, but he usually tells it how it is, and with a big smile on his face. Now that is why he is feared by the Democrats and despised by Republicans. The Republican dream that all social programs are a failure is just that - a dream. They do, in fact, work, when the treasury isn't constantly raided. The Democrat dream that they can continue a benign world empire that will have no human rights repercussions and still claim to represent the Middle Class is also bizarre, and Carter challenges it flat on its face.

Carter worries, internally, about his speeches being edited and taken out of context. During his book tour for Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, many journalists identified him as anti-semetic, controversial, and outside of the mainstream. He knew this and pressed on, with little to gain by doing so. He wanted to give a speech at a university but was denied at the time. He was taken aback by this and very disappointed, to the point that he conveyed this disappointment to his wife.

To really understand how much Carter cares about this country, and world peace, you really need to watch Man from Plains. He has spent every moment since he lost his re-election bid to try to have a hand in bringing a permanent peace in the region. You will learn how the Camp David accords ultimately became successful...

Carter was a diplomat. Statesmen who are that good usually become them, irregardless of what office they hold. And, historically, politicians are sent overseas to represent the United States when they represent too much of a political risk to the inside establishment from both parties. This says a lot about Carter meddling in U.S. foreign policy, because, ultimately, he has a good idea of what it has been and where it is going -- the classified version.

Go watch and learn and you will quickly find the stories you've heard about Carter being a lousy know-it-all who tanked the economy are just sour grapes from members of both parties who didn't have the balls to tell people the truth or admit they don't have much control over economic trends either: