November 16, 2005


This isn't the real America (Jimmy Carter, November 14, 2005, LA Times)

IN RECENT YEARS, I have become increasingly concerned by a host of radical government policies that now threaten many basic principles espoused by all previous administrations, Democratic and Republican.

These include the rudimentary American commitment to peace, economic and social justice, civil liberties, our environment and human rights.

Also endangered are our historic commitments to providing citizens with truthful information, treating dissenting voices and beliefs with respect, state and local autonomy and fiscal responsibility.

At the same time, our political leaders have declared independence from the restraints of international organizations and have disavowed long-standing global agreements — including agreements on nuclear arms, control of biological weapons and the international system of justice.

Instead of our tradition of espousing peace as a national priority unless our security is directly threatened, we have proclaimed a policy of "preemptive war," an unabridged right to attack other nations unilaterally to change an unsavory regime or for other purposes. When there are serious differences with other nations, we brand them as international pariahs and refuse to permit direct discussions to resolve disputes.

Admittedly, he's a nuclear physicist, not a historian, but it's hard to believe he really knows this little about America's past.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2005 6:36 PM

So all previous administrations espoused "economic and social justice," eh? Horse hockey. Before FDR, any president would have laughed at such obviously socialist fantasies.

Posted by: PapayaSF at November 16, 2005 6:44 PM

Carter's a nuclear engineer, not a nuclear physicist.

Posted by: erp at November 16, 2005 6:45 PM

From Mead:

"The United States over its history has consistently summoned the will and the means to compel its enemies to yield to its demands."

Except perhaps during the Carter administration.

Posted by: Jeff at November 16, 2005 6:46 PM

Jimmah writes, "I have become increasingly concerned ...". And that is relevant how?

Posted by: sam at November 16, 2005 7:20 PM

This explains his administration very neatly.

Posted by: Mikey at November 16, 2005 8:37 PM

I don't recall the US being about economic justice, if so, where's my gov't issued Bentley?

Posted by: KRS at November 16, 2005 8:43 PM

KRS: You've got it wrong -- the left's economic justice means we are all equally miserable and so we all get government bicycles, not Bentleys.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 16, 2005 10:29 PM

He is not a nuclear physicist, he had engineering training at the Academy, and was a sailor on a nuclear submarine.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at November 17, 2005 2:26 AM

JD, and Carter was plenty darn miserable then - and he hasn't improved with age.

Posted by: Mikey at November 17, 2005 7:55 AM

Sounds like he's in a malaise, to me.

Posted by: AC at November 17, 2005 7:57 PM