Years ago when I was just delving into the world of politics and starting to read presidential biographies I was trying to formulate an opinion on Jimmy Carter. I vividly remember the 1980 elections. My 5th grade teacher had us make a book on all the presidential candidates. We weren't going to a good Bible Church yet and my mom admits they believed a lot of what the MSM said about Reagan. My mom voted for Carter and my dad voted for the independent, I think his name was John Anderson. My mom confesses that she majorly regrets having to admit she voted for Jimmy. Actually I just realized that I have to admit I voted for him in my 5th grade school election. Ofcourse I can blame it on my mom because I just found out who my parents were voting for and voted the same but still!!! THANK GOD most other people didn't vote for Carter or what would today's world look like?
Anyway all that to say, that was the background going into my presidential study. So my initial thoughts were that Jimmy Carter couldn't be that bad. I read a book about Rosalynn and the author talked about their faith and all their ideals. I remember my Aunt having said she read some devotional book he wrote and how great it was. So initially I thought he was a good guy that was just a bad president. He did work for Habitat for Humanity. But my first sign of concern was when there was COMPLETE SILENCE during all of Clinton's scandals. I was a little disappointed that he didn't make some kind of comment on how these things were at the very least bad for the presidency. But even then I gave him the benefit of the doubt because of the etiquette rules that former presidents don't criticize current presidents. Hah!!!! what a joke that turned out to be.
My eyes were immediately opened when very shortly after W became president Carter started the criticism. I was actually in shock. After 8 years of silence during the Clinton scandals he had the audacity to be extremely critical of W because of policy differences. Unbelievable!!! Then I started learning that he wasn't just a bad president. His failures had led to huge detrimental consequences for our country in only 4 years of him being in office. Sean Hannity wrote about it at length in his second book, "Deliver Us From Evil". Here are some quotes from his book that say it all:
Our alliance with the Shah was strategically crucial, and his demise, facilitated by the reckless policies of Jimmy Carter, cleared the path for an extremely anti-American, authoritarian regime whose crimes far outstripped anything the Shah had done, and ignited decades of renewed turmoil in the Persian Gulf.
Looking back, I'm continually astonished at just how much damage Jimmy Carter managed to do in his single four-year term. Tolerating the Soviet arms buildup, endorsing Senator Frank Church's gutting of the CIA, giving away the Panama Canal-his administration undermined American interests at every turn. But it's hard to think of a blunder that had longer and more disastrous repercussions than his betrayal of Iran.
What was once America's strongest ally in the Gulf had become the number one radical Islamic terrorist state in the world. No president in this century has had a less convincing war face than Jimmy Carter. Cloaking himself in the banners of peace and nonviolence, he proved unwilling to confront evil when circumstances required decisive action-and thousands of Iranians, among others, paid the price. To those who suffer under the despotism born of his appeasement, Carter's Nobel Peace Prize must seem a cruel joke.
Carter's betrayal of the Shah, which led to the enabling of his enemies, demonstrates that the dangers of appeasement aren't something consigned to the history books. And the pattern is always the same: instead of confronting evil at critical junctures, appeasers decline, mostly with the false hope that things aren't as bad as they seem, that problems will solve themselves. It's certainly desirable to avoid wars when you can, but not at the price of slavery, oppression, or simply deferring more disastrous consequences until a later day.
As Carter's example confirms, appeasement doesn't prevent wars; it only leads to more dangerous wars, more death and destruction. The same is true today: if President Clinton had been aggressive with al Qaeda in 1993 when it first attacked the World Trade Center, those thousands of people killed on 9/11 might still be with their famiies today.
So when I heard today that Jimmy Carter had once again bashed Bush I thought who cares what Jimmy Carter has to say? He is a failed ex-president who believes in appeasing evil instead of fighting it. Thank God Reagan defeated the soviets and Bush is defeating the terrorists. Principled men at the helm of our country for "such a time as this".