Sunday, August 20, 2006

Jimmy Carter Gets a Zero


“Electing Jimmy Carter president was as close as the American people have ever come to picking a name out of the phone book and giving him the job.”
--Nathan Miller, author of "The Star-Spangled Men: America's Ten Worst Presidents"


I have had issues with Jimmy Carter ever since the first time he came out swinging against George W. Bush. Back then I thought he was just a misguided, incompetent ex-president who helped with Habitat for Humanity. If I had only known. Since then I have been extremely agitated at his continual criticisms of our President, our country and Israel. And to make matters worse he literally kisses dictators and praises their regimes. What is wrong with this picture?

After his most recent unconscionable criticism of Israel, his lack of condemnation for Hezbollah terrorists and his hand-picked Judge ruling in favor of the terrorists and against our country I'd had enough. It was time to do an expose on exactly what Jimmy Carter has done and who he is.

A columnist for Time magazine once wrote that some of Carter’s “One Ranger work has taken him dangerously close to the neighborhood of what we used to call treason.”

I debated over many different titles for this post. I considered Jimmy Carter=Neville Chamberlain and Jimmy Carter: A Grinning Virus. Right Wing Rebel wrote an excellent post about Carter entitled: Jimmy Carter is a piece of crap. Some of you may consider that a little harsh but so many of us are just fed up with his traitorous behavior. I finally came up with "Jimmy Carter Gets a Zero" because when Steven Hayward (author of "The Real Jimmy Carter") was asked to rate Carter as a President from a scale of 1-10 (10 being a superb president, 0 being an absolute disaster) he said Carter would get a zero. I'm sorry, but I'd have to agree. Let me tell you why.

JUST SOME OF CARTER'S FAILURES

--Tolerated the Soviet Arms build-up
--Endorsed Frank Church's gutting of the CIA
--Gave away the Panama Canal
--Iranian Hostage Crisis
--Responsible for the fall of the Shah of Iran and the rise of the militant, anti-American Iranian dictatorship under the Ayatollah Khomeini
--1st American ex-president to visit Cuba in 2002
--invited a Somalian delegation representing warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid to his Carter Center in Georgia
--pardoned all draft dodgers
--21% inflation rate
--Has praise for Fidel Castro, Kim Jong Il, Yaser Arafat (he even ghost-wrote a speech for him) and other anti-American dictators who are atrocious human rights abusers but has criticism for George W. Bush who has liberated millions of people from oppression in Afghanistan & Iraq
--Misery index


"It seems that almost wherever he goes and whatever positions he pushes, Jimmy Carter leaves a wake of devastation and disaster."--Christopher Ruddy

In doing research for this post I found out that things were worse than I thought and that Carter has had a flawed worldview for longer than I thought. Even while he was president, Carter distrusted America and the American people. It is no small wonder why Reagan was such a godsend because he was the anti-Carter who had faith in America and the American people.

JIMMY CARTER'S WORLDVIEW

In trying to come up with a list of his many failures his worldview and/or philosophy became very apparent. Almost all dictators are better than American presidents, blame America for all the world's problems and appease evil instead of defeating it. It is no small wonder why he is constantly at odds with George W. Bush. Bush realizes that evil must be confronted and defeated and Carter thinks evil must be met with appeasement. I would like one liberal to tell me when this philosophy has EVER WORKED? Does a bully stop being a bully because you give him your lunch money? No, he's conquered you which emboldens him to move on to the next victim. Giving into evil only emboldens the evildoer to continue down their path with even more confidence.

Picture credit: Wordsmith

CARTER CLAIMS TO CHAMPION HUMAN RIGHTS AND YET HAS A LOVE FOR DICTATORS WHO ARE THE WORST HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATERS

"The ex-president is known as Joe Human Rights, but he’s mighty selective about whose human rights to champion. If you live in Marcos’s Philippines, Pinochet’s Chile, or apartheid South Africa, he’s liable to care about you. If you live in Communist China, Communist Cuba, Communist Ethiopia, Communist Nicaragua, Communist North Korea, Communist . . .: screw you."--Jay Nordlinger

"I think it is highly revealing that Carter is most popular overseas in those nations that hate America the most, such as Syria, where they lined the streets cheering for Carter when he visited."--Steven Hayward

"Carter has developed an uncanny gift for sucking up to the most appalling dictators on the planet and undermining U.S. policy."--Jonah Goldberg

Toon Credit: Glenn McCoy

THE EX-PRESIDENT MEDDLER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Jimmy Carter may be one of the only ex-presidents who has constantly meddled in international affairs during numerous presidents' terms without being asked to. Even Bill Clinton was irritated with him on occasion for sticking his nose in where it didn't belong. He was very critical of Reagan and had this to say about our arms' build-up:
“If the American people get the idea, which is mistaken, that a nuclear arms race on our side is going to cause the Soviets to quit building nuclear weapons on their side, they are silly.”
It is obvious that he was proven dead wrong about that not shortly thereafter.

He has repeatedly broken the golden rule about ex-presidents not criticizing current presidents. He has been very critical of Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. He was pretty silent during Clinton's term but still interfered in various foreign policy issues that even enraged Clinton.

Many repeatedly wonder why Carter just won't go away. Rush says that Carter has this need to try and redeem himself from his failed presidency the way Nixon seemed to by his international accomplishments. But Steven Hayward offers this explanation:
“Carter bears a deep and abiding wound from the electorate’s humiliating rejection in 1980. The combination of his restless energy, ambition, idealism, and overweening pride makes it impossible for him to settle into comfortable ex-presidential retirement.”

CARTER'S LEGACY

“The Carter administration has managed the extraordinary feat of having, at one time and the same time, the worst relations with our allies, the worst relations with our adversaries, and the most serious upheavals in the developing world since the end of the Second World War.”--Henry Kissinger

"I believe Carter's decision to have the Shah fall is arguably the most egregious U.S. foreign policy mistake of the last 50 years. [Former President Bush's decision to allow Saddam Hussein to stay in power is a close second.]

With the Shah gone, the whole region was destabilized. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan; no doubt a direct link to the rise of the Taliban can be traced to this invasion. Iraq also took advantage of the Shah's departure to invade Iran. A long war followed that helped make Saddam's Iraq a great Middle Eastern power.

And decades after Carter's ignominious act, Iran is still bent on destroying America. President Bush named it one of the three nations in the "axis of evil." Iran is developing both nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver these weapons to its enemies.

We can thank Jimmy Carter for all of this."
--Christopher Ruddy

"Hayward: He was a disaster on the economy, blaming high inflation, for example, on the character of the American people. But by far his worst failing was in foreign policy. His human rights policy led to human rights disasters in Iran and Nicaragua, and emboldened the Soviet Union to extend its reach further into the third world. The fruits of the Iran disaster are still very much with us today. The fall of Iran set in motion the advance of radical Islam and the rise of terrorism that culminated in September 11. If we had stuck by the Shah or his successors, the history of the last 25 years in the Middle East would have been very different (and the Iranian people would have been better off, too). For starters, the Soviet Union would have hesitated greatly over invading Afghanistan in 1979.

FP: Yes, Carter facilitated the coming to power of Marxists in Nicaragua and Islamist despots in Iran, Both of the new tyrannies by far surpassed the brutality of their predecessors. Meanwhile, by letting the Soviets know he wouldn’t lift a finger if they invaded Afghanistan, Carter spawned a war that ultimately saw one million dead Afghans, five million displaced, and a situation of evil that nurtured the Islamic hatred and militancy that ultimately turned on the West and gave us 9/11. How is it that a man who fertilized the soil in which so much evil grew remains completely unchastened?

Hayward: Carter is clearly intelligent in the SAT-score sense of the word, but he seems utterly incapable of learning anything from experience. Even Neville Chamberlain, the arch-appeaser of England in the 1930s, eventually came around about the Nazis, but Carter and liberals like him can't be shaken from their sentimental view of the world, even by something as stark as 9/11."

--From a Frontpage interview with Steven Hayward

For some comic relief about Carter: 50+ Reasons Why Jimmy Carter Was a Better President Than Bill Clinton

SOURCES:
Jimmy Carter-A Failure As a President and an Embarrassment as a Former President
That 70's Show
The Real Jimmy Carter
The Worst Ex-President
Jimmy Carter: America Basher
Jimmy Carter's Trail of Disaster
Carterpalooza

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