Jimmy Carter's Second term
by awayer, Sun May 25, 2008 at 12:56:24 PM EDT
May 25, 2008
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May 24, 2008
Jimmy Carter's Second term
By Paul Miller
It was a cold and rainy October night when my mother and I stood outside a Skokie, Illinois Synagogue to hear and hopefully meet Georgia Governor James Earl "Jimmy" Carter. My parents and most Americans were still sickened over Watergate, President Gerald Ford's unconditional pardon of Richard Nixon and the disaster of the Vietnam War. They hungered for "change" and "new hope". Many Americans believed they found what they desperately yearned for in a peanut farmer turned politician from Georgia.
Four years later Jimmy Carter's name couldn't be uttered by my father without being proceeded by four-letter expletives. My mother cried herself to sleep believing that Carter's school-busing program was going to take me from my elementary school down the block to a school and hour away on the southside of Chicago. Supporters of Israel began to distrust him as he began showing signs of an anti-Israel bias. The economy was devastating families with double-digit inflation and the Iran hostage crisis made Americans ashamed of their President.
Today there is an eerie similarity to the election that led up to the disastrous Carter administration. All the Presidential candidates are speaking the rhetoric of "change" and "trust" in government. However, assumed Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has based his entire bid for the White House with Carter-style ideas and campaign policy advisers stemming directly from the administration and school of thought of the Carter Presidency.
Obama has already begun running against GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (AZ). He is playing on the fears of Democrats, Independents and some Republicans that the Arizona Senator will be a third term for George W. Bush. While McCain has shown significant policy and philosophical differences then our current President, Barack Obama is a Democrat from the same far-left mold of Carter. I contend that Obama if elected, will be the second term of Jimmy Carter.
The first signs of an Obama/Carter similarity began early on the primary race when the Illinois Senator began hiring former Carter aides and cabinet members to be policy advisers. The biggest name that surfaced was former national security advisor under Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brezinski.
Why Obama would want to be in the same room with Brezinski is mind-boggling. He was the first prominent politician to deny that Islamic extremism was or would become a danger to the world. In a February 2, 1979 memo to President Carter he claimed Islamic fundamentalism is not an imminent threat and will not gain prominence in the Middle East.
Like his former boss, Brezinski has the same "blame the Jews" mentality. The former national security advisor has publicly endorsed the views published in the John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt paper "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," which has provided endless ammunition for anti-Israel activists, Zionist conspiracy buffs and Holocaust deniers.
Continuing the Carter tradition of employing "blame Israel" advocates, Obama hired former special assistant to President Clinton, Robert Malley. Recently the British newspaper, The Times interviewed Malley in which he admitted that he had visited Syria and held discussions with the terrorist organization Hamas. Last month President Carter also met with the terrorist organization in Egypt and Syria.
As news began to surface about Malley and his meetings with Hamas, he resigned his position with the Obama campaign. Unfortunately the public will never know to what extent Sen. Obama was influenced by Malley. Obama has called for direct talks with Iran, a country that continously calls for the destruction of the state of Israel. Malley and Carter are also vocal advocates for direct talks with Iran, without any stipulations such as denouncing terrorism or their desire to murder millions of Jews.
One of the criticisms facing Obama is his lack of foreign policy experience. Carter was under the same scrutiny during his 1976 Presidential campaign. He relied on Brezinski, Anthony Lake and his eventual Secreatary of State Cyrus Vance. Today Obama also utlizes Brezinski and Lake as well as similar minded foreign policy advisors such as Susan Rice and until recently Malley and Samantha Power, who resigned from the campaign for referring to Hillary Clinton as a Monster. The fact that she was hired by the campaign in the first place shows a dangerous lack of judgement. A judgement that is comparable to President Carter.
Obama's trust of the above mentioned policy advisors has been well documented by the "alternative/new media," so most likely I'm not telling you something you haven't heard before. However it can never be stressed enough that Carter's foreign policy was a disaster for the United States, so it must be asked until properly answered, "why would Obama want advisors who have already demonstrated incompetence under a previous administration?" Maybe Obama doesn't believe Carter's policies were detremental to the America. Does he want to once again go in that direction? America must know before election day.
If Obama's choice of advisers isn't an indication that his Presidency would be Jimmy Carter's second term, than his speech this past Saturday in Roseburg, Oregon undoubtedly was.
In July of 1979 President Carter gave a nationally televised address in which he told America that he believed the nation was facing a "crisis of confidence." His speech would later be known as his "malaise" speech.
During his Oval office conversation with America, Carter did something no President before him has done. He gave a speech that was critical of the attitude and way of life of the American people. Many accurately perceived his speech to be about a defeated America. Carter dwelled on a what he believed was a lack of faith and confidence that had overwhelmed the American people, placing more blame on them instead of the failures of his Presidency as well as the Democrat controlled House and Senate.
"I know, of course, being president, that government actions and legislation can be very important. That's why I've worked hard to put my campaign promises into law -- and I have to admit, with just mixed success," Carter said. "But after listening to the American people I have been reminded again that all the legislation in the world can't fix what's wrong with America."
Carter would go on to literally chide Americans for their lack of confidence in the country. After campaigning to restore America from the toll taken after Vietnam, Watergate and the energy crisis, he had failed and the blame was going to be placed on the people not his lack of leadership.
Obama's speech this past Saturday had a frighteningly similar "blame the people" tone as Carter's speech. While Obama still emphasizes the failures of Washington he also blames Americans for how they live their lives.
"We can't drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times, whether we're living in the desert or we're living in the tundra, and then just expect every other country is going to say OK, you know, you guys go ahead keep on using 25 percent of the world's energy, even though you only account for 3 percent of the population, and we'll be fine," Obama said.
Obama later added fear tactics in making his case that Americans have to change their lifestyle. "We are also going to have to negotiate with other countries. China, India, in particular Brazil. They are growing so fast that they are consuming more and more energy and pretty soon, if their carbon footprint even approaches ours, we're goners."
Brian Fitzpatrick senior editor at Culture and Media Institute also believes that Obama's Oregon address is comparable to Carter's "Malaise" speech. He recently wrote about the media covering up his comments blaming Americans and their way of life. Carter had also become a media darling during his 1976 Presidential campaign. The media pass Obama received in Oregon is a blatant attempt to not add credence to the argument that Obama is the Second Coming of Jimmy Carter.
When you take an honest look at the advisors Obama has selected, his desire to meet with leaders who promote genocide and rule their nations with an iron-fist, the comparison to Carter is undeniable. When you add the fact that both men are media favorites, place much blame on the way Americans live and support increased government regulation and big government programs instead of the free-market ideas to solve America's ills, the fear that people have that an Obama Presidency would by Carter's second term, is not just a concern, but a harsh reality.
Paul Miller is a writer; consultant and activist dedicated to issues concerning Israel, limited government and free market ideas. You can read his opinions at http://www.pauliespoint.blogspot.com/.
It's been a long time since I read an article so true. We are heading deep into Obamanunism. Meaning extreme un-American unchartered waters-God help this beautiful U.S.A
Posted by: Joseph | May 24, 2008 02:09 AM
A complimentary piece to this article is one by Perazzo on 'The Democrat Platform for Revolution', defining what Dems mean with the word 'change' in detail complete with bibliography. The piece relates to Alinlkys plan for US subversion and its impact on Clinton and Obama...the link...
Posted by: arrowsmith1 | May 24, 2008 03:42 AM
Sen. Obama needs a briefing by the census bureau.
If you got to their home page and check their population clocks for the world and the United States you will see that his 3% of the world population seems to short the United States population by approximately 100 million people or nearly 1/3 of our population.
How could who lose so many of our citizens of our glorious 57 states?
Posted by: SlimGuy | May 24, 2008 07:01 AM
Our country usually gets the government it deserves right? God help us.
Posted by: Eric Shirley | May 24, 2008 08:12 AM
I well remember the Carter years. It was the most depressing of times. When voters elect Presidents that do not believe in America's greatness we all pay the price. I believe Obama wants to bring America to a lower level of achievements in the world order thinking this will somehow endear us with certain world leaders that oppose our successes.
Posted by: Ralph Woods | May 24, 2008 08:16 AM
Great article. From now till this election, Obama's own words, friends, associations and "advisors" will fill up this rookie senator's empty suit. Carter and Brzezinski's historical past can be proven for giving rise to radical Islam in Iran and Afghanistan. This is the future "change you can believe in" by electing Obama.
Posted by: Ciscokid | May 24, 2008 08:35 AM
I was a kid at that time, so maybe some of you who remember can enlighten me. Was there the same dreamy- eyed look in the faces of Carter supporters in 1976? The majority of Obama supporters seem to be totally immune to appeals to facts and history. They just somehow "know" that he's what we need at this moment in our history.
Hard to argue with an appeal that's based on mystical feelings...
Posted by: David Bueche | May 24, 2008 10:45 AM
I too remember the Carter years. In hindsite, I thank God I didn't turn 18 until the year after the election, because I was young and naive, and would have fallen for his malarky. I joined the military because of his failure in bringing the country out of recession, and I also remember with great clarity feeling almost ashamed to admit I served in the military. Ronald Reagan allowed me to hold my head up with pride. He understood what it took to allow the greatest culture on earth to thrive. He will always be my favorite President for all time. I don't mourn people who die that I don't know, or aren't family members. I cried for two days when he died.
Posted by: Pam Littleton | May 24, 2008 11:11 AM
To this day, I cringe in shame that my very first vote for President was wasted on Carter. I can only blame youth and pride in my home state of Georgia. However, at least that experience made me the conservative I am today.
Posted by: Eva Damato | May 24, 2008 12:07 PM
Can't the Secret Service stop providing bodyguards to ex-presidents? No one is going to kill them, and the agency itself would save US taxpayers $24 pa.
Carter was such a weakling that in 1980, the Soviets even attempted to invade Poland, and relented only after the US had notified them that American recon planes have seen them come close to Poland's borders.
That was in 1980. Ten years later, the decommunisation of Poland began, and one year later, the Soviet Union was no more. The only people who deserve to be thanked are members of the Reagan Administration - undoubtely the best US government since the Eisenhower Administration.
Posted by: Zbigniew Mazurak | May 24, 2008 01:48 PM
This is one of the most insightful and informative pieces written about Obama. If you liked "Jimmah" you're just going to love Obama.
Posted by: Abraham Miller | May 24, 2008 04:32 PM
I agree with the danger posed by an any actual Carteresque approach to governance. I think that though some of Obama's appointments of Carter staffers are invite curiosity and critique, it's not a logical cause and effect to say because Obama embraces a greater focus on diplomacy and a critical sense of America's energy use that he is then a Carter 2.0.
I wonder, too, if you actually equate America's greatness, pride, or identity to any of the behaviors or lifestyles mentioned in the Portland speech. It's certainly implied by your mention that criticism of arguably too- liberal use of energy is somehow a critique of what makes America great. America, it would seem, is a lot more than those habits. He would have to say a lot more about the nature of America the social contract, the Bill of Rights,or the nation-state to warrant any sort of 'anti-american' criticism from anyone. Quite the opposite, it seems: he represents the the "American Dream" as well as anyone, and his writings show this. McCain, as well, I would say does as well.
Lastly, any candidate now has Carter's mistakes as a reference point to learn from, and I suppose the hope/expectation would be that an Obama presidency would consider those mistakes, just like they would (must) learn from the profound mistakes the Bush admin. has made. Doesn't it make sense for an Dem. Obama candidacy to emphasize his fundamentally different approach to foreign policy, since the current ones have been so observably disastrous?
Posted by: Brendan | May 24, 2008 06:47 PM
Carter's Presidency unleashed Radical Islam on the world and Clinton's gave China missile and nuke technology and hardware that exist throughout the middle east.
The Democrats have set the stage for millions to die needlessly. Obama will sadly put both traitorous ex president to shame. Obama will hand the keys to the WH to Islam. The youth that will vote for him are fools beyond belief.
Posted by: Mike Mo | May 24, 2008 07:33 PM
Quite a bit is being made of the campaign staff accumulated by BHO and rightfully so. The idea of another Carter is petrifying.
I noticed also that the ALGORIAN AGW was mentioned as another concern. It should be. But I did not see a name for a Science and Technology advisor in the Obama camp. Come to think of it I have not seen such a person named for any of the three current campaigners. All of which have bought into this monumental hoax.
Given the significant world shattering potential of runaway CO2 emissions dont you think that someone of superior scientific peer status would be advising. If that is the case I would sure like to know who they are and have the opportunity of properly vetting them. Who are these ALGORIAN cultists.
PC and Ignorence will be the end of us all
Posted by: Lee Hazel | May 24, 2008 11:19 PM
I was about 13 or 14 years old when Carter was President. Does anyone remember that places of business were required to set their thermostat at 68 degrees? I certainly do remember because my family owned a funeral home which we also lived in. It was four stories and normally took a lot to heat the old place. I believe it was the winter of 77/78 with record snow fall, record lows, blizzards on top of blizzards. I get cold just thinking about it. My father went to the (I believe) city council and asked that we be exempt from the 68 degree rule since his family also resided in the business. The answer of course was "no". We spent the winter in long underwear, booties our neighbor kindly knitted and my father routinely cursing the name of Jimmy Carter. Now those were the days! 72 degrees indeed. Obama clearly plans on revising the control of our thermostats. My parents still own and live in the funeral home, I'm sure they look forward to the 2nd Carter presidency.
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