Cutting Mr. Carter
By Jack L. Key
Jimmy Carter is a former President of the United States of America. No matter how regretful that may be, it is a fact.
Once again it is CNN and the AP that provides the soapbox for this Democrat ex-president to make his idiotic statements and accusations against his own country. Now he claims "torture" by the U.S. and accuses Vice-President Cheney of being a "militant". He also accuses President Bush of making up his own definition of torture. And interviewed on the BBC, Carter calls the vice-president a "militant who avoided military service".
I'm embarrassed by these absurd statements from the one man who allowed terrorism to gain a foothold in the world, and who then blatantly encouraged it by allowing America to be held hostage for months on end by an old fool in a black robe and turban.
Can this be the same man provided a free education by the taxpayers at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD? The naval officer fawned over by Admiral Rickover? And the same officer I served with in the naval service in the 1950s? Is this laughing stock my fellow Southerner? The same peanut farmer with the toothy smile who walked down Pennsylvania Avenue without an armored car as a new president? And—oh woe—the same man I voted for in the 1970s when I was a Semocrat?
My father once told me if I didn't have anything good to say about someone, then say nothing. That old fashioned good advice seems a bit trite today. If my father were alive he would not recognize the "foreign country" we live in now, anyway. But I feel compelled to vent my anger at the AP report on Mr. Carter I read on Saturday in my morning paper.
Rightfully so, these foolish statements should not be given the stature of a response by President Bush and Vice-President Cheney. It is the country and it's citizens who should make the response. When in military service it was a known axiom that when saluting an officer it was the uniform being saluted, not the individual. Whether you like Mr. Bush or Mr. Cheney or you do not, the dignity of the office they hold and the elections they won to be there for two terms should be respected, even revered. Carter blundered through only 4 years there. Every man who has held that high office has made mistakes. Some mistakes cost them their lives.
I was disappointed in Carter's presidency, yes. But I wrote no articles or made remarks that he was a coward, a socialist or should be impeached. I should be the last person on earth to remind Mr. Carter to think before he speaks or to be careful to whom he speaks. He should be the last person on this earth to castigate his country and its leaders.
But I tell you quite frankly I would never make statements such as have been attributed to Carter regarding the freedoms of this country and it's respect and adherence to international treaties and human rights. Show me another country with such a record and more freedoms? I can provide the ex-president with what real torture is. It is not "harsh interrogation techniques" as reported by the New York Times. And you can bet if something makes it to the New York Times, it's either untrue or just been made up or taken out of context or stolen from others.
Georgia is lovely this time of year Mr. Democrat ex-President Carter. Why not go home. Grow peanuts. Rock in your front porch chair. Teach others about free elections. About the democracy you've enjoyed all your life. And how rich and fruitful that life has been. Don't embarrass us further by calling our country names and deriding our elected leaders.
Carter is entitled to his own personal opinions. When you provide them to CNN, the AP and New York Times you never know how they'll turn out.
(c) 2007 Jack L. Key