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America’s Suicidal Turning Point: Chapter Four

By Michael Moriarty
web posted December 17, 2018

Jimmy Carter!

Perhaps it’s the “Jimmy” that made a substantial Presidency utterly impossible for the very, very likable Mr. Carter.

President “Ronny” Reagan?! “Andy” Jackson?! Or, most impossible to imagine: “Georgy” Washington!

I’m not sure I can even fill four pages up with substantive information about the 39th President of the United States.

Jimmy Carter
Perhaps Eternally Too Eager to Please?!
Or Not Eager Enough?
Or Both?!

Oh, there are enough “good intentions” to list, but, well, “It was the economy, stupid!”

Even I, who has almost no understanding of national economics, had to eventually concede: “It was the economy, Michael!”

His “good intentions”, however, eventually led to a Nobel Peace Prize!

I think the title, “Peanut Farmer”, didn’t help. Nor did the early news that he was the wealthy and, perhaps, spoiled child of even wealthier peanut farmers.

He pardoned all of the Vietnam War draft-evaders. That was, perhaps, the early “mild hell of good intentions”.

The return of the Panama Canal Zone to Panama still makes enormous sense to me.

Also his creation, yes, of not only The Department of Energy but The Department of Education as wellmade even more sense.

Three more achievements ring wildly positive bells: The Camp David Accords, The Panama Canal Treaties and The Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (Salt II).

However, “It’s the economy!”

Being a Liberal at the time and naïve as I was, I found it shocking that President Carter was being dismissed so quickly!!

“It’s the economy, stupid!!!!”

He does, however, if you’re big at counting records, hold the title of “Longest Retired President in U.S. History”.

At present, I believe he might be considered the most consistently and generously humanitarian President in this nation’s entire history.

Carter family store
Carter Family Store – Plains, Georgia

The State of Georgia knew him best, both as a Senator of that state and its Governor.

In addition to his poor showing with the national economy, his ardent environmentalism may have helped elect him but it certainly didn’t wear well with Congress or with the American public over his four-year term.

Finally, and according to Wikipedia: “Carter refused to play by Washington's rules. He missed and never returned phone calls on his part. He used verbal insults and had an unwillingness to return political favors, which contributed to his lack of ability to pass legislation through Congress.”

In short, he would never have been ready to assume the demands of a two-term Presidency.

Despite his proven good intentions, he proved to be, in the long-run, an unlikable President of the United States.

In short, a most interesting and quintessentially American contradiction-in-terms! ESR

Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at rainbowfamily2008@yahoo.com. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.




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