Presidents Should Not Be Liars

I do not think the President of the United States should be a liar, and believe that the overwhelming majority … Continued

I do not think the President of the United States should be a liar, and believe that the overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens agree with me. For security reasons, the whole truth cannot always be revealed, but it is quite obvious that lies are seldom made to protect our nation. Almost invariably, the political fortunes of the prevaricator are at stake.

During my campaign for the White House in 1976, veracity was a very important issue, because of the known falsehoods having been told during the Vietnam War and the revelations of the Frank Church senatorial investigation that our government had, through the CIA, committed murder and other crimes. I habitually told my small groups of supporters, “If I even make a misleading statement, don’t support me.”

Although stigmatized as naïve and often having to suffer the consequences, I maintained this commitment to truthfulness during my term in office, and it paid off in many ways. One example was the trust aroused in me by President Anwar Sadat and Prime Minister Menachim Begin, which was instrumental in orchestrating the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. I’ve observed at other times that the exploding consequences of a small lie can result in political catastrophe, as was shown in President Nixon’s effort to conceal the Watergate break-in.

There have been other examples since I left office.

The author was the 39th President of the United States.

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  • Gary E. Masters

    Preisdent Carter’s problem is that what he calls lies also includes all that he does not agree with and some mistakes. The current fashion is to call all that one does not like a lie.

  • LarryG62

    Carter’s an egotistical idiot who needs to crawl back under his rock in peanut country. He is an embarrassment to our nation with his habit of running around, shhoting off his stupid big mouth, and criticizing us.

  • frank o simmons

    Pres. Carter is a great man. Bush is not and is dwarfed in his presidency by most all others. He lied about the Iraq war and other things, in my opinion, as did all his small minded followers including Rove. They are a disaster we will be paying for dearly in our futures.

  • Mack

    As Truman is now looked up to so you will be in the years to come. But more important is what the Lord thinks of your work. As you know the Lord can’t come back till there is peace in Israel so keep up the good work President Carter. Many of us know the truth.

  • Ned Abed

    President Carter,I wholeheartedly agree with you sir. Lies from our government, especially from the top, destroy the People’s trust in our nation. And with out the People, who are we as a country? There is never any excuse for lying. Sadly, the ease with which some members of our current government tell lies only reinforces my attitude that unless there is some serious reform, the USA as a nation is on the downward slope.Even more worrying for me then the lying is the current trend of suppressing the truth from the voices of opposition. The one example I can think of off of the top of my head is when Gen. Shinseki told Congress in his testimony, that to secure Iraq it would take 300,000 troops, he was immediately derided by Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld as “wildly off the mark.” Most of the career military establishment knew Shinseki was right but were afraid to speak out against the White House.Government should take into account many view points when making important decisions like going to war, not be guided by a narrow vision of the world.In closing Mr. President, I would like to say thank you for all you have done to encourage peace in the world and to help those who are less fortunate. You are a shining example of what America, at it’s core, really is and where we should go back to. A helping hand, not a bully.God Bless,Ned Abed, Virginia

  • Oscar Fitzgerald

    Jimmy Carter is himself a big lier, maybe the biggest of all. He changes history to suit his purposes. Just look at his revisionist history of the Iran hostage crisis, the 1980 Olympics, and the Middle East peace process. He was the worst President in US history.

  • Chad Freckmann

    President Carter,You are indeed the epitomy of an elder statesman whose wise council is urgently needed to help right our foundering ship of state. As an American I am proud to have your voice representing the United States.In order to to “sell” an idea to a “customer” (the public) one needs to develop trust, as you point out. The US is going to need effective leadership to deal with a mulitiplicty of issues that will severely affect our ability to continue enjoying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; importantly issues regarding the environment and energy. There are some unpleasant truths that will need to be communicated, and it would be too easy to prevaricate rather than face the unpleasant political consequences.Keep speaking up about the real issues.

  • James McBee

    I couldn’t disagree more with Mr Masters’ comment. President Carter has been a courageous advocate for truth and responsible government since leaving office. Furthermore, I believe history will take a kinder view of his presidency than the current conventional wisdom. Whether on environmental policy, foreign relations, or any of a host of other issues, we will come to wish (if we haven’t already) that we had listened to him, rather than shunting him aside in favor of the great obfuscator. I know he has taken a lot of flack of late for criticizing the sitting president. But however unseemly it may appear to some for a former office holder to speak out against the current commander in chief, when you are faced with an administration that has no regard for the law (including the supreme law of the nation: IE. the constitution), then it becomes the only responsible course of action for anyone with any influence. I mean, we are not talking about a lack of candor; we’re talking about a group of people who are willing to manipulate evidence in order to provide a rationale for a frivolous and inestimably destructive war. And that is just the beginning of it. It is very difficult for me to understand how so few people have managed to acquire any perspective on President Carter, and his place in history, and in our contemporary society.

  • Kelly Miller

    I think President Carter is correct. By remaining truthful, it allows important people like President Carter to be able to speak with leaders of other countries such as the leader of Hamas, which was a very important and grounding breaking meeting which took place last month. Meeting with groups like this is the only way peace will ever be found. Those who believe that meeting with a leader from Hamas or any other organization that is classified as a terrorist group is cowardly and wrong. I completely disagree. Obviously every other direction that has been taken has led to war, or civil unrest, terrorism and absolutely no peace. By changing the direction of handling these situations, by treating these people as human beings instead of terrorists there may be hope for peace yet. In Sweden, they have transformed the idea of a prison system as we Americans know it, into a system that deals with criminals as human beings. Instead of putting them behind bars, they are giving housing on an island to live, and work. The island is completely self-sustaining and these people who would be behind bars in America are working in society, growing food shoulder to shoulder with the guards, who by the way do not carry guns. Their philosophy consists of the idea that treating these people as less than human by putting them behind bars, and punishing them has obviously not worked as history shows. They either learn more criminal behavior or they are punished to the point that they can no longer be a productive member of society, by being stripped of their voting rights, being classified as a felon or criminal for the rest of their life which limits their ability to find good jobs, by a home, and various other rights a normal citizen may possess. Maybe treating these criminals as fellow human beings instead of prisioners will allow the rehabilitation that is needed. So far in Sweden, it has worked with flying colors. By giving them respect these ciminals are transformed into productive members of society with an extremely low rate of reoffendors.This philosopy should be taken into account in other areas of politics, specifically diplomacy, such as negotiating with democratically elected leaders of other countries, such as Hamas. Maybe if they were treated with respect, they would respect others in return. This basic hope in humanity is something many people have lost, but I am grateful that there are figures like President Carter who hold this trust and hope in humanity sacred and I pray they continue to do so.

  • ashish kaul

    hi jimmy,regards

  • Brian

    Mr. Carter, If I may, please allow me to speak for many of us on both sides of the aisle and in cities and towns across the country and around the world, by saying: Enough, already. I do not believe I go out on a limb to say that there are issues more deserving of our time and consideration than the legacy left by your success and failures almost thirty years ago. Clearly, you are concerned with that legacy; I might feel the same way if I were you. And, if nothing else, your persistence is admirable. But your time has come and gone, and we would appreciate a dose of humility. Moreover, this latest appeal is as innovatory as a 1978 Chevy Nova. Consider the first sentence: “I do not think the President of the United States should be a liar, and believe that the overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens agree with me.” How riveting. If you insist on continuing to waste our time in these exercises in narcissism, the least you could do is put a minute or two of thought into what you are going to say. So please, Mr. Carter, collect what dignity you have left, and fade quietly into oblivion.

  • Dwight

    America is sorry for having elected you. You represent dictators and facists more than you represent the American people. when you travel abroad to meet your terrorist brothers, please stay with them, they probably appreciate you more than we do or ever will.

  • CM Evans

    Our habitual tendencies shape the way we view the world. If you habitually lie, you will see the world as a place full of dishonest people, and assume everybody lies. One lie will build on another, until you are hopelessly deluded in dishonesty & entanglements related to not being truthful. Everything we do effects us in the most fundamental of ways. Because of this, it is always best to tell the truth and be honest about what we are thinking and doing.

  • Kelly Miller

    Dwight and Brian,Your statements are niave and completely uncalled for. Do you know anything about politics or policy? I would be curious to know what you did for a living. And by the way, don’t speak for the population, don’t say we or us or our, because opinions like that don’t speak for anybody but yourself. I just wanted it to be clear that at least you don’t speak for me or probably anyone who holds a college degree.President Carter should not fade away, he is just as important now as he was when he was in office. Habitat for humanity was his idea, and look what it has done for America. He has great ideas, and I hope he continues to see their fruition. And terrorist brothers, I think you think your talking to Bush, this is President Carter, not president Bush. Bush is the terrorist, not Carter.

  • Paganplace

    Hello, Mr. President. My favorite ex-President ever. :)I believe it’s utterly unfair the smear campaign against those who *actually speak* with those who are set against us or our allies as enemies. There is a difference between speaking with enemies to promote communication, and ‘negotiating with terrorists,’ …and it’s a shame that so much of our nation and media insists on seeing it in that regard. It’s funny how the conservatives claim that the problem with a Clinton peccadillo was the ‘lying,’ but excuse and defend a legacy of deceit and distortion about *war* from the Bush administration. I’ll agree with CM, here, too. In my belief system, a lie is an attempt to distort someone else’s sense of reality, …but in the process one becomes lost, themselves. If there’s a wonder why the Bush administration’s policies always seem to come out backwards from how they promise they will, …that’s a big reason why.

  • Martin G

    Apparently our former president has dropped his stated commitment to truthfulness by telling the world that North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program, that Hamas is willing to live in peace with Israel, etc. Whether he really believes in these astonishing inversions of political reality, and is therefore also a self-deceiver, is a question for biographers with a psychological bent. But it doesn’t really matter, because the exploding consequences of these not-so-small small lies are already result in political catastrophe, and not primarily for Mr. Carter, on whom history and the American electorate have long ago expressed their overwhelmingly negative verdict.

  • Razi Asghar

    To tell the truth is GOD’s command,Turah, Bible and Quran testify to this fact.

  • Razi Asghar

    To tell the truth is GOD’s command,Turah, Bible and Quran testify to this fact.

  • David

    It took someone of Shrub’s stature to finally pass Carter as the worst President in modern times. Carter lied then, was inept then, and nothing seems to have changed.He was a good Navy commander and his work on housing for the poor is great. He should stick to the memory of the first and activities on the later and not be so busy reminder folks about what a bad President he was and how much he still lies about politics.

  • Bill Keller

    If we believe in the dignity of the citizen and value the time the citizenry expends to create its wealth and heritage, then we can expect no other than the truth from the President. Lies in the long term develop a sense of betrayal among us. It demeans the office of the President to act without such integrity.

  • Bill Keller

    If we believe in the dignity of the citizen and value the time the citizenry expends to create its wealth and heritage, then we can expect no other than the truth from the President. Lies in the long term develop a sense of betrayal among us. It demeans the office of the President to act without such integrity.

  • Paul

    When one thinks about a US President with great character, the name Jimmy Carter ranks in my top three. I am astonished and ashamed that people see fit to abuse him directly in this fashion on this forum. On a different note, I would have liked for him to have improved relationships with India in a significant manner during his term especially as his mother went to India as part of the Peace Corps and had an understanding of its people and strengthening democratic tradition. That was a lost opportunity and a major disappointment given the expectations. It was George Bush Jr who has authored a positive sea-change in Indo-US relationships and not a Democratic president.

  • jeff

    The biggest source of Carter’s mediocrity is his confusion of honesty and meekness. His meekness was a disaster. Papa Bush was very open, forthright, transparent, i.e. HONEST in his agenda for driving Iraq out of Kuwait. Papa’s honesty was followed by success. Baby Bush was dishonest, and we all know what follows…Carter does not get that self-defense, decisiveness and strength are not inherently dishonest.

  • Anonymous

    you are a joke and every time you open your mouth we all remember why we kicked you out after 4 years.

  • Paulo de Lima

    That is the shape a human being must have.

  • Paulo de Lima

    That is the shape a human being must have.

  • BGone

    I’ll go along with that, “Presidents Should Not Be Liars.” Now tell the truth. The Bible is a proved hoax. You know it. So when are you going to tell the truth about it? You’re not the president any more and the telling the truth only applies to presidents while they’re in office?Got it. Tell the truth and not get elected. Let the lying end and the truth begin when the last vote is counted. The truth must begin at church where we presently live the lie. That could be a problem. Don’t you think?Isn’t there a better way?

  • Roger

    A good reminder at an important time from an honest (and honorable) man. Had it not been for the October Surprise, you would have been re-elected and remembered as a great president. You did exactly right in letting the Shah go, and in pulling out of the Moscow Olympics to protest the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.If we lie to make the countries we don’t like look worse than they are so we can maybe justify going to war against them, we are worse than them. George W.Bush says he had no agreement that Israel could continue to build settlementsl; Olmert says he did. Somebody’s lying. If we are going to threaten to obliterate Israel’s enemies, we owe it to the rest of world (if not the children of Teheran) to be scrupulously honest.When Colin Powell stood at the United Nations and told a bald-faced lie, he destroyed U.S. credibility for generations. When he failed in his duty to investigate the My Lai Massacre, he was part of the slippery road that led to Abu Grahib and Haditha.As any Baptist preacher will tell you, you can go to hell for lying. Brother Carter, I hope you will join me in praying for this man’s soul.

  • Bruce Bradley

    Mr Carter lied to us bigtime in 1976 when he told us he was capable of running this country.

  • Filinto Diouf

    President Jimmy Carter will go down as one of the greatest US Presidents and human being. Thank you Mr President for being an example for all mankind, I love you for your honesty and decency.

  • Filinto Diouf

    President Jimmy Carter will go down as one of the greatest US Presidents and human being. Thank you Mr President for being an example for all mankind, I love you for your honesty and decency.

  • Filinto Diouf

    President Jimmy Carter will go down as one of the greatest US Presidents and human being. Thank you Mr President for being an example for all mankind, I love you for your honesty and decency.

  • IRN

    It is a shame that individuals with no knowledge of issues and history scream at the top of their lungs passing judgments. In looking at some of the ugly comments listed here, it seems ignorance has prevailed.I have the highest respect for President Carter, who has demonstrated humility in the work he and his center has carried out over the years. I whole heartedly agree with your comments about lying, especially by public officials.Mr. President, your courage to bring to light facts about issues concerning us as Americans and the global community, even when they are unpopular, is a sign of a great leader who is guided by humanist principles.I wish you and your center the best.IRN

  • Nolan Humphries

    I believe President Carter is a man of great integrity. He has paid, and no doubt will continue to pay, a price for his honesty and forthrightness. But I am thankful that he does not let that stop him from speaking the truth and acting in the long-term interest of the U.S. in the world. But it certainly seems to sting some folks. Maybe some pet oxen are being gored?

  • mouli

    It seems to me that there is a certain expectation by the people of America that the President fits in the mold and every presidential candidate is arm-twisted to fit this expected profile. It is very clear where the country has gone by the “fit-to-be-presidents”. Carter does what is unthinkable and uncommon and that is heresy and hypocrisy and weakness. Apparently, war-mongering and belligerence are virtues and symbolize nobility and strength. By this definition, America did not deserve Carter.

  • Daniel in the Lion’s Den

    “Presidents should be liars.”Well, I think that just about says it all, in pretty plain talk.I think this a good statement to make.

  • Paganplace

    ” Bruce Bradley:”Mr Carter lied to us bigtime in 1976 when he told us he was capable of running this country.”I don’t seem to remember any gas lines in 1980? It’s one thing about this next Presidency coming, whoever gets in is going to inherit a world of crap from the conservatives, and have to make some unpopular decisions to get things back on track. They’ll say ‘Tax and spend, big government,’ even when what *they’ve* done is *spend and spend,* (and increase the size of government more than anyone else in history,) …just leave the Democrat with the bill. (Counting out McCain, who’d clearly just try and let Bush policies ride.) The responsible thing may not satisfy some folks’ ideas of machismo, but it often just has to be done. I think our *next* President will face a lot of howling from the corporations, so few of which control almost all of our media, when the very rich are asked to pay their share after the conservatives transferred so much of our nation’s wealth to *them* while cutting services to the common people.

  • Arif

    Mr. President,Looking back, what would you have done differently with Iran during the hostage crisis? Best thing though is that you didn’t start a war. You were too smart to do that.I have deep respect for you and that you refuse to hang up your hat, you are a good man. Regardless of what some Americans say, America should be proud of people like you.

  • Daniel in the Lion’s Den

    In my post below, I made a big typo, and left out the word “NOT.”I meant to say:”Presidents should not be liars.”Well, I think that just about says it all, in pretty plain talk.I think this a good statement to make.

  • L.Kurt Engelhart

    Dwight: “America is sorry for having elected you.”Dwight, I am committed to living in peace with people like you in the world. But I would rather that everyone was like Jimmy Carter.

  • Hypnos

    There should be no lying…. Any questions?

  • Hypnos

    There should be no lying…. Any questions?

  • mobedda

    No matter how alone you feel, Mr. Carter, please always know that you are doing the right thing despite the evil noise with which the powers of greed and violence attempt to drown you.

  • Hypnos

    No lying… Any questions.For those of you wish to shoot the messenger, former president Carter, stop serving Bush and Israel and start thinking about this nation and its future…No lying…

  • E.K.

    Carter is a disgrace to the U.S.The world will be better without him.

  • Paganplace

    I think I can answer this:” Arif:Mr. President,Cause not-talking to one’s ‘enemies’ and just rattling sabers at them might feel all tough, but accomplishes little to nothing in circumstances like this, especially cause Hamas as a political party is in power because of elections *America* pushed for? It’s not appropriate, in many ways, for a sitting government to ‘negotiate with terrorists,’ but calling someone a traitor for *communicating* with people is a different matter entirely. Mr. Carter has some notable experience in dealing with supposedly-implacable enemies, where our current government can only say ‘With us or against us:’ The simple fact is that nothing’s going to change while people just scream at their increasingly-polarized perceptions of each other. Humanity needs to be involved, and as an *ex* President with some respect in the region, Mr. Carter is well-positioned to be such a voice, there. The *sitting government* must take certain hard lines, perhaps, (Really too hard of a line. Talking doesn’t mean you have to give an inch on policy.) Being self-righteous about aggressive absolutes might *feel* good to some Americans, but it doesn’t solve anything. ” You disobeyed the US government’s wishes. Perhaps you should write an article for us to read some day.”The US Government is disobeying *our* wishes, speaking of democracy.

  • Baci

    Mr. Carter, you are my hero! Honesty helps you go long and to the right direction. Sometimes the truth is bitter, but isn’t medicine bitter? Continue to tell the truth with loud voice, it is music for ears of good people.

  • Baci

    Mr. Carter, you are my hero! Honesty helps you go long and to the right direction. Sometimes the truth is bitter, but isn’t medicine bitter? Continue to tell the truth with loud voice, it is music for ears of good people.

  • AR

    What is wrong with the CIA killing people? (Provided they aren’t Americans) That’s exactly the type of paramilitary action we should be occaissionally employing to avoid sending tens of thousands of troops all of the world to keep order. I think if the gov’t was honest about that and proved it’s effectiveness, the American people, by and large, will have no problem with it. Not too mention the fact that targeted assassinations typcially involve much less colateral damage and unintended consequences than the aerial bombings we are currently using to take out high value targets under the guise of formal combat.

  • Earl Chappell

    President Carter is absolutely correct. I realized during my stint in US Navy Intelligence School back in the early 1970′s that 99 percent of the supersecret information involved strategic and operational wartime intelligence which could be easily declassified after about 24 to 48 hours. The supersecrecy surrounding the government nowadays is all about protecting the particular brand of politics being practiced in the White House and Congress. The “We the people” should be honored by our elected officials. When “We” know the pertinent facts (without the spin), I am convinced that “We” can make good decisions. I am absolutely disappointed at the spin that has surrounded Obama’s name. I heard just yesterday that someone is voting for McCain because Obama is Muslim. I wonder where this fact came from? Truthfulness from every quarter of the political debate needs to be front and center. The application of the truth and our espoused solutions to the problems may then define our differences along political lines. To out and out lie to try to convince people to vote for a particular candidate should be prosecuted in the courts as perjury. Slander and libel should also be treated seriously, especially in the political arena. It does seem to me that anything goes when trying to win an election or when trying to tear down the opposition. Of course, I find the strategies of the religious right to be the height of un-Christian conduct.

  • Steven

    Mr. Carter:Thank you for being tireless in your committment to the greater good in our world, and for attempting communication instead of threatful rhetoric, and for your powerful vision of separation of church and state.You are the kind of person I’d hope my own son would emulate, and that’s the highest honor I can give.(How I wish that our present democratic hopeful Clinton could learn something more than “we’ll wipe them off the map” rhetoric regarding Iran in relation to retaliation for an Israel strike. Don’t we know that Israel has capacity to do that themselves, even as a “second strike?” What possible good can become of H-bombs flying through the air?)

  • Neller

    Hypnos,Why do you describe any criticism of Carter as “serving Bush and Israel”?Carter does not mention Bush or Israel (other than the Camp David agreement) in this article.What is your agenda?And please stop polluting the board with your multiple pasting of the same post.

  • Earl Chappell

    I cannot believe my eyes when I read that the world would be better off without President Carter. What venomous and callous comments directed to perhaps the most Christian-acting President that this country has ever had. I wonder who else E.K., who stands behind initials, would prefer not to have around. It sounds like there is an anarchist in our midst. The problem today is that we do not have a President capable of debating other leaders in the world. When he associates with world leaders, he much prefers to play jokes on them and to use less than appropriate language. I wish E.K. would have been traveling outside the U.S. when the current President made his famous “bring ‘em on” comment. I was outside the country in 1988 when we shot down a commercial aircraft in the Middle East. I can tell you how I felt. I believe that God made us all for a reason. Except in exceptional circumstances, He expects us to respect each other. Jesus taught us the Golden Rule. President Carter is following what he understands his God to command him to do. The current President obviously listens to a different God.

  • Tony Gillotte

    Mr. Carter is and remains a pillar of integrity in rotten, stultifying world of sham politics. Because he refused to play the game in the traditional way, he has been vilified, ostracized and, finally, exonerated. How is it possible that the socalled greatest nation on earth is led by a bunch of liars, prevaricators and half truth dispensers? Why is it that each time a politician opens his or her mouth they must invoke ‘the greatest nation on earth’ cliche to remind themselves of the calumny they are about to preach?Why do they think we have to remind ourselves that we are the greatest nation on earth when its clearly not the case? If they are appealing to our higher spirits and beliefs, surely there are better ways to do it rather than invoking that tired ‘greatest nation on earth’ slogan.Arent a people aware if it is living up to its professed nobility, integrity and honesity? I think they are and this nation is no exception. We know exactly where we stand and its not a pretty sight. We are fouling the waters of truth, justice and the American way with the policies of Bush, Cheney, Addington, Wolfowitz, Perle and Hadley. We are fouling the minds of children with duplicity, dishonor and lies.What are we going to do about all this dishonor we have brought upon ourselves. Obama wants to appeal to the better instincts of the American people. I wonder if it isnt too late. I wonder if the politicians havent besmirched the ideals of this country to such an extent that they are unretrievable anymore.There are far too many unanswered questions lying out there in the electorate. Over 45 million need healthcare, schools have gone to hell, consumerism has taken over a society that once was spontaneous and happy, creativity is rewarded with media induced stupor of hyperbolic rhetoric, people are plainly fat, they have been led astray by the purveyors of processed foods, folks dont talk to each other anymore. The country has gone to hell and we are getting fatter and laughing about it as we enter perdition. Where is right side of anything? Where has relativism taken us? Where are our souls?Meanwhile we have the first woman with a chance to become president using the racecard to obtain some advantage over her mixed blooded opponent. What the hell is going on here? Arent we better than this?

  • BGone

    Mr Carter, I’m sure looking back there are some things you would do differently. Do you now see how unwise it was to support al-qaida against the Soviets in Afghanistan? Isn’t that one place where we could have gotten the support of a presumed enemy to check a presumed friend by simply doing nothing? I wonder why you thought al-qaida running Afghanistan was a good idea.Mr Bush answered, 9-11-2001 with these words, “go to your churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and pray.” I’m sure you’ve heard FDR’s famous speech, Dec 8, 1941. Were you as surprised as me at what Mr Bush said and especially so since, 9-11 was more damaging than the attack on Pearl Harbor? I wonder what you would have said if that had happened during your presidency. You still have time to make that speech.Peace is a wonderful thing. No doubt about that. Isn’t peace what happens when the enemy is defeated at the end of the war and not some artificial truce like we have in the mid east? Peace happens when those that are willing to kill to get their way are killed. Is there another way? Hasn’t happened yet.Is religion good for us? Is it a necessity of life? 9-11-2001 we were attacked not by a country but by a religion. The ongoing festering in the mid east is caused by religion isn’t it? Mr Bush’s response to 9-11 tells me he like you don’t have a clue about how to stop it. Yes indeed, if they would only get together and talk. Did you know that lies that promote Allah’s causes are moral just like lies that cause people to have faith, believe are moral. Are they?How much did Reverend Doctor Pat Robertson with all that truth help you win in 1976. Did he help a lot in 1980? Did he tell the truth? If we cannot trust God’s representatives then who can we trust to tell the truth?Have you seen that reading of the Bible that shows it, the Bible says Moses sold his soul to the biggest Devil of them all, Lucifer? It was an election sort of thing, Moses running for the office of “leader of the chosen people of IT” IT being the supernatural being in the burning bush. Do ministers represent God or Devil? The results of all that peace says Devil doesn’t it? Maybe Pat Robertson doesn’t represent God but rather Devil? You did think that a time or two?I can’t give you the URL here to review that reading of the Bible for yourself but you can get it from any of the candidates, assuming you don’t already know it. It’s at the hoax buster web site, “sell your soul.”

  • Ron Seredian

    Hello, I agree with President Carter. Our nation has been lying about the situation in the Israel-Arab conflict and it makes our country, and the values we believe in, amount to zero in the eyes of the world. We lie, and tell the world that it’s okay for Israel to commit all kinds of crimes against humanity. We lie, and tell the world that Israel has the right to dump toxic waste onto Arab land. Think of how refreshing the truth would be here, “okay, so you want to live in the land that God said is yours, that’s fine with the American people but you have to SHARE it and start acting like the world power that you are. We carry your water and the whole world – not just Arabs – says that the U.S. has lost the right to call itself the defender of freedom, liberty and justice”.President Carter, I just hope the next President can tell the truth and not be a LIAR like the current president and his cronies.

  • Dean Sellers

    I agree 100% with President Carter. I think that people are sick of having a president that lies. We want a president with integrity, and one that will represent the virtues we believe the United States really stands for.I agree that President Carter is a hero.

  • Aardvaark

    The problem with having a President who thinks that it is acceptable to lie to people is that never knows whether anyone believes anything he says. I think the current administration is the best example of that. Bush and Cheney don’t care whether or not anyone believes them so they feel free to pile lies on top of each other. The damage this has done to our nation’s credibility is incalculable and may well be permanent. Elected officials should not lie. Neither should appointed officials.

  • Aardvaark

    The problem with having a President who thinks that it is acceptable to lie to people is that he never knows whether anyone believes anything he says. I think the current administration is the best example of that. Bush and Cheney don’t care whether or not anyone believes them so they feel free to pile lies on top of each other. The damage this has done to our nation’s credibility is incalculable and may well be permanent. Elected officials should not lie. Neither should appointed officials.

  • J.H.F.

    This guy’s presidency was more than a “political catastrophe”…why is he still relevant?

  • Even more egotistical than Carter

    I find Carter difficult to figure out.Is his twisting of history, destructive world view, and hugging of terrorists due to malevolence or just plain stupidity?Probably a combination of both.

  • Paganplace

    You know, ‘Even more,’”I find Carter difficult to figure out.Is his twisting of history, destructive world view, and hugging of terrorists due to malevolence or just plain stupidity?”I imagine one might find *anything* difficult to figure out, while trying to see a complex world in such polarized black-and-white terms.

  • Marc Edward

    It’s telling that the people who attack carter cite no examples to back up their accusations, just mindless namecalling. No wonder they tolorate liars in the WH!

  • Bigsky007

    Not in my backyardThe Arabs had nothing to do with the destructive eruptions of WWI and WWII. Yet, when one looks at, who has borne the brunt of the deaths and destruction following those wars, one might conclude that they were responsible for all the earth’s evils.In 1948 the Western Christian Democracies, drowning in anti-Semitism, decided to collectively force all issues, stemming from that anti-Semitism, upon the Arabs. After all, the Arabs were weakly federated at best and could be easily over- powered and forced to accept the West’s solutions. Whatever resistance the Arabs might put up, whatever hatred , discontent, displacements and hardships might be generated would be responded to by blunt western supplied force. In other words, the anti-Semitism of the West, has turned into a never ending nightmarish spate of death and destruction for the Arabs and, to a lesser degree, for all others in the region.All other issues aside, the above represents a statement of practical facts, of which the Western Christian Democracies consistently live in denial. Arabs are not ignorant of the above history, no matter how imperfectly it is herein stated. In this, we forget, again, a major principle of our faith. “As ye would that others do unto you, do ye even also unto them.” As the West brought it about, the West should do much, much more to put an end to the boiling cauldron that is the Middle East. The all consuming hatred, which we have caused to be generated there, has cast this consuming pall over the entire planet

  • Bigsky007

    Not in my backyardThe Arabs had nothing to do with the destructive eruptions of WWI and WWII. Yet, when one looks at, who has borne the brunt of the deaths and destruction following those wars, one might conclude that they were responsible for all the earth’s evils.In 1948 the Western Christian Democracies, drowning in anti-Semitism, decided to collectively force all issues, stemming from that anti-Semitism, upon the Arabs. After all, the Arabs were weakly federated at best and could be easily over- powered and forced to accept the West’s solutions. Whatever resistance the Arabs might put up, whatever hatred , discontent, displacements and hardships might be generated would be responded to by blunt western supplied force. In other words, the anti-Semitism of the West, has turned into a never ending nightmarish spate of death and destruction for the Arabs and, to a lesser degree, for all others in the region.All other issues aside, the above represents a statement of practical facts, of which the Western Christian Democracies consistently live in denial. Arabs are not ignorant of the above history, no matter how imperfectly it is herein stated. In this, we forget, again, a major principle of our faith. “As ye would that others do unto you, do ye even also unto them.” As the West brought it about, the West should do much, much more to put an end to the boiling cauldron that is the Middle East. The all consuming hatred, which we have caused to be generated there, has cast this consuming pall over the entire planet

  • Michael

    I am so grateful for the continuing work of President Carter. He leads by example, demonstrating true American ideals around the world.

  • C. Kayt

    President Carter,I came to America during your presidency and

  • Daniel in the Lion’s Den

    Lying is bad, not because it is immoral, but because if you lie, then people won’t trust you. Duh!

  • Concerned The Christian Now Liberated

    Although there is significant doubt that Jesus’ actually said,”If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea”, Mark 9:42, wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php/198_Millstone_for_Temptation,it is, however, a great passage for judging leadership qualities. Jimmy Carter’s millstones:1. His “wishy-washy”, sanctimonious character.2. Playboy magazine interview.3. His faith in a flawed and error filled religion. 4. Iran.5. Afghanistan.6. Pakistan.7. “Lancegate”.8. “Billygate”.9. “Jordangate”.10. “Youngate”.11. Derugulation of the oil industry.

  • Concerned The Christian Now Liberated

    Oops, Jimmy Carter’s last millstone should be “deregulation of the oil industry”.

  • wasim

    Let me start by saying that I wish there were more Jimmy Carter like leaders in America and in the rest of the world.This man has a lot of character. It is very easy to be politically correct and to sing to your audience. But its very courageous to speak the bitter truth especially when people have been bombarded with lies for a long time. It is human nature that people dont want to listen anything negative about them even if its true. So I think its very important that someone has the guts to speak out the truth. I hope Americans will appreciate a true HERO.

  • b

    I suppose Pres. Peanut Head never read Winston Churchill. In times of war, Churchill said that the truth must be escorted by a bodyguard of lies. As an example, there was an elaborate deception scheme against Germany as to where the D-Day landings would be. As always, Pres. Peanut Head is as naive as always. I will, however, salute his humanitarian efforts with Habitat for Humanity.

  • Terri

    Ex-presidents shouldn’t be liars or anti-Semites. They shouldn’t go around the world trying to conduct US diplomacy as though they were still president. They shouldn’t go to foreign soil and criticize their country. Jimmy “Malaise” Carter is the biggest embarrassment this country has had to suffer since Benedict Arnold.

  • Asim, San Antonio

    Mr.Carter,

  • DC Dave

    Carter will not be remembered for telling the truth (GW has that story cornered with the cherry tree bit). Failed economic and foreign policies are his epitaph although you can add the recent middle east meddling to his list of deplorable acts.BTW, lets see if the Dems allow Jimmy to get on the platform in Denver this year. Anybody want to bet?

  • Geo

    Let’s enlist Jimmy for the war on terrorism. Maybe Jimmy’s contacts can track down Bin Laden. And then Jimmy will go there and………..

  • Spector

    Are you sure you don’t want to blame Israel for this one, Mr. Carter?

  • Geo

    DC Dave,You’re absolutely right. They won’t let him anywhere near Denver. And you can bet Obama has told him to keep his mouth shut about an endorsement.

  • The Rev

    Americans accept lying as a fact of life. Most Americans react negatively, only when they have been lied to by someone from the other Party! Americans are quick to rationalize the lies that have been told by someone with favored member status within this own Party!

  • Arif

    “Paganplace:Huh? Did I say or insinuate that? Not at all, there is a difference between disobeying and being a traitor. I certainly would have used the word traitor if I meant to use it.

  • Issa Gallego

    I appreciated all you did President Carter.ISSA

  • perplexed

    My congratulations to you on winning the Nobel Peace Prize Mr. Carter. Your work with Habitat for Humanity and various human rights intitiatives is both stellar, and an outstanding example for other leaders in business and government. And as to ex-presidents, would that more were able to emulate such achievements in their post-presidential years!I fully expect the Bush BUTT KISSERS on the blog that find fault with your performance to be nominating him for some award or another in the near future – how about WORST U.S. PRESIDENT OF ALL TIME? Do they present that in Stockholm?? Well, just a suggestion, but it does have the ring of truth to it and that’s what we’re discussing here.Best of luck in the future, Mr. President. You’re a hero to many…….

  • Daniel Frankl

    I can think of no elected figure that inspires the same level of ignorance & vehemence… I am appalled and saddened that Americans do not treasure Mr. Carter.

  • Daniel Frankl

    I can think of no elected figure that inspires the same level of ignorance & vehemence… I am appalled and saddened that Americans do not treasure Mr. Carter.

  • Issa Gallego

    b: As always, Pres. Peanut Head is as naive as always. Your ignorance is clear you never read the book.AS for Carter..he was doing all the right things to keep the country on a solid footing. The coutnry wasnted peiece and as far away from the memory of the NEOCOSN managed Vietnam CONFLICT. If Jimmy Carter was re-elected the US would have had a full Energy Policy implemented, balanced budget and normalization of the economy.For you dimwitted people it was Carters Economic and Energy Policies that drove the price of a Barrel of Oil Prices down to $25.Of which Supply Sideer, Neocon Controlled Reagan and Bush 1 administration steadily got up to $40/barrel. Then your NEOCON controlled Bush 2 Rocketed up to $121/barrel under the fog of war.Carter made the hard decisions. The Supply Siders wanted the easy money.ISSA

  • Issa Gallego

    b: As always, Pres. Peanut Head is as naive as always. Your ignorance is clear you never read the book.AS for Carter..he was doing all the right things to keep the country on a solid footing. The coutnry wasnted peiece and as far away from the memory of the NEOCOSN managed Vietnam CONFLICT. If Jimmy Carter was re-elected the US would have had a full Energy Policy implemented, balanced budget and normalization of the economy.For you dimwitted people it was Carters Economic and Energy Policies that drove the price of a Barrel of Oil Prices down to $25.Of which Supply Sideer, Neocon Controlled Reagan and Bush 1 administration steadily got up to $40/barrel. Then your NEOCON controlled Bush 2 Rocketed up to $121/barrel under the fog of war.Carter made the hard decisions. The Supply Siders wanted the easy money.ISSA

  • MLHthinking

    I agree with President Carter. Much too often, politicians (The President or candidates) tell us what they want us to hear and NOT what we need to know. Tell the American People the truth and let the chips fall where they may. Most lies are told not for national security reasons but to cover up misdeeds and personal flaws. Maybe when we start to tell the truth – personal flaws will cease to be amplified. Resulting in all citizens learning to deal with reality rather than the idealism of willful ignorance. Also, when politicians lie there is an assumption that the American people don’t have the intellect and common sense to deal with truth. This is an insulting presumption most politicians suffer and it leads to selfish and wrong-headed decisions. Time and time again this has been proven when we see headlines about personal travails (affairs, bribes, unethical behavior).

  • Richard A. Smith

    For one brief shining four-year period, this country had the kind of President usually confined to American Mythology. That Carter refused to get down in the mud with other politicians was a blessing … and a curse.That Washington would allow a Jimmy Carter to get elected, and then ignore the will of all those who elected him does not bode well for the chances of Sen. Obama being an effective “change agent.”Perhaps – with Bush out of the White House – we can refund Stem Cell and Cloning Research. Hmmm … take the heart of Carter, the political savvy of Johnson, the charisma of JFK … and the communications skills of Reagan … Now, that would be Camelot!

  • maurice wileaver

    I never voted for President Carter.But as man,he has proven to have a very good heart.His work and writings have proven to be right on many things.Maurice wileaver

  • DE Teodoru

    Mr. President….When you got into office I came to conclude that you were a jerk. Afterall, I was a supporter of Nixon (schizoid as he was) and thought you were just a country bumpkin coming in to muck things up. I came to realize over your term that you are not a jerk. But still, I said goodridance when my old pal Reagan came in.As an ex-president– especially while a REAL country bumpkin (a genius but toally amoral and unprincipled) followed you after Bush Sr., I came to want to build a monument to you. My Republican friends grudgingly admit that you never lied, they claim you are too dumb to. Ahhhh, but as time unfolded you showed that we old guys who like to go by principles can weather any storm. Imagine GW Bush, blackmailed by Rumsfeld, allowed a war he didn’t want. From then on, all war decisions were not based on grand strategy but political tactics, like “Mission Accomplished” and briniging Bremer back from Iraq before the 2004 election to make it look like we turned Iraq over to Iraqis. Now, as then, Bush lies, sinking in his own Bush-it. And you stand there tall and honorable as a leading PRIVATE statesman for the American people– unpayed!So I guess I want to beg forgiveness, give thanks and express admiration, all to you. How in God’s name can one do that in one post?I can only say that I really doubted your wisdom on Central America when you were president. But looking back, with the fullness of time, I am getting more and more to doubt my wisdom and to enshrine yours. I guess the point is that as you face the tomatoes and rotten cabbage thrown at you because you tell the truth, truth makes you stronger and wiser, not dumber and foul-smelling as in the case of Bush and Bill Clinton.And me too, as I dare to in my old age revisit all that I was sure about when young, I find myself weighed down by regret. But I am not stooped. I dare to stand next to you and proudly say– after all my mea culpas– I have grown and the model of telling *yourself* the truth that this man taught me has made me stronger as I grow older. Your wife should be very jealous and insecure now because as a truthful man– right or wrong– you are the raving love of that raveshing muse Clio, the Muse of History. And if Clio thinks you are quite a hunk of man, all I can say is that I hope somehow I can get my grandkids to say that about me if, in my own modest way, I follow in your example. God seems to allow the unfolding concequences of rightiousness to be its own reward. So you must truly be blessed. So: sorry, bravo, thanks and wow from a man who is made by you proud to be an American by choice. Today, as I read your moral message I realized that today God rewarded many of us all at once. He truly works in mysterious ways…even in Wash Dc.

  • Mark Golding – Children of Iraq Association

    Not naive Jimmy, wise. I remember reading many orders that were ‘Not for South Africa Eyes’ in an attempt to remain ‘friendly’ while indeed spying and monitoring for nuclear reasons.Your ‘other’ examples must be exposed.

  • Greg

    What a piece of work. That worthless excuse for an ex-president should just go build homes for the poor. Its his fault that Iran is a threat to the world. He is the architect and enabler of world islamo-facisim. His passport should be revoked and he should be tried for treason. I can’t wait till his funeral to compare it to the RR’s. The only people who will show up is Hamas, the PLO and the ambassador to Iran. Oh maybe B. Hussein Obama will show up as well.

  • Mark Golding – Children of Iraq Association

    You now know why the American majority have voted for change and will, demand change.

  • T. A. Larson

    It is a disgrace to America for an ex-President to cavort around the world kissing well-known, unapologetic anti-US murderers and thugs. It accomplishes nothing but it elevates those killers.A previous poster asked if Carter acts this out of malevolence or just stupidity. It’s a good question.Carter owes all of us an apology.

  • E. K.

    I’m no fan of Bush, but Carter is the other extreme. I hope that when Carter finally kicks the bucket, a national day of mourning isn’t foisted on us just because one was proclaimed for Ford and Reagan. Imagine how you Jimmy-lickers would feel about one for G.W. Bush.

  • Earl C

    President Carter owes us no apology. The problem with people who do not like talking to other people, enemies or not, is that they are afraid that something constructive may happen. One thing is sure, no talking will guarantee a continuation of misunderstanding and hatred. Too many of Bush and company statements have shown contempt for much of the rest of the world. Where do you think this type of talking will get us. For those of you who like the politics of hate, you get what you dish out. Yes, it is time for a real change.

  • Brian

    President Carter,If I may, please allow me to speak for many of us on both sides of the aisle and in cities and towns across the country and around the world, by saying: Enough, already. I do not believe I go out on a limb to say that there are issues more deserving of our time and consideration than the legacy left by your success and failures almost thirty years ago. Clearly, you are concerned with that legacy; I might feel the same way if I were you. And, if nothing else, your persistence is admirable. But your time has come and gone, and we would appreciate a dose of humility.Moreover, this latest appeal is as innovatory as a 1978 Chevy Nova. Consider the first sentence: “I do not think the President of the United States should be a liar, and believe that the overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens agree with me.” How riveting. If you insist on continuing to waste our time in these exercises in narcissism, the least you could do is put a minute or two of thought into what you are going to say.So please, Mr. Carter, collect what dignity you have left, and fade quietly into oblivion.

  • The Moderate

    Dear Mr. President,Winston Churchill, on of the greatest leaders of the last few centuries so eloquently put it:”In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” Then again, as you point out, there were Nixon and Clinton who much complicated their political careers with lies.All the best to you and yours.

  • Arminius

    There are six billion people on this planet. Of all that bewildering array of folks, the one I admire the most is Jimmy Carter. I have held him up as a role model for my children. Think of this: after his difficult presidency, he has devoted his entire life to feeding the hungry, housing the poor, healing the sick. Contrast this to that sad knuckledragger currently slouching around the oval office publicly proclaiming that he will devote his post-president time to getting paid for speeches. Jimmy Carter is out there doing the work that Jesus told us to do. All Bush wants to do is grub for money. What does that tell us? Huh?I live in the Atlanta GA area. Don’t even think about criticizing Jimmy Carter around me. Also, I know die-hard conservatives here who feel the same way. He is a hugely decent person, and an inspiration to us all.God bless you, Mr President!Arminius

  • B-man

    Jimmy Carter was our last honest and honorable president.

  • Daniel in the Lion’s Den

    EK

  • Garyd

    And the worst president of the last half of the twentieth century and one of the five worst ever speaks his mind. The architect of most of our current woes in the Middle East has the nerve to gripe that others have not been as effective in cleaning up the various messes he made as he would have liked.

  • Stan

    One major problem is those that proclaim their honesty and abhor lying are generally pushing the “big lie” in the form of an “Abrahamic” religion.So I, personally, would rather not hear someone that is proclaiming the Bible as the “gospel truth” to accuse other folks of lying and passing themselves off as “holier than thou”.Although humanity needs some guiding rules one major world problem is that many people really belief that stuff; and the world is living a lie as the vast majority was flat out made up.Like the good book says, a person should get the log out of their own eye before trying to get the speck out of someone else’s eye.Also, like the good book asks: “what is truth”?If someone wants to ponder things, then they should consider how a society could function if only absolute “truth” was allowed and who would be the final arbiter of what constituted “absolute truth”.

  • Arminius

    CCNL,Your bigotry and ignorance continue to astonish me.

  • Sue

    Didn’t Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin already form an alliance through Ariel Sharon before they met with you at Camp David? Are you seriously leveling the charge of dishonesty against any other US President without looking at yourself first Mr. Carter? I don’t know about others, but I am always suspect of people who have to advertise their truthfulness.

  • VICTORIA

    President Carter has withstood the test of time and adhered bravely to a high standard of honesty and honor.

  • perplexed

    GARYD – and you’re nominating a disgraced Nixon, the Reagan/Bush Iran Contra-gate cabal, and the war-mongering offspring Bush, Jr. for which award?? And why is it that republicans always support right-wing military dictatorships in foreign countries?? Just a couple of questions when you’ve got the time…….I think your list of ‘worsts’ needs to be revised in light of the four names just above – and don’t forget the unholy three (Reagan and two Bushes) that are responsible for over 70% of our national debt today. The Reality Checks don’t seem to be helping, my friend……

  • perplexed

    The Bush bootlickers here are really a disgusting lot, no?? Full of vile invectives, these slugs are probably not folks most of us would like to know anyway – I’ve met more than my share and they’re all cut from the same mold. Living with their rage of the past, they see nothing strange about the outrage that is our present reality. These are the McCainites…..

  • Miguel

    Be wary of advice from this man.I remember the Carter Presidency very well. He raised taxes immediately and almost single handedly destroyed the economy. Interest rated were a blistering 20%. Unemployment was at about 8%. He made speeches about not accepting one more drop of Opec oil and we stood in gas lines and could only buy gas on even or odd days. As Sadat and Begin were negotiating on returning Egyptian Land, Carter jumped in and offers camp David and then tried to take credit for the peace deal. He failed to support the Shah and now we got mullahs ruling Iran. He ending the Russian Wheat deal. Sending farmers into bankruptcy. He reinstated registration for the draft. He boycotted the Olympics and forbade US Athletes from participating. He created to new cabinet-level departments the Department of Education, and singlehandledly destroyed public education) and the department of Energy(guess how this one worked out).But…He never lied.His presidency was such a disaster that in the 80 election, Reagan, won ever state except Georgia(Carters home state) and 5 other states. Reagan even won California and New York and Mass.In his post presidency he negotiated with the North Koreans and gave them the technology for their nukes. Don’t tell me it was because we didn’t keep our end of the bargain. They were developing the technology all throughout their agreement with Carter. Now Carter travels to Syria. Comes back, “They will recognize Israel And hour later Hamas says we never said that.Carter is a buffoon looking to leave a legacy, or more correctly, correct a legacy of failure. He has noticed that Bush is called the “worst president ever” by far lefties and he is eager to turn over his previously undisputed titlePlease Mr Carter GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stan

    For Victoria,There are people who are inclined to start a statement: “I’ll be honest with you ….”. I long ago quit listening to anyone when I heard that statement.The question of “what is truth” was attributed to Pilate without a reply to the question, or a definition of truth.While researching for this answer I was astounded to find so many statements attributed to Jesus that include “…I tell you the truth…..”. Finding that statement so many times is itself astounding.It should also be noted that governments require their subjects to not lie/commit perjury to the government yet the government can lie/commit perjury to the people at will. That should tell us something.

  • Mark W.

    I have had a vision. I see a return of the Alien Killer Bunnies. Be afraid, be very afraid, carry pepper spray in your canoe.

  • longtimewatcher

    Truth is making a comeback!It’s about time.

  • Mark Golding – Children of Iraq Association

    The Iraq lie made millions homeless, orphaned tens of thousands and maimed thousands of babies and children”.A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”"Nonviolence and truth are inseparable and presupposes one another. There is no god higher than truth.” (from True Patriotism).

  • B-man

    It is amusing to see how many people on this board do not recognize the great wisdom, integrity, and world-knowledge of President Carter, who has been recognized by the world community for these attributes, and has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for them. The people on this board who have a negative opinion of President Carter are also probably the same people who think George Bush is a great president and this country is doing just fine under his leadership.Conservatives have ruined this country and in my opinion are not fit to hold leadership positions in it.

  • longtimewatcher

    Ah! B-man, but the trick is to enable them to change their heads. You can’t force a person to change their beliefs, you have to somehow make those beliefs (and the fears behind them) unnecessary.Quite a challenge.

  • Doug

    KMA Jimmy!

  • BGone

    Mr President, isn’t the selling of the “Moses spoke to God” tale the biggest lie ever told? Have you ever read that story yourself or have you like all others taken the word of those who pass the plate about what it says. Let me see if I can get enough of it here to whet your appetite.Moses was born of a Hebrew, (assumed to be Jewish) woman in Pharaoh’s Egypt. He was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter and raised at the palace, legal grandson of Pharaoh.When he grew up he killed an important Egyptian. So important that Pharaoh would have killed his grandson Moses in retaliation.Moses survived by fleeing Egypt. That’s known as a “killer on the run” and a significant fall from grace likely to result in a complementary fall in life style.It did. Moses ended up in a foreign land, Midian where he was IDENTIFIED AS AN EGYPTIAN, (Egyptians and Hebrews must be same same) married and had a child. He was making his living by living in his father in law’s house and tending his sheep.Then comes the famous burning bush part of the story. While out there in the pasture he had a meet with a supernatural being that lives in fire. That’s not just ordinary fire but the variety found in hell where people are set on fire to never burn up but just keep on burning forever, the standard threat made to those who do not have faith. That’s fire known as “the fire that burns but does not consume.”A big point is made about the bush not burning up so it must be a major piece of information. One can wonder why. Could it be that one must be given the information to avoid Devil in order to remove any excuse like, “I didn’t know” thus making the following of Devil a mortal sin.There are three possibilities. That was God which has a very low probability. That was a Devil named Lucifer, the fallen angel which is consistent with other writing of the day not included in the Bible. And then there is the most likely case, the whole story is a hoax. Two of those three possibilities are bad with one, that was Lucifer being devastating.Let me suggest reading that story from your Bible with pencil and paper making notes. See what you can do in the probabilities department. I understand you know who Max Plank was.Your presidency was victimized by those who grow fat on the notion that was God. You point to peace between Israel and Egypt as your greatest achievement. Does that have anything to do with you personally buying that story as factual, that really was God in the bush to give down and out Moses a fresh start as the most important person that ever lived.At the time of the story Pharaoh was the most important person alive, a living God and presumed son of God. At the great temple there is a sign written in the plainest hieroglyphics, “WORSHIP PHARAOH.” That hoax buster fellow says Moses wanted to be Pharaoh the son of God, killed to get the job and suffered the wrath of Pharaoh for the killing. He also says, like the Bible Moses, or was that Jesus who was prosecuted by the high priest. Who’s telling it like it is, him or Pat Robertson?I doubt you’re the son of God but I did see you unfairly accused and prosecuted by a high priest named Pat Robertson on tax exempt television. I didn’t send him any money although it was tax deductible but I did send a little to your campaign, kinda in the minority then and still am.

  • B-man

    Michael O:Let me post some more of the article you linked to:The five-member committee chose Mr Carter for “decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development”.And Mr. Carter is correct in criticizing the Bush administration. And anyone who follow this catastrophic administration’s lead should receive a kick in the leg.And the fact that Committee chairman Gunnar Berge said so does not imply that he said it as a criticism.In my opinion your political bias has clouded your interpretation of what you have read. Carter’s work, as recognized by the Nobel committee, speaks for itself (“decades of untiring effort”), and has little to do with current political considerations.Carter is 10 times the man George W. Bush is.

  • Stan

    Just calculate the water requirements for Noah’s flood to cover the whole round earth; where it came from and where it went; the amount of rain required per minute etc.etc. then make a logical judgment as to whether telling that tale is honest and truthful. Also, the Bible clearly states the universe was created (from ‘nothing’ no less) in the space of six calendar days. Then when that is explained away in some manner is that telling the truth or just making something up!!!It goes on and on. So anyone that maintains the “Bible” to be the truth should be embarrassed to admonish others about not ‘telling the truth’.

  • B-man

    More quotes from the Nobel Peace Prize Committee:”Announcing the decision, the Nobel Committee said that during his presidency from 1977 to 1981, Mr Carter’s “mediation was a vital contribution to the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt, in itself a great enough achievement to qualify for the Nobel Peace Prize”.”At a time when the cold war between East and West was still predominant, he placed renewed emphasis on the place of human rights in international politics.”Meanwhile, George W. Bush has gone the opposite direction, sanctioning torture as a US prerogative to use as he personally sees fit.It should be obvious to any right-thinking person that what this world needs are more Jimmy Carters and less George Bushs.(Thanks to Michael O for providing a link to this material.)

  • Michael O.

    “And the fact that Committee chairman Gunnar Berge said so does not imply that he said it as a criticism.”No, of course not. He said it as a compliment.

  • B-man

    Michael O:You are truly reaching and it is clear that you are just making things up as you go along. Seriously, you know nothing about what went into the committee’s decision to award the Peace Prize to Carter. You’re entitled to your opinion, but there is no anti-American conspiracy in awarding a Nobel Prize for “decades of untiring effort”. You sound like one of those America-first, hyper-patriotic, “mommy USA can do no wrong, and anyone who criticizes mommy is a bad person” Republican. Carter very deservedly won the Nobel Peace Prize for his heroic work around the globe for the past 30 years.

  • Arminius

    B-Man,I stand with you. Yes, this poor world needs more Jimmy Carters. Why is it all we get now are knuckle-dragging neocons screwing everything up? As well as knee-jerking right-wingers that criticize anything good that a democrat leader ever did, simply because he is a democrat, and not marching lock-step to their neolithic beliefs.Arminius

  • T.A. Larson

    I think this says it all:The Dems don’t want Carter anywhere near their convention.The Obama campaign does want Carter to keep his mouth shut about any sort of Obama endorsement.His own party is ashamed of him!

  • The Moderate

    Dear Arminius:”Yes, this poor world needs more Jimmy Carters.”We are both old enough to remember that President Carter was one of the least compentent presidents in history up until his day. He simply did not grasp state craft, or the presidency. Remember that he corrected the grammar of reports sent to him while missing the main points? Rember stagflation? Remember high unemployment? Remember the Ayatollah Khomeini and how he bullied a weak American President? Remember the boycott of the Olympics as an ineffectual response to the Soviets?All that said, he is a nice man and has been a very effective ex-president.

  • muskrat

    Jimmy “Hamas” Carter needs to go back to fly fishing. He’s a disgrace any way you cut it.

  • Ywanna Longmire

    One lie only begats other lies to defend the initial lie. Lieing is a sociopathic tendency and is a sign of instability and the attraction of bad things to come. Particularly small lies, “under sniper fire,” we are not children. The Presidency of the United States of America is not a joke. Lying to our nation is like a slap in the face and a denigration of honor to our forefathers and our nation as promised; the pledge during the inauguration ceremony that the President takes to become the Commander and Chief to provide servitude to our nation with the highest of honor, truthfulness and valor is not upheld. Again, the United States has already lost its credibility to the World when President Clinton lied on national television in regards to not just one sex scandal, but multiple sex scandals; the issue of the White Water scandal by committing predatory funding to elderly citizens. Politicians represent our country. Why would the nation want a liar in office?!!

  • stranger

    The Right Wing always trends towards a societies worst impulses. They promote fear over reason. Mr. Carter is the only US president in my life time that has accomplished anything positive in the Middle East while George Bush has shown himself to be a reckless. It might be that history will show the decline of America was precipitated by an intellectually lazy Texas liar who told America it could have its economic and foreign policy cake and eat it too.

  • Paul Moniodis

    Mr. Carter’s integrity as President did more than offer a break from the Nixonian wrongdoings; he became the unblemished lamb that took on and purged us of our political sins. America, though, always more capitalistic than Christian, still cannot see—notwithstanding the evidence of Mr. Carter’s post-presidential life—the victory in the victim. Perhaps subsequent generations who are not the direct beneficiaries of his sacrifice may be more willing to acknowledge it. Sadly, our ‘neo-conservative’ politics have exploited rather than embraced our redeemed political consciousness. May his legacy ever-endure.

  • Ricky Wyrick

    What these men have done is just changed the meaning of words.So that lie means truth and you see everything is okay.Even though it really isn’t.My first vote ever was against you for Pres.Ford but I’ve always respected your truth and candor with the American people.If only we had listened to more of the things you warned us about.Thank you for all you efforts.

  • Peter Hume

    Amen, Mr President. Your piece was so timely and important. As an observer, close observer, via satellites (incl. the Mid-East’s Press TV and Al Jazeera) and via the internet, from a small farmhouse in rural Ontario, I so often feel wounded and enraged at the media,and even too many candidates’ penchant for lying. Bought your book on Palestine and as with the learned professors’, was grateful you had the courage to beard the lion to stimulate much needed debate among your endemically inattentive populus! Peter Hume St Agatha Ontario

  • John P.

    Thank you President and Nobel Peace laureate Jimmy Carter. I am pleased to know that there are still decent individuals such as yourself in this world. Your actions speak louder than the empty words of those who condemn you. No longer bound by the “must do” things of elected officials, you assist the world, not just a country. You were instrumental in bringing democracy in Nepal where elections have recently taken place without violence. Although our current policy, meaning Bush’s, forbids us to talk to “terrorists organizations” our ambassador in Nepal met with the moists after they won the elections that you help organize. What will Bush do now that members of a “terrorist” organization will participate in government and help write the constitution of that country? Is he going to levy sanctions against Nepal, i.e. give them the Hamas treatment?

  • Bob Stockton

    I for one, wish Rosalyn(?) would stop nagging Mr. Carter to be somebody and let him go back to building houses.

  • JC

    Presidents also shouldn’t be morons, Mr. Carter and that is precisely where you dropped the ball. Can you say “LANDSLIDE”, Jimmuh?

  • R B

    I remember Bush I and “Read my lips, NO NEW TAXES.” and Clinton, “I did not have sexual a relationship with Monica Lewinski.” And Bush II, “I am a Uniter and I will not be a Nation Builder.” Yes, they have all lied and disgraced our country, but look at the differences mentioned. First, of all, Carter was a good president except for when he told all of America to stop using your credit cards to purchase things with and to start conserves energy and by doing so, he would give a tax break to those who did so. Those are facts which Americans were not standing for. Now look at what we have after Carter; Bush I invaded Iraq for the oil and lied about taxes. Lost the election to Clinton who’s only vise was a sex scandal in which the Republican Speaker of the House by the name of Gringrich was having an affair while trying to prosecute the president for the same thing. But, he did lie. Then there was Bush II in which makes lying such a pattern and way of life in such a way that every Republican now looks like Bush, no credibility whatsoever. A party riddled with lies scandals and deceptions. Just think, if Bush/Cheney would have just been honest and had not chosen to go to war with Iraq, imagine there credibility then. But because of this lie and the cost of lives and human sacrifice and a country plunged into total hell, this president, this republican party, the republican base who still support Bush and McCain who is riding Bush’s coattails, will be tossed aside as the worst president and governing party in history. The biggest tragedy are those men and women who sacrificed their lives in vein, not for freedom as most right winger would say, but on lies and greed. For it is all of Bush/Cheney’s companies profiting from a war that was not supposed to happen and should not have and lies have triumphed over Americans and their Constitution for which we stand and fight for. The question now that Americans should ask regardless of there party, should this administration be held accountable for a lie that has cost us such tragic sacrifice? For those that say God bless America, ask yourselves if he truly blesses a nation run by liars.

  • Sajwert

    I voted for Carter. I have always admired and respected him as a man with great integrity and a strong moral compass.

  • Violet Cauthon

    Ex-president Carter is a shining example of a man who has lived his life after exiting the White House with dignity and integrity and for good. I admire him tremendously.

  • Rocco Celentano

    Yes President Carter (or should I call you Captain Obvious)presidents should not lie, and they should not be incompetent leaders who lead their nation into the depths that hadn’t been realized since 1968. And while we are at it, they should ban their athletes from Olympic competition over politics and destroy the dreams of those who worked so hard to get there. Better yet Mr. Carter I think it would be best for you to really SHUT UP!!

  • Katherine

    Firstly, I am a democrat. I can understand how people could have voted for Carter when he ran the first time. I cannot understand how people could laud him today, given his warping of history in the Middle East (his recent book was loaded with lies, ironically) and his embracing of groups that are IMPLACABLY dedicated to war and terrorism.It’s important not to let your dislike of Bush push you to the other extreme.

  • alee21

    I would take a competent President who is a fighter for the right cause anytime over someone who may revere the truth (or so he says) but obviously was not suited to the job.Meeting with Hamas is just about the most self-inflating and out-of-touch action in recent times.

  • joseph stack

    We have always trusted in what President Carter has said and done.

  • Leigh

    Agreed Mr. President. But a President is unable to manage the thousands of diverse Americans who work in his administration. Isn’t the real objective the setting of an example for the entire government and the nation at large. We are surrounded by liars. TV Commercials, politicians’ statements, adulterers ad infinitum. It almost seems that lying trounces baseball as the national pastime. The benefits you realized by being honorable are significant and in no way do I want to diminish them. But the benefits of good leadership far exceed even those accomplishments and I hope you will emphasize that broader platform. The Bush Administration lied about almost everything of importance. Karl Rove and Condoleeza Rice. Rumsfeld and Feith and Scooter Libby and others will take the fall. But as you well know George W. Bush in all probability simply played the “plausible deniability” game and, at some level, the public knows it. He has set a far more immoral example for the nation and its youth than Bill Clinton’s sexual proclivities. To the extent George W. Bush has any further leadership opportunities left, his message is quite simple: The ends justify the means and you aren’t required to even tell people what ends you are seeking. The party of “values” has spent eight years undermining the core values of this country because our President didn’t understand that all he really does of enduring importance while in the Oval office is set an example.

  • Edward Adams

    Truth is not an absolute value. There are the old time worn thought experiments like: A Nazi knocks on your door and asks if you are harboring Jews in your house. That said, the value of truth telling of presidents was seriously devalued during the term of #42, in which lies about sex even under oath, were deemed politically acceptable.Now, it has become an issue like pork barrel spending, in which the public decries it in general but demands it of their local politician. Veracity is something the public only demands of politicians that they do not support.

  • Bob Tapscott

    Thwe real question is what do you do when the lies kill?The Gulf of Tonken incident never existed, and yet over 50,000 American soldiers were killed in response to a fictitious attack.There were no WMDs or Al Queda links, yet over 4,000 American soldiers have died, under false pretentions, after invading the wrong country.When President’s lie and Americans die, should that not be considered automatic grounds for impeachment, and imprisonment, or does the Commander in Chief have a right to kill our soldiers capriously?

  • Geo

    I disagree with those who say that Carter’s pronouncements and actions regarding the mideast in recent times reflect mere ignorance.I just don’t know if it’s manic egotism and superior self-righteousness or if it’s something worse: malevolence.

  • E. K.

    Geo,Good point.Let’s take a poll.Carter’s follies are are due to hisa) ignorance

  • vern johnson

    Good to hear that at least one of the US presidents since Lincoln was truthful in inclination if not entirely true factually. At least Jimmy, your heart was in the right place and I appreciate that.I would like to hear more about the murderous machinations of the CIA and their other “crimes”. Let it all hang out Jimmy. What have you got to lose at this age? The nation would thank you if you named names and named exact dates so that the likes of David Addington would never again sully the halls of justice. And why not support the impeachments of Cheney and Bush before they drag the USA into another conflict, in Somalia, in Sudan, in Iran, in Lebanon. Bush is itching to leave and leave this mess for Obama to sort out, but why not try some pre-emptive activity of your own before Petraeus and Cheney get some more people killed?

  • Judy Smith

    Jimmy Carter is one person I trust to be a ‘thinker’ and a ‘truth teller.’ Ditto for Barack and Michelle Obama.Lies are so damaging not only for the liar but also the person(s) lied about.

  • John Sagassi

    If Carter were around in the 1930′s he’d be seen in pictures smiling with and embracing Hitler.”Talking with your enemies” does not mean meeting with those who are hell-bent on destruction. It only empowers them.

  • Carol

    I admire Jimmy Carter tremendously, not only for the good he has achieved since his Presidency, but also because he is the only, I repeat only, President who has successful negotiated a lasting peace treaty between Israel and another Arab nation. Bill Clinton left negotiations until the end of his term when there was no time left to accomplish anything and, ludicrously, bush is scrambling to put something together between Israel and the Palestinians, but is only including half of the latter group in his efforts.

  • RB

    It is interesting that the ones that are in opposition of Carter’s article are calling him an anti-Semite for opposing the slaughter of a country such as Palestine, that has a UN sanctioned elected officials with no power to defend the starving and slaughter of its people by Israel. Such a religious nation as the Jewish State of Israel should understand such things as humanity after what the Germans did to them in WW II as we are reminded everyday of the holocaust.. But once again, the Jewish Nation is showing its ugly head as being evil and not willing to lead the way in helping and loving its neighbors, by always playing the fear card. Sounds like our president and the Republicans? One day, the helpless Palestinians will acquire all the weaponry that the US has provided to Israel and there country in which they cherish will disappear due to their hatred for the holocaust is happening in Palestine. I for one will not fell sorry for a nation that is a God fearing country and has so much hatred for its fellow man and woman. If any living Jew wants to remind the world about the holocaust, stop doing what you’re doing to Palestine first. Your religion was of God and you trample his very words.

  • Edward Adams

    More dangerous to the nation than a chief executive with a slippery sense of the truth is one in which absolute principles and the naive idea that other governments act by them trumps self interest in foreign policy. Jimmy Carter exuded those dangerous qualities in dealings with Iran, in which he failed to support the Peacock throne and then clung to the failed notion that the Islamic radicals that he ushered into power in Tehran would deal with the American hostage taking out of deference to international law and a sense of right and wrong.

  • Mark

    Jimmy Carter — my first vote ever, and probably the only truly enthusiastic vote I ever cast. Honesty and morality do have their benefits. By the way, remember Carter’s energy policy — the first major legislation of his administration — a total melt-down failure. Guess what, we’d be just spinning along right now had people listened. Let’s listen to this guy, even now.

  • CraiginJersey

    The Obama campaign should send Jimmy Carter and the show-stealing Reverend Wrong on a long trip to Africa, one that lasts until mid-November.

  • kaywallace

    It is wonderful that ole’ Jimmy thinks so highly of himself and his role as President.

  • kaywallace

    It is wonderful that ole’ Jimmy thinks so highly of himself and his role as President.

  • L Giles

    Dear Jimmy,I am to young to have seen you act as President of the United States, however, I’ve been reading more about you and appreciate your service.You’ve entitled your message, “Presidents should not be liars.” I would venture to say that “Community leaders should not be liars.” Regardless of how big a community, leaders represent the individuals of the community and should be honest and forthright with each one. However, like you say, some intelligence leakage can influence security measures and must be taken into consideration.However, time and again veracity is compromised for the leader’s and/or supporter’s self-serving agenda. Thank you for pointing out that small lies are the very foundation of political catastrophe. Let the American People hold our community leaders responsible for their political honesty!

  • Joseph

    I agree with the view that presidents should not be liars and the claim that overwhelming majority of US citizens agree with this statement. However, the rest of President Carter’s statements are inaccurate.Presidents should be truthful IF voters are able and willing to understand complex arguments and research facts. Presidents should be truthful If other leaders are be influenced by the honesty and good-will of the interlocutors.If presidents are always truthful without the requisite preconditions being in place that honesty will lead to undesired consequences.Our political system is based on, and cannot make do without, various layers and genres of lies and anyone who says otherwise is simply lying. Either to himself or to others.

  • Barney Scott

    Of course former President Carter is absolutely right. Let us hope future presidents learn from his wisdom; and let the never-ending-lies and spin of the Bush/Cheney administration serve as an object lesson to drive home Carter’s point. Former President Eisenhower left us with the advice that we beware of the military-industrial complex. We did not learn from this admonition; perhaps because most of us only got as far as the first six words of his warning. The reading of his entire farewell address on the subject is illuminating and spells out exactly what that complex gaining a choke hold on the nation would entail; and it has come to pass. Now let us hope our future leaders learn from Carter and not continue to view him as weak and ineffectual while in office. He was a very good man always trying to do what was right. He was denied a second term because America swooned and became all starry-eyed over the celebrity of a charming and affable movie hero. Reagan was a nice guy; but also a president who let his wife’s astrologer have a hand in his decision making. Was that any way to run our country? President Bush can only see as far as Reagan’s rough hewn image as a cowboy ridin’ the range around his ranch when seeking a hero to emulate. Too bad he can not see that Carter sits tall in the saddle without the window dressing of a faux working ranch, a ten-gallon hat, and pointy-toed boots.

  • Anonymous

    i cant believe we let an American hating piece of garbage like you be president.

  • Julie Arnold

    How does the statement go? “Once a liar, always a liar.” True people thought Carter naive; but looking back over the succeeding presidencies of both parties, makes me wonder what the USA would look like today if we had continued to have “truthful” presidents. And also, what would Iraq look like? We the people have allowed this to happen, and we the people need to get really busy about fixing it.

  • Lawrence Oswald

    Dear Mr. Carter

  • jim filyaw

    this column reminds me of why so many americans ended up despising mr. carter.first, let me say this. i don’t think he was a bad man or a bad president. i think things happened during his administration that no mortal could have forseen or managed. in other words, he got far more blame than he deserved, and his successor got undeserved praise.the challenges aside, carter never seemed to get the danger in sanctimony. in other words, you don’t go around patting yourself on the back for not lying (even if you haven’t). no doubt honesty is a virtue. but, i would hasten to add, so is humbleness.

  • Dave

    Yes, President Jimmy Carter was a decent man — more decent than many I recall holding the office of the presidency. Yes, honesty is the best policy and lying by a head of state is quite unsatisfactory for any reason.However, the needs of The Republic sometime outweigh the decency and humanitarian interests of the leader and though I would never be so presumptive as to call the fine man Mr. Carter naive it is difficult to fathom why we would boycott the olympics or absorb every Cuban refugee Mr. Castro released from mental asylums and prisons and allowed to float the 90 miles to our shores.Decency and humanity are virtues it is true. Mr. Carter deserves our utmost respect and admiration for setting the exemplary moral standard during his tenure in office. I am just left wondering if it was all worth it in the end. We have strained our resources for less; but it never seems to end.We unilaterally cannot take responsibility for the entire world.Respectfully.

  • Minh

    “i think things happened during his administration that no mortal could have forseen or managed. in other words, he got far more blame than he deserved, and his successor got undeserved praise.”– “Jim Filyaw”Blame and praise by whom ? By those people who push America in to this mess in the middle East ?You look at Jimmy’s smile at his age, and you know something about him.My full respect to Jimmy Carter and what he’s done.

  • John Sagassi

    If Carter were around in the 1930′s he’d be seen in pictures smiling with and embracing Hitler.”Talking with your enemies” does not mean meeting with those who are hell-bent on destruction. It only empowers them.

  • A Former Democrat

    Lies? Truth? How about complimenting murderous dictators just to gain an audience so Jimmy Carter can bask in the spotlight. Ask the folks in Cuba imprisoned after meeting with Carter about his lies. Carter is a sanctimonious, sad little man desperately seeking the respect a contemptuous citizenry rightfully denied him after his disastrous presidency.

  • Anonymous

    it is obvious that little jimmy has his family writing things here no one else would write anything good about you.

  • T. A. Larson

    “Let’s take a poll.Carter’s follies are are due to hisa) ignoranceb, c, and d

  • BGone

    Your administration did have good friendly relations with the Vatican? Just thinking about the Bible being a proved hoax makes the pope’s head hurt you know. Mr Bush is sending him a large shipment of Advil, Tylenol and a rabbit’s foot, so I hear.Moses wouldn’t lie about something as serious as talking to God would he? How about Pat Robertson? We must not call them liars. Like Moses, Pat made a deal with a being he’s sure is God. He wouldn’t deal with Lucifer, the angel that would be God and lie about it? Can’t say any man who’s taken holy orders lies ‘may’ we?By the way, Moses got to be the most important man that ever lived through his conversations with some supernatural being. Not bad for a killer on the run, huh? Is it God or Devil that rewards folks here on earth in exchange for their souls? How’s Pat made out, you know, since his Lear jet crashed? I’ll bet he’s whining about the high price of jet fuel, an even bet since I haven’t wasted my time listening to what he has to say in a while.We’re only talking about the snake that bit you, kinda like the one that bit the Reverend John Wayne “Punkin” Brown. Jesus didn’t come to his rescue either even though he was right there in church with the whole congregation helping him make the call.

  • Minh

    I’ve observed at other times that the exploding consequences of a small lie can result in political catastrophe, as was shown in President Nixon’s effort to conceal the Watergate break-in.There have been other examples since I left office.—-It’s the 9/11 lies by Bush and his facial expression while being informed by Andrew Card at the reading class in the morning of 9/11.I’m still too young to understand the timing in politics. The fact is you, Jimmy Carter remain silent for all those 7 years from 9/11 and do your things outside the USA. But the timing of physical law is simple and calculable it’s t=sqrt(2h/g)WithI guess in the US, the law of physics is expressed in different unit of length, but time is mesured the same. Maybe it’s longer to get the truth out in the USA ?

  • LindaG

    I’m dismayed by the disparaging remarks made against this great man and American. While there will always be myriad political philosophies about what works/will work and why, shame on those who fault President Carter for approaching the big issues of our day with love and tolerance (those Christian and humanitarian values), and who else has spent so much time, money, effort, and focused so much attention on advancing positive change since leaving office? Nixon? Ford? Reagan? Bush Sr.? Clinton? God bless President Carter and may he continue to so generously contribute his time, work, and intelligence for many years to come.

  • Valerie Alexander

    For me, a dedication to truthfulness involves not just a clean heart, but also a conscious and thorough effort to get to the pertinent facts. In my experience, people who have failed to make that effort haven’t really had clean hearts, either. So, Mr. Carter’s pretensions to truthfulness are not credible with me.

  • Bevilacqua

    I just noticed the poll.Carter’s follies are are due to hisa) ignoranceI say some of all of them but mostly b.

  • Nick Polyak

    Carter was and is pandering to the genocidal apartheid Islamonazi rabble rouses who spend billions of oil money into forming the world’s opinion including American academia and press. To do it he sacrifices both decency and truth.

  • samrev

    Even if presidents have to lie on ocsssion, it should be rare enough that the lies are effective.

  • Andy I

    Jimmy Carter: you are a failed president who devolved into a digusting mouthpiece for Islamic terrorists.

  • Philip Atticus

    I agree whole-heartedly with President Carter’s message and the spirit behind it. I am saddened by the bigoted and irrelevant comments left in response. Whatever one’s personal opinion, the argument should be judged and debated on its merits, not through scurrilous personal attacks. I hope President Carter will continue his good work.

  • Mike

    Who is Jimmy Carter to say what Presidents should do? He was the worst President in American history and is proving to be the worst ex-President as well. Carter’s insufferable arrogance has made him the first President in a hundred years to criticize a sitting President. Even worse, Carter thumbs his nose at official American foreign policy when it stands in the way of an opportunity for self-aggrandizing.Carter is a dangerous fool and our country will be better off when he stops his arrogant and destructive meddling.

  • frank burns

    For those of you who haven’t figured it out yet, the phrase “national security reasons” translates inviariably, to “I need to save my ass here.”

  • Mike

    President Carter never lies. He deeply believes in everything that he says and does. He is simply a very deluded and naive man. He is the same man now as he was during the terrible years of his presidency.Mr. Carter is a man who fights for human dignity and human rights all over the world, yet neither he nor his Carter Center haave ever addressed these issues in the part of the world where human rights are at their lowest ebb. Guess where the biggest contributors to the Carter Center reside?A deluded man can never lie, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of us should wallow in these same delusions.Despite what many of you think about President Bush, I guarantee that President Carter will go down in history as our worst President and he has set a new low for his post-presidency “diplomacy.”

  • frank burns

    What was so bad about Carter’s presidency. I thought it went very well. The hostage situation was not easy from any standpoint. Bush would have deflagrated WWIII, and all the hostages would have certainly been killed. Carter took the peaceful route and they all returned safely. My vote was, and always will be with Carter.

  • Carter Has The Blood Of Our Troops On His Hands

    If Iran is today an Islamic mullahocracy ready to throw the world into a nuclear holocaust, do not forget it was Jimmy Carter who made the Iranian revolution possible. He is responsible for the fact that mentally deranged people like Khomeini, Arafat, Assad or Saddam came to power in the Middle East. When Ahmedinajad will pass a nuclear suitcase bomb to AlQuaeda terrorists to smuggle in AMERICA and wipe out a city like Los Angeles, do not forget to thank Jimmy Carter for that.

  • Carter Has The Blood Of Our Troops On His Hands

    If Iran is today an Islamic mullahocracy ready to throw the world into a nuclear holocaust, do not forget it was Jimmy Carter who made the Iranian revolution possible. He is responsible for the fact that mentally deranged people like Khomeini, Arafat, Assad or Saddam came to power in the Middle East. When Ahmedinajad will pass a nuclear suitcase bomb to AlQuaeda terrorists to smuggle in AMERICA and wipe out a city like Los Angeles, do not forget to thank Jimmy Carter for that.

  • Charles Carter (my name is Carter too, unfortunately)

    And who is Jimmy Carter to talk about liars? His last book was debunked and the lies were laid bare by the Middle East specialists in the Clinton administration, including the chief negotiator Dennis Ross. Even members of his own institute resigned because of Carter’s lies.Nobody could possibly defend him based on facts.

  • Reles Grob

    Carter is the biggest liar, and, purveu=yor of his own blood libel. It was Jimmy Peants who deliberately lied Israel’s killings of Hitzballah criminals (Carter just took his Hitzbollah friends word for that) . Now, that the Lebanese government is speaking out against the Hitzbollah crimes against Lebanon, Carter is changing the subject. HE, Carter, is the enemy of the US.

  • Bernard Ross

    Carter is not only a liar but also a huckster, a con man and an elmer gantry. He uses the aura of morality to cover his crooked work. He makes a lot of money from the supervising and certifying bohgus elections. He is bought by the arab oil cartel and does their bidding.

  • rmorrow

    frank burns: —————-Looks like Frank Burns is a hyper-partisan who will only see good in “his side” and only see bad in “their side”.If you think Carter’s Presidency “went very well”, you are either ignorant or just hate Bush so much that you feel the need to support any idiot who attacks him, be it Carter or Kanye West.

  • rmorrow

    homer: —————Actually, most of them. The difference is that Carter was such a miserable failure as President that he has dedicated his whole life to a unending PR campaign to make people think the way you do. Carter makes certain he gets public credit for anything he does (as well as taking credit for other people’s work.)Where Carter is truly different is in the damage that he has caused as ex-President by providing talking points and respectabilty to our nation’s enemies.How many other former presidents can say the same?

  • Robert Samet

    Mr. Carter:In the name of truthfulness, why don’t you make a full disclosure of the Arab money from which you and the Carter Center have profited and continue to profit and that, along with unbridled anti-Semitism, fuels your relentless campaign of disinformation and outright lies about Israel? Why don’t you tell us how much more money accusing Israel of an apartheid government in the title of your book generated, when you have since admitted that you know Israel does not maintain an apartheid government? From where does the money come, Mr. Carter, that enables you to travel the world, kissing and embracing Hamas terrorists?The plain truth is that you have by your own conduct forfeited any right to preach to anyone about truthfulness.

  • Joblo

    Sure, this self serving, self righteous excuse of an ex-president may feel that he has never lied to the American people but he surely will also never admit that instead of accepting his own failures as a president he just blamed the American people. Remember this gem? “We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our Nation. The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.” After thirty years of this garbage his whining is getting old. Begin and Sadat are dead and nothing has changed in the Middle East. So much for truthfulness there. Lets put this old fart, the WORST president of my 50 year lifetime, out to pasture and let him chew his cud to his heart’s content.

  • B-man

    President Carter has perhaps the greatest understanding of the Middle East, it’s problems, their sources, and a road-map out of the nightmare that it is in, of any international statesman in the world. His work on the ground there is nothing short of heroic. Read his recent book on the Palestinians. It is a clear-eyed, reality-based look at that region, and it will give you necessary information to understand what is really going on there that you won’t find on Fox news.

  • Speaking of lies

    From a long-time associate of Jimmy Carter, a professor of Middle East history, and former member of the Carter Center who resigned to protest the content of Carter’s latest book:”It (the book) contains egregious errors of both commission and omission. To suit his desired ends, he manipulates information, redefines facts, and exaggerates conclusions. Falsehoods, when repeated and backed by the prestige of Carter’s credentials, can comprise an erroneous baseline for shaping and reinforcing attitudes and policymaking. Rather than bring peace, they can further fuel hostilities, encourage retrenchment, and hamper peacemaking.”Carter lovers, do you have anything to say about this?

  • rmorrow

    B-man: ——————-The book was widely discredited and many parts were plagarized.You just like him beacuse he is a liberal and blames America and Israel for everything. (Most folks who hate Fox News so much share your narrow views.)

  • Dhimmi Carter

    Jimmy Carter may be an anti-semite, a terrorist lover, an economy wrecker, a closet communist, the worst president ever, and liar but at least he isn’t a…no, he is.

  • daweeni

    So then, when Jimbo returned from his Middle East diplomatic initiative, telling us how Hamas was willing to live in peace next to Israel, and they completely contradicted everything he said, was he lying, or was he simply a misguided dupe?

  • Capitalist Infidel

    Could you please stop giving disgusting anti-Semites like Jimmy Carter a place to print his vile bigotry? Is this just turning into an Islamist forum?

  • B-man

    RMorrow:Exactly who discredited the book and exactly which parts were “plagiarized”? I’ve watched several hours of President Carter discuss the contents of the book, and he has a perspective and insight to that region that is unparalleled. The truth of the matter is that the definition of Apartheid is exactly what the Israeli’s are doing to the Palestinians. They’ve taken over the Palestinians land, grabbed the best high spots, built roads between those spots, forbidden Palestinians to use those roads or even cross them, cutting off farmers homes from their farmland, and have surrounded the Palestinians on 3 sides and are trying to cut them off completely.If the communist Chinese were doing this in America, how would you feel? A little perspective please.

  • Victor Kelley

    The Republicans have done their damnest to convert lying into an artform. This November, it stops at the polls.

  • david johnson

    It’s hard to believe we once had a president who wasn’t a liar, after the last couple of decades. Thanks, Jimmy, for being a president we could look up to. A president who didn’t run up the national debt, who didn’t get us into a neverending war, who didn’t take away our most precious constitutional rights in the name of security, who didn’t sell arms to Iran to finance an illegal war in Nicaragua, who was a good man and a Sunday school teacher who is thirty years on after his presidency, one of the most respected men in the world–in contrast to our current president who is the most despised.

  • Anonymous

    Good for Cater to point out what should be self-evident: Lying in public, to the public or even for the public is wrong. That is where I draw the line in my vote.The most maddening thing about Bush XLIII is that how he parses his words and frames his argument very deliberately so not to get caught in a lie, even though we know that he is not telling the truth. Even on the yellow cake, Bush used “British intelligence reports” to make his case; but the British still have not shown that evidence so that we can know definitively that Bush lied.When Hillary lied about taking Bosnian ‘sniper fire’. she disqualified herself for consideration as president. We need to be able to trust our leaders.

  • daweeni

    jobloAs much as I hate to disagree with you, I think Jimbo has lost his worst President of the last 50 years title to the Shrub. After all, Jimbo’s idiotic dealings with the Iranian situation only screwed up our foreign affairs. GW has managed to screw up everything he, and his incompetent political hack appointees, have touched, domestically and abroad. In the end, Jimbo’s TV appearances only made me shake my head and wonder how the Democrats picked such a loser, whereas watching Bush on the tube makes me embarassed to think that this is the face that the rest of the world pictures, when they think of our country. Jimbo’s brother Billy was certainly an embarrassment on the same level as Georgie Boy, but at least he wasn’t living in the White House.

  • Dennis

    If Semites typically condone smashing of bones of the deceased and flushing them down the toilet, then is it any wonder that there are many anti-Semites?

  • BGone

    Mr Carter, as you stated the shining star of your administration is peace between Israel and Egypt. There’s many questions that could be asked about why you think that’s so important. I’ll simply wonder if Palestine is “holy land” in your estimation and, believing you do think that, why?God is everywhere so any patch of earth must be as Godly as any other, violating none of the physics. Jerusalem cannot be any more important in God’s eyes than Jackson can it? You do believe in Devil?I thought so. As God IS everywhere Devil GOES everywhere. Therefore where Devil happens to be at any moment must be better land in His eyes. Now if you were Devil wouldn’t you go to where you get the most attention, are considered to be what Devil wants to be, God?Jesus was the son of the supernatural being, (giving Moses the shadow of the doubt) in the burning bush. All Christians believe that and you are a Christian? Muhammad had a similar encounter with a supernatural being. Again we must give Muhammad the shadow of the doubt, not a liar. Then there’s “homemade” faith, the Mormons founded by a real red blooded American, Joseph Smith who also spoke directly with supernatural being(s).The three great faiths are all based upon individuals having encounters with supernatural beings. Thus all faith is in the truthfulness of and the ability of these individuals to tell the difference between God and Devil or God’s agents and Devil’s agents.There are three possibilities as usual, God, Devil or hoax. Two are bad and one of the bad is devastating. The circumstantial evidence of chaos in the mid east says the worst possible case doesn’t it? Hell is pure chaos. Palestine is Devil’s Disneyland where the fun chaos never stops? Given all that, where would you locate your fun land if you were Lucifer? Jerusalem is certainly at the center of the chaos isn’t it? And you hold your head up high, “I made peace” you say. I won’t call you either a liar of stupid but will ask where the peace you made is at.Did you go to church today and put your money on the plate? It’s tax unaccounted, tax deductible and that church real estate is tax exempt. That Lucifer is so clever he has you paying his fee to his agent, that reverend who is leading you to “the house of the father of Jesus.” But wait a minute. He also has me and all others paying the taxes not collected on His holy businesses.Lucifer for president. We need someone who knows how to skin a pilgrim on our side for a change. The country’s going to hell anyhow with all the sicklies in the white house so why not do like those big shot ministers and cash in on it? Of course there is the high price of jet fuel so we may have to do without our Lear Jets. What does the pope-mobile burn anyhow, lost souls?

  • David G. Ward

    It is a sad commentary on American societal virtues when honesty, integrity and decency are today considered trivial impediments to personal advancement and so-called success! Even more, it is a sad commentary on ourselves.

  • rmorrow

    B-man: Exactly who discredited the book and exactly which parts were “plagiarized”? —————–Well, from the rest of your rant, we know who you think is responsible: the Jews, right? Thank goodness that folks like you and Carter are here to defend the innocent Palestinians from ZOG.Seriously, the book was discredited from many quarters, from the numerous members of his organization who resigned in protest to Democrat Senator Tom Lantos.On a side note, your China/US analogy is too flawed on too many levels to begin to dissect.

  • rmorrow

    David G. Ward: ————-Well, who is making such a case? You seem to be working yourself up into a lather and declaring our society morally bankrupt based on a statement that no one has made, let alone become a sentiment shared by a large percentage of our society.Calm down. It’s OK. Despite what he would have you believe, Jimmy Carter is not the last honest man in America.

  • TortFeezer

    You know, its amazing to see how those who so thoroughly condemn carter here are also so incredibly ignorant.1) Carter destroyed the economy.2) No GOP President has actually managed to protect this nation in times of war. How the GOP runs wars we see right now with dubya. all GOP presidents except Truman have been good at starting wars, and ending at best in a stalemate. So much for protecting us. First chance he got, Reagan ran from conflict in the ME. Carter protected our nation by keeping us out of a war, and forcing that security Liability- Israel- to come to terms with their neighbors and sticking to it.3) anti-semitism. Last time I checked, arabs are semites as well. far more semtie than most Israelis, who are as a rule are Europeans, not semites. So, sounds to me like Carter was helping Semites and Europeans alike. Whatever his failings, President Carter does not deserve the continued lambasting he receives, much less from the likes of GOP supporters who give us nothing but losing wars, massive debts,flagging stock markets, and deteriorating domestic infrastructure.

  • rmorrow

    TortFeezer: —————-Hmm. You think Truman was a Republican and you call others ignorant?

  • Dr Rick

    If nothing else, Carter’s book has shown us that no one may ever criticize Israel or even suggest that some of its polices might wrong without being labeled a terrorist-loving anti-semitic.

  • mmmisewicz

    Former President Jimmy Carter will not go down in history as one of the great Presidents but more importantly should be remembered as one of the greatest citizens that America has produced.He takes a lot of heat for his egalitarian approach to the problems in the Middle East.But his thinking and contributions which are meant to help ALL parties involved are viewed and commented on negatively mostly because all the money and power rest with the opposite viewpoint.When I think of Jimmy Carter I think of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King and those who fought against the odds to bring good in the world.

  • Stu Wilde

    Of course Presidents and other government officials should never lie to the public. That is a no-brainer and anyone who says otherwise probably has something to hide.This is the first Administration that openly lied to the People and then had the audacity to not try and hide it. They say it is because of national security or some other guise, but other Administrations have dealt with national disasters and other emergencies.9/11 seems to have provided this Administration “carte blanche” to do pretty much anything they want: they can torture people; spy on its own citizens; conduct wars without end; suspend civil liberties; make all kinds of secret laws; concoct Presidential signing statements designed to undermine lawmakers; etc.It is pathetic, criminal and I hope and pray Obama wins so he can immediately start another 9/11 investigation AND an investigation focusing on lies that sent us to war with Iraq.

  • Seth Watkins

    In the early 1970s, Jimmy Carter campaigned to be the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia on a pro-segregationist platform. When segregation became unpopular, he disavowed his smear tactics against his progressive opponent.Then, in the 1976 campaign for president, it became known that Jimmy had for years been an elder in a racist, whites-only church. He said he hadn’t known the church didn’t allow blacks to worship there, and disavowed his membership. Later in the campaign, speaking to a white neighborhood in Detroit, he demanded that the federal government “respect the ethnic purity of neighborhoods” and refrain from building public housing for poor folks in that bastion of whitenss. Later, he denied the comment.Jimmy Carter lies through his teeth. His most recent lie is his column stating that presidents should not lie.

  • B-man

    RMorrow:A simple statement of the facts on the ground in the occupied territories does not constitute a rant. The situation in the region is complex, and yes the Israeli’s are culpable for many of the issues in the area. The Palestinians are not without their share of the blame also. The point is that Carter understands both sides and has a clear idea of what to do to move forward.The “controversy” over the book that you seem to be alluding to is wholly based on Carter’s use of the loaded word Apartheid, which as I stated in my post below is the exact definition of what is going on inside the occupied territories.You have given much vitriol and zero facts about this subject. Your hatred of President Carter seems to have made you immune to the facts on the ground.

  • Don Easley

    We’re currently living under the weight of a gigantic lie told by our president. In fact, in the 6th year of our invasion and occupation of Iraq, we’ve never been told the entire truth about America’s mission there. Sen John McCain spilled the beans – Republicans aren’t supposed to mention the words “Iraq” and “oil” in the same sentence – when he recently said a new energy policy will prevent sending troops again to the Mideast over oil. McCain was let off the hook when the press accepted his lame explanation that he didn’t mean the U.S. went to war in Iraq in 2003 over oil, his remarks were about the reasons behind the first Gulf War. If you believe that one, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.Why is it that we’ve spent more than a year parsing every sentence that comes out of the mouthes of our presidential candidates, but we’ve let Mr. Bush get away with not divulging his real mission in the occupation of Iraq? No substantive questions – even after the horrible death, destruction, and displacement of people and infrastructure, and damage to our military, national treasury and international reputation. I’m amazed that he still has 30% support of the American public. March 19, 2003 is a day that will live in infamy.

  • mike

    Mr. Carter suffers from a much failed presidency. At best is is a nice man who is so eager to be relevant that he trots across the globe embracing all manner of dictator, whether in North Korea or in Chavez. At worst is seeks to undermine America.

  • bob

    carter is a lying sack of crap. we are all suppose to think he’s awesome for making america give egypt billions upon billions of dollars in aid for “peace.” but riddle me this, how many times has syria attacked israel since the last time egypt did? the peace is a weak official declaration of a petty dictator(mubarak) which we bribe. that is no more peace than paying protection money to the mafia.

  • B-man

    Mike,So you are a mind reader?Please tell me, how would you know the difference between “a man who is so eager to be relevant that he trots across the globe embracing all manner of dictator” and a statesman who has dedicated his life to service based on his Christian faith?It is most amusing to see the conservatives on this board assign all manner of motivations to President Carter, of which they truly know nothing. Of course, these are the same people that gave us George W. Bush, the worst president in US history.

  • George Myers

    Former President Carter inherited a lot of problems in foreign policy. When the “hostage crisis” started, we (almost 4000 Grumman employees, think Apollo LEMS on the Moon) had 80 F-14s on the ground in Iran training them for the Shah, which I recall was to be 100 (Newsday). That was a first in US policy and may be the last time its done. The Iranian students in the US, as they were attending our schools, complained to Henry Kissinger no less that the Savak (secret police) was spying on them in the US. He said there was nothing he could do (on TV). I was sitting with the test pilot of the F-14 (think Tom Cruise “Top Gun” Netherlands pilot enlistments went up as the female costar looked like their princess) at a belated birthday with his wife who had been in Iran, and has now a PhD in Anthropology, when the TV announced it would blow up all the F-14 in Iran if the then USSR made a move for the border it shared with Iran. He said the air-to-air missiles in their hands would upset the balance of air power. Well send in the fleet and find out how many US F-14s can shoot down how many Iranian F-14s? I wonder what the neighbors (Iraq, etc.) thought of all this? Then arms for hostages?- in memoriam to the Israel pilot who died in our burning space shuttle re-entry, whose notes were found. He flew with other Israeli pilots to form an airliner radar signature through international air space to bomb a French-built Iranian nuclear reactor many years ago thought to have been making nuclear weapons.

  • fwonschik

    If we make “false statements” to the Feds, that is good for 5 years in prison. Yet, Bush/Cheney lied about bogus Iraqi WMDs and gets 4,000+ Americans killed, 25,000 injured, at an estimated cost of $2.5 Trillion and walks away scott free. Why isn’t Bush and his co-conspirators not being tried?

  • George Myers

    Edit: Former President Carter inherited a lot of problems in foreign policy. When the “hostage crisis” started, we (almost 4000 Grumman employees, think Apollo LEMS on the Moon) had 80 F-14s on the ground in Iran training them for the Shah, which I recall was to be 100 (Newsday). That was a first in US policy and may be the last time its done. The Iranian students in the US, as they were attending our schools, complained to Henry Kissinger no less that the Savak (secret police) was spying on them in the US. He said there was nothing he could do (on TV). I was sitting with the test pilot of the F-14 (think Tom Cruise “Top Gun” Netherlands pilot enlistments went up as the female costar looked like their princess) at a belated birthday with his wife who had been in Iran, and has now a PhD in Anthropology, when the TV announced it would blow up all the F-14s in Iran if the then USSR made a move for the border it shared with Iran. He said the air-to-air missiles in their hands would upset the balance of air power. Well send in the fleet and find out how many US F-14s can shoot down how many Iranian F-14s? I wonder what the neighbors (Iraq, etc.) thought of all this? Then arms for hostages?- in memoriam to the Israel pilot who died in our burning space shuttle re-entry, whose notes were found. He flew with other Israeli pilots to form an airliner radar signature through international air space to bomb a French-built Iraqi nuclear reactor many years ago thought to have been making nuclear weapons.

  • Lu Franklin

    Carter – - – The last honest president.Clinton subject to impeachment for lying about sex.Bush, deserving of PRISON for CONTINUOUS TREASONOUS LYING, not even subjected to investigation.Corporations and the GOP = EVIL!

  • Concerned The Christian Now Liberated

    Global warming is complex. Peruse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming.Hillary Clinton is not as complicated. Peruse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Rodham_Clinton and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Hillary_Rodham_ClintonNeither is Barak Obama. Peruse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_positions_of_Barack_ObamaNeither is John McCain. Peruse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McCain and Now we can vote!!!!!

  • Gulliver

    Jimmy Carter is a Racsist and Anti-semite. In the early 1970s, Jimmy Carter campaigned to be the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia on a pro-segregationist platform. When segregation became unpopular, he disavowed his smear tactics against his progressive opponent.Then, in the 1976 campaign for president, it became known that Jimmy had for years been an elder in a racist, whites-only church. He said he hadn’t known the church didn’t allow blacks to worship there, and disavowed his membership. Later in the campaign, speaking to a white neighborhood in Detroit, he demanded that the federal government “respect the ethnic purity of neighborhoods” and refrain from building public housing for poor folks in that bastion of whitenss. Later, he denied the comment.Jimmy Carter lies through his teeth. His most recent lie is his column stating that presidents should not lie.

  • rmorrow

    Lu Franklin: Clinton subject to impeachment for lying about sex.Bush, deserving of PRISON for CONTINUOUS TREASONOUS LYING, not even subjected to investigation.Corporations and the GOP = EVIL!—————————-Sigh. It used to be so much more interesting when all of the liberals weren’t idiots.

  • B. Lloyd

    What a joke — Carter lied hundreds of times as President — just like every other politician — in addition to the hundreds of campaign promises he didn’t fulfil.

  • LogicalSC

    Mr. Carter, are there no murderous thugs over which you will not fawn and shrill? Not content in having your actions condemning millions of Iranians to 30 years of hell under the Islamic fanatics of Khomeni, you now work tireless to subject millions of Israelis to another holocaust at the hands of the Hamas savages.In the name of God will you please just retire to a quiet farm somewhere before more people’s lives are destroyed by your naivety and love of totalitarians, from Castro, Kim, Ortega and Chavez?

  • Tom Shire

    It is disheartening to read the comments on this thread claiming that Carter is “the worst president ever.”It is a remarkable claim in light of both the disaster currently occupying the White House, and the 30 years of (mainly) Republican energy and tax policies that are now inflicting such a heavy toll on our economy and the environment.The right-wing noise machine has deeply damaged our body politic. I pray our country and the world can withstand the assault and recover.

  • doctor t

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  • sk

    Jimmy Carter was perhaps the biggest liar that America ever had for president. He supposedly championed human rights, but in fact he enabled dictators and scoundrels. Among them was Yasser Arafat, for whom he wrote UN documents.He was not “naive”; he was and is evil. And incompetent, so far as US well being was concerned.As for “misleading,” why the very title of his newest pack of lies and errors is misleading.Why any newspaper gives him a podium (even a small one) can only be explained by self-hatred.

  • Tom Shire

    It is disheartening to read the comments on this thread claiming that Carter is “the worst president ever.”It is a remarkable claim in light of both the disaster currently occupying the White House, and the 30 years of (mainly) Republican energy and tax policies that are now inflicting such a heavy toll on our economy and the environment.The right-wing noise machine has deeply damaged our body politic. I pray our country and the world can withstand the assault and recover.

  • Anonymous

    Compared to GWB, Jimmy Carter is a paragon of virtue, and a justly recognized world leader in the human rights movement as well as his widely recognized work with the poverty-stricken both here and abroad – Habitat for Humanity is a great work that will live on in perpetuity because of Mr. Carter. Even now, his diplomatic work continues. However, the neocon nightmare still hasn’t run it’s course, with many of it’s most ardent and strident supporters right here on this blog – a hateful bunch that don’t hesitate to bash Mr. Carter’s monumental achievements. But will there ever be even one republican ex-president (Honest Abe excepted) that can lay claim to the same level of national and international recognition for either their time spent in office, or most importantly, their contributions beyond their tenure in the Oval Office? I think not – republicans are all blow and no show. Talkin’ the talk, but never walkin’ the walk…..some things never change.

  • Earl C, Virginia Beach

    Well, this blog has deteriorated to the un-Christian right wing finding fault with those who tirelessly try to bring about decent dialogue in a world that desperately needs something good. Some blame Obama supporters for statements. Others blame someone else. Always blaming someone else. Granted there are hostile views from across the political spectrum. It is also obvious that there are too many people who have never heard Obama and his message of hope and decency. I do believe that there are too many who do not desire a decent discourse because they are way to eager to castigate their perceived “enemies.” President Carter set forth an excellent model for human rights. President Bush has set forth an excellent model for the inhumane. Under Carter, not a single American hostage was killed. Under Bush, you go figure the carnage. Diplomacy takes time and may actually involve talking to “enemies” from time to time. The alternatives do not seem to be working well under Bush. The last time I checked, it seems that God took responsibility for creaating all of us (humankind). We are also commanded to love our enemies. God is the ultimate judge. I stand amazed that people find no charity for the Palestinians when finding no fault with Israel. All to often, Israel follows the eye-for-an-eye model for explaining why it uses bombs to blow up Palistinans who are barely able to find chains and sticks. Oh, I forgot, this is what the Republicans do also. They lash out with a scorched earth attack when a small criticism is lodged at them. If you have failed to notice, Republicans will even manufacture opposition attacks to justify their scorched earth, take-no-prisoners tactics.

  • Tom Shire

    It is disheartening to read the comments on this thread claiming that Carter is “the worst president ever.”It is a remarkable claim in light of both the disaster currently occupying the White House, and the 30 years of (mainly) Republican energy and tax policies that are now inflicting such a heavy toll on our economy and the environment.Remember that it was Reagan who reversed Carter’s policies of energy conservation and subsidies for alternatives such as wind and solar that would make homeowners less dependent on “big energy.”The right-wing noise machine has deeply damaged our body politic. I pray our country and the world can withstand the assault and recover.

  • esperanza369

    Thank you, President Carter for stating an obvious truth. I the leader of our nation lies, how are we citizens to have faith in our government? Americans believe in truth telling and we use to expect nothing less from our leaders. Today, it seems so many lies have been told, that we have become inured to being lied to; “All politicians lie” is a common response to our outrage when our leaders are lie to us. Moreover, when caught in lies, many leaders ignore our objections. Some even have the shamelessness tomake jokes about their liesAs citizens, it is time we demand the truth from our leaders and certainly past time to expect nothing less from our Presidents.Thank you also for the good work you continue to do in the effort to bring peace to our struggling planet. My great respect for you as a president is second only to my respect for you as a humanitarian and peace maker. God bless you, Sir.

  • Mae Rudolph

    And you could put our present leader up there with the biggest prevaricators of all, I think.

  • B-man

    This message board is a perfect microcosm of this country. The liberal voices speak with clarity, insight, and with fact-based arguments. The conservative voices throw out unsubstantiated vitriol, juvenile name-calling, and claim to know the motivations of people they’ve never met. No wonder this country is such a mess after almost eight years of uncontrolled conservative leadership.Barack Obama will bring sanity and intelligence back to this country and end this long nightmare of idiotic and ineffective conservative rule. Obama in ’08!

  • Anonymous

    jimmy “i make eye contact” carter should never open his mouth and speak in public, he is a fool and when he opens his mouth everyone knows it.

  • B-man

    Thank you, Anonymous, for so perfectly illustrating my point!

  • Sarah Banderleigh

    Why on earth would you give that liar a forum to piously preach at the rest of us? Get a grip, folks. What’s next? Will you be asking Osama bin Laden to write about loving thy neighbor?

  • Arminius

    B-Man,Good going, keep it up. Apparently Anonymous, and others like him here, are living proof that Neanderthals are still with us.Arminius

  • Independent11

    By Carter’s standards Hillary Clinton couldn’t be President. She told more lies than she told truths just trying to be President.I agree with Carter’s sentiments. I find it really strange how Hillary supporters just brush off her lies and always counter “every politician lies”. That doesn’t fly with me. If I witnessed Obama lying I’d be done supporting him. If you can’t trust your President, then what good are their positions and agendas? How could you ever trust that they’ll do anything they say? I think Americans have become so apathetic and non-participatory in our electoral process of the last 30 years for this very reason. No one believes that politicians will do what they say, so no one believes change is possible.BUT, if you can trust your candidate/President, then that changes EVERYTHING ….

  • Pam

    Amen, President Carter.

  • Anonymous

    I consider President Carter to be the finest and most decent President of my lifetime. He was and is a good Christian man. This is probably why so many Republicans hate him so much, as they stand for many things God despises. Republicans seem to routinely reject Jesus’ teachings. The economy President Carter inherited from the Nixon/Ford administrations were designed for the military industrial complex not for a nation at peace.The Carter administration helped bring peace to the Middle-East, facilitated the safe return of the hostages and brought hope to under-privileged youths with employment training programs like the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). CETA was one of those needed social program that Republicans of that time deemed a “Give-away” and/or “Welfare” program. The Republican uses the prison system as their social program. This draconian approach to problems has always been their mindset. In my humble option, the Republican Agenda of division and greed has been hurting us for nearly 50 years.

  • Earl C, Virginia Beach

    As the thunderstorms swirl all around my area right now, I am struck with both the good and the bad of blogs and debating. It is very easy to spot the people wearing concrete blocks for heads and those who are reflective and insightful in their thinking and comments. Generally, it is very easy to spot those who take extreme positions. For example, those who say that Pres. Carter was the worst President ever have never considered objectively the current occupant of the White House (at 29 percent approval) nor have they any real knowledge about previous Presidents. The Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh type of venom flows freely from the fangs that they speak through, not knowing that such speech as this is what creates Hilters, Stalins, and the like. The difference between Timothy McVay and the suicide bombers of the Middle East is the difference between wanting to spare one’s cowardly, full-of-hate life versus one being willing to die for a cause. Those who kill to stop abortions are just as guilty as those who, in their eyes, perform abortions. It has been my experience that those who spew forth the venom have committed even worse crimes. Look at those who hate alcohol, but are closet drinkers. Look at those who hate gays but search for them on the internet so that they can link up with them in illicit ways. Look at those who hate abortions but will force their own wives to have a backyard abortion to spare the family shame. I could go on and on. Jesus knew exactly what he was doing when he forgave the woman who was caught in the “very act of adultery.” What I have also noticed is that there is no sin too grievous that a Republican right-wing nut will not forgive one of his own. There is no sin too minor that a Republican right-wing nut will not broadcast to the ends of the earth if committed by a Democrat. The examples are too numerous to mention here. My prayer for our country is that people of all faiths and political persuasions and return to civil discourse as the great Mr. Jefferson envisioned many years ago. Of course, he expected that the population was best served by being educated to the task. Unfortunately, this blog proves the point that education is a rare commodity because I have read a lot of ignorance here. If one cannot make his point in a civil manner, I suspect that being educated to the facts is a mere inconvenience. Mr. Carter gave us the path to balanced federal budgets for as far as the eye can see. He reversed a trend set by the Republicans when he launched the zero-based budget process. If the Carter haters are not familiar with this, then they indeed are full of uneducated, hateful speech. Pres. Reagan turned this model on its head. He proceeded to turn the government into a welfare state for corporate interest and for the wealthy. Huge deficits started to pile up. Where Republicans err is that they never saw a budget surplus that they liked. Being fiscal conservatives is not at all what they are about. To save for a rainy day does not sit well with them. Consequently, we are now financing yet another big government giveaway with borrowed money. President Bush said himself that he was determined that to mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren. Right, Mr. Bush. What you have done is esactly this, you have mortgaged the future. Remember, the road to a budget surplus was on the horizon when Bush too over. he launched a war of choice and gave big tax breaks. This genious needs to be retired to Texas.

  • frank burns

    People who don’t like Carter are certainly depraved.

  • Earl C, Virginia Beach

    Well, I wonder what piece of depraved human being is blogging now that has to insult a former President with such vulgar language. Obviously, this person has much to learn about being a human being in a civilized world. May God have mercy on your soul. I would imagine that you have no belief in God. I pray for your soul.

  • Nick Polyak

    Carter was and is pandering to the genocidal apartheid Islamonazi rabble rouses who spend billions of oil money into forming the world’s opinion including American academia and press. To do it he sacrifices both decency and truth.

  • Alice W

    …nor should vice presidents. That lets Hillary out

  • Gene Barnes

    Mr. Carter, I think what you say is correct, but please drop the other shoe: What lie, or lies, spoken by a President of the United States are you exercised enough about to make these comments? Without that, we aren’t getting the whole picture.

  • Earl C, Virginia Beach

    Is it my imaginaton? I think that way too many people blog exactly the same blog from time to time. Sorry that these people are so limited in the thought process thatthey cannot blog a second original thought.

  • observer

    the president’s competence compensates for many things.if president bush lies when he over or underestimates the number of troops in iraq,it is excusable and an essential part of the battle to defeat osama,who is by the way, also destroying the islamic world

  • Janis

    Barack Obama says he does not take money from ‘big oil companies” – what he does do is take money from executives of big oil companies – if that is not lying, it is very close to it. President Nixon at least had the class to leave office rather than being impeached (and he lied about his associates doing something that had been done many times in the past by both parties). Bill Clinton lied, was impeached and refused to leave office -he seemed to think that perjury was okay if it was only about having sex with someone not his wife. I am not sure that I understand why lying about some things is okay if you are in one party and not okay if you are in another. AND I do not understand why lying while under oath is not bad Mr Clinton but lying while not under oath is bad for Mr Nixon.

  • Aminius

    Earl C, Virginia Beach:First, in reply to your long post: very impressive indeed. I am in complete agreement. Thank you.Next, your short post: that unfortunate person with the foul language is well known here. He is like this constantly, and worse, spamming with very, very long nonsensical posts. He has been banned from many of these threads. Apparently, he needs professional help.Keep those good posts coming.Arminius

  • Nick Polyak

    Sorry for blogging second time. I thought it was an important comment and I wanted it to be seen that’s it.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s an original thought.Earl, You and that long post is a fight against the very power of the Internet itself. Your battle is very comparable to that of Former President Carter and American Politics.May God’s righteousness be with you both, even in the face of blind hatred.

  • janis

    I have not submitted any comments before so I suspect that you are simply not allowing anyone to comment if that person does not agree with you

  • B-man

    George W. Bush is Osama Bin Laden’s best friend. Osama was able to attack him, run away, thumb his nose at him for years, and get him to invade an oil rich Muslim nation that had nothing to do with 9/11, suckering him into an endless war that can never be won.You can’t be a much better friend to Osama Bin Laden than good ol’ George W. Bush!

  • Marcia Martin

    I’m always amazed at people who, having just witnessed the Bush administration, can still parrot the old saws about how terrible the Carter administration was. President Carter’s administration is what the Bushes fantasize about having: an unpopular administration whose decisions are justified by history. He was unpopular because he was truthful, long-sighted, and refused to pander for short-term political gain. Most of us see that now.Thank you for all your courageous service, sir. I know that you forgive the fools who speak so harshly against you. I hope that they don’t cause you any pain.

  • hannah he

    I agree

  • Ted J Wordlaw

    President Carter is in an enviable position. He has the inside, (top secret etc) knowlege and exposure to know what really the crisis in the middle east is all about.None of the current presidential candidates have the true courage to stand up to the cabal of Zionist – Israel lobbyist. To contest them would be political suicide. Carter can’t be intimidated because he is not running for political office. An example of such is here in Chicage a Jewish professor at Depaul University contested the Isralis acts of: “apartheid”. He lost his tenureship due to the rising up of the local Jewish groups and no longer is employed at the university.If one in a postion of credibilty and prominince and the press prints their comments that are not pro-Isralis they are targets to be destroyed. This is the power of the political zionist. Carter represents a position tThe world does not know the capacity of the nuclear capacity of Israel which our government has provided for the past decades.. Their military arsenal is the strongest in this region yet we cry for the disarmament of Iran. And the irony is if we give military aid to any other nation in this region Israel cries,demand for more. There’s something inconsitent here. The chickens will come home……

  • jwh

    All rise,The President Of The United States Of Liemerica

  • BGone

    B-man:, If Carter hadn’t started it and Regan continue it Bin Laden would be dead and Afghanistan a religion-less nation under the old USSR. 9-11-2001 would likely not have happened as we can rightfully assume with big Bin shut down. The Muslims were a thorn in the side of the Soviets from the beginning until the bitter end.Our high tech weapons and tax dollars were used to bring the Taliban to power in Afghanistan. Now we pay the price of righteousness. Religion is not now nor has it ever been the solution to any problem. Religion continues it’s 5,000 year run as the most significant problem facing the human race. The best is yet to come. They’ll have the bomb soon if not already and just working on the delivery system.Mother nature has a way of taking care of perverts. Today is mother’s day you know. Sell all your earthly possessions and give the money to a preacher who will pass it on to the poor. Save one white sheet. Wrap yourself in it and climb the highest mountain you can. Jesus will be along any minute. If you don’t believe me ask Reverend Hagee who gets his information directly from God’s word, the Bible.

  • jwh

    Your presence in Iraq caused the death of OVER ONE MILLION IRAQIS MAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN. That is what I call a holocaust. With your current PRESIDENT LIAR IN CHIEF you are now sc_um nation number one TOGETHER WITH GREAT BRITAIN.

  • NM Remote

    Hello,

  • frank burns

    What is so bad about Yassir Arafat? That he stood up to the land-grabbing polices of Israel? Or that he associated with people who targeted civilians? On that matter, has the US apologised yet for its own targeting of civilians at Hiroshima? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Arafat is every bit the hero for his people as our fine soldiers flying the Enola Gay are for us. The same goes for Hezbollah — call them terrorists, and they are, but don’t get too uppity about it. It is Israel that is stealing the land. Get them to the table, make the terms, restrain unbridled Zionist territorial expanison, and let’s get this world back on track, For goodness’ sake.

  • B-man

    BGONE,I’m not sure what you mean had Carter not started “it”, so I can’t rally comment on the logic of your argument. My understanding is that Bin Laden’s main gripes are a) the presence of US troops in Saudi Arabia, and b) the support by the US of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians.As I posted far below, had Carter won a second term, his number one priority would have been to continue the work he had brought so close to fruition in actually resolving the “Palestinian” issue. Had he won the second term, and continued this work, it is likely that we would not now have the level of hatred from the Muslim world that we do, and 9/11 would likely never have happened.With regard to Afghanistan and the Taliban, they came late into the picture and simply offered sanctuary to Bin Laden when he was kicked out of Saudi Arabia. Had it not been the Taliban, Bin Laden would have simply found somewhere else to use as a base of operation to fight against a) and b) above.

  • Ed

    When this item was posted little did I know that it would become a bulletin board on the presidency of Jimmah. How soon some forget the misery index and the days held hostage.While economic arguments go all over the map and conveniently start the clock appropriate for the poster’s POV, the Iranian hostage situation was entirely homebrewed by the naive boob from Georgia. He is the one who ushered in the Iranian militants and reaped what he sowed.His naivety is reflected in this piece. Why didn’t he speak about the necessity for honesty by a POTUS during the term of Bill Clinton? Then he would have been brave about honesty. Now, he is just pandering. He fails to demonstrate an understanding of lying and mistaken arguments.

  • Stan

    Independent11:Somebody is pulling strings for Obama for sure.If someone tells others that he is an outsider and is going to change the government big time is he knowingly lying, an ego maniac, or both? They are certainly a fool if they really think they can change the world without the approval of ‘they’.More than likely ‘they’ have already figured out how to manage Obama. Surely it is obvious he has been tracked and placed in places since he was born.The bewildering thing is how supposedly intelligent people can be so manipulated.

  • Anonymous

    B-Gone?B-Man?

  • Concerned The Christian Now Liberated

    Iraq 101 The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, 4056 US troops dead and 83,521 – 91,094 Iraqi civilians dead from iraqbodycount.org/ …

  • AgentG

    Bravo, President Carter. The nation misses you more than you can imagine.

  • B-man

    ED,Do some research. Carter publicly criticized Bill Clinton before and during Clinton’s presidency.Your post is typical of the ranting insubstantiative, juvenile name-calling of most right-wing posters on this board. I can’t find a single “fact” in your post to hang my hat on, just an angry man’s ranting of a subject he knows little about.

  • james – Los Angeles

    Janis,

  • MaryJB

    So Mr. Frank Burns doesn’t think Arafat was so bad, and that he is as much a hero as when the US dropped the bomb during WWII. Mr. Burns obviously does not know the history of the Middle East very well, especially as magnified by his comment that Israel “stole” land. This type of of ignorance about Israel, the Middle East, and how the “Palestinians” got their name is wide-spread and unfortunate.

  • John Evans Jr.

    Is the same man who supported the Clintons?

  • clazy

    The lies a president tells himself are the ones we should fear most. I’d put Carter’s self-righteousness into that category.

  • Bill H

    The Carter Years were the worst times for America in my lifetime. What a drag they were. Carter never lied but he got thrown out of office just the same.

  • Bill H

    The Carter Years were the worst times for America in my lifetime. What a drag they were. Carter never lied but he got thrown out of office just the same.

  • karela

    Jimmy Carter has always been a truly good human being. Since he left office, he has used his influence to help many thousands of people. He has inspired people all around the world to stand up and work to help others. He has always been and continues to be an inspiration to me and to many others. Thanks Jimmy for living the life that answers the question, What would Jesus do?

  • Independent11

    Stan, And before anyone says “he accepts it from individuals who work here or there ..” – well, yeah, everyone works somewhere. But when individuals spend money up to a capped limit, they are unable to get favors in the way a Lobbyist or PAC can. They are one of millions of individuals who’ve contributed to his campaign.So he is the first to be beholden to the electorate, and not completely under the control of special interest groups. Yes, it’s very hard to get things changed in Washington. But, if your President is a compulsive liar (sociopathic about it), then that is likely a person who will say or do anything to get elected. And so, is goes without saying, they are likely saying one thing to the voters and another to the special interest groups who line their political coffers.

  • Calvin Arnason

    Embarrassing as this is, to have to be reminded of the virtue of honesty, one wonders what earlier Presidents would feel necessary to state for our Bush League leaders of today.

  • PABOBR

    If I am not wrong the Iranian revolution was started by the Eisenhower CIA when we helped the Shah overthrow an elected government in 1953.That is when the ayoatola went into exile and promised to return when the time was ripe.Get out your books and read all about it before you blame Carter for any of it.Also remember the coincidental release of the hostages hapening on the day that god(whoops)I mean Reagan was sworn in.

  • lwps

    At least people had jobs during the Carter years, unlike the subsequent Reagan years. I am tired of hearing this lie — how terrible it was during the Carter years. Reagan had better public relations, that is all.And, by the way, Hamas targets only military, and thus, are not terrorists. That is another oft repeated lie.

  • book134

    Jimmy Carter had his own problems in regard to governing (like allowing the Iran hostage crisis to consume all his time & energy,) but at least he was honest & just & generally speaking tried to project that into his style of governing.For sure, Carter was the last decent, just, & honest President of the Republic. He was & is, a good man.

  • Hans B

    The truth takes courage and Mr Carter has it. You can agree or disagree with his viewpoints but only someone who confuses courage with swagger can deny that Mr Carter is a brave man.

  • Steppy

    Prez Carter you will always hold a special place in my heart and mind. You were a good prez despite all of that crap repubs say about you. It’s amazing to me how they prop Reagon up like he was some sort of God and put you down as if your were a pauper when it should have been the opposite. Thank God we have had the opportunity to have your honorable insights, direction and moral fortitude.

  • dyinglikeflies

    Another offensive lecture from Mr. Carter, who has been lying to himself for so many years that explaining the truth to him is like explaining the color red to a person born blind. This man is a combination of intelligence and horrible ignorance, with a laser-like self-centeredness and vanity that makes Nixon look like Mother Theresa.

  • Fred McEwan

    If truth telling is a critical and vital responsibility of an elected official, why don’t we add the oath of a witness in judicial proceedings to the oath of office, with similar consequences for violating such an oath – perjury – an impeachable offense?” I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”He and she already have their hand on the bible (or other sacred text).FM, Westhampton, NY

  • Tom A.

    Gas lines, double digit interest rates and unemployment, stagflation, the collapse of

  • HUSSEIN ELSHIBINI

    It is an almost universal belief that the word “POLITICS ” is a synonym of ” DISHONESTY ” .

  • David R. Beck

    Funny how he cites Nixon yet fails to mention the most glaring example of a “small lie can result in political catastrophe,” namely “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

  • Thomas

    There you go again.

  • Al

    The only reasonable and correct description of Carter would be – the worst president of the 20th century, liar and terror appeaser cowardly certifying every dictator’s and terrorist’s “elections”, bigot, vengeful to everyone who did not support his reelection…….

  • Anonymous

    Oh come on. Jimmy Carter is arguably the worst President we have ever had. Truth was something he knew nothing about.

  • Al

    The only reasonable and correct description of Carter would be – the worst president of the 20th century, liar and terror appeaser cowardly certifying every dictator’s and terrorist’s “elections”, bigot, vengeful to everyone who did not support his reelection…….

  • micael hudgins

    When I was growing up my parents gave me three rules to live by. The first was don’t ever tell a lie, even a small one. the next two were don’t take anything that doesn’t belong to you, and never give up on anything you start. President Carter is right again. President carter is going to be remembered as the greatest living American citizen of the twenty first century. He already is for me.

  • Milton Forman

    Few have ever Questioned President Carter’s veracity. Nevertherless, his point of view and his competence are certainly appripriate subjects for discussion. Milton Forman

  • Milton Forman

    You rejected my comment because you claim I made too many recently. I have not made any comments within at least the past year.

  • Michael D. Houst

    Jimmy Carter was probably the weakest president we’ve had for the past 100 years. He was also one of the more honest. (Most honest would have to go to Gerald Ford.) However, he was not as bad as many other presidents, such as Andrew Johnson, and he certainly was nowhere near as bad as George W. Bush is.

  • Michael D. Houst

    Jimmy Carter was probably the weakest president we’ve had for the past 100 years. He was also one of the more honest. (Most honest would have to go to Gerald Ford.) However, he was not as bad as many other presidents, such as Andrew Johnson, and he certainly was nowhere near as bad as George W. Bush is.

  • Tom

    In perusing these comments, and following President Carter’s advice, I have to honestly say that there is almost nothing of value in the words of 324 posts. Is there an actual reason for having a comments capability? It is primarily a reminder of how misinformed, ignorant or illiterate people are. Please, Post, discontinue this “feature.”

  • Anonymous

    mr. carter: your book palestine Peace or Apartheid

  • Joy Broadhurst

    He is correct–one lie let’s us know there are many more, i.e. Hillary Clinton

  • Joy Broadhurst

    He is correct–one lie let’s us know there are many more, i.e. Hillary Clinton

  • Abimbola Oyesanya

    Of course the whole world knows Presidents lies especially this current American President; George Bush. See where he has put U.S. now. Exposing their white ass lies around the world.There are have been lies in U. S. history but it will always be covered by the establishment and the press as long as it is in American interest; centuries of murders; invasions; genocides and slavery in the name of advancing democrazy and free enterprise.And so the truth been told by a black pastor Rev. Wright about American crimes based on lies and greed by their past Presidents is been ignored now as usual by the establishment; press and also by a black man named Barrack Obama because he wanted to rule whiteman’s land.

  • Abimbola Oyesanya

    Of course the whole world knows Presidents lies especially this current American President; George Bush. See where he has put U.S. now. Exposing their white ass lies around the world.There are have been lies in U. S. history but it will always be covered by the establishment and the press as long as it is in American interest; centuries of murders; invasions; genocides and slavery in the name of advancing democrazy and free enterprise.And so the truth been told by a black pastor Rev. Wright about American crimes based on lies and greed by their past Presidents is been ignored now as usual by the establishment; press and also by a black man named Barrack Obama because he wanted to rule whiteman’s land.

  • Abimbola Oyesanya

    Of course the whole world knows Presidents lies especially this current American President; George Bush. See where he has put U.S. now. Exposing their white ass lies around the world.There are have been lies in U. S. history but it will always be covered by the establishment and the press as long as it is in American interest; centuries of murders; invasions; genocides and slavery in the name of advancing democrazy and free enterprise.And so the truth been told by a black pastor Rev. Wright about American crimes based on lies and greed by their past Presidents is been ignored now as usual by the establishment; press and also by a black man named Barrack Obama because he wanted to rule whiteman’s land.

  • M’fugo

    Per American Presidential lies…Well, DUH…

  • bruce

    His epithet will be “He was a good man”. I wish all presidents had the moral qualities and vision of President Carter.

  • bruce

    His epithet will be “He was a good man”. I wish all presidents had the moral qualities and vision of President Carter.

  • bruce

    His epithet will be “He was a good man”. I wish all presidents had the moral qualities and vision of President Carter.

  • bruce

    His epithet will be “He was a good man”. I wish all presidents had the moral qualities and vision of President Carter.

  • Immanuel Cant

    I became a Christian at around the time that Jimmy Carter was President. I believed in him. I still do.

  • Anonymous

    Hint Hint

  • Ironic

    I full-heartedly agree that presidents should not lie. It seems almost needless for such a statement to be agreed upon by hundreds of US citizens, but what I am confused about is who the author was.

  • Ironic

    I full-heartedly agree that presidents should not lie. It seems almost needless for such a statement to be agreed upon by hundreds of US citizens, but what I am confused about is who the author was.

  • Ironic

    I full-heartedly agree that presidents should not lie. It seems almost needless for such a statement to be agreed upon by hundreds of US citizens, but what I am confused about is who the author was.

  • Aaron

    President Carter,America is so much better since you left office. Thank you for not being reelected.

  • T N R Rogers

    Whether or not Mr Carter was one of our greatest presidents, he strikes me as one of our most admirable human beings. His life since leaving the presidency has shone with humaneness and wisdom.

  • Earl C, Virginia Beach

    I almost feel humiliated writing this post since one of our astute bloggers has stated that there is nothing of value on this ledger. For those who now have context and fail to use it to revise their ill-informed remarks about Carter’s responsibilities for some of the problems in the late 1970′s, let me give a few examples.The high interest rates -The hostages -The gas lines actually started with the 1973 oil crisis. Carter entered the White House in January 1977 and inherited a lot of problems. Before you start blaming everything on Carter, start doing a little research and dig up a few facts. The big problem with the gas lines was the oil embargo and other problems caused by OPEC. Obviously, we still have not learned much about being dependent on foreign oil. I remember well the gas lines and the prices, which seem very tame when compared to today’s gas prices. However, those of us who were able to make adjustments, did. Those like some in this blogospere prefer to compain and do nothing. Under Nixon, the wage freezes.Yes, I have cherry-picked some incidents throughout recent history to make my case. I do believe that those who do not dig a little and find substantive context for their narrow arguments are living in their very narrowly defined worlds and are slaves to a political party line. Yes, a number of slaves have blogged on this site. You can recognize them. They are generally not very happy. Maybe one day these slaves (usually captives of the nonthinking ultra right wing)will be able to free themselves from their own myopias and see what democracy is all about.

  • Ironic

    The beauty of democracy lies within the poeple’s sense of reason, but when one man gets up and spews forth lies concerning a whole people, he forfeits the right to call out anyone on falsehoods. People’s reason can be tainted, and especially someone of Former President Carter’s stature should realize that personal biases cannot be broadcasted to the public. A famous philosopher once stated that the masses are stupid, and blunt as it may seem, it holds truth.

  • Lyle Pirnie

    There is a difference between lying and giving a truthful statement when it can be damaging. Nobody argues that what President Carter says, he believes to be true. However, he does great damage to US positions on world issues when he involves himself in issues that he shouldn’t. A recent example is his meetings with Hamas. Most of the world condemns Hamas as a terrorist organization that should be delat with in a hands off manner. Whether of not president Carter expressed truthful beliefs with Hams leaders in his meetings with them is besides the point: he shouldn’t have met with them at all.

  • joe michael

    You always have been my example as to what character a president should have,May God Bless you with long life so you could always speak up for truth around the world.News media sure don’t give us a true picture,Thanks to you kind sir, May God Bless you always.

  • joe michael

    You always have been my example as to what character a president should have,May God Bless you with long life so you could always speak up for truth around the world.News media sure don’t give us a true picture,Thanks to you kind sir, May God Bless you always.

  • joe michael

    You always have been my example as to what character a president should have,May God Bless you with long life so you could always speak up for truth around the world.News media sure don’t give us a true picture,Thanks to you kind sir, May God Bless you always.

  • Earl C, Virginia Beach

    Carter’s book entitled “Israel: Peace, not Apartheid” presented a lot of factual information about that region. Neither I nor, I am reasonably sure, the one complaining about the lies in this book have independently researched the details contained within the book. However, Carter has lived a lot of the information in this book. He has traveled extensively in that region as well. So, much of his writing is based on first-hand knowledge. Unfortunately, to maintain certain talking points, our politicians give us only bits and pieces of the information that an informed citizenry need to make informed decisions. President Carter has acquited himself very well when questioned about some of the strongest statements that he made in his book. However, people today prefer to pick on single words or phrases, rather than to read the entire manuscript. I read the book from cover to cover. With my own previous knowledge about the events in his book, I did not find much to criticize him for. Afterall, he is entitled to his own opinions and his own interpretations of the facts. As an aside, the right-wing religious nuts want me to believe that their interpretation of the Bible is equal to God’s word as recorded in the Bible. There is a reason that I have my own copy of the Bible. With the advent of the printing press, a growing body of literate people could read for themselves. Many discovered that the Bible did not say many of the things that they were told. I feel sorry for those of you who depend on Rish Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and others for your facts and interpretation of the facts. Personally, I prefer to just listen to the speech, read the book, and so forth without the inane commentary that follows where some people try to convince me that I did not hear what I just heard. Also, body language, tonal inflections, and the like are missing from a transcript. Some commentators put their own emphasis on certain words that were never intended by the author or speaker at the time.

  • Nickeltoes

    B-MAN You can stay here as long as you wish.

  • Mike

    Jimmy Carter in no way shape or form started the U.S. troubles with IRAN or in the middle east. That goes back to support the U.S. had of the Shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi starting in the 1950′s and, especially when Dwight D. Eisenhower was President. Also, to think our economic issues under Carter were solely his fault is naive at best. The U.S. economy was already faltering long before he took office as was already pointed out. Was Carter our greatest President?Hardly. Was Carter the most honest? Probably, but we can only measure him against those Presidents who have told many obvious lies about U.S. Policy and U.S. Intentions and that list is filled with more than we would like to accept as Americans. Clinton’s lies were about his personal life and did not result in anyone’s death. Bush’s lies have resulted in the deaths of over 4000 American soldiers and countless 10′s of thousands of Iraqis if not hundreds of thousands. I’ve only been voting since 1981 but in my lifetime and with a strong understanding of U.S. history G.W. Bush is the most dishonest President we have ever had and to think how many of our soldiers he has killed or maimed for life. Not to mention fighting a war based on lie after lie. I’m not a liberal dingbat who thinks we can negotiate with madmen, but I’m also not a conservative hate monger with my head in the sand stuck in 1845. I’ve served my country in the military and in law enforcement. So have well over 20 members of my family and in all U.S. wars over the last 60+ years. Can you say the same about our current President and his staff and supporters? At least President Carter served our country in WWII and has done more than any other President ever to help his fellow man after leaving office. We can’t say the same for G.W. Bush who deserted his unit and got a “Daddy is a Powerful Bigwig” pass when he left to work on a senatorial campaign. We don’t even want to hear about those lying “Swift Boat Veterans For Truth” who told tons of lies about Senator Kerry who also served his country and went to Vietnam. Furthermore, Kerry never deserted his unit because he comes from a wealthy family.Did Al Gore desert his unit in Vietnam or ask for special treatment even though his Dad was a serving Senator at the time? No! It’s ironic how many democrats have served honorably in the military and in war and are always branded as soft on defending our country or supporting the military. What’s even funnier is how easy it is for conservatives like Bush, Cheney, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh and countless others who have either gotten draft deferments or found other excuses to not serve, yet are quickly given a pass by those who have served. Those same deserted and dodgers are also and always eager to send our boys (and now girls) to war quickly. As the old saying goes, the last ones to want to go to war are those in the military because they know what it’s like. Perhaps that is why Kerry, Gore and Carter are so opposed to war, because they have been there. Unlike Bush. Would you get a pass if you deserted your unit? I know none of my family would. So Carter’s economic record isn’t so great from when he was President. How did you spend your “second” Tax rebate from Bush in 2008? Paying bills? I spent mine the same way I spent the one back in 2001, on bills. Has been that long that our economy has struggled under Bush. Wow..eight years. Perhaps you spent yours filling your gas tank and making G.W. Bush’s rich oil contributors wealthier? Perhaps you spent your rebate by sending it to the mortgage bankers to help keep them at bay under one of the worst mortgage collapses in U.S. history which is occurring under Bush. I don’t think that kind of collapse happened in the high interest rate period under Carter did it? Perhaps it was Clinton’s fault? Clinton, after all, did have sex with that intern while our economy had a balanced budget for nearly eight years which happened at the same time we had some of the biggest growth spurts in U.S. history. Oh wait..the sex part is more important than the fact that Clinton has an education based on merit and didn’t get into Georgetown or earn his Rhodes Scholarship because he is a legacy. Whereas Bush, he got into Yale on an automatic ticket because Daddy went to Yale and that gave his son an automatic bid. How nice for Bush to have that Silver Spoon in his mouth when he said during his campaign he’s like the ordinary man. Yeah he is..like the ordinary idiots who voted for him who are dumb enough to not do their home work because it isn’t cool. Once again, under Clinton, sex with the intern was more important than how he managed the country into one of the strongest periods of economic growth, or how well Clinton understood international policy and diplomacy. However, Clinton got that draft deferment (just like Cheney and Limbaugh) so he’s a bad bad boy isn’t he? Oh darn, I almost forgot..Clinton also didn’t inhale that marywanna “in college” when most you also probably tried all kinds of stupid and sometimes illegal substances and activities. How could I forget that? That inhaling fact is far more important than the fact that Bush go arrested from drunk driving in the mid 1970′s…after he deserted his National Guard unit, after college when he should have been a responsible adult and husband. I used to get emails from G.W. Bush defenders all the time and now they are all silent because they know he is a morally corrupt liar who ran our country into the ground. Very much like he did with the state of Texas’ economy when he was Governor, and much like he did the company he founded and ran into bankruptcy before he became Governor of Texas. With his company, Bush showed his lack of managerial skills, however; he did show his ability to survive when he sold his shares and made several hundred thousand dollars on a company that was bankrupt. You say it was only several hundred thousand dollars? Well, Hillary made an even smaller amount on one of her investments before Clinton was in office and it was a big deal when Bubba was in office. The difference being is that Bush committed fraud and got away with because he got another “Daddy Pass” because Daddy was President at the time and Daddy fired those who could investigate him at the Securities and Exchange Commission. I look forward to reading the smarmy comments from the anonymous posters in this forum who will say that the above facts are lies. Well, go do your home work and prove me wrong before you spout off and say they are lies. The Bush defenders who ignore his long and continuous history of dishonesty, ignorance, and inability to manage our country and economy will be the ones who have to live with themselves knowing they twice voted him into office. I can rest easily knowing I didn’t vote him into office. I was disgusted by the way he treated a former prisoner of war veteran, Sen. McCain in Presidental race in 2000. It was completely disgusting how Karl Rove made up lies about McCain and his wife and Bush perpetuated them. Instead of being known for the no child left behind act (which is also failing), Bush will be remembered for no lie left untold and no citizen left bankrupt and no soldier left killed or maimed. Well..we can rest assured at least the CEO’s of the oil companies got wealthier over the last eight years. So, not all Americans are bankrupt, only the economy, middle class and below.

  • Earl C, Virginia Beach

    Mike,You stated, “As the old saying goes, the last ones to want to go to war are those in the military because they know what it’s like. Perhaps that is why Kerry, Gore and Carter are so opposed to war, because they have been there.” From my experience in the military and never having served in a war zone, yet it was the time of the Vietnam War, you are speaking correctly. I heard it over and over again from senior officers. The one prayer is that we do not have to go to war. Our force is specifically designed to be a mighty deterent to anyone attacking us and is used in defense only. War is a terrible thing. We know that there will be times when there are no reasonable options, similar to those that we were presented with that got us involved in WW II (the attack on Pearl harbor really started the ball rolling). However, this pre-emptive war stuff is a slippery slop to disaster. I could point to the end-times prophesies in the Bible and mention that nothing like the U.S.A. is mentioned as a global power. Bush is making sure that the prophesies come true during his presidency. Our military might is dying in the hot deserts of Iraq. The strategy for winning in Afghanistan is nonexistent. (We have not benefitted from the experiences of the Soviet Union in their fight with Afghanistan.) What is happening to us is that we are beginning to believe that human life is expendible. Remember the nation morning fewer than 10 deaths on the space shuttle? Now, death is nothing, unless you are an antiabortionist. Then you get all lathered up about killing the unborn while you do not mind the slaughter of innocent thousands in a mindless war.

  • Sam Booher

    thank you Mr President

  • Sam Booher

    thank you Mr President

  • B-man

    Mike,Great post. Finally, an intelligent, fact-based, coherent analysis of this topic and people’s reaction to it. Wish we had more posters like you. Thanks. – B-man

  • Phillip C. Smith, Ph.D.

    I admire Jimmy Carter for the humanitarian that he is. He put his actions where his words are as to his participation in humanitarian projects. His sense of integrity should be admired. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I have watched his reaction to our Church. He seems fair to us although we do appear to differ on some aspects related to the primordial importance of traditional marriage and the need to redirect human sexuality activities toward a greater adherence to God’s enlightened and inspired law of chastity. I hope that calm, thoughtful conversations can be carried out with respectful people on which moral stances will most likely benefit the United States in the future.Phillip C. Smith, Ph.D.

  • Buhler

    Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein is the commercial spokesman for G_d and Clear Eyes. Ben Stein: Nixon’s pervy product pitchman. BOHICA

  • Michael O.

    Oh yes, Mike, I almost forgot about Lt. Cmdr. Richard M. Nixon who had served in the South Pacific during WWII. Must have been one of our best presidents ever.

  • artistkvip

    of coarse the president of the united states should speak honestly and truthfully and it is completely possible if they used the simple words. i do not know.. of coarse if they use this frequently the american people wold rightfully know the the president does not know enough to actually be in his job. people like donald rumsfeld who i guess thought himself clever by stringnging enough conditionals and prerequetes or modifier to every statement he made under oath in hearings as to make his words gibberish and nonspeak or nonsense or possibly senile, he may have thought himself cleaver for not actually telling a lie…. well that may well be true but the purpose of elected and high appointed people is not to … not lie but to be accountable for thier decisiions..to make thoughtful and well researched decisions and to be able to explain what they were thinking about and the steps they tried to fix thier failed policies and every one ..will have failures… that is not the question it is how you deal with them and correct them that define a human being. to answer the questions and if they cant accomplish even simple things with thier insane obsevive compulsive mentall illnes way of trying to protech oneself in every nuance of an argument or the more likely the clear eyed obstruction of information due to the people they serve…in either case the person who cannot do thier job should not have it. there is also the true statement a leader can use that this is an area where i cannot at this time discuss but it in a free society should come with a projected timetable of when the public can come back to the video tape and continue the comversation. the problem with liars is they lie… the more they lie the more they rely on lies… and when the rest of the human race sees there are obvious lies with no accounting the obvious question is ..where does the lie end ..how do people who honestly want to help help when they dont know the basic things that need to be done.. or even where does the lie start… it is elementary logic 101 PEOPLOE WHO LIE SHOULD NEVER BE PUT IN POSITIONS OF RESPOSIBILITY OR POWER….how in the world could anyone expect acocountability resposibility or even good judgement from someone who cannot face reality as it is….which is a simple way of sayint the truth.. logic and leadership and spiritual growth folow the same fundamental path… to grow and solve problems the problems must be seen so they can be corrected anyone who trys to impede this simple truth becomes the first matter to be dealt with in the process of progress whetther that be spiritually , business, social, or societal….butt please check 4 truth i am after all just a dyslexic artist not a genius like donald rimsfeld and karl marx rove or dick cheny.

  • Rick

    Mike, you wrote:Don’t be in such a hurry to make your points that you make up stuff. Carter graduated from the Naval Academy in 1946.And, to this day he still doesn’t know how to deal with terrorists.

  • Mike

    First, it’s not wise to make an assumption on who I would be voting for this November and for whom I have voted in the past. Unless you are me you have no idea who I will vote for and, I wouldn’t tell you anyway. Believing I am either a Republican or a Democrat would be wrong, too. I am neither. Read my previous post thoroughly next time before making any assumptions about my political persuasions. As I implied, I dislike Left-wing Liberals and Right Wing Conservatives. The extremists on both sides are what’s hurting this country more than anything. Second, I do not vote for someone based solely on the fact they served in the military. If I were “dumb” enough to use that as a sole criteria I need to have my voter card taken just as much as those who vote solely on the fact they think the 2nd Amendment will be repealed and they might lose their right to bear arms. It takes a 2/3rds majority to change an amendment and when is the last time we had a 2/3rds of either party? Probably in the 1930′s when FDR was President I am sure. Furthermore, I would never use a persons former military status (or current status) as a means of judging their leadership ability or credibility and neither should anyone else. Honesty and a candidates past history count more in my book, not to mention not being a hypocrite like the leader of our current administration and the many who support it.Again, and if I voted solely for someone because they are a veteran than I would have voted for Oliver North during his run for the Senate in Virginia about a decade ago. If you recall one of North’s campaign slogans was “Veterans For North”. Well, this veteran didn’t vote for a convicted liar who was pardoned by a President who committed illegal acts (Iran/Contra ring a bell?). I did not vote for Oliver North based on his lying to cover up laws he broke. I know as a veteran you do not have to follow illegal orders. Saying you did it because you were commanded to due it BS if that were his reasoning. As for McCain. I am very disappointed in him not coming out and crucifying Bush for the way he was treated by the Bush campaign in 2000 and for maintaining the “Due Course” attitude in the Republican party. There is a thing called honesty, integrity and respect, something lacking in politics, politicians and their handlers.

  • Anonymous

    Carter weakened our military so badly that he couldn’t find 6 helicopters that could complete a rescue mission for his hostages. We were a laughing stock while he was President. Thank goodness he only served one term before losing to Reagan in a landslide.

  • Mike

    Yes, I admit, Carter was at the Naval Academy from 1943-1946, which if I am not mistaken is the time frame “during” which World War II occurred?In looking at that time period, Carter was supposed to graduate in 1947 but earned an accelerated degree with honors. Something Bush wouldn’t understand how to accomplish nor is capable of doing.If you think Carter was averting service, he was not. Carter was serving during WWII whether one likes it or not because once you are at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, or the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (which didn’t exist during WWII) you are on active duty unless you resign, which we know Carter did not. In 1943 when Carter was accepted into the Naval Academy nobody knew if WWII would be over by 1945, 1946 or beyond. Many thought the invasion of Japan would extend the Pacific theater of the war for years beyond 1945 and cost millions more lives. I would also venture to guess during the summers while at the Naval Academy Carter had to serve time aboard a Naval vessel like most midshipmen? Could any former midshipman correct me if I am wrong on that. When Bush received his line number of acceptance into the Texas Air National Guard he did so by skipping to the front of the line and over many many others who were waiting much longer than he. Also, when Bush was accepted into the guard he scored last on the flight test and passed with the minimum score. Former Texas Speaker of the House admitted under oath to putting Bush at the front of the line after getting a call from Bush’s father. Then he deserted his unit and wasn’t punished which is supported by Lawrence Korb (former Asst. Sec. of Def. under Reagan) who did a review of Bush’s service record and concluded he didn’t fulfill his service obligation. These facts have been covered up, disregarded or ignored very well by those who support him to this day. I was never implying that Carter was perfect, he was and still is far from it, just like you and me. However, at least Carter’s not a pathological liar like Bush. Carter has the guts to go to the Middle East like he recently did and show some diplomatic skills, something Bush lacks. If we dealt with Terrorists the way Bush has dealt with and many of our allies we will continue to lack the respect this country lacks right now. Sadly, if we continue to espouse the policies that Bush supports and puts forth then then I suppose we will see more body bags of our loved ones? I for one hope we don’t see an endless parade of body bags of Bush’s failed policies, something McCain supports because I don’t want to see a body containing my niece and nephew who are now serving in Iraq and are the 3rd and 4th members of my family to go there. I am tired of hearing from people that only the Republicans have answers to terrorists. What’s the answer? Attack everyone that you don’t like?The answer in my mind is through education. If people receive the proper education then they may not be influenced to believe the radicals and extremists who say that American is the “Great Satan”. The lack of education and understanding is the root of the problem in the Middle East, in Africa, and in the U.S.. Tell me how the U.S. helping that situation?I can tell what is not working, the policies of G.W. Bush. If the policies are working then how come when Bush declared the War to be over in Iraq back in 2003 yet we are still there and we are still losing our troops? It appears to me that G.W. Bush didn’t learn much from his father, President G.H.W. Bush who did serve admirably in WWII and had the smarts to know when to stop a war. G.H.W. was roundly criticized for stopping the Gulf War and leaving Saddam in Power but it turns out if was the right move at the time because the U.S. was not prepared to “occupy and rebuild” a country. Do you think G.W. took that into account? I’m not saying Saddam didn’t need to go but G.H.W. Bush had an understanding of international affairs and surrounded himself with people who did as well. G.W. lacks all of that and more. Thank god he only has less than a year to further screw up the country and the world.

  • Michael O.

    Mike:Before you say “Read my previous post thoroughly next time before making any assumptions about my political persuasions”, why don’t you read my previous post thoroughly and show me where did I make such an assumption?As to your statement “I would never use a persons former military status (or current status) as a means of judging their leadership ability or credibility”:Perhaps not but you would use that to judge whether or not a president would get us into war. As you said before:“As the old saying goes, the last ones to want to go to war are those in the military because they know what it’s like. Perhaps that is why Kerry, Gore and Carter are so opposed to war, because they have been there.”Carter, to my knowledge, has not actually seen combat, but that’s beside the point. The point is that you are are trying to put forward a theory that has no basis in reality, as I have shown in all the examples to the contrary. There are plenty more of those examples in history and I am sure you would have come up with them yourself, had your judgment not been clouded by that tired old cliché.And as to your complaint “it’s not wise to make an assumption on who I would be voting for this November”, why not? You obviously don’t think we should be in this war, and your theory is that people who have a combat background detest war more than anyone else. Ergo your preferred candidate to get us out of this war should be the one who fought in Vietnam, not the one who spent the Gulf War at Harvard, right?

  • woodmack

    While we are on the subject of WHAT Presidents say, can we also consider HOW Presidents speak. As important as speaking the truth is, thinking the truth first is even more daunting. Then one has to be understood. President Carter has never sounded other than as someone with a mouthful of wool. Part of his lack of success, it seemed to me, was his “novacained” delivery of every word he uttered. Even poetry he wrote to his dear wife, Rosalyn, sounded alien when he recited it on NPR.

  • John, Alexandria/USA

    Please die soon Jimmah.

  • Mike

    Yes, I admit, Carter was at the Naval Academy from 1943-1946, which if I am not mistaken is the time frame “during” which World War II occurred?In looking at that time period, Carter was supposed to graduate in 1947 but earned an accelerated degree with honors. Something Bush wouldn’t understand how to accomplish nor is capable of doing.If you think Carter was averting service, he was not. Carter was serving during WWII whether one likes it or not because once you are at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, or the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs (which didn’t exist during WWII) you are on active duty unless you resign, which we know Carter did not. In 1943 when Carter was accepted into the Naval Academy nobody knew if WWII would be over by 1945, 1946 or beyond. Many thought the invasion of Japan would extend the Pacific theater of the war for years beyond 1945 and cost millions more lives. I would also venture to guess during the summers while at the Naval Academy Carter had to serve time aboard a Naval vessel like most midshipmen? Could any former midshipman correct me if I am wrong on that. When Bush received his line number of acceptance into the Texas Air National Guard he did so by skipping to the front of the line and over many many others who were waiting much longer than he. Also, when Bush was accepted into the guard he scored last on the flight test and passed with the minimum score. Former Texas Speaker of the House admitted under oath to putting Bush at the front of the line after getting a call from Bush’s father. Then he deserted his unit and wasn’t punished which is supported by Lawrence Korb (former Asst. Sec. of Def. under Reagan) who did a review of Bush’s service record and concluded he didn’t fulfill his service obligation. These facts have been covered up, disregarded or ignored very well by those who support him to this day. I was never implying that Carter was perfect, he was and still is far from it, just like you and me. However, at least Carter’s not a pathological liar like Bush. Carter has the guts to go to the Middle East like he recently did and show some diplomatic skills, something Bush lacks. If we dealt with Terrorists the way Bush has dealt with and many of our allies we will continue to lack the respect this country lacks right now. Sadly, if we continue to espouse the policies that Bush supports and puts forth then then I suppose we will see more body bags of our loved ones? I for one hope we don’t see an endless parade of body bags of Bush’s failed policies, something McCain supports because I don’t want to see a body containing my niece and nephew who are now serving in Iraq and are the 3rd and 4th members of my family to go there. I am tired of hearing from people that only the Republicans have answers to terrorists. What’s the answer? Attack everyone that you don’t like?The answer in my mind is through education. If people receive the proper education then they may not be influenced to believe the radicals and extremists who say that American is the “Great Satan”. The lack of education and understanding is the root of the problem in the Middle East, in Africa, and in the U.S.. Tell me how the U.S. helping that situation?I can tell what is not working, the policies of G.W. Bush. If the policies are working then how come when Bush declared the War to be over in Iraq back in 2003 yet we are still there and we are still losing our troops? It appears to me that G.W. Bush didn’t learn much from his father, President G.H.W. Bush who did serve admirably in WWII and had the smarts to know when to stop a war. G.H.W. was roundly criticized for stopping the Gulf War and leaving Saddam in Power but it turns out if was the right move at the time because the U.S. was not prepared to “occupy and rebuild” a country. Do you think G.W. took that into account? I’m not saying Saddam didn’t need to go but G.H.W. Bush had an understanding of international affairs and surrounded himself with people who did as well. G.W. lacks all of that and more. Thank god he only has less than a year to further screw up the country and the world.

  • Earl C, Virginia Beach

    John from Alexandria is over the edge. John should stand back, take a deep breath, and look into the mirror. Perhaps his wish is misdirected. I cannot imagine that Carter has hurt him in any way. To have this reaction may require a shrink.President Carter suffers ill treatment from the same hands that worship Ronald Reagan and now Bush. Reagan was a b-grade movie actor and proved to be no better as President. However, his one liners, which were usually written by someone else, seemed to go over well with the ADD crowd. You know this group — they cannot listen to a complete speech. They can form a solid, nonchanging opinion based on a headline. So when Fox noise shows a picture of the Lincoln-Douglas debates in which they used a picture of the freed slave Frederick Douglas instead of the white guy Stephen Douglas, a lot of Fox followers now know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Douglas was the first Black man to run for President of the United States. Oh, well, America is great. And we worry about a few immigrants because they may not learn to speak the English language soon enough. It is really sad.

  • Michael O.

    Mike:“So, in fact you did say you knew who I was going to vote for.”I take it you don’t do sarcasm. That’s quite all right, not everybody does. No, I did not really think you were going to vote McCain.“As for thinking I mean that a persons leadership in the military is not a criteria to consider you need to, once again, read my entire post.”I have. I was referring specifically to your theory of the alleged correlation between a president’s combat background, or lack thereof, and the likelihood of that president’s getting the country into war or keeping it at war. A theory which I’ve shown to be all fluff.“As I said, I understand that Carter didn’t serve in “direct” combat, but neither did Lincoln and that didn’t prevent him from being a good leader and earning the moniker “Honest Abe”.Exactly. Glad to see you don’t think a military background is a prerequisite to being a good wartime president.“For once in my life I would love to vote for someone I want as President not against someone I don’t want.”Forget it. It’s always, and I mean always, a choice of the lesser evil.

  • John Kooms

    Much of the media , pundits and a lot of people took joy and still take joy in trashing Jimmy Crater , but there was not and there is not a better man , a better human being or a more honest man out there . What Jimmy Carter has done since leaving office ,tirelessly serving the people shows the kind of man he is , a very rare breed these days sorry to say . The country and the world needs more like him .

  • Mike

    Michael,It’s hard to tell sarcasm many times without hearing the inflection of someones voice and mannerisms. Hence why I don’t post much or do messenger services. It’s hard to tell when someone is joking, being sarcastic or a smart***. Believe it or not, they don’t come much more sarcastic than I am capable of being face to face. One last point. I don’t think having served in the military is anymore important to being president than having served office before is important. If a candidate has a history of being a good leader, good manager of people and understands what it takes to run a business or company, organization, government, and so much more than that and, has the necessary intangibles for the job that is fine with me. Finding that needle in a haystack of self interest, dishonest, and I would sell my child for a vote politicians of today is impossible to find. AS far as I am concerned, Carter was about as honest as it gets whether or not anyone thinks he was a good president or not. I agree with you, I don’t think I will ever see a candidate I truly want in office. I also feel both parties are equally corrupt and right now the Republicans are more so than the Democrats.

  • Stan

    Independent11,A review of readily available information on the Internet on Obama can lead to the conclusion that someone or some organization has been looking out for him since he was born. The feeling would seem to be an organization rather than an individual. There is nothing to support his earning the priviledge of being President of the United States of America. So the conclusion has to be by management. Things like this don’t just happen; they have to be orchestrated.

  • Jay Diamond

    The most glaring, destructive, and disgusting lie invented and maintained by the handlers of George W. Bush is their manifestly false insistance that the attack on, and occupation of Iraq is of material importance to the security of the United States.As in every other insistence with this administration, the prime consideration…or the ONLY consideration with respect to policy has been the calculation of the political potential in any situation.Why this is not written or spoken about more in the press and on radio and television is an enduring mystery and a monumental failure of “commentators”.Mark me well….Bush et al did Iraq for no other reason than to bring about an historic 2004 landslide for Dubya.They DID think it would be easy and that it would be over in 3 weeks, and they DID think that all the American soldiers would be home by Christmas 2003.None other than Sean Hannity said this to me in a phone conversation in February 2003. In answer to my skepticism about the impending attack, he said that he was regularly in touch with people “at the top” (likely Rove, since Hannity’s program is a reliable transcript of Rove “information”) and that they assured him that it was a done deal that the main fighting would be all over before three weeks, and that the troops would be back by Christmas that year.This is a fact, though Hannity will deny it and denounce me as a liar. It is, however, the blunt truth.But even if this corroboration had not taken place, it is clear to me that Bush’s political wing, which had sway over everything he did, also was pre-eminent in the planning of the attack and occupation of Iraq.The point was to bulldoze low-information voters into seeing Bush as having avenged 9/11, and thereby to bring about an historic landslide in 2004 which would have given Bush the “political capital” to truly advance his domestic agenda of rolling back the New Deal. Bear in mind, his first intiative after “re-election” was to vainly attempt to privatize, ie, END, Social Security. Well, if he had actually had the “political capital” he bragged about after barely squeaking by on election day 2004 by less than 2% ( the lowest re-election percentage by any president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916)he probably would have succeeded in castrating Social Security, and would have gone inot Republican history (as opposed to actual history) as the man who redressed the “evil socialist” New Deal, and thereby restored “freedom” to America.Bottom line: Bush knew Iraq had zero to do with the security of the United States. And Bush also knew that a quick kill in Iraq would trick huge numbers of uninformed voters into thinking he had saved them and saved the USA.EVERY single US soldier, AND every single Iraqi civilian who has been killed since March 20, 2003, died because they were sacrificed to Karl Rove’s “re-election” strategy for Bush in 2004.Nothing else.So God Bless Jimmy Carter for agian telling the truth. And for that matter, I leave Bush to heaven and the merciful providence he purports to believe in.

  • Jay Diamond

    The most glaring, destructive, and disgusting lie invented and maintained by the handlers of George W. Bush is their manifestly false insistance that the attack on, and occupation of Iraq is of material importance to the security of the United States.As in every other insistence with this administration, the prime consideration…or the ONLY consideration with respect to policy has been the calculation of the political potential in any situation.Why this is not written or spoken about more in the press and on radio and television is an enduring mystery and a monumental failure of “commentators”.Mark me well….Bush et al did Iraq for no other reason than to bring about an historic 2004 landslide for Dubya.They DID think it would be easy and that it would be over in 3 weeks, and they DID think that all the American soldiers would be home by Christmas 2003.None other than Sean Hannity said this to me in a phone conversation in February 2003. In answer to my skepticism about the impending attack, he said that he was regularly in touch with people “at the top” (likely Rove, since Hannity’s program is a reliable transcript of Rove “information”) and that they assured him that it was a done deal that the main fighting would be all over before three weeks, and that the troops would be back by Christmas that year.This is a fact, though Hannity will deny it and denounce me as a liar. It is, however, the blunt truth.But even if this corroboration had not taken place, it is clear to me that Bush’s political wing, which had sway over everything he did, also was pre-eminent in the planning of the attack and occupation of Iraq.The point was to bulldoze low-information voters into seeing Bush as having avenged 9/11, and thereby to bring about an historic landslide in 2004 which would have given Bush the “political capital” to truly advance his domestic agenda of rolling back the New Deal. Bear in mind, his first intiative after “re-election” was to vainly attempt to privatize, ie, END, Social Security. Well, if he had actually had the “political capital” he bragged about after barely squeaking by on election day 2004 by less than 2% ( the lowest re-election percentage by any president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916)he probably would have succeeded in castrating Social Security, and would have gone inot Republican history (as opposed to actual history) as the man who redressed the “evil socialist” New Deal, and thereby restored “freedom” to America.Bottom line: Bush knew Iraq had zero to do with the security of the United States. And Bush also knew that a quick kill in Iraq would trick huge numbers of uninformed voters into thinking he had saved them and saved the USA.EVERY single US soldier, AND every single Iraqi civilian who has been killed since March 20, 2003, died because they were sacrificed to Karl Rove’s “re-election” strategy for Bush in 2004.Nothing else.So God Bless Jimmy Carter for agian telling the truth. And for that matter, I leave Bush to heaven and the merciful providence he purports to believe in.

  • Jay Diamond

    The most glaring, destructive, and disgusting lie invented and maintained by the handlers of George W. Bush is their manifestly false insistance that the attack on, and occupation of Iraq is of material importance to the security of the United States.As in every other insistence with this administration, the prime consideration…or the ONLY consideration with respect to policy has been the calculation of the political potential in any situation.Why this is not written or spoken about more in the press and on radio and television is an enduring mystery and a monumental failure of “commentators”.Mark me well….Bush et al did Iraq for no other reason than to bring about an historic 2004 landslide for Dubya.They DID think it would be easy and that it would be over in 3 weeks, and they DID think that all the American soldiers would be home by Christmas 2003.None other than Sean Hannity said this to me in a phone conversation in February 2003. In answer to my skepticism about the impending attack, he said that he was regularly in touch with people “at the top” (likely Rove, since Hannity’s program is a reliable transcript of Rove “information”) and that they assured him that it was a done deal that the main fighting would be all over before three weeks, and that the troops would be back by Christmas that year.This is a fact, though Hannity will deny it and denounce me as a liar. It is, however, the blunt truth.But even if this corroboration had not taken place, it is clear to me that Bush’s political wing, which had sway over everything he did, also was pre-eminent in the planning of the attack and occupation of Iraq.The point was to bulldoze low-information voters into seeing Bush as having avenged 9/11, and thereby to bring about an historic landslide in 2004 which would have given Bush the “political capital” to truly advance his domestic agenda of rolling back the New Deal. Bear in mind, his first intiative after “re-election” was to vainly attempt to privatize, ie, END, Social Security. Well, if he had actually had the “political capital” he bragged about after barely squeaking by on election day 2004 by less than 2% ( the lowest re-election percentage by any president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916)he probably would have succeeded in castrating Social Security, and would have gone inot Republican history (as opposed to actual history) as the man who redressed the “evil socialist” New Deal, and thereby restored “freedom” to America.Bottom line: Bush knew Iraq had zero to do with the security of the United States. And Bush also knew that a quick kill in Iraq would trick huge numbers of uninformed voters into thinking he had saved them and saved the USA.EVERY single US soldier, AND every single Iraqi civilian who has been killed since March 20, 2003, died because they were sacrificed to Karl Rove’s “re-election” strategy for Bush in 2004.Nothing else.So God Bless Jimmy Carter for agian telling the truth. And for that matter, I leave Bush to heaven and the merciful providence he purports to believe in.

  • Concerned World Citizen

    Dear President CarterPlease have the US Congress commission a full investigative report on Scientology. Scientology was born in USA.Concerned World Citizen

  • Richard Nantelle

    Dear Mr. President:Thank you for continuing to speak the truth. You have been an exemplary statesman and ambassador for our nation since you left office. Your actions have supported your words.As I read your most recently published books, I am reminded of this: if the American people cannot trust the words (and deeds) of their leaders, then we are a lost nation.Please continue helping us find our way again.May God bless you and your family in everything you do.

  • Dave

    Amen, brother. I would also recommend Peter Charleton’s book — LIES IN A MIRROR — for insight into additional consequences of lies, especially self-deception.

  • Another Gay

    MILTON FORMAN is gay.

  • minh

    Thank you for speaking the truth.

  • MC Blundy

    This is such a patently misleading hyperbole, the only sad part about it is that it was written by a former U.S President. Therefore when he lies it puts to shame the entire nation. From the first visit of Mr. Carter to Israel, he has become known as a flaky character, unhinged and out of place. He was only a Governor of the State of Georgia when he first arrived to see Premier Golda Meir and proceeded with a cheesy lecture about regional affairs. It was so corny that she asked an assistant to get him a driver and take him on a tour just so that she could get on with her work. It is well known that Premier Begin did not think much of him, nor of his untested team to use polite languague. According to several close assistants who wrote about these affairs he had a bad time with president Carter from the their first meetings when he showed him the maps of Israel and its narrow borders. The POTUS was unmoved. It is an utter myth that he had that special relationship based on his honesty because no one trusted him than and his record since his hasty departure is that of seldom telling the truth, like a bad reporter who makes up stories, pastes items, distorts facts and abuses his standing as an X U.S president, he stands as one of the nation’s worst presidents. His endless failures speak for the rest. On the issue of trust-it is only in his lofty imagination.

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