Need a laugh? Okay, here it goes- Jimmy Carter, the Georgia peanut farmer who has gone down in history as being one of the worst presidents in modern history, is going to be speaking on leadership at the Democratic National Convention in September via video cast.
Yes, that’s right, folks. The man who brought you stagflation will be espousing his praise of Obama’s leadership. That should really tell you something right there.
As Carter has worked very hard at rehabilitating his image in the last few decades by building shotgun-homes for the poor, I’ll outline a few of the other things for which Carter is known:
-Thanks to his incredibly weak foreign policy coupled with his slashing of the defense budget, our embassy in Tehran was taken over by a bunch of college students who held our American citizens hostage for 444 days until Ronald Reagan was elected- then they figured the party was over. In the course of this embarrassment, the Carter administration launched a rescue attempt that crashed in the desert. Shameful.
-After he was ousted, in the months before the first Gulf War, Carter begged the U.N. Security Council to oppose our impending invasion of Iraq to liberate Kuwait, claiming that our presence would destabilize the remarkably-already destabilized Middle East that had been created with help from the Carter administration 15 years prior. It should be noted that our war was won quickly, with a minimum of casualties thanks to “smart bombs” and other technologies developed after the restoration of the defense budget.
-Under his watch, America suffered debilitating economic woes, high gas prices and a general, national malaise that came from the shame of seeing America go further and further down a downward spiral of bad policies. Sound familiar?
Carter was a one-term president who managed to drag America down in just four short years (Again, sound familiar?). He was soundly defeated in a re-election bid as Reagan asked America to contemplate a simple question, were they better off than they were four years prior? The answer came as an astounding landslide victory for Reagan, who received 90.9% of the electoral vote.
Carter and Obama have some things in common; they are both committed to appeasing foreign leaders at the expense of American and our allies’ interests. While Obama received criticism for his call for Israel to retreat to it’s pre-1967 borders, the terrorist organization, Hamas, has been making similar calls for years, and Carter has been in their corner. Carter has been a staunch supporter of Hamas in recent years and calls for a recognition of their legitimacy. He also believes that they will turn away from violence in the near future- Meanwhile, I’m not holding my breathe.
According to the Obama Campaign and the Democratic National Convention Committee, the former president is expected to praise Obama for his role as a “global leader.” Frankly, I wish we would have elected a president for our country, not a “global leader.”
Democratic National Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa commented in a statement,
“President Carter is one of the greatest humanitarian leaders of our time and a champion of democracy around the globe… A lifelong champion of human rights and investments in education and energy to spur economic development, President Carter will provide unique insight into President Obama’s ability to move our country forward and why we need his vision and leadership for a second term. President Obama is fighting for the next steps in our nation’s economic recovery, to reclaim America’s promise on behalf of hard-workers, the strivers, the dreamers, who ask only for a fair shot and a fair shake”
This whole thing seems quite fitting; a terrible president who brought this country to near-ruin will be discussing the qualifications of an even worse president who has done even worse damage to this country. Let’s hope the similarities between the two failures don’t cease; let’s hope that years from now, Obama will be the Anti-American people-pleaser who’s presidency is remembered as the colossal failure we know it to be. Let’s further hope that Carter and Obama can crack open a beer this November, and Carter can give Obama advice on how to deal with the crushing blow of being a one-term president. Let’s work hard to make that dream a reality, shall we?