Skip to comments.Jimmy Carter Gone Wild
Posted on 12/04/2010 6:13:04 AM PST by Kaslin
There used to be a code among former presidents that you did not speak ill of other occupants of the White House. In the summer of 1998, President Gerald Ford told me that he would not comment on President Bill Clinton's personal problems, saying only that he hoped "respect for the presidency would be restored soon." A couple of weeks ago, George W. Bush also declined to speak about President Barack Obama, except to say that raising taxes on anyone right now would not be a good idea.
But former President Jimmy Carter is apparently not a code keeper. On his recent book tour, Carter has taken to blasting the Republican Party and Bush-the-Younger. Carter is also very, very disenchanted with Fox News.
Speaking to liberal NPR host Diane Rehm, Carter put forth that "public broadcasting networks on radio and television basically tell the honest, objective truth. And, I think, the Republicans who (want funding for public broadcasting cut) would like for everybody to have one channel that they can watch every day, and that's Fox News."
Since there are very few conservative commentators on the public broadcasting payroll, while dozens of liberal pundits are collecting paychecks, the fair and balanced claim by the committed-liberal Carter is suspect. But his hatred of Fox News (he calls us vicious) is interesting in light of his stature.
Carter's main beef seems to be that the media are not totally dominated by left-wing thought as they were during his time in office. If you analyze the campaign between Carter and Ford in 1976, you will find that the media tilted heavily toward the man from Plains. Ford was portrayed as a bumbling fool on "Saturday Night Live," and that was often echoed by the press. The fact that Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for Watergate activities sent the liberal media into a frenzy that persists to this day.
But now it is Obama who is getting roughed up, and Carter doesn't like it one bit. In fact, the former president has even implied that some of the current criticism is race-based. Carter is a big Obama fan and is very protective of the president.
There's nothing wrong with that, unless you become hysterical, which Jimmy Carter has. I believe he identifies with the Obama administration because the same kind of problems that sunk him -- the economy and Iran just to name two -- are vexing the White House today. Carter does not believe he received a fair shake in the court of public opinion and sees Obama as being in the same boat. Thus, he's acting out.
But Carter should remember that he once held the most prestigious position this country has to offer. Running around whining about unfair media coverage and Republican meanness is beneath his station. As much as Carter loathes what George W. Bush stands for, he should take a page from W's posture on public criticism. Button it, Jimmy. It's just making you look small.
You really don’t get it, do you? And you obviously have never seen where Fox News Reporters were trying to interview certain individuals and they just refused to be interviewed.
Ah! but what drama.. even entertainment..
Lawyers and shade tree lawyers running like cockroaches for the darkness..
Asking someone if they are a socialist its the answers are the real entertainment..
They have never been asked that before..
Only stands to reason the next question should be.. Are you a communist?..
The communist party has supported the democrat party platforms for decades..
Theres is definite room to commit some heinous humor on some poor democrats..
Few there be however with any BALLS to do it..
O'Really is good sometime but the poor man has no balls, pity..
I have one of those that can be added to and have been thinking of adding one or two extensions and am wondering about the etiquette involved. With the flag flying higher, shouldn't the flag be larger? Is there a set of rules for this kind of thing? I believe it's 20 or 25 feet now and set in about two feet deep of concrete, the flag I am flying looks right but to raise it another 10 feet would make that flag look smaller.
I have an all weather, lighted flag and it flies 24 hours a day except when the wind is extremely strong and then it make the pole bow and I'm afraid it's going to snap, with disastrous consequences for the cars parked in my drive way.
Is he a democrat? If so, right there's your proof.
Jimmy Carter = Old Fart
Carter isn’t the only former president running his pie hole, Clinton does it too. It seems to be a democrat thing. Think back to Reagan, Ford, Bush 1 and 2. On the whole they keep their mouths shut concerning present occupants of the white house. It’s called having class.
I checked the American Legion website ( http://www.legion.org/flag/code ), but didn’t see anything that addresses the size of the flag and the pole. Maybe I’m just overlooking it.
I found a website ( http://www.htflag.com/flag_etiquette.htm ) which addresses the question, but I don’t know how trustworthy the site is. They say “Although it is becoming common practice for flags to be flown oversized, there is a proper formula for the correct flag size for outdoor display. 3x5’ is the standard size for a U.S. flag displayed from the front of a house. For a ground staff, the length of the flag should be approximately 1/4 the length of the flagpole. For example, a 30’ pole would fly a 5x8’ flag.”
I checked United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 of the U.S. Code ( http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/04C1.txt ). I don’t see anything governing flag/pole size. I may be overlooking it there too.
Back in the day, Admiral Hyman Rickover personally interviewed each officer seeking to serve on one of his nuclear boats. And the interviews were reputed to have been grueling both mentally and intellectually. Carter is proof positive that Rickover made at least one mistake.
How right they were.
No president has ever deserved scorn and contempt more thoroughly than Jimmuh, although obama is making a good run at the record.
Aw, geez, I was expecting the last part to be more consistent, like..."to any idiots that will listen" :>(
I know that. :)
Thanks for your help. I believe the flag I have is 5’ by 8’, I’ll have to check. If I raise it another 10 or 20 feet, I’ll get a bigger flag.
When Carter passes, I've got 10 Freepers signed up to meet me at the airport and split the cost on a van to Plains so we can pay our respects by tinkling over his grave. Maybe we should charter a bus instead.
as the Bushes practice [the code], [it] is strangely positioned next to their speaking out against the GOPs apparent frontrunner against the Marxist Dem they would never, ever, ever speak out against.
Your wording could probably be improved, but you are exactly right - it illustrates why Mrs. Bush's comment comes out seeming like party disloyalty.Mrs. Bush's jab at those of us who admire Governor Palin sits oddly with the Bushes' practice of "the code" with respect to a man her husband would have expected us to vote against if any Bush were running against him.
A clear violation of the "11th commandment."
Speaking to liberal NPR host Diane Rehm, Carter put forth that "public broadcasting networks on radio and television basically tell the honest, objective truth.Attempting objectivity is an admirable pursuit, but one which must begin with and a self-critical examination of the reasons one might not be objective. Joining a clique of other journalists who all swear to each other's objectivity - or uncritically broadcasting the praise of a sympathetic political figure, is no way to attempt objectivity.
Self-proclaimed "objective" journalists aren't even trying to be objective. They are heavily biased.
And, I think, the Republicans who (want funding for public broadcasting cut) would like for everybody to have one channel that they can watch every day, and that's Fox News."Naturally any politician, Republican or Democrat, would prefer that the public listen only to the broadcasts which are most sympathetic to him/her self. But in fact, while Fox News is uniquely sympathetic to Republicans, NPR is far from unique in being sympathetic to Democrats.
The reason Air America failed so signally is transparent - the niche it sought to fill was already full of "objective" journalists. Who are even more tendentious than Air America could be, since claiming objectivity is an extreme of tendentiousness.
That's because Jimmy Carter is small. A very "little man" in the pejorative meaning of the term.
there is nothing "large" about Jimmy Carter. Except, perhaps, his ego.
Yes, representing a very liberal district east of Atlanta in Decatur.
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