Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize. Presumably he was awarded this high honor for promoting peace in the world.
Unfortunately he is doing just the opposite in the United States. His latest idiocy can only be described as race-baiting. His statements have infuriated all sides of the political spectrum and have brought positive racial dialog to a screeching halt. This happend just when it looked as though we were going to make some real progress in this sensitive area.
Jimmy, this shows that you are not a peaceful man. You do not deserve to continue to own the Peace Prize. Please send it back and hang your head in shame.
Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community, on Sep 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm
Age discrimination and racism is governed by laws that forbid their expression and use, yet both exist openly in our country. To recognize those discriminatory practices seems to violate rules of polite conversation.
In 2002, I made a presentation to +40 (age) job seekers' group on age discrimination and how to deal with such employers' objections. The group was angered by my premise that employers readily practice discrimination by age, color, gender, education, and more.
Now, with racial prejudice a significant part of conservative political actions against President Obama, many are appalled when media, politicians and educators recognize that reality publicly. No matter how it might be phrased, by Glenn Beck or President Carter, the public is likely more embarrassed by the reality of their own prejudices than the commentary itself.
It does make me reflect on my own prejudices. I don't like people, and only enjoy individuals I meet and know. If I live long enough, I might meet the majority of people and accept them all as individuals.
Posted by Julia, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 17, 2009 at 8:05 pm
Watch out for clever Jimmy...what you hear is not what you get. He has a hidden agenda. Watch out for his sympathy card play. It's already happening. Jimmy is not stupid, he's just one of those clever Southern Gentlemen...Right
Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2009 at 10:41 am
Not surprisingly, I disagree categorically with Fred and Rick, and believe the actual evidence shows that Jimmy Carter has been our greatest former President.
He established the Carter Center for Conflict Resolution in Atlanta and has saved and improved untold millions of lives with his Humanitarian work in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean (the Haiti hellhole, in particular), as well as here at home with Habitat for Humanity. He is truly a man of peace -- terms like "moron" and "idiot," spewed forth but the under-informed and disrespectful, reflect on the speakers and not their object.
Carter was always more of a moral leader than a politician, which I think accounts for his mediocre record as President. But as such, now when he talks, millions of Americans listen respectfully. And this time, as with many incidences in the past, I agree with him. There's a venal racial subtext to the current sound-and-furious attacks on the Obama presidency.
Jimmy could have sat back and enjoyed his eighties, but he called it like he sees it instead, and he sees it verry clearly. Good on him!
Posted by Chet, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2009 at 6:35 pm
Pres Jimmy Carter is a very smart man and a clear thinker. He is a southern man and understands race issues better than most. When he says that some of the vile being tossed at Pres Obama is racial then you can take that as the fact. Unlike the previous 8 years in Washington D.C. we need to stay out of the fantasy world and live in a factual world. Facts sometime hurt but it is needed to understand our situation. Glen Beck knows these facts and is using the racism to boost his ratings.
Posted by Tom Cushing, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2009 at 6:47 pm
Nonsense. Where's your evidence?
Name-calling is simply not enough, even if it's not-so-cleverly disguised as an old saying. A big part of my point is that Carter wasn't any good at hiding the ball like a good pol does. His was/is moral leadership -- open, and founded on truly Christian principles (in contrast to the intolerance that masquerades as such in today's political realm).
Your approach to these boards smacks of right-wing radio -- all bluster and no substance -- or civility, or depth. I do not think I'm in an exclusive club when I say I'm sick to death of shouted buzzwords and outraged diatribes. Save it for the shower -- I doubt you'll convince many folks around here with that approach.
Posted by Rick Pshaw, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 20, 2009 at 1:25 pm
Yep, it's really hard to link Jimmy Carter's presidency to the prime rate when it went to 20 percent. Let's see, what were those dates again? And wasn't there something about a hostage crisis and a blown rescue mission? An don't forget about the rabbit episode...