seems to heat up earlier than the one before. The
presidential election of 2008 is no different and is
accelerating at a steady pace. For some reason one name
keeps on showing up all over the place, that of former
president Jimmy Carter.
was young and not as
involved in politics when Carter was elected so I don't
remember every last thing he did. However I do keep hearing
that he was the worst president in the twentieth century,
and perhaps in our history. Yet, the
Democratic party props the former president up on pillows as
an ornament for all to see. He has written a book full of
inaccuracies that is touted all over the place and his
opinion is sought on numerous matters that he had messed up
during his own presidency.
Mr. Carter's history I
found it interesting that
he recently made and then retracted some negative remarks
about our present president and his administration.
have a bit of advice
for the former president regarding his comments. There is a
simple exercise that can have powerful ramifications on
one's ability to control their tongue from saying negative
or hurtful things. The suggestion is to take three thoughts,
out of the thousands that flit through our minds each day,
and hold back from expressing them. The point of this
exercise is that if people consciously select a specific
thought and hold it back from becoming actual words, they
train their minds to diminish the speed in which thoughts
turn to speech.
feel strongly that had
Mr. Carter practiced this exercise over the years, perhaps
he wouldn't have had to retract his exceedingly foolish
statement in which he called President Bush's international
relations "the worst in history." Mr. Carter also
took aim at Bush's environmental policies and the
administration's "quite disturbing" faith-based
from perhaps thinking
before making such a comment on President Bush's ability to
lead the country, both in domestic and foreign affairs, Mr.
Carter could have studied the Talmudic dictum, "Whoever
disqualifies others, disqualifies them with his own
meaning of this passage is that one who has a fault sees it
in others. Mr. Carter is no different than anyone else.
Carter had his chance
and there seems to be some trouble remembering the glorious
and successful four years he thinks had in office, judging
from his comments. Does Mr. Carter think that no one can
remember as far back as the 1970's? Did he perhaps believe
that if he disappears off the radar screen for 20 years we
we wanted to look back
at how Carter's administration dealt with domestic issues we
would see that the economy was plagued by sky-high double
digit inflation, the people waited on long gas lines, banks
had high interest rates and there was a high unemployment
foreign affairs, Mr.
Carter has a failed 444-day American hostage crisis in Iran
to his credit, the Panama Canal fiasco and much more.
his own sake, I think
that perhaps former president Carter should refrain from
casting his negative opinion and smug self righteousness on
presidents that follow him into the oval office. No
president in recent history criticized their successors to
the office during their lifetime and his own record tells us
that he shouldn't be the one to start.
would seem to me that
had Mr. Carter thought twice before he spoke he wouldn't
have said that the present presidential administration is
the worst in history. Perhaps he would have just used that
thought as one of the three he kept to himself