posted on Aug, 20 2018 @ 03:00 PM
a reply to: pavil
Carter was a liberal presdient. Some say he was no leader and I think that was largely true. He, being a real liberal did not believe in authoritarian
or top down democracy. He trusted in the wisdom of the American people.
I recall some of his thougts at that time. He warned against over consumption and how the ''go for it all'' materialism. His ideas were that the
American people could recycle and not toss away, they could car pool rather than single commute, use public transit rather than driving. He more than
any other president I can recall was for sustainability rather than unrestrained growth.
That of course was contrary to the American business community that wanted growth at all costs, more development, more product and and the waste it
produced. It is no wonder that he served only one term, his whole being was an affront to an uncontrolled corporate economy. He was a lovable guy.
Hence Reagan. Another man who Americans saw as a sweet guy. But in his case it was a motion picture actors persona. A man who shilled for a soap
company on national tv and became a face that Americans trusted. Picked up by the National Associaation of Manufacturers as a friendly face and a man
who could charm Americans away from the notion of sustainability and back into unfettered consumerism, Reagan told every body they could have what
ever they wanted with no need for personal restraint. Carters faith in the wisdom of the American people was a totally misplaced faith.