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posted on Jun, 12 2010 @ 12:07 PM

I want to talk to you right now about a fundamental threat to American democracy. . . . I do not refer to the outward strength of America, a nation that is at peace tonight everywhere in the world, with unmatched economic power and military might. The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence. It is a crisis that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation. . . .

In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. . . .

I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel... I have seen the strength of America in the inexhaustible resources of our people. In the days to come, let us renew that strength in the struggle for an energy-secure nation. . . .

Jimmy Carter was not a great president, but he was an honorable president. He spoke to us as adults and told us what we didn't want to hear. That was part of the reason he was not re-elected. We had a smooth talking Hollywood Corporatists that ran against a straight talking southern Democrat.

Jimmy Carter dealt with our problems rather bad, but Ronald Reagan through our country straight down the toilet. He crushed the unions and shipped our jobs overseas, sold out the public services to private buddies, cut regulations for his little corporate friends and turned our country into a religious playground.

Reagan = America's biggest nightmare. He set in motion Neoliberalism and corporatism which has been followed by everyone since him. It's kind of terrible when two different parties both tout the same guy as great. That shows that we don't have two parties, only one.

posted on Jun, 12 2010 @ 12:47 PM
Aside from the "at peace tonight everywhere in the world" and "unmatched economic power", that speech is just as, or maybe even more meaningful these days as then.

Good find

posted on Jun, 12 2010 @ 01:13 PM
reply to post by Misoir

Jimmy Carter was an unmitigated disaster. He was weak, had no solutions to any of the country's problems and was a paper pushing control freak.

Jimmy Carter personally approved the While House tennis court schedule each week as well as who could sit at what government seats at Lincoln Center. He was the weakest president of the last century.

The President has to enspire confidence. Inspiring confidence is the number 1 job of the president. When citizens are confident they make things happen. They start businesses, they support their communities, they plan for the future.

Sitting in a cardigan, telling folks to turn their thermostats down a few degrees while interest rates are double digit, unemployment is double digit and we have Americans held hostage for over a year in Iran is not the stuff of leadership, it is the stuff of cowardice.

There is a reason that people are comparing Obama to Carter. It ain't because he's being seen as doing a bang-up job.

In terms of Presidental history, Jimmy Carter = failure. He might be an honest guy, but he was a failure

posted on Jun, 12 2010 @ 01:30 PM
Ronald Reagan was an Actor at best. With the puppet strings controlled by George H. W. Bush.

Interesting that old George created all types of new Vice Presidential powers immediately prior to having old Ronnie assassinated.

The Assassin by the way was coincidentally the son of George HW Bush's former Oil business partner back in Texas, John Hinckley Sr.

Also interesting that Reagan was actually behind one of the bulletproof doors and shielding him form Hinckley when shot.

Prior to the Reagan shooting, John Hinckley Jr. had actually been apprehended and arrested at the Nashville airport when 3 handguns had been discovered in his suitcase.
Oddly though, after 5 hours in custody, after having transported weapons across state lines into a city soon to be visited by President Carter. Was only fined and released without further ado.

Can you say "Protected by the Powers That Be ?"

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