DON'T Scrape It!
From the 'Peanut' Gallery
By James Wigderson
Former President Jimmy Carter made the news recently when he criticized the current president in rather harsh terms. "I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history."
Carter was immediately praised by some on the political left for his "candor." After all, they love that whole "speak truth to power" nonsense.
The good news for my friends on the left is that President Carter only served one term in office as president. That’s right. He can run again.
After all, if he isn’t going to respect the tradition that ex-presidents should say nothing about his successors, then let’s get him back into the political arena.
The political left would love it. Remember the windfall profit tax on oil? Heck, Gov. Jim Doyle is so nostalgic for it he’s trying something similar in Wisconsin.
Carter had something for everyone on the left. The sweaters he wore when he was promoting energy conservation. We had gasoline shortages with lines around the block. Scientists were even warning about a coming ice age. It was a mass transit and anti-global warming heaven.
And don’t forget that great foreign policy. In Central America, he gave the Panama Canal away to a dictator. Carter lost Nicaragua to the Communists and almost lost El Salvador.
Communism also advanced in Africa with Cuban troops in Angola and Mozambique. Ethiopia became a Soviet client state and descended into the chaos that would become the worst famine in the 1980s.
In Asia, Cambodia became the "killing fields." Even Sen. George McGovern wanted to intervene. Carter almost destabilized the Korean peninsula and he weakened our commitment to Taiwan.
The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The United States retaliated by canceling wheat sales and keeping our athletes home from the Moscow Olympics in 1980.
Of course, who will forget the fall of the Shah of Iran, the seizure of our embassy in Teheran, and Carter’s incompetent handling of the hostage crisis including the inept rescue attempt. These are failures that still haunt us today in the Persian Gulf.
Meanwhile, the economy under Carter was just as memorable. We had double-digit inflation and unemployment. Until Carter took office, economists believed that combination was nearly impossible.
So to my friends on the political left who swoon every time the man from Plains, Ga., speaks, I say, "Go for it!" Run him for president. He’s the real deal.
He even unpatriotically accepted the Nobel Peace Prize when it was given to him as a symbolic criticism of his country’s foreign policy. What more could you ask?
Because when it comes to being the worst president ever, Jimmy Carter is an expert.http://www.gmtoday.com/milwaukeetoday/editorials/wigderson/wigderson_05242007.asp