Jimmy Carter's Personal State Department
By Doug Patton
As I have written in the past, it is testimony to the mettle of the American Republic that it can, from time to time, suffer fools at its helm. It has endured the drunkenness of Ulysses S. Grant, the socialism of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the constitutional violations of Richard M. Nixon and the alley-cat morality of Warren G. Harding, John F. Kennedy and William J. Clinton.
We have managed to survive even the naivete of James E. Carter, the peanut farmer turned politician who proved "The Peter Principle" by rising to his own special level of ineptitude and remaining there from 1977 to 1981.
Jimmy Carter's White House tenure was disastrous enough, but his increasingly radical actions over the last quarter century have gone far beyond incompetence. Some believe they border on sedition. How else to describe a failed and rejected former president who can't stop criticizing his own country and her allies while defending and promoting the jihadist scum of the earth.
Carter's post-White House years began well. Some of his activities were even inspiring. Seeing him build Habitat for Humanity homes was certainly preferable to watching him embarrass himself repeatedly as president ("I asked my daughter Amy what she thought our biggest problem was, and she said, 'Daddy, I think it is nuclear proliferation...'").
But then, like Jesse Jackson before him, Carter decided to create his own little personal State Department, jetting off on private foreign policy missions, meeting with foreign ministers, dictators and potentates. He cares not that his actions are at best unappreciated by today's leaders, or that his efforts have never accomplished anything of value for his country. In fact, more often than not, the former president's embarrassing antics have created barriers to the delicate diplomacy of our currently elected authorities, while simultaneously emboldening America's enemies.