Selma in Sandy Eggo wrote: Haggis@wk wrote:
You know who’s smiling now? Jimmy Carter.
He's just become the second
worst president in American history
You forgot Warren Harding. He's still in the running for Worst, Second Worst, and Worst Buddies. Of course, he's not recent...
One of the reasons, I believe, that so many younger voters supported Obama in 2008 is that no one under 30 could remember how genuinely awful the Carter presidency was, nor could they recognize the similarities between the unbounded Hope inspired by the vague promises of the Democrats’ 2008 candidate and the tremendous expectations for national redemption that were invested in the 1976 Democratic candidate.
The parallels and analogies, however, were readily apparent to those old enough to remember the Era of Malaise and, as soon as I got a detailed look at the Democrats’ economic agenda in December 2008, I knew it wouldn’t work.
Frankly, I think our current president still has a good way to go before he can merit the claim of being worse than Jimmy Carter, and too many Americans have forgotten exactly how wretched Jimmy was.
Not content to have accumulated an embarrassingly bad record as president, Carter then went on to become America’s worst ex-president: Popping up in the media from time to time to criticize his Republican successors. (As a measure of the catastrophic damage Carter did to his own party’s reputation, the GOP controlled the White House for 20 of the 28 years after he left office.) Carter seemed to believe himself entitled to impose his transparently partisan opinions on a nation that wished he’d go away.
Remember what he did:
He wrecked the world’s greatest economy and made a nuclear Iran and North Korea possible.
Apart from the early years of the Depression, Jimmy Carter’s brief tenure as president was economically the worst in the 20th century.
He planted the seeds Of Al-Qaida — After being told over and over by President Jimmy Carter that America’s ability to influence world events was “very limited,” the Soviet Union believed him and invaded Afghanistan. And al-Qaida was born.
In the name of human rights, Jimmy Carter gave rise to one of the worst rights violators in history — the Ayatollah Khomeini. And now Khomeini’s successor is preparing for nuclear war with Israel and the West.
On President Jimmy Carter’s watch, more territory was lost to tyranny than at any other time since Yalta.
In foreign policy, Jimmy Carter proved his presidency the worst ever by subordinating U.S. interests to his vague “human rights” policy. All he did was enable dictators to take him to the cleaners.
Oil Crisis – Of all the errors Jimmy Carter committed, none has earned him more well-justified scorn than his handling of the 1970s energy crisis. True enough, he didn’t cause it. But he did make it much, much worse.
In 1976, Americans thought they were sending an outsider to the White House. Today, the same policies so thoroughly discredited by Jimmy Carter’s disastrous presidency define the Democratic Party.
So there you have it: A list of Jimmy Carter’s rotten presidential record. Many young peopel don't realize just how bad Carter really was. And the next time one of your conservative friends swears that Barack Obama is the worst president in history, you can say, “Maybe he’s not the worst — yet.”
Of course, Obama’s still got another 15 months remaining in office, so he might hold the uncontested title soon enough.