Jimmy Carter - The Man From Plains Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Carter/Mondale Administration Accomplishments Jimmy Carter served as president from January 20, 1977 to January 20, 1981. Noteworthy foreign policy accomplishments of his administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. He championed human rights throughout the world. On the domestic side, the administration's achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.Aggression "Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease."
AmericaWe become not a mealting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams. Jimmy Carter Pittsburgh Penn 10/27/1976 Republicians have no ideas, they don't even pretend to. All they can say is, in effect, "It can't be any better, so why worry about the election? Why worry about the government?" And they imply that somehow or another we ought to fear progress, or fear the future. But Americans have never feared progress and we've never feared the future. The American dream is based on the belief that with hard work and good government we can build better lives and build a better nation for ourselfs and for our children. A great nation can't stand still. If we're not moving forward, we're moving backward. Our nation has always been at its best when as a people we are boldly reaching out, striving, trying, growing, facing difficulties with courage, with a spirit of unity, and the concept of excellence. And sometimes sacrifice. Jimmy Carter, 10-19-1976, NY,NY Attorney General John MitchellI've seen the proud statement of a former Attorney General who protected his boss and now brags on the fact that he tiptoed through a minefield and came out 'clean'. I can't imagine somebody like Thomas Jefferson tiptoeing though a minefield on the technicalities of the law and then bragging about being clean afterwards. Jimmy Carter 5-4-74 Basic Principle"One of the most basic principles for making and keeping peace within and between nations. . . is that in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations, there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat." "We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles." Bush Truth"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history. The overt reversal of America's basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me." Jimmy Carter on Bush in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/19/2007 Cheney, DICK"He's a militant who avoided any service of his own in the military and he has been most forceful in the last 10 years or more in fulfilling some of his more ancient commitments that the United States has a right to inject its power through military means in other parts of the world, You know he's been a disaster for our country, I think he's been overly persuasive on President George Bush and quite often he's prevailed." Jimmy Carter Comments to the BBC 10/10/2007 Christian RightWhen I was younger, almost all Baptists were strongly committed on a theological basis to the separation of church and state. It was only 25 years ago when there began to be a melding of the Republican Party with fundamentalist Christianity, particularly with the Southern Baptist Convention. This is a fairly new development, and I think it was brought about by the abandonment of some of the basic principles of Christianity. First of all, we worship the prince of peace, not war. And those of us who have advocated for the resolution of international conflict in a peaceful fashion are looked upon as being unpatriotic, branded that way by right-wing religious groups, the Bush administration, and other Republicans. Secondly, Christ was committed to compassion for the most destitute, poor, needy, and forgotten people in our society. Today there is a stark difference [between conservative ideology and Christian teaching] because most of the people most strongly committed to the Republican philosophy have adopted the proposition that help for the rich is the best way to help even poor people (by letting some of the financial benefits drip down to those most deeply in need). I would say there has been a schism drawn -- on theology and practical politics and economics between the two groups. Jimmy Carter Salon Interview, April 9, 2004 "Fundamentalism exists in religious circles and now very overwhelmingly in Washington. A fundamentalist believes, say, in religious circles, that I am close to God. Everything that I believe is absolutely right. Anyone who disagrees with me, in any case, is inherently wrong and therefore, inferior. And it violates my basic principles if I negotiate with anyone else or listen to their point of view or modify my own positions at all. So that is what has permeated this administration." Jimmy Carter 11/9/05 source:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/11/09/earlyshow/ leisure/books/main1028087.shtml DifferencesWe are of course a nation of differences.Those differences don't make us weak.They're the source of our strength. Jimmy Carter Source: Speech, 21 October 1976 Ends Justifying Means"The decision to attack the entire nation [of Yugoslavia] has been counterproductive, and our destruction of civilian life has now become senseless and excessively brutal. ... The United States' insistence on the use of cluster bombs, designed to kill or maim humans, is condemned almost universally and brings discredit on our nation (as does our refusal to support a ban on land mines). Even for the world's only superpower, the ends don't always justify the means." Jimmy Carter Equal Opportunities"The struggle for equal rights is not over. We only have to recall the color of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi -- those who were most devastated by Katrina, to know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans." Jimmy Carter Source:http://www.cnsnews.com/news/viewstory.asp? Page=%5CCulture%5Carchive%5C200602%5CCUL20060210c.html Experience Of Democracy"The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself--always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity." First Time"For the first time in the history of our country the majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years." Freedom"Our Nation can be strong abroad only if it is strong at home. And we know that the best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation." Because we are free we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere. Our moral sense dictates a clearcut preference for these societies which share with us an abiding respect for individual human rights. We do not seek to intimidate, but it is clear that a world which others can dominate with impunity would be inhospitable to decency and a threat to the well-being of all people. In the life of the human spirit, words are action, much more so than many of us realize who live in countries where freedom of expression is taken for granted. The leaders of totalitarian nations understand this very well. The proof is that words are precisely the action for which dissidents in those countries are being persecuted. Jimmy Carter Source: Address, Notre Dame University, 22 May 1977 FutureThere are difficult times ahead. But we have faced diffcult times before and we have prevailed. We have prevailed because we dared to dream great dreams, because we refused to be content with injustice and mediocrity, because we were willing to try. Jimmy Carter May 1976 GovernmentThe test of a government is not how popular it is with the powerful and privileged few, but how honestly and fairly it deals with the many who must depend on it. Jimmy Carter, Inaugural Address as Governor of Georgia A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity. Jimmy Carter, 10-14-1976, NY,NY Source:A Government as Good as It's People GuantanamoOur government needs to close down Guantanamo and the two dozen secret detention facilities run by the United States as soon as possible to demonstrate clearly our nation's historic commitment to protect human rights. Jimmy Carter Source:Atlanta, 6-7-05 Health Care CostsIn recent years, we've spent forty cents out of every health dollar on hospitalization. In effect, we've made the hospital the first line of defence, instead of the last. By contrast, we only spend three cents on disease prevention and control, less than half a cent on health education, and a quarter of a cent on environmental health. Jimmy Carter, 10-19-1976 American Public Health Association meeting Human Rights"America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense ... human rights invented America." "Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood." InflationThe corrosive effects of inflation eat away at ties that bind us together as a people. Jimmy Carter Iraq War, Hussein, Bush"...The heartfelt sympathy and friendship offered to America after the 9/11 attacks, even from formerly antagonistic regimes, has been largely dissipated; increasingly unilateral and domineering policies have brought international trust in our country to its lowest level in memory....." Even if lies and trickery by Saddam Hussein are exposed, this will not indicate any real or proximate threat by Iraq to the United States or to our allies. "With overwhelming military strength now deployed against him and with intense monitoring from space surveillance and the U.N. inspection team on the ground, any belligerent move by Saddam against a neighbor would be suicidal. If Iraq does possess such concealed weapons, as is quite likely, Saddam would use them only in the most extreme circumstances, in the face of an invasion of Iraq, when all hope of avoiding the destruction of his regime is lost. "The cost of an on-site inspection team would be minuscule compared to war, Saddam would have no choice except to comply, the results would be certain, military and civilian casualties would be avoided, there would be almost unanimous worldwide support, and the United States could regain its leadership in combating the real threat of international terrorism. Excerpt from a statement from The Carter Center, January 31, 2003) 'That was a war based on lies and misinterpretations from London and Washington, claiming falsely that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, claiming falsely that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction' Jimmy Carter Source:Independent newspaper of London 3-04 LawThe law is not the private property of lawyers, nor is justice the exclusive province of judges and juries. In the final analysis, true justice is not a matter of courts and law books, but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect. Jimmy Carter Source: Dallas Times-Herald, 26 April 1978 LifeI believe that the very essence of a worthwhile life is the striving. I do not fear the possibility of failure so much as the resigned acceptance of what is mediocre or wrong. Jimmy Carter May 1976 'A Government as Good As Its People' Lowest Common Denominator"If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement." Martin Luther King and Wire Taps"It was difficult for them personally - with the civil liberties of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretapping, other surveillance, and as you know, harassment from the FBI." Jimmy Carter Source:http://www.cnsnews.com/news/viewstory.asp? Page=%5CCulture%5Carchive%5C200602%5CCUL20060210c.html Millennium"Instead of entering a millennium of peace, the world is now, in many ways, a more dangerous place. The greater ease of travel and communication has not been matched by equal understanding and mutual respect," My Responsibility"You have given me a great responsibility: to stay close to you, to be worthy of you and to exemplify what you are." Nature"It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever." Like music or art, love of nature is a common language that can transend political or social boundaries. Jimmy Carter 1988 Nixon"I personally think that he did violate the law, that he committed impeachable offenses. But I don't think that he thinks he did." Nurse"There is no difference, in my opinion, to a person who has the highest possible commitment to human moral values than a nurse. I think they're the same." Jimmy Carter Source:http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/ap_newfullstory.asp?ID=55411 Newt Gingrich“I think (Gingrich) has that subtlety of racism that I know quite well, that Gingrich knows quite well, that appeals to some people in Georgia.” Jimmy Carter Source:http://nation.foxnews.com/jimmy-carter/2012/01/18/jimmy-carter-gingrich-racist Oil Companies and the GOPThere's no way to tell where the federal energy agencies stop and the major oil companies start. They're the same people--the same technicians, the same administrators. Our federal energy policy is overly simplistic. It's not designed for the consumers, it's designed by and for the major oil companies, and President Ford is their spokesman. It's 'raise the price of oil as much as possible as quickly as possible.' Period. Jimmy Carter 9-28-1975 Our Generation"For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants." Religious Belief and Public Service"You can't divorce religious belief and public service ... I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other." Republican Inflation PolicyDo you know what the basic Republician anti-inflation policy has been? To put people out of work. Cooling down the economy, they call it, because that sounds nicer. I say to you that any economic policy that sees virtue in unemployment is morally and politically and intellectually bankrupt. Jimmy Carter 8-23-1976 Rich and Poor"The greatest challenge is the growing chasm between rich people and poor people not only inside of a country but rich nations and poor nations. There has never been an administration (Bush 2) in Washington before in history that has so dramatically favored the extremely rich people in this country at the expense of poor and working class families. Every major tax change has been to take taxes away from the rich and put it on the poor and working class people. And this, I think, was vividly demonstrated when you saw the aftermath of Katrina. It just shows what's always been there. And that is that poor people are the ones who suffer most." Jimmy Carter 11/9/05 source:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/11/09/earlyshow/ leisure/books/main1028087.shtml Soviet DominationI would like to see Mr. Ford convince the Polish-Americans and the Czech-Americans and the Hungarian-Americans in this country that those countries don't live under domination and supervision of the Soviet Union behind the Iron Curtain. Jimmy Carter, Presidential Debate, 10-6-1976 after President Ford said 'There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and there will never be under a Ford administration.' Terrorism"An act of terrorism totally outside the bounds of international law and diplomatic tradition. ... a crisis [that] calls for firmness and restraint." Voyager Record"This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings,We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours." President Carter's Comments on the Voyager-record which now is past the Sun's Gravity WarWar may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other's children. War and Peace--and the point that Tolstoy makes is that the course of human events, even the greatest historical events, are controled and shaped not by the leaders of the nations but by the combined hopes and dreams and aspirations and courage and conviction of the ordinary people. Jimmy Carter 4-8-1976 Watergate LessonLet our recent mistakes bring a resurgent commitment to the basic principles of our Nation, for we know that if we despise our own government we have no future. We recall in special times when we have stood briefly, but magnificently, united. In those times no prize was beyond our grasp. Jimmy Carter's CabinetSecretary of State Cyrus R. Vance (1977-80) Edmund S. Muskie (1980-81) Secretary of the Treasury W. Michael Blumenthal (1977-79) G. William Miller (1979-81) Secretary of Defense Harold Brown (1977-81) Attorney General Griffin B. Bell (1977-79) Benjamin R. Civiletti (1979-81) Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus (1977-81) Secretary of Agriculture Robert S. Bergland (1977-81) Secretary of Commerce Juanita M. Kreps (1977-79) Philip Klutznick (1979-81) Secretary of Labor F. Ray Marshall (1977-81) Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare Joseph A. Califano, Jr. (1977-79) Patricia R. Harris (1979-80) Secretary of Health and Human Services Patricia R. Harris (1980-81) Secretary of Education Shirley Hufstedler (1980-81) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Patricia R. Harris (1977-79) Moon Landrieu (1979-81) Secretary of Transportation Brock Adams (1977-79) Neil E. Goldschmidt (1979-81) Secretary of Energy James R. Schlesinger (1977-79) Charles W. Duncan, Jr. (1979-81)
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