Carter deserves every bit of the criticism that Tedders was handing out. Every bit and more. Unfortunately, Carter isn’t the whole story.
Carter rose to power because America was suffering from a crisis of morality. He won the Democrat Party’s nomination because the other Democratic nominees were found to be morally suspect.
And, the Democratic Party won the Presidency because Ford felt that he had to pardon Nixon.
And, Nixon. That scoundrelÂ was one ofÂ the most morally destitute presidents that we have ever had – and no, I am NOT talking about Watergate. The justices that he appointed to the Supreme Court have upheld an extreme level of moral ambivalency.Â Nixon was one of the biggest players of cynical political realism in global politics, sacrificing the lives of many innocents in his strategy of political realism.
When your leaders lack morality or conscience, your nation will suffer. I’m afraid that Carter was just the result of Nixon.
I could go on about Nixon, but I’ll just say this: Carter was (and is) a fool, but Nixon was evil. It is true that there may be something far less benign behind Carter’s facade of ‘moral purity’, but IÂ still believe that Carter was a ‘balancing of accounts’.
Thanks Tedders forÂ your points and reminding me to mention a few things about Nixon vis a vis Carter.Â Â