IN RECENT YEARS, I have become increasingly concerned by a host of
radical government policies that now threaten many basic principles
espoused by all previous administrations, Democratic and Republican.
These include the rudimentary American commitment to peace, economic
and social justice, civil liberties, our environment and human rights.
Also endangered are our historic commitments to
providing citizens with truthful information, treating dissenting
voices and beliefs with respect, state and local autonomy and fiscal
At the same time, our political leaders have declared independence from
the restraints of international organizations and have disavowed
long-standing global agreements — including agreements on nuclear arms,
control of biological weapons and the international system of justice...
...These revolutionary policies have been orchestrated by those who
believe that our nation's tremendous power and influence should not be
internationally constrained. Even with our troops involved in combat
and America facing the threat of additional terrorist attacks, our
declaration of "You are either with us or against us!" has replaced the
forming of alliances based on a clear comprehension of mutual
interests, including the threat of terrorism.
disturbing realization is that, unlike during other times of national
crisis, the burden of conflict is now concentrated exclusively on the
few heroic men and women sent back repeatedly to fight in the quagmire
of Iraq. The rest of our nation has not been asked to make any
sacrifice, and every effort has been made to conceal or minimize public
awareness of casualties.
Instead of cherishing our role as
the great champion of human rights, we now find civil liberties and
personal privacy grossly violated under some extreme provisions of the
Our government has abandoned fiscal responsibility by unprecedented
favors to the rich, while neglecting America's working families.
Members of Congress have increased their own pay by $30,000 per year
since freezing the minimum wage at $5.15 per hour (the lowest among
I am extremely concerned by a
fundamentalist shift in many houses of worship and in government, as
church and state have become increasingly intertwined in ways
previously thought unimaginable.
As the world's only
superpower, America should be seen as the unswerving champion of peace,
freedom and human rights. Our country should be the focal point around
which other nations can gather to combat threats to international
security and to enhance the quality of our common environment. We
should be in the forefront of providing human assistance to people in
It is time for the deep and disturbing political
divisions within our country to be substantially healed, with Americans
united in a common commitment to revive and nourish the historic
political and moral values that we have espoused during the last 230
Former President Carter gets to the heart of what i've feared most of late for our country: Too many divisions within our communities, states, and regions; not to mention those with the rest of the world. It will be a long, hard slog out of this divided state because of the policies, politics, and short-sightedness of those currently in power in this country. Whenever the president talks about 'the American people' anymore, i'm almost convinced that he's talking about someone else...
Thank you for writing these words, Mr. Carter. I'm not sure if you remember or not, but my grandfather (RIP) took you fishing once after your stint as President, and i recall him saying what a nice, respectable human being you were.
As a longtime Steelers fan, it's good to see a more personal, 'slice-of-life' web entry from a pro football player. It's certainly different from most of the players who only have official websites full of glitzy graphics and merchandise ads (though Big Ben has none of those, too). Even if it's not updated very much. The guy's understandably busy, though...
"I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover: if there is
a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected
Him from your city," Robertson said on his daily television
show broadcast from Virginia, "The 700 Club."
"And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems
begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do,
just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if
that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be
there," he said.
Should we take old PR seriously, especially after he advocated assassinating a head of state (Chavez of Venenzuela), and then denied saying it, and then apologized for being 'frustrated'?
Is that his plan? Communicate 'secret messages' to his followers through outrageous statements, and show us how far hallucinogens (or maybe, senility) will take you?
Pat, clearly you missed the memo from the Dover Cares school board candidates (thankfully successful in Tuesday's elections) that said they're not out to eliminate the discussion of ID from the schools. They just do not want so-called science in a real science class, and have said it's fine if the intelligent design "theory" is taught in an elective religion course.
STFU again Pat! Dover will get along just fine without your God's 'protection'. And when i say 'your God', i mean the drug-induced one that only you have a direct line to.
Seriously Pat, go fuck yourself. Or at least lay off the drugs...