Thursday, December 24, 2009

Will Jimmy Carter Ever Shut Up and Go Away?

Jimmy Carter, the well known anti-Semitic gasbag ex-president, has a grandson who is running for political office. Much to his grandson's misfortune, a number of voters in his district are Jewish, and there are a lot of reasons those Jewish voters will conclude the anti-Semitic apple falls close to the anti-Semitic apple tree.

Carter's anti-Semitism is so deeply ingrained in his nature -- evidenced by his horrifying mis-management of the 444-day Iran Hostage episode that cost him his presidency followed by his book titled "Peace, not Apartheid" -- that even if he admitted his hatred for Jews and begged for their forgiveness, those motions would look like the kind of religious theater that defines him and his peers. He's like Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. Like Jimmy Swaggert. He's Jimmy Carter, another laying-on-of-hands tent revivalist who wants to sell voters on his grandson.

Ex-President Carter offers apology to Jews

Dec 23, 8:28 PM (ET)

ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter apologized for any words or deeds that may have upset the Jewish community in an open letter meant to improve an often-tense relationship.

He said he was offering an Al Het, a prayer said on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. It signifies a plea for forgiveness.

"We must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel," Carter said in the letter, which was first sent to JTA, a wire service for Jewish newspapers, and provided Wednesday to The Associated Press. "As I would have noted at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but which is appropriate at any time of the year, I offer an Al Het for any words or deeds of mine that may have done so."

Carter, who during his presidency brokered the first Israeli-Arab peace treaty, outraged many Jews with his 2006 book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." Critics contend he unfairly compared Israeli treatment of Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza to the legalized racial oppression that once existed in South Africa.

Israeli leaders have also shunned him over his journey to Gaza to meet with Hamas, considered a terror group by the U.S., the European Union and Israel.

Carter's apology was welcomed by Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a vocal critic of Carter's views on Israel.

"When a former president reaches out to the Jewish community and asks for forgiveness, it's incumbent of us to accept it," he said in a telephone interview from Jerusalem. "To what extent this is an epiphany, only time will tell. There certainly was a lot of hurt, a lot of angry words that need to be repaired. But this is a good start."

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee could not immediately be reached for comment.

The letter comes weeks after his grandson, Jason Carter, said he would run for a Georgia state Senate seat being vacated by President Barack Obama's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Singapore. If David Adelman is confirmed as ambassador in January, Jason Carter will be a candidate in a March special election in the northeast Atlanta district.

Jason Carter, who is running in a district with a vocal Jewish population, said in a statement that his grandfather's letter was unrelated to his campaign and hailed the apology as a "great step towards reconciliation."

President Carter's letter said he hopes bloodshed and hatred will yield to mutual respect and cooperation between Israel and its neighbors. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has long said bringing peace to the Middle East remains one of his unfulfilled goals.

In a recent appearance at Emory University, he said if he had one more day as president he would use it to bring the "full weight of the White House" to the peace process.

"That's what I'd do with my one day in the White House," he said. "Bring peace to Israel and its neighbors."


Blogger Winfred Mann said...

Jimmy "I Hate America" Carter wears not only the anti-Semite veil, he also spots the anti-American moniker, and Obama is worse than Carter.

10:36 AM  
Blogger no_slappz said...

Winfred, I believe Carter is Obama's role model.

Given Obama's failings with Iran and his bungling in other parts of the middle east, Obama is positioned for the same ignominious fall as Carter.

Carter also faced an economy with energy problems. He was as stupid about energy policy as it was possible to be in those days, yet Obama has copied his tactics.

Carter gave us the Community Reinvestment Act, which was the first step on the slippery slope of the financial crisis we are now attempting to overcome.

When Carter left office, mortgage rates were in double digits. Carter decided to end Regulation Q while maintaining the legal separation between Banks and Savings & Loans.

By those actions, he set the Savings & Loan Crisis in motion, though it took several years for the damage to surface.

Carter was a one-man wrecking crew. Obama wants to top him.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Winfred Mann said...

I fear Obama will succeed.
The dems spoke of Bush being out of touch; no one is more out of touch with the citizens than Obama, Reid, and the balance of the Klowns.

When you studied engineering, I stidied economics and communication @ Queens college. I meant to tell you that before.

1:18 PM  
Blogger no_slappz said...


Economics and communications at Queens College. Interesting. You and Jerry Seinfeld.

I'll be looking for your deconstruction of the healthcare legislation.

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The first issue with the so-called healthcare reform: explain how a reduction of $500 million in medicare budgets, at a time that the medicare rolls will increase by 30 million seniors, will not reduce the quality of care.

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