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Overview The Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president and author of Sharing Good Times shares his personal views on moral values as they relate to key issues today, evaluating the controversial and increasing intersection between religious and political arenas. Reprint. 250,000 first printing.
Publishers Description President Jimmy Carter offers a passionate defense of separation of church and state. He warns that fundamentalists are deliberately blurring the lines between politics and religion. As a believing Christian, Carter takes on issues that are under fierce debate -- women's rights, terrorism, homosexuality, civil liberties, abortion, the death penalty, science and religion, environmental degradation, nuclear arsenals, preemptive war, and America's global image.
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Studio: Simon & Schuster
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.14" Width: 6.18" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 26, 2006
Publisher Simon & Schuster
ISBN 0743285018 ISBN13 9780743285018
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More About Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States, author of numerous books, teacher at Emory University, founder of the Carter Center, and the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Carter worked with Emory University to establish the Carter Center, a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization advances human rights and alleviates human suffering in seventy-five countries worldwide.
Carter is the only U.S. President to receive the Nobel Peace Prize after leaving office.
Jimmy Carter currently resides in Plains, in the state of Georgia. Jimmy Carter was born in 1924 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Miller Center of Public Affairs.
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Everyone should read -- Mar 23, 2007
I am a Carter fan, so if you are not then don't buy the book. This is pure Jimmy Carter, telling his truth and it is a wonderful read. I do not see what all the flap is about -- how can our country have ended up being so politically correct that we are fed pablum? This is a great book!
This book is a must read Mar 18, 2007
President Carter is a truly insightful, intelligent, articulate man. I am a huge fan the man, so I may be a bit biased in my review.
With this admission, I would strongly recommend this book. So often "values" boil down to one or two hot button issues. President Carter broadens the discussion. This books discusses what are the true values of Americans and Christians.
If more of us had the understanding of President Carter the world would be a much better place. If the current administration had Carter's insights the United States would not be in the situation we are in.
Fast Read Mar 16, 2007
This book was a great read. Very informative, full of truths. Every American should read this book. Way to go Jimmy!
CARTER IS OUR CONSCIENCE Mar 14, 2007
America is lucky to have Jimmy Carter as an ex-President. He has become the conscience of our nation, and he tells it like it is in this incredibly honest book. Carter shows us just how far we have come from our historical ideals since 2000 when George W. Bush took office. Carter is alarmed at the philosophy of the "newcons" - the conservatives who mix their brand of Christianity with politics. He describes this mixture thus: "...special favor for the powerful at the expense of others, abandonment of social justice, denigration of those who differ, failure to protect the environment, attempts to exclude those who fail to conform, a tendency toward unilateral diplomatic action and away from international agreements, an excessive inclination toward conflict, and reliance on fear as a means of persuasion." He also opposes this group's making women subservient to men. He finds disappointing "the docile acceptance by so many strong Christian women of their subjugation and restricted role."
I appreciated his explanation of "evangelical" and his account of the movement away from its original meaning. Carter is emphatic that the right-wing Christians do not represent his views or those of many who hold "evangelical" to mean an emphasis on the teachings of the scriptures as interpreted and understood by individuals, rather than the meanings given through an institutional authority like a priest or minister. He does not accept the ideas in the "Left Behind" books that claim only a select number of true Christians will be "raptured" up to heaven while the rest of humanity suffers the "tribulation." These ideas have infected political policy as some Christians support Israel in anything that country does, in the belief that it will hasten the Rapture. For them, religion has become politics.
In addition to giving us a clear understanding of real Christian moral principles, Carter delivers a wealth of facts and figures on just how morally bankrupt our country has become. He reports that the US has engaged in torture of prisoners, including children as young as 12. Bush's own personal physician confirmed it and issued his own statement opposing the treatment of Iraqi prisoners and all those held at Guantanamo. The US has repudiated a number of international treaties put in place to promote peace and has ridiculed or denied the authority of internatinal agencies to review and enforce these treaties. He lists the nations that have nuclear weapons and how many each have - with the interesting statistic that Israel has 200 nuclear weapons!
The US has turned its back on its former policy of no peremptory military strike in invading Iraq, and, more ominously, on a "no first use" of nuclear weapons. The US is again working on weapons in space, with one amazingly called "Rods from God" that would stike our enemies at terrific speed, supplying the force of a nuclear strike.
But that's not all. Carter builds a case that the war in Iraq was "unjust and unnecessary," in his blunt terminology. He says the brunt of the war has fallen heavily on a much smaller number of troops than served in the first Gulf War, troops that have been sent to the war zone over and over. The war has not reduced the threat of terrorism, and has exacted a horrible price on our military families and the people of Iraq. Carter reports that a 2005 poll of Middle East nations showed the people there overwhemlingly do not believe the US started the war to spread democracy (only 2% of Egyptians think so, 4% in Saudi Arabia). He adds that three fourths of Arabs surveyed support democratic principles, but strongly condemn our invasion of Iraq.
Many Americans think their country gives generous foreign aid, but this is not true. We are misers compared to the rest of the world both in government aid and personal giving. Since his presidency ended, Carter has operated the Carter Center in Atlanta, which, besides its work monitoring elections, does charitable work in many poor countries. I have in the past made donations to this very worthwhile organization and received their newsletters. One of their accomplsihments is nearly eradicating a terrible disease called Guinea Worm (you don't want to know - worm eggs in unsanitary water get in peoples' bodies, hatch, then try to exit through the skin). The Carter Center does a lot with minimal funds, training local people to do the work. But Carter tells us in this book that the government aid going to poor countries mostly goes to consultants and little filters down to the people in need.
What Carter says in this book comes down to this: by its recent actions, the US has lost the moral high ground and the respect of other nations. Carter quotes a speech he gave in 1978:
"A country will have authority and influence because of moral factors, not its military strength; because it can be humble and not blatant and arrogant; because our people and our country want to serve others and not dominate others. And a nation without morality will soon lose its influence around the world."
Head like a Hole Feb 13, 2007
Let us regard 39th POTUS James Earl Carter, regarded by some as our most 'Zen' president, with a Zen-like Koan:If Jimmy Carter makes a fatuous anti-American "moral" pronouncement in a room and there's nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?
I say it does: it sounds like "pfffffft".
Now, Carter is widely regarded among respectable 'mainstream' opinion & the Nobel Peace Prize Commission as a kind of Saint-in-the-Box, chiefly for his work cobbling together hovels for derelicts with Habitat for Humanity. His Good Works & Noble Deeds elevate him to a realm where he ought to remaine immune from critique or reprisal.
To criticize Jimmy Carter is the secular Left's equivalent of dumping a cauldron of boiling dung on Mother Theresa. So I'm here to say Goodbye to all That, and Dump Merrily Away.
Carter was, undeniably, America's Worst President of all Time. Even taking America's Most Corrupt President---arguably Ulysses S. Grant---carving off the top of his skull, removing his brain, and replacing it with that of a slightly retarded Lemur---the lemur-brained Grant would still be a better president than Jimmy Carter.
I'll go one farther: Carter makes Bush II look like Napoleon Bonaparte (pre-Waterloo).
In a saner age Carter would have hauled off in a dog-cart into the blighted Utah nuclear test grounds, smeared with honey, and left buried up to his tonsils for the fire ants. These Mad Days the Little Troglodyte from Plains wins the Nobel Prize (chiefly for his work as a Useful Idiot in condemning Bush's foreign policy abroad, but still).
Why do I harsh Carter's vibe so mercilessly? Consider the 'Carter Record':
1) Carter gutted funding to the CIA & military at a time when our Cold War nemesis the USSR was seen as militarily & geo-politically ascendant. In his first month in office, Carter cut the defense budget by $6 billion, and unilaterally removed US nukes from South Korea---chiefly on the premise, one Carter came to hold dearly, that there are no Strangers, only Dictators we haven't yet hugged.
For this act of moral clarity, Carter still receives Christmas cards from Kim Jong-Il.
2)Carter, no sissy when it came to human rights, signed an Executive Order prohibiting its CIA wet-ops from, well, getting 'wet' with their targets. IE, no whacking. No Licenses to Kill, just Harsh Language. This was a great pass for future uber-terrorists in diapers, men like Abu Nidal, who repaid us our charity with bodybags and smoldering ruins.
3)Carter turned over the US-built & financed Panama Canal to Panamanian dictator Omar Torrijos, mentor to another Carter buddy Manuel Noriega. As a direct consequence of Carter's Canal turnover, emergent US rival China now controls both ends of the strategically critical Canal.
4) Carter worked feverishly like some modern Tantalus at signing the SALT II accords, drastically cutting the US nuclear arsenal---with smaller cuts on the Soviet side, of course. This just prolonged the Cold War, and drove a stake (at least until Reagan was sworn into office) through the heart of the one strategy that had been a success against the Soviets: spending the Rooskies under the table.
5) Carter cut off CIA & military support Shah Reza Pahlevi of Iran, formerly a staunch US ally, considered one of the "twin pillars" of US foreign policy in the Middle East. The result: the Shah was deposed, American hostages were taken, and the guy who took 'em, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is now President of an Iran champing at the bit to get nukes. Carter still thinks Ahmadinejad is a better dude than Bush.
6) Another Carter brainstorm: a covert $40 BILLION initiative to train Pakistani & Afghan Islamic militants, ostensibly to counter the Soviet incursion into Afghanistan---an invasion which, ironically, was sparked in part by Carter's failure to intervene in Iran on behalf of the Shah. We all know how the whole "let's train Islamic fundies to fight the USSR" thing turned out.
7) Warned that the American people were in a "malaise", when in fact they were simply tired of double-digit inflation, unemployment, negative GDP growth, and particularly sick of looking at Jimmy Carter.8) Carter embraced tyrants, thugs, & murderers that hated the US---men like Khaddafi, Castro, Chavez, & the little weasel with the 3-day growth in Palestine who croaked of AIDs---while condemning US allies.
He does so to this day; does so, in fact, in "Our Endangered Values". Carter boasted of Venezuela's election transparency, a whale of a claim even the European voting monitors couldn't swallow, providing Hugo Chavez with a brace of international confidence. A few weeks ago Chavez took total power in Venezuela and is now called, oh, something like El Supremo. Look: men make mistakes. Some men, like Henry Kissinger, make a career of doing so.
But where Kissinger's plan was to line up his enemies and simply bore them to death, Carter believes the hype, or hucks it like a snake-oil hawker: he is a withered, Evil, shrunken, Gollum-like cave-gnome who thinks any problem best nuanced into oblivion, watered-down with bromides, and tied up in a neat little bow with finger-lickin' good pseudo-Christianity, though Carter conveniently neglects the Commandment that runs something like "Thou shalt not speak Pap of your Native Land on Foreign Shores".
Carter wants to position himself as a kind of wizened, kindly old patrician rebel waiting in the wings to whisper sage advice to those he considers worthy of leading the Republic. But in fact he is a despicable, demented old Walloon, capable only of offering up out of his rags a filthy truckle of mad rabbit attacks, 'managed decline', crashed rescue helicopters burning in the Persian desert, and double-digit stagflation.