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We went to the Georgia State University commencement exercises today, as our family member was graduating (congratulations family member!)

Jimmy Carter gave the commencement speech,

and he was awesome. No surprise, but still very cool to be there & hear / see him speak in real time. Suffice it to say Jimmy Carter is for real and while I don't endorse hero worship, it's hard not to admire what he has done and he often speaks the truth way more accurately than alot of other public figures.

So far this article in the Macon Telegraph is the only one I could find.

"Our government should be known as opposed to war, championing peace, dedicated to the resolution of disputes by peaceful means," he said. "At this time, many see us as the most war-like of nations."

The U.S. has too often "been in bed with dictators" for political and economic reasons - previously in Latin American and more recently in the Middle East - he said. Instead, the country's leadership should focus on climate change and offering more humane assistance to those in need, he said. Citing his own recent trips to Cuba and North Korea, he said the U.S. should be more willing to talk to those with different viewpoints.

On domestic issues, Carter noted that there has been a continuing expansion of U.S. military spending to the point that the Pentagon budget far exceeds that of other nations.

He said the "arms race is one we are having with ourselves."

Hopefully a youtube will surface somewhere as the speech was awesome.
He even pointed out that in the USA a citizen is more likely to be incarcerated than any other country in the world, indicating that obviously this is a problem.
We need more Americans to heed the wisdom of Jimmy Carter. Hopefully his encouragement and words to the graduates today will help move it a little bit more in that direction.

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  •  You might want to expand on his speech? (1+ / 0-)
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    sebastianguy99

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

    by blueoregon on Sat May 07, 2011 at 07:40:53 PM PDT

    •  if my memory were better i might ! (1+ / 0-)
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      blindyone

      it was just good from a gestalt perspective, the specifics of course all made sense too. He touched on all the stuff that is important to me, climate change, a reasonable safety net, spending restraint in the right places (military), and just basic common sense and fairness across the board.

  •  Here's an article from Atlanta Journal-Const. (3+ / 0-)

    Stonewall was a RIOT!

    by ExStr8 on Sat May 07, 2011 at 08:29:51 PM PDT

  •  We had a Christian Pres, and we hated him. (4+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, sebastianguy99, Rich in PA, ExStr8

    All those people wanting a Chrisitian president, well, Carter was the real thing and most polls show is still hated by a huge amount of people.

    He is #2 to Obama for me.

  •  Fake Christians do not like Real Christians like (2+ / 0-)
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    ExStr8, blindyone

    Jimmy Carter.

    "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

    by Mr SeeMore on Sat May 07, 2011 at 11:20:51 PM PDT

  •  Jimmy Carter (4+ / 0-)

    is an amazing individual. His voice has become an articulate weapon of justice and righteousness in his "sunset years". I just wish he would have had such success as president.

    •  he did have some success, as barry S points out (1+ / 0-)
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      ChuckInReno

      in the next comment, but yes it was unfortunate on a number of fronts how things turned out
      Carter had some real curveballs thrown at him when he was in office, and a big one was Iran.

      I expect if he looks back at his relationship with the Shah of Iran, he probably sees now what he did not then, that our "friends" are not necessarily helpful to us, but hindsight is 20-20 as they say. Anyway the Ayatollah stepped in and played a large part in pushing the USA into the arms of Ronnie the cowboy.

      What a long strange trip it has been. But not over yet!

  •  Talk about not getting credit (0+ / 0-)

    Here's a President who:

    1) Accelerated the development of Stealth technology and delivered it in time for Ronald Reagan. Pres. Carter canceled the B1 bomber program to marshall those funds and efforts for both the stealth fighter and the stealth bomber (which were still classified at the time)

    2) Integrated the use of the cruise missle into the US Navy and Air Force  including retrofitting the aging B52 fleet to handle cruise missles

    3) Appointing Paul Volcker as Fed Chairman in 1978 and ordering his Tsy Sec to work with the Fed Chairman to finally stomp out the inflation that had been wreaking havoc since 1970.  GOP efforts included wage/price controls and Whip Inflation Now (WIN) buttons. The appointment of Volcker was a shock given his known independance and his reluctance to worry about Presidential politics. Hamilton Jordan apparently warned the President that Volcker would not help in the re-election effort.

    4) Deregulation of airlines and banks. President Carter enabled comptetiton in the airline industry by letting carriers fly where they wanted (as long as space was available at the airport) and let banks set their own interest rates on checking accounts and savings accounts. This started an explosion of new airlines, greatly reduced air farce costs, and re-invigorated moribund airports like Newark and Midway.

    We still benefit from those decisions. The Guf War was fought with stealth and cruise missles.  Some consider the appointment of Volcker the most wise Presidential appointment since Earl Warren -- inflation was pretty much eliminated in the 2.5 years since Volcker's Oct 1979 policies.

    And yet, the loony anti-America right that  is bitter over the death of Osama bin Laden, thinks that through some miracle,  St. Ronald of Reagan created stealth and and eliminated inflation.

    The Wall Street Urinal actually said that Pres. Carter deserves no credit for appointing Volcker.

    I believe it was James Webb (now VA Senator) who once wrote in the Urinal that entire Gulf War relied on weaponary from the Carter Administration and that none of the Reagan Admin weapons (particle beams, refurbished aging destroyers, even the B1 bomber) played any role whatsoever in 1990.

  •  Good for him--he's not giving up. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    orange dog, ExStr8

    It's better to curse the darkness than light a candle. --Whoever invented blogs, c.1996

    by Rich in PA on Sun May 08, 2011 at 04:54:05 AM PDT

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