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Monday, May 21, 2007

Courage to Tell the Truth

Bravo, Jimmy Carter! You were exactly right, sir, in saying that "as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, [the] administration [of George W. Bush] has been the worst in history." You said that under Bush, there has been an "overt reversal of America’s basic values" as expressed by previous administrations, including that of his own father, former President George H.W. Bush.

You were courageous in speaking the truth, something many Americans have become afraid to do under this administration. Why, then, once you had spoken it, did you back off? You agreed with NBC's Meredith Vieira that your statements were careless or reckless. And now the White House says you are "increasingly irrelevant."

Don't do this, Mr. Carter. I admire you for many reasons, not the least of which are your honesty, courage, and moral fiber. Please stand up for the truth, stand up for what you said about Bush. If you do not, not many others will.

The United States needs truth like a bitter medicine that will stop the cancer of lies. Please continue to speak it ... and to own it.


Imperatrix said...

Oh, rats! I didn't know he had backed down. I just posted something about this, too.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

I was going to post a comment on your post, Imperatrix, but something's funky with the comment function for that particular post. (Damn Blogger!) I was going to say that often, cranky old folks are cranky for good reason and should be listened to. Carter knows what he's talking about.

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