Fourth of July Special: Jimmy Carter…Hero?

July 5, 2011

When I defend my liberal beliefs by pointing out successful implementations in government, I normally point to FDR, Kennedy, Johnson, even Clinton…not Carter. Carter was supposed to be that great countervailing tide of liberalism who would recapture Great Society ideals from encroaching conservatism…and he failed. He could not reach out to nor influence Congress in any meaningful way, and his “human-rights” approach to foreign affairs was the wrong policy at the wrong time (with the exception of the Camp David Accords, a lone success), in a time of Soviet aggression and Middle East feuding. Jimmy Carter is the Democratic president who Republicans love to compare Obama to, that classic, failed, one-term president.

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