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    Jimmy Carter's Onion Op-Ed on America's Problems

    Highly recommended...

    [url]http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/i_got_what_america_needs_right?utm_source=EMTF_Onion[/url]

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    [QUOTE=nuu faaola;2310727]Highly recommended...

    [url]http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/i_got_what_america_needs_right?utm_source=EMTF_Onion[/url][/QUOTE]


    Obama reminds me very much of Jimmy Carter.

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    Sponsored ByAn Obama-Carter Reality Check
    Obama's candidacy, even if he loses, has already had a huge impact on American perceptions.

    By Ellis Cose
    NEWSWEEK
    Updated: 12:52 PM ET Jan 5, 2008
    For months people have been asking whether Barack Obama's race made him unelectable. In Iowa, he put an entirely different question on the table: are Americans ready to vote for idealism over hard-edged realism, for hope over experience? By framing his candidacy in such a way, he makes talk of racial limits, or racial voting, almost irrelevant—and makes a virtue of his biggest supposed weakness, his inexperience in actual governing. The question, of course, is whether that framing can deliver him to the White House and, if it does, whether it inevitably invites disappointment.

    We have arrived, to use Obama's phrase, at what may be a "defining moment in history." Many Americans are fed up with what they see as a cynical, even corrupt, Washington establishment. There is a hunger for a new direction, and for a knight with a shiny new lance.

    This is a moment similar to where the country was in 1976, when another largely untested idealist won Iowa's Democratic caucus. The nation, discombobulated by Watergate, was ready to turn to a born-again Baptist who believed the world could be a more moral place. At the time, Jimmy Carter was the face of the New South. When inaugurated as Georgia's governor in 1971, he proclaimed the dawning of a new day. "I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over," Carter said. He went on to streamline Georgia's government, while opening opportunities for women and blacks. He imbued his presidential campaign with equally high expectations. "For America's third century, why not our best?" he asked. But he foundered in office and was turned out after one term with an approval rating of 34 percent, having laid the ground for the Reagan Revolution.

    Obama has set expectations even higher than Carter. In his rousing victory speech, Obama praised Iowans for writing themselves into history. The self-congratulatory rhetoric is certainly merited. Obama's candidacy, even if it ultimately collapses, has already had a huge impact on American perceptions. He has proved that a black man is not necessarily a fool to aspire to be president of the United States, which, odd as in may seem in the wake of Obama's triumph, was something no previous generation could take for granted.

    Donna Brazile, who managed Al Gore's presidential campaign, called Obama's win in Iowa "a victory for the country, for national reconciliation … It signals to voters in Super Tuesday states that he is electable … He's proven he can win a general election." For Brazile, that was a moment worth savoring; for in winning so convincingly in an overwhelmingly white state, Obama showed the promise of America. "Those voters put aside whatever racial fears they had," said Brazile. "They saw the person, not the color … Last night that state was colorblind."

    All the celebrating notwithstanding, Obama is still a long way from wrapping up the nomination, much less the election. For all his allusions to harmony and change, he has not yet demonstrated that we have ceased to be "a collection of Red States and Blue States," as he put it, but are one, united America.

    Indeed, in the end, the messages of change and unity may find themselves in conflict. For as beautiful as the dream of one America may be, the reality is of a country where income disparities are growing, not narrowing, and where the very privileged have less and less in common with those who are constantly struggling. Two generations after the major rights were fought and won, we are still a nation whose inner cities and barrios are full of people with no real sense of a better tomorrow. In an era when incarceration is seen, in certain neighborhoods, as the nearly inevitable fate of young men, talk of one, united, bighearted America can seem like something of a joke. Their problems will not be solved, nor their outlook notably changed, simply because America elects a new president—even one who is young, attractive, black and runs on a platform of national unity.

    Jimmy Carter's presidency was marked by his inability to translate his idealism into legislative victories—even with a Democratic Congress. And ultimately, the symbolism of a purer, better way ended up seeming hollow.

    It is quite possible that Obama can succeed where Carter failed, but not without helping America to embrace the fact that changing is a lot harder than talking about it; and that being an agent of change ultimately means shaking up things for many people who are quite comfortable with the status quo.

    In "Dreams From My Father," Obama writes, "[W]hat strikes me most when I think about the story of my family is a running strain of innocence, an innocence that seems unimaginable, even by the measures of my childhood." In large measure, he has run a campaign based on innocence, on the notion that hope and faith can overcome virtually any obstacle. It is a message that is so transcendent and so appealing that it has made him larger than race, bigger than his own biography. And it may take him all the way to the White House. It will be fascinating to see how the message changes if he does indeed win the grand prize—and the innocence must be set aside.



    Btw, Cose is black, if that means anything.

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    He is a great speaker and probably a good person but I have a real problem with his politics. (Socialism) This country is a Rebublic not a Socialist State!

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    You guys are really humorless.

    I would have thought an article in which "Jimmy Carter" uses the phrase "hairy ball sack" would have gotten some laughs around here.

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    It was funny. Very vulgar. Vulgarity kind of took away the humour for me. Not that I mind vulgarity. But when it's all that there is it makes the writing lazy...like a one-trick pony. By the midway point the vulgar phrases sort of all started to sound the same and there were so many of them, their returns began to diminish quickly. But a funny idea, just not as well-executed as it could have been. Glad it was a relatively short article though.

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    there's a good onion video about the most important issues to voters

    i can't link because there's a cuss word in the title but it's hilarious

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    Anybody else counting down the days intill that scum dies?

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    [QUOTE=nj2socaljetsfan;2311567]Anybody else counting down the days intill that scum dies?[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, horrendous guy...right up there with Manson...

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    [QUOTE=CanadaSteve;2312129]Yeah, horrendous guy...right up there with Manson...[/QUOTE]

    Bob Novak, who's been in contact with every American president since Eisenhower describes Carter as a self absorbed disingenuous liar and idiot. Sounds about right to me. Easily the worst American President since Harding.

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    double

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    [QUOTE=Jets Babe;2312621]which is why obama really shouldn't be elected.
    lol, that isn't a compliment.[/QUOTE]

    yeah America will elect this man instead

    [IMG]http://www.mathies.com/blog/giuliani_drag.jpg[/IMG]

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    [QUOTE=Jets Babe;2314281]dude, that was a joke. you haven't pulled stupid **** like that before? jeez. look at the actual issues and track record.[/QUOTE]

    im sure the bible thumpers will see it the same way

    oh and for the record i've never worn full drag with makeup. but hey that's just me.

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    [QUOTE=CanadaSteve;2312129]Yeah, horrendous guy...right up there with Manson...[/QUOTE]

    Actually, Carter and his horribly misguided policies were directly responsible for infinitely more deaths and suffering than Manson could have ever dreamed. His bumbling idiocy and naivete helped ignite and enable the radical islamic jihadist powers that infest the globe today.

    Worst
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    [QUOTE=Jets Babe;2314281]dude, that was a joke. you haven't pulled stupid **** like that before? jeez. look at the actual issues and track record.[/QUOTE]

    bitonti just doesn't like him because he's bald

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    [QUOTE=shakin318;2316108]Actually, Carter and his horribly misguided policies were directly responsible for infinitely more deaths and suffering than Manson could have ever dreamed. His bumbling idiocy and naivete helped ignite and enable the radical islamic jihadist powers that infest the globe today.

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    What libel.

    All Carter did was pave the way for the Reagan Revolution.

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    [QUOTE=bigalbarracuda;2317002]What libel.

    All Carter did was pave the way for the Reagan Revolution.[/QUOTE]

    He certainly did.

    That was the point of Elliot Cose's article. Carter came in promising to fix Washington without saying how he was going to do so. He offered half measures, was rolled by the GOP minority because he offered no leadership to the Democrats, was ultimately and correctly viewed as feckless, and left an opening for Reagan.

    A cautionary tale for Obama supporters, most of whom I would guess are not that familiar with the history of the Carter presidency.

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    [QUOTE=Big Blocker;2317518]
    A cautionary tale for Obama supporters, most of whom I would guess are not that familiar with the history of the Carter presidency.[/QUOTE]

    if the worst thing that comes out of an Obama presidency is another Reagan it would be a benefit to this country.

    Putting partisanship aside, Reagan was one of the well-liked and best presidents in the history of the union. Not top 5 but definately top 15.

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    [QUOTE=Big Blocker;2317518]
    A cautionary tale for Obama supporters, most of whom I would guess are not that familiar with the history of the Carter presidency.[/QUOTE]


    Because, clearly, anyone who disagrees with you is just uneducated.

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