Tag: Jimmy Carter

When Tractors Rolled Into Washington DC


No one knows exactly how many protesting “freedom convoy” truckers are currently encamped in Canada’s national capital city of Ottawa after an estimated 1,700 big rigs arrived on January 29. Thousands more protestors have joined them on the grounds of Parliament and nearby in support. And the protests appear to be growing.

More than $10 million (CAD) has been raised via GoFundMe.com to support the freedom convoy. That’s about three times more money than the governing Liberal Party raised in the last quarter of 2021. From the freedom convoy fundraising site, which has been “paused” pending a “review,” including grammatical errors and typos.

Democrats and the Politics of Scarcity


One chilly night, the president lowered the White House thermostat, put on a cardigan, and gave the American people a stern talking-to. We enjoyed too much abundance for too long and it was time to pay for our profligacy.

“The oil and natural gas that we rely on for 75 percent of our energy are simply running out,” Jimmy Carter said in 1977. “We could use up all the proven reserves of oil in the entire world by the end of the next decade.” The only way to prevent catastrophe was “strict conservation” and a willingness to “make sacrifices.”

A Musical Quotation of the Day


When I commit to the Quote of the Day without having a particular quotation in mind, I’ll often go see what happened on the date, who was born, and who died. Usually I find something in such a list, some famous person who can be quoted, some event worth mentioning. As I was going through the list for October First, I saw our former President of the United States Jimmy Carter. He turns ninety-seven today, a respectable age.

I looked through the quotations listed for Jimmy Carter, and I was struck with one thought: “How did this country ever elect such a vapid nothing with his noggin so stuffed with excrement?” Extenuating circumstances, of course. Still, I saw no quotations of Jimmy Carter worthy of being brought to you. Instead, let me share this musical interlude with a song about a major incident in Mister Carter’s presidency:

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Those of us who were done with college, starting careers, trying to buy homes (and gas) during the late 1970s and early 1980s know what inflation is. If you’re under 50, especially under 40 years of age, you have no clue. With all due respect. Let me put it in perspective. A $100,000, 30-year mortgage […]

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In this episode of The Dave Carter Show, Ricochet Editor in Chief Jon Gabriel stops by to discuss the disconcerting similarities between the Biden Administration and that of former President Jimmy Carter. With unemployment and inflation on the rise, an emboldened Iran stirring up mischief in a once-again troubled Mideast, gas lines and an emerging energy dependent America that shows signs of weakness abroad and an increasingly centralized government at home, one wonders if bell bottoms and disco can be far behind.

Then, longtime Ricochet Member Franco calls in to talk about his latest article, “Moralism by Proxy,” and the political implications of policy morality versus personal morality. It’s a fascinating discussion you won’t want to miss. In fact, you won’t want to miss a single minute of this intriguing episode.

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I thought this ability of his to cut through the insanity  is yet another reason why I fought against all the RINO’s and libtards who insisted for years that Trump is nothing but a blowhard. In one simple yet elegant statement, Donald Trump pushes back against the narrative that the Liz Cheney end of the […]

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Walter Mondale, Proudly Progressive Democrat, dies at 93


Walter Frederick “Fritz” MondaleVice President Mondale, former senator from Minnesota and vice president to Jimmy Carter, has died at the fine old age of 93. He was a proud progressive from Minnesota who got his start in politics at age 20 by successfully getting out the vote in a Republican majority district for Hubert Humphrey’s 1948 Senate run. Mondale, on graduating college, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1951, but was not deployed to Korea. On completing his enlistment, Mondale used the G.I. Bill to attend law school, during which time he married Joan Adams, his one and only love for the rest of their lives together, until she died at age 83.

In 1976, Walter Mondale helped balance the Democrats’ presidential ticket with the nuclear engineer Navy officer and peanut farming Southern governor, Jimmy Carter. Mondale helped deliver Minnesota for the Democrats in 1980, 46.50% to Reagan’s 42.56% and Independent John Anderson’s 8.53%. He had no political reach beyond his home state, however, as the electoral college map shows:

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Quote of the Day: Washington Has Become an Island


Looking for a way out of this crisis, our people have turned to the Federal Government and found it isolated from the mainstream of our nation’s life. Washington, D.C., has become an island. The gap between our citizens and our government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual.

What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well-financed and powerful special interests.

Jim is back!  Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America get a kick out of New Yorkers bluntly rejecting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2020 presidential bid but it does give Greg an idea of how to thin the 24-candidate field.  They also applaud Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai for giving AT&T, Verizon and other carriers more latitude to block the robocalls flooding our cell phones.  And they have a lot of fun with PETA’s ridiculous denunciation of former President Jimmy Carter of speciesism and a human-supremacist worldview because  he likes to go turkey hunting.

Michael Ledeen on the Potential Collapse of Iran’s Khomeinist Regime


For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had historian, Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State and consultant to the National Security Council during the Reagan administration, author of 38 books and most pertinent to today, Iran expert, Michael Ledeen on the podcast to discuss among other things:

  • The impending collapse of the Khomeinist regime and what the U.S. can do to accelerate it
  • The false narrative about alternatives for Iran being either appeasement or war
  • The history of U.S. intelligence failures in Iran
  • How secular and liberal Iran’s dissidents actually are
  • Whether there is a wedge that can be exploited between Iran and Russia
  • What will become of Hezbollah if the Iranian regime collapses
  • The allegedly political witch hunt against Iran hawk and Israel supporter Larry Franklin as an illustration of historic anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in the foreign policy and national security establishment
  • Ledeen’s theory that Gen. Michael Flynn — with whom Ledeen co-authored the book, The Field of Fight — falsely pled guilty, and the real reason why Gen. Flynn was targeted in the first place

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found, download the episode directly here or read the transcript here.

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A president whose misguided policies were by and large disastrous, but was nevertheless a thoroughly decent human being, who honestly thought he was acting in the best interest of the country. His bleeding heart was always in the right place, and his wise humanitarianism is just not appreciated by the American people (stupid dolts!) That’s […]

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One More Helicopter


iran_hostagesDuring a recent press conference to discuss his cancer diagnosis, Jimmy Carter was asked about his presidency and what he would have done differently:

“I wish I’d sent one more helicopter to get the hostages and we would have rescued them and I would have been re-elected,” Carter said. His response elicited laughter from the audience …

If you watch the video, it seems he’s joking a bit. Perhaps it only seems. James Earl Carter left the White House thirty-four and half years ago. To have provoked so immediate a response suggests that the failure of Operation Eagle Claw has been preying on his mind for decades. There is no phrase in the English language so terrible as “If only I’d…”

A Welcome Extinction


imageAmerica’s 39th president doesn’t not come in for much praise here on Ricochet but the excellent — and nearly complete — work his foundation has been doing to eradicate the guinea worm in Africa deserves some attention. I dare say, the world owes Jimmy Carter a round of applause.

The guinea worm is a nasty piece of work. Like many other parasites, it infects different species at different stages of its lifecycle, culminating in humans in its adult stage. I’ll spare you the details, suffice to say that it emerges from a blister in leg or foot and the only thing to do is to pull the cursed thing — all three feet (~90 cm) of it — out of the skin inch-by-inch, lest it break and become infected inside someone’s leg or foot. Washing the wound in water apparently eases the pain, but is also exactly what the worm wants, as it allows it to release its back eggs into the water supply and start the process over.

Fortunately, the worm has two weaknesses: the copepods it infects immediately before getting into humans are big enough to be caught by inexpensive water filters, and keeping those who are infected away from standing water robs it of an opportunity to find copepods. The results of the Carter Center’s education, filtration, and health programs: last year, there were 126 documented cases, down from 148 in 2013, and 542 in 2012. As recently as the mid 1980s, there were more than three million cases annually. CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks covered the matter in detail on their most recent episode.

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Occasionally, as events have prompted several among us to despair for our civilization’s future, I have played the Pollyanna by noting that, as bad as things have become, the 1970s were even worse than the present, and yet somehow we survived them. Some have rebuked me for such nonsense. I now give you the final […]

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Last December, I had planned a post to make the case that the Obama administration’s legacy would be more damaging to our long term interests in the area of foreign policy than in domestic policy. Back then, I thought this was a somewhat difficult case to make(given ObamaCare, IRS, etc.)–that on first glance, the opposite seemed true. […]

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