There was a time when I believed that Jimmy Carter, while a weak and ineffectual President, had at least distinguished himself in his post-presidency activities. Well, except for the bad poetry. It’s truly cringeworthy. But promoting Habitat for Humanity, with its concept of “sweat equity” and teaching people to be homeowners was wonderful. A charity that doesn’t just give a free handout but really works alongside people to help them move up in the world is one of the best modern examples of teaching someone to fish instead of giving them a fish, and Carter did well to promote it.
Alan Dershowitz has a great deal more in Ex-President for Sale, the first of a six part series among many interesting articles he’s recently posted on Gather.
Carter is not just a man who failed to respond to the Iranian declaration of war back in 1979. His statements, behavior, and the people and organizations that he chooses to befriend, make it look as though he actually agreed with it.
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