It's worth either reading or listening to Jimmy Carter's speech delivered around 44 years ago. It led to him getting "primaried," resulting in a one-term presidency. Why? Because he spoke the truth about our political leaders' unwillingness to deal with complex issues. Clearly, matters have only gotten worse and as Schmidt notes, "can be applied to immigration, guns, debt, or a hundred other pressing problems that remain unsolved and unaddressed in a way that saps faith and belief in the system."
Yes, Godspeed, Jimmy Carter, for your words of truth and wisdom and for a life abundantly lived, a true icon and humanitarian.
My husband and I so wanted to make it to your Sunday School in Plains, Georgia. It just never materialized. At least you got to sign my book that you authored titled, Living Faith. It was such a beautiful book that gifted me with peace at a crucial moment in my life and career.
I so regret us not going. We so admire you and have you and your family—and the millions whose lives you touched—in our thoughts and prayers.
Peace / paz,
James Earl Carter was born nearly 100 years ago. He was elected the 39th president of the United States nearly 50 years ago.
Many people have labeled the 39th president the ‘greatest former president’ in American history because of his commitment to peace, reconciliation and charitable causes. Implicit in the praise is a premise that President Carter’s presidency was a failure, overwhelmed by inflation, interest rates and the Iranian hostage crisis.
During a difficult political time President Carter delivered a speech to the country from the Oval Office that would be regarded as an epic political disaster that helped ensure he was a one-term president. The speech angered Senator Ted Kennedy, and it helped trigger his decision to primary Carter from the left. Ironically, Carter had been advised to talk about America through the prism of the pilgrims and John Winthrop’s alliterations towards the “city on a hill” that would become a mainstay of Ronald Reagan’s campaign that defeated him.
President Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” speech was delivered in 1979, and came to be known as the “malaise” speech, though he never said the word.