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I wrote last week in support of my son, Jack Carter, for his Senate race in Nevada.  Here are a few of the questions that you wrote, and my responses:


Question: Blue Staters in Red States? (24+ / 0-)

President Carter:

Could you give some frank advice about the best way for Democrats in firmly 'blue' states to help win back the red states?

Many of us will have the opportunity to volunteer, donate, write, etc.  Some practical suggestions from you would be incredibly valuable to the Daily Kos community and to idealistic dedicatd  Democrats across  America.

Thank you.

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by Jeffrey Feldman on Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 08:41:12 AM PDT

Early this month, I had lunch in Plains with a family from Panama City, and a high school girl asked me why she should be a Democrat. I asked her a series of questions that all bloggers should use in discussions: Do you prefer peace or war? Do favor tax breaks for the richest Americans or working families? Would you rather destroy the environment or protect it? Do you approve the torture of prisoners? Do you think our government should secretly spy on your family? Do you think we should abandon every nuclear arms control agreement negotiated since Dwight Eisenhower was president? Do you approve of your part of the national debt now being $28,000 and increasing by $300 each month? Do you think we should meld religion and government? She gave me the Democratic answer to all the questions, and I believe that most Americans will agree, no matter if their state is red or blue.


A question, after picking myself off the floor (26+ / 0-)

You and James Baker co-chair the Commission on Federal Election Reform. What's been happening with this? And can you explain how the presence of James Baker on this project is a good thing?

Thank you for your principled leadership, Mr. President.

Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

by bumblebums on Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 08:51:59 AM PDT



Mr. President, how can we secure the vote? (9+ / 0-)

Dear Mr. President,

I am aware of the role the Carter Center has played in monitoring and certifying elections in 3rd world countries.  Given your extensive knowledge of how to run and monitor elections, what observations and advice can you offer with regard to the lack of integrity and lack of transparency of voting systems in the USA?  

I see this as the biggest issue we face, followed closely by corruption of the media, as it cuts to the heart of democracy itself.  When the people lose their power to influence government, and government is no longer responsible to the people, I'm afraid discussing all the other issues becomes an exercise in futility.

The intrinsic nature of Power is such that those who seek it most are least qualified to wield it.

by mojo workin on Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 10:30:37 AM PDT

After the 2000 presidential election debacle (when Al Gore won in Florida and the U.S. but lost in the Supreme Court), President Gerald Ford and I headed a commission to recommend improvements. Surprisingly, the Congress adopted most of them in what became known as the "Help America Vote Act," or HAVA. 2004 revealed some additional needs, and with President Ford not available, Jim Baker became my co-chair. He is a brilliant and honest man, partisan like I am, and our highly bi-partisan commission made 87 recommendations, all but one unanimously. There were 3 dissenting votes on Voter ID, but most of us thought it was a good compromise. With 26 states already requiring photo ID and 11 others considering legislation, it is obvious that some uniformity is needed with an emphasis on expanding & not restricting registration. Also, last year a national homeland security law was passed requiring a REAL ID card for travel by air, entering federal buildings, cashing a check, etc. We recommended that, beginning in 2010, voters should have a photo ID, but that all states must have an all-inclusive and massive registration drive, the cards should be free, etc. Our recommendations can be found on the American University website.


Here's a question for Sarah's grandfather: (8+ / 0-)

Mr. President:

I'd like to thank you for your dedication to higher education, and your role in establishing the Department of Education. It was in no small part due your help that a kid like me, whose single mom made minimum wage, could go to college, and go on to successfully raise a family and become an employer.

What policies are necessary for the country to regain your dedication to allowing all qualified high school graduates to go to college, regardless of family income?

Thanks.

www.Gropinator.net

by Pacific John on Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 11:21:45 AM PDT

As president, I established an attainable goal of all high school graduates being guaranteed an opportunity to have college-level education. Subsequently, the Republican administrations substituted budget-breaking tax reductions (and even promised to eliminate the Department of Education that we inaugurated). Some states, including Georgia with Hope Scholarships, accomplish this goal, which is certainly feasible.


Hello, Mr. President (10+ / 0-)

I am in awe, sir. I turned 18 two weeks before your first run for president, and I was so proud to wear that I voted sticker. So excited to have voted for a man I admired and trusted. I have come to admire you 100 fold since then. You will always hold a special place in my heart. The first is always special, don't ya know.  LOL - that means laugh out loud.  You were my first vote and now you're responsible for my first post ever on a blog. We'll learn this together.

If your son is half the humanitarian you are, we'll be blessed to have him in the senate. I'm off to his site to contribute. If I hear good stuff, I'll do it as often as I can.

As to a question, I feel the biggest threat to our country, outside of this administration, is the press. How do we get a free press back?

My apologies to the community if I've done something wrong here. I'll just close my eyes and hit, um, preview?

by Denny in Seattle on Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 09:24:46 AM PDT

Many of the news media in America are either afraid to confront the government propaganda machine, totally subservient to it (like Fox TV), or their owners and executive leaders are heavily influenced by economic considerations. The only hope for improvement is for the public to speak out strongly against obviously untruthful bias, support objective media, and let our own views be known by every available means.


A question for President Carter..... (2+ / 0-)

First, let me again echo all of the welcome and thank you comments above. Your presence here is truly an honor.

Now for my question(s).

As a Christian, how do think we can combat the hateful strain of (so called) 'Christianity' that has seeped insidiously into our Social and Political realms?

How do we reclaim Christianity? Someone unknowing of the faith would believe it to be hateful, hurtful, prejudiced, ignorant, and exclusive....rather than loving, healing, peaceful, enlightened, and inclusive. This is because of the so called Christians who have weaseled their way into positions of leadership, or as advisors to the leadership, nationwide. I often find myself embarassed and ashamed to be linked to them...even if only by the name of my faith.

It took them years of purposeful planning to reach the level of power they have now. How do we begin to counter it? How long will it take us to repair that which they have so sorely damaged?

Where do we begin?

by carolinadreamer on Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 06:31:15 PM PDT

I wrote a book last year, "Our Endangered Values, America's Moral Crisis."  It spells out answers to religious and political questions to the best of my ability and, in my non-objective opinion, is an adequate guide for any voter or candidate. Also, many of my other specific views and recommendations can be found at The Carter Center.


A memory and a question (8+ / 0-)

Pres. Carter,

My vote for you in 1976 was the first I ever cast on any local, state or federal ballot, and I cannot tell you the utter thrill it was to have done so.  I remember when told us as a nation that you would never lie to us, and since that time, I have always taken you at your word -- a rare fete for a politician to be given these days.  And while we went trough some difficult times together, you and us -- we know how the Iran crisis took its toll -- we are a better nation for your having been in office.      

I must tell you that one of my strongest and lingering memories of the days after we failed to return you to office was your and Mrs. Cater's appearance with Curt Gowdy, on The American Sportsman.  It was, for me, the perfect coda to your presidency; honest and thoughtful, yes, but most of all human.  What I wouldn't do for a videotape of that program.

Anyway, here's the question:  To fish quietly as you three did that day is one of the most contemplative of means to find oneself and what is truly important; have you ever taught Jack to fish?

All the best to you and your family.

Why is that some Democrats seem to think losing will make them look tougher than will winning? ~Atrios

by GOTV on Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 11:04:41 AM PDT

I really hated to learn of the recent death of Curt Gowdy, a wonderful fly-fishing companion of mine. Yes, Nevada's next senator, my son Jack, is a fly fisherman. He has been in streams with me in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and other places.


an echo of everyone else... (4+ / 0-)

Many thanks for everything that you have done for this country.  You were the first President that I got to vote for (and the only one where it was a vote FOR and not against the other candidate).  My admiration for you and your family as genuinely compassionate, ethical and moral human beings who truly follow the teachings of Christ, could not be higher.

I very much enjoyed your interview with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show - in the words of my kids, you rocked!  Only question I can think of (I'm so shocked that you posted this!):  Is Jon really as nice as he appears?  (Not a serious question by the way...)  All I really wanted to say is thank you for serving your country, and the world, so admirably.  

The sky already fell. Now what? -- Steven Wright

by seefleur on Thu Mar 23, 2006 at 10:23:51 AM PDT

I thoroughly enjoyed being with Jon Stewart, and found him to be just as nice and interesting in person as I had hoped.

Jimmy Carter

Originally posted to Jimmy Carter on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:01 AM PST.

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  •  Hello Mr. President! (14+ / 0-)

    So glad to see you here again.  
    Are you still enjoying birdwatching?

    •  a question about the elephant in the room (63+ / 0-)

      who answers to the name "Diebold."

      Mr. President, the "Help America Vote Act" (HAVA) and REAL ID system will do nothing if our electronic voting machines can be hacked. Do you believe in a "paper trail" for elections, as I do?

      Like many Kossacks, I have little faith that fair elections in 2006 are possible.

      What solutions do you propose?

      "And I hope you'll understand if any of us come before a court and we can't remember Abramoff, you'll tend to believe us." - Senator Lindsey Graham.

      by QuickSilver on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:55:10 AM PST

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      •  Mr. President, endorse Oregon system (31+ / 0-)

        We saw in Ohio, absurdly long lines to vote.

        How many single working mothers can afford to stand in line 9 hours in order to make their voice be heard?  

        I suggest the nation use the Oregon voting system, which allows those working 3 jobs with children to take the time to read about the issues and consider their vote in their own time line.  

        Limiting the number of voting machines, location of the polling place and the reality that the working poor are doing 2, 3 jobs with kids and hence have no time or ability to stand in line to vote is discrimination of an indirect kind.

        The Oregon system is also a paper trail and helps solve the problem of those completely hackable, horrendously poor engineering design (on purpose?) Diebold machines.

        http://www.noslaves.com http://forum.noslaves.com

        by BobOak on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:46:16 AM PST

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        •  Yes! (10+ / 0-)
          We were skepical when the system was first introduced, but it works very well. Now I can sit and drink of cup of tea and study the voters pamphlet while I vote, then just place the ballot into the security envelope, the outside envelope, sign it, and take it to the polling place.

          Our elderly have a pickup service come to their rest homes and senior centers. There are also convenient drop-off sites that are monitored for safety. Many banks and other secure locations are available for drop-off, if you don't feel secure using the mail.

          One nation, under surveillance, no liberty, nor justice for us

          by SisTwo on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 02:37:34 PM PST

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          •  What were your worst mistakes as president? (0+ / 1-)
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            is east timor something you cant talk about for fear of your life?

            alot of people were killed with weapons you sent to indonesia. or maybe you didnt know?

            really it is hard for me to see you talking about human rights when the record seems to indicate aided genocide.

            You will lie to your grandchildren when they ask what you did to prevent climate change.

            by Peter Pan on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:38:28 PM PST

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            •  Peter Pan is an ass (2+ / 0-)
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              Thank you Mr. President - it is truly stirring to read your posts around these parts.   I am yet another whose first vote for President was for you. You have inspired me as a person of unrelentingly great character.   I have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity as a response to your lead.  

              I was in tears reading your first post several days ago.   Please, please continue to bring us your grace and wisdom and tolerance and intolerance.  

              I will do whatever I can to help your son continue to honor your name.

          •  Save your breath (2+ / 0-)
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            I've been touting the Oregon solution for some time now. No luck with the Kos crew.

            Everyone here wants to talk "machines" and "paper trails." Simple answers do not seem to interest anyone.

            Inquiry that does not achieve coordination of behaviour is not inquiry but simply wordplay - Richard Rorty

            by BuckMulligan on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:28:27 PM PST

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            •  seems to be a pattern (0+ / 0-)

              Simple common sense really needs to be promoted as a political persuasion.

              Seemingly it's not a desired trait.

              http://www.noslaves.com http://forum.noslaves.com

              by BobOak on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:22:56 PM PST

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            •  That's why I put some detail into the post (0+ / 0-)

              Oregonians were skepical of the plan at first too. After we had experienced just how well it worked, we were won over.

              One nation, under surveillance, no liberty, nor justice for us

              by SisTwo on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 05:28:05 AM PST

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            •  same here... (0+ / 0-)

              I love vote by mail, especially now that I found a secure drop-off box near my local library.
              Believe it or not...the requirement of a USP stamp felt like a type of Poll tax to me.

              What I love about vote by mail is the ability to spend time reading about all the issues and the candidates. I then listen to television and read print ads and read newspaper editorials. And I can have my ballot right there with me, voting at my leisure.

              Other than some group trying to gather ballots for delivery illegally, I don't see how our voting system could be tampered with.

              Best of all...it leaves a paper trail!

              An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. - Arab Proverb

              by Esjaydee on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 04:10:22 PM PST

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        •  No--bigger problems with early voting and mail-in (2+ / 0-)
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          than you realize, especially for a rollout nationwide.

          If you're thinking problems are confined to touchscreens or to a single vendor, we are all in for a big shock.  In fact, early voting -- by touchscreen and by optical scan -- is most rife for manipulation, as is absentee and mail-in voting.


          From an examination of the absentee balloting configuration in a California county (by blackbox voting.org) >>

          No “poll tapes” or secondary source of data is retained, and there is no way to check whether the (Diebold) "GEMS" security defect was exploited without obtaining the GEMS vote data files, which Diebold is withholding from the public


          This is an oversight of regulation and configuration for "central count" voting.

          Further below in the thread, Jim March (a network adminstrator) explains in more detail the difference in setup and procedures for absentee vs election day tallying.  Read that, and his conclusion:

          ". . . . THERE IS NO SUCH RESULTS PRINTOUT (VOTING MACHINE TAPE) FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT PROCESSING [for the California/Diebold setup].

          "The Diebold absentee ballot optical scanners ("Central Count") don't record the vote totals this way, even though they're based on the same hardware as a standard precinct optical scan AND they have the little printer installed. They could easily print results for each "batch" of absentees but that feature is completely turned off.

          "By Diebold."

          Well that was researched and written for California and vendor Diebold, but there are reasons to be wary of central-count consolidated vote totaling of other companies such as ES&S, used by Oregon along with Sequoia.

          If you believe the problems are confined to Diebold, and not Hart Intercivic, Sequoia, ES&S, and other vendors, you are just fooling yourself. The letter from ES&S (linked) to a county elections official in No. Carolina sheds light on the "integer overflow" problem endemic to some ES&S central-count setups, and brings to mind a different integer limitation confirmed for Diebold.  A google search will easily take you to the original PDF letter from ES&S to the county elections official (Guilford, NC).

          These integer overflow problems in consolidated locations counting (e.g., absentee and early voting) produce something like an odometer rollback effect, yep, like for your car after 100,000 miles.  (The voting machine limit in certain cases is after 32,000 votes.)

          When your odometer reaches 100,000, all the previous miles you logged are lost.  Do we understand what happens when the voting machines reset?

          This happened in the slots machines approval vote in Florida in 2004. I wrote about it here at dailykos.  Look at how far Florida officials went to avoid a recount in the razor close election on the gambling issue — going so far as to post –and certify– known erroneous Pinellas County results with the help of the Pinellas elections supervisor.  Several programmers in the thread at the link could not agree or be sure what happens to ES&S machines when the 32,000 limit is breached.  (It's clearer with Diebold's touchscreens: if a programmer sets a memory card to 24 votes short of the (approximate) 32K limit, the vote will reset after 24 votes are cast for a candidate to zero.  Security expert H. Hursti confirmed that.

          Well, I've digressed.  But the lesson is, absentee or early voting brings its own set of problems.  Elections are run both by people that you will trust and by those that you will not trust.  A real recount of paper will catch the mischief or the errors.  This applies to vote-by-mail as well.

          A trust-the-machine mantra will not.

          •  But do you have stats on the Oregon plan? (0+ / 0-)
            We do our voting with paper ballots. (E-voting is available for the disabled) This is a quote from Michal Young, a professor at U of O:

            He said Direct Recording Electronic voting systems such as Diebold or Sierra (the two largest market holders) have security flaws, are closed-system, which means they are not available for the public to assess their accuracy, and, in some counties, contain no paper trail to match with electronic ballots. Young believes Oregon's mail-in voting system is one of the best options available. Unlike an electronic system where large-scale fraud can occur in a closed DRE system that would be virtually untraceable, the mail-in system would at worst spur household fraud where one member of the family casts votes on other family members' ballots.

            Citing a California Technical Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology study titled "Residual Votes Attributable to Technology," Young said the mail-in system is the best vote-recording method, second only to old-fashioned marked ballots where voters "X" a box beside their choice for candidate, in terms of residual ballots. Residual ballots are those cast but not counted due to ballot mistakes or ones that show no preference.

            See entire article here

            One nation, under surveillance, no liberty, nor justice for us

            by SisTwo on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 05:53:36 AM PST

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            •  Yes, fraudulent tabulating-machine setup would be (0+ / 0-)

              potentially traceable with op-scan ballots -- if the counting is audited, and touchscreen count accumulation is much less so.

                  For this reason, op-scan is far, far, far better than DRE, but only if the count is monitored and manually sampled for accuracy.

          •  Integer overflow?? they need better code.. (1+ / 0-)
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            Warning-Computer nerd content.

            Signed 16-bit integers can be in the range of (-32768) to 32767.  Why they are using signed integers in the first place is beyond me-you can't vote against a candiate, only for one of their opponents.  An unsigned 16-bit integer rolls over to 0 at 65535.

            The next question is bigger-why they are only using a 16 bit integer.  16 bits is 2 bytes.  A megabyte is 1,048,576 bytes, and your computer will typically have in the range of 256 megabytes.  A 32 bit integer rolls over at a bit past 4 billion-4,294,967,296.  Just use a 32 bit unsigned integer and fully 2/3 of the worlds population would have to vote for a candidate before the counter rolled over.  All of China voting for one candidate would only get the counter about 1/4 of the way to overflow.

            To look at this another way, take the memory card from your digital camera.  Let's say it's 128Meg.  if we store the votes for each candidate as a long unsigned integer (32 bits) then that little memory card would hold up to 4 billion votes for each of some 33 Million candidates.

            I hope this makes my point that these voting systems are very badly designed if they roll over at 32K.  Let me show you a pseudocode example of the difference between doing it wrong and doing it right in the code:

            Wrong: Define CANDIDATE_1_VOTES as Integer

            Right: Define CANDIDATE_1_VOTES as Long

            (other nerds-it's pseudocode for the non-technical)

            So it's not like it's alot of extra work to do it right.

            I'll do a diary on this topic to explain all the other issues.

            Live Free or Die-words to live by

            by ForFreedom on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 09:16:02 AM PST

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            •  Yes, and you're not the first to raise this issue (0+ / 0-)

              -- and ask why?

              If you look up the info on the "Hursti hack" at Leon County, Florida you'll see how Hursti took advantage of this feature to reset votes to zero -  by preloading a memory card to contain, say, 32747 votes for one specific race, that is, just 20 votes under the rollover threshold. Then when say, 20 people at that location have cast their ballots for that candidate at that location, the count resets. (I don't remember if the number was 20 or 8 or whatever, but you get the idea.)

              In my "how far Florida" link above, you'll see if you expand all the comments that the geeks later in the thread couldn't agree about the ES&S counter behavior once the limit was reached. "It depends ..." However, for Diebold op-scan tabulating with memory cards, the zero restart is known. In 2004, people labeled the ES&S limit as the machines "started to count backward."

      •  Click on the American University link (44+ / 0-)

        His HAVA commission made several recommendations about voting machines, including a paper trail.  In addition, they said that electronic returns should be randomly tested against the paper trail.

        Sarah

        •  Thanks Sarah (9+ / 0-)

          I worry, however, that people like Jim Baker will ensure that these "recommendations" are at least held off for a couple more election cycles, and by then, the damage is done, right? IMHO, we've got less than 8 months to hammer this one out solidly, actively, or democracy is as screwed as it has been the last 6 years.

          Idea:No Blood for Oil. Action:I use Biodiesel. site blog

          by KumarP on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:11:26 AM PST

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        •  I appreciate your position but (13+ / 0-)

          respectfully disagree.  This is our vote we are talking about.  Paper ballots hand counted in public is the only way to insure an honest vote.  Machines are too easy to hack, and random checks aren't good enough to protect the most valuable right we as citizens posess.

          Impeach Bush/Cheney

          by dangangry on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:27:07 PM PST

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          •  this is how they do it in the UK (7+ / 0-)

            I lived in the UK for six years. They vote on simple paper ballots, marked with an X next to the candidate of your choice. Very few spoiled ballots, and ballots are counted in the presence of observers appointed by several parties. No hackery.

            •  Canada Too (4+ / 0-)
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              Paper ballots. You get a paper ticket in the mail to bring with you to the polling place. In and out in 10 minutes. Simple ballots. You personally fold them over and push them into the ballot box.

              The Federal Elections Commission is an independent body. No scandals that I know of.

              And although I was extremely disappointed that Stephen Harper was elected Prime Minister, I could at least say, without any doubt in my mind, that the people had spoken.

              And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (chuckle) is working very well for them. (Barbara Bush)

              by Krusty on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 03:35:43 PM PST

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              •  Paper ballot boxes... (1+ / 0-)
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                ...can be stuffed very easily before they are opened to be counted.  All it takes is corrupt poll workers.

                There needs to be some thought on the best way to ensure integrity in the process.  In the end analysis, there may not be a perfect way.

                The last time people listened to a talking bush, they wandered 40 years in the desert.

                by DC Pol Sci on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:30:32 PM PST

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                •  Ballot boxes (4+ / 0-)
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                  should be made of transparent plexiglass and placed in the open where pollwatchers can see them at all times.

                  There should be video cameras focused on the ballot boxes and also on the tables where the ballots are counted, with a live feed to the web and/or the local public access cable system. Election integrity should be protected by a security system as tight as any Vegas casino.

                  We need laws to ban bias by election officials--no more campaign co-chairs as Secretary of State. Make it a felony to intimidate, harass, or interfere with vote counters in the performance of their duty.(I'm sure "honest" Mr. Baker had nothing at all to do with the infamous "Brooks Brothers' Riot" that stopped vote counting in Miami in November, 2000)

                  While we're at it, election day should be a holiday. I propose that we vote on November 11th--Veterans' Day.

                  The polls should be open for the entire 24 hours of the day, and should open and close simaltaneously in every district.

                  The electoral college should be abolished or at the very least amended to end the winner-take-all system currently used. The candidate who gets more votes should be the winner, period.That's democracy.

                  Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

                  by drewfromct on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:43:46 PM PST

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                •  Fair Enough (0+ / 0-)

                  But you have to have several poll workers working in concert, since several are watching the boxes at any one time. And to do it on a massive scale, enough to change the results of an election, you need numerous groups of these corrupt workers. Tough to pull off. Not that it couldn't be done (and I'm sure is being done in Iraq), but tougher to do in a country with a long tradition of democracy like Canada (or the US).

                  And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (chuckle) is working very well for them. (Barbara Bush)

                  by Krusty on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:48:04 PM PST

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                •  In Canada (0+ / 0-)
                  The count is watched by representives of all the candidates in the various polling places.  That kind of puts a crimp in attempting fraud.  That, and Elections Canada is an independent agency and their activities are subject to review by Parliament and the courts.

                  "The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation." - Pierre Trudeau

                  by fishhead on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 05:10:10 PM PST

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                  •  same in New Zealand (0+ / 0-)

                    Yup - this is how it works in NZ too. Anyone can apply to be an election official - you go through quite a full-on training process beforehand - and there are checks and balances all along the way.

                    Voting is by paper ballot - you can go to any polling station in your constituency and produce your voting card (which came in the mail and has your name and address on it). The election official (there are about 4 for an average-sized polling booth) checks your name/card against a master paper list of all registered voters, and crosses your name off the list. If you forget your voting card, you just tell the person your name and address and they find you on the list that way.

                    You are given a paper ballot, which you go into a private booth and mark with a pen. You then put your ballot into the ballot box.

                    Any and all political parties can send representatives to any and all polling booths to observe the vote. I went as a Green Party observer at the last election. You are basically there to make sure the process runs as it is supposed to. You can't speak to the voters, but you can speak to election officials if you're not happy with anything.

                    At the end of the day the votes are taken from the boxes, separated into piles by candidate and then party and counted by all the election officials. Then the results are double-checked.

                    It would theoretically be possible to vote at more than one polling booth during the day, but there are random checks afterwards I think, comparing master lists to make sure that a person's name isn't crossed off on more than one list.

                    It would be difficult to "stack" a polling station with corrupt election officials because I don't think they get much of a choice in where they are posted. Also there are observers from all the political parties so that helps too.

                    We have a system of MMP in NZ - we get two votes - one for the party and one for the candidate. The percentage of party votes nationwide determines what percentage of seats each party will have in Parliament. You have to get over 5% of the vote to get seats, or have a winning candidate in a constituency. The winning candidate in each constituency (first past the post) gets a guaranteed seat in Parliament. The other seats (to reach the percentage you have won in party votes) are filled in from each party's official list of candidates, from number 1 down as far as they need to go.

                    It's a good system because it allows minor parties a say in govewrnment, and it's less likely any one party gets to be so big and powerful that they can take over. Coalitions need to be made, and parties have to share power, and figure out how to work together. It's all about the art of compromise, Baby!

                    •  And every European country as well... (1+ / 0-)
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                      ...or at least the half-dozen I'm familiar with. There is always an independent electoral commission that runs the entire electoral process, staffed by career people. Each party or candidate can (and pretty much always does) send an observer to watch the count.

                      Republicans don't want government to help people, but to control them.
                      Democrats want government to help people, but not to control them.

                      by miholo on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 01:39:56 AM PST

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          •  A good start, but what about 2004? (1+ / 0-)
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            As good as the commission's recommendations were, the implementation has been severely lacking in many states.  The 2004 election was so badly flawed in so many ways that we'll never know which candidate was really favored by the majority of voters.

            What are your ideas for how we can deal with the voting problems documented on Rep. John Conyers' election reform page?

        •  Thanks for pointing this out, Sarah (2+ / 0-)
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          Not sure it will do much good for some of the people here though.

          Some here seem to be robotrons who simply spit out dire warnings of election fraud. Challenge them to provide evidence, and they cannot - they can only give you circumstances when fraud could have happened. Give them solid offerings from someone else, and they don't even look at them it appears. President Carter, rather than rehashing all the info that his Elections Commissions had gone over, and their conclusions, provided a link to those findings. But what did this poster do? He ignored that info, and acted like no one but him and those like him understand the real problem.

          ...but not your own facts.

          by slouise217 on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:18:05 PM PST

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          •  For example (1+ / 0-)
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            One of the posters above says "electronic machines are too easy to hack into".

            Guess what?

            Paper ballots are easier to manipulate than machines. If the machines are secured, then there should be no issues.

            But what did the HAVA Commission find?

            Well, from their PDF Press Release,

            Congress should pass a law to require voter-verifiable paper audit trails on all electronic voting machines, and the EAC needs to take additional steps to ensure those machines are secure.

            How much more explicitly can they have said it?

            ...but not your own facts.

            by slouise217 on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:25:35 PM PST

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            •  Why not (0+ / 0-)

              simply ensure that representatives of the candidates are present for the balloting and the count, as happens in Canada?  I mean with paper ballots, of course.

              "The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation." - Pierre Trudeau

              by fishhead on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 05:11:36 PM PST

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              •  Because of several reasons (0+ / 0-)

                They had not found a way to make a good quality, easy to understand paper ballot for all locales, and they had crafted several really crappy paper ballots.

                Paper ballots take a lot longer to collect, validate and count versus using a machine.

                There is more margin for interpretation with a paper ballot than with a machine-counted vote.

                If we HAD a nationwide standard, I could live with that. One of MY biggest issues is that some states do ballots quite well, and others not so well.

                If we keep the voting machines secure, then no one can screw with the data.

                ...but not your own facts.

                by slouise217 on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:00:46 PM PST

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                •  Here is the thing (0+ / 0-)

                  The greatest thing about current system is that it is distributed which makes it less prone to widespread corruption.

                  You say it yourself: some states do a great job, some do a bad job.

                  Under a centralized system there is great chance that the tabulation, collection, and verfication of votes can be manipulated with very few conspirators.

                  Right now to shift an election with a reasonable margin requries hundreds or probably thousands of conspirators.

                  States electing to do business with crooks like Diebold et all get what they deserve but states doing it right will suffer no disenfranchisement - their citizens are subject to their own states rules and procedures.

                  It's a great system and it's served us very well so far.  2000 and 2004 were bad examples, but consider this: the voting problems we experience would likely have toppled the government in just about any other nation on Earth.  Our distributed system allowed a due process to be carried out and to preserve the integrity of the voting process for the citizens who states take voting seriously.  In my state of Maine, for example, I have no doubt that the process was fair and transparent.  I was franchised appropriately.  The fact that Ohio was problematic doesn't cause me to question my vote because it's different people, laws, and procedures.

                  Centralized voting has it's ups an downs.  The ups are consistency and ease of counting.  The downs are that a elite few of power hungry incumbants can (and have, worldwide) rigged elections with little chance of detection or cupability.  

                •  Yes, but they're NOT secure (0+ / 0-)

                  And appear to be ENGINEERED that way on purpose, that's the real point.  Coming from the security software industry, some of the security lapses and how easily the machines are hacked is just a JOKE.  I don't know who they had writing software for them, but the BEST thing that you can say about them is that they are TOTALLY INCOMPETENT developers.  It may be that Diebold is rife with incompetency from top to bottom, but some of the security lapses are SO ridiculous it makes one seriously consider that they MEANT for these flaws to be there.  If they weren't intended, those guys need to switch careers immediately because they have absolutely NO skills in writing or developing secure software.  Developers like this would be fired within one day at my company.  

                  One also needs to consider that Diebold's CEO Walden O'Dell was a major fund-raiser and donor to the Bush administration, and said that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president."  Diebold is located in Ohio, of course.  Think that all the voting problems that occured in Ohio is a coincidence?

                  I'm sure you know about it already, but http://blackboxvoting.org/ can give you some of the examples that you seem to think don't really exist.  You could also check out John Conyer's excellent report "What went wrong in Ohio?" for more specific vote fraud info.

                  The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes. --Thomas Paine

                  by Citizen J on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 10:10:40 AM PST

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                  •  Don't even go there (0+ / 0-)

                    I do not agree that major software and development errors have been found.

                    I do not believe that BBV is an organization that best represents my outlook on this issue - they rely much too heavily on suspicions and coincidence, and are much too quick to allege fraud when there is NO evidence of that.

                    I want proof - not allegations.

                    I demand proof.

                    If the machines are KEPT secure, just like paper ballots need to be kept secure, then it is NOT an issue, as I have CLEARLY said.

                    It's too bad that YOUR prejudices don't allow you great reading comprehension.

                    ...but not your own facts.

                    by slouise217 on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 01:52:42 PM PST

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      •  We need a paper trail but we need more. (14+ / 0-)

        If voting is conducted on any kind of electronic machine, you must be able to inspect the programming code that counts the votes. It is very easy to write programming code that does the following:

        If Voter selects Kerry, increment the counter for Bush.

        A sneakier way to do it is:

        If Voter selects Kerry, increment the counter for Kerry AND increment the counter for Bush every second time.

        Moreover, I read a couple of years ago that Diebold software use Microsoft Access databases. This would have to be verified. In any case, I have worked on Access databases and they are very, very easy to change. They are not secure the way an Oracle or Sybase database would be. If Diebold is using Access databases for their software, it is not an industrial-strength database and it is not appropriate for use in secure transactions, which voting is supposed to be.

        Regardless of whether Diebold is using Access databases for their voting machines, Diebold makes transaction processing software for banks. You can sure they KNOW HOW to make a secure transaction processing program, they are just not doing it for voting.

        Republicans: Everything they accuse us of is what they hate about themselves.

        by lecsmith on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:51:22 AM PST

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        •  another tactic (5+ / 0-)

          When calculating votes, tabulate every 40 votes for Kerry as 39, and every 40 votes for Bush as 41. This gets you a big enough swing in the vote to flip a close state, but doesn't raise red flags by having a suspiciously large number of spoiled ballots or votes in any particular precinct.

        •  My Understanding (8+ / 0-)

          is that the big problem is when the votes from various polling stations go to a central database. Sure, you might get glitches at the polling places, but these have usually only a few votes. The central databases have many thousands. And they are easily hacked into.

          Still, the whole thing stinks to high heaven right now. "Secret software", Access databases, no audit trail, no transparency at all. It's a system built for cheating. Mr. Carter, you must try to do something about this. And if Mr. Baker is as honest as you say he is (which I doubt, with all due respect, since he is involved in Carlyle Group), then he'll back you up.

          And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this--this (chuckle) is working very well for them. (Barbara Bush)

          by Krusty on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 03:45:32 PM PST

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          •  As far as I am concerned, it should be a (4+ / 0-)
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            felony to try to in any way distort or interfere with voter registration or actual voting and have a guaranteed minimum sentence of ten years. The job of presiding over elections should be professional and neutral. Voting standards, procedures, machinery, access should be uniform and as easy as possible.

            Randi Rhodes says Canada uses paper ballots and counts by hand (I guess you would have to) and they get their projections within hours of the polls closing. I watched the election on CSPAN two months ago and they knew who the winner was by 9 PM.

            Republicans: Everything they accuse us of is what they hate about themselves.

            by lecsmith on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:06:46 PM PST

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            •  In all (1+ / 0-)
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              fairness,

              Canada has about 30M citizens, and I believe in the neighborhood of 22-25M ballots.

              I believe also that they use a standard federal ballot (anyone can confirm this?), and so, therefore, it is a fairly simple matter to tabulate and extrapolate statistically relevant samples to create an accurate projection.

              Paper ballots are great and are basically the way to go.

              Just don't be deceived by what others do.  It may be a good idea to impose a federal ballot for President.  That's probably a good idea.  But it will still likely take us much longer than Canada to count and verify.  

              It's just a thing that doesn't scale well.  The State of CA will require more staff than the entire country of Canada most likely.  

              Just food for thought!

              •  I was a poll watcher in 2004 (0+ / 0-)

                I watched about 12 people vote in 8 hours.  My polling place has a few hundred.  I suppose there are precincts where thousands vote, but that's probably too many.

              •  I don't think I said anything about a federal- (0+ / 0-)

                ization of the ballot; more about the demands of the role of election commissioner (which is at this point a partisan role). In any case, U.S. has (these days) approximately 110-120 million voters. You wouldn't use the same set of people to count all 110,000 votes; people count them in their own districts. The point is that the role be made neutral & professional, and that the voting procedures and technology (whatever it is) be uniform, universal, accessible, and trustworthy. Finally, the penalties should be extremely stiff for carrying out tasks related to voter registration and voting in a partisan or corrupt manner.

                Republicans: Everything they accuse us of is what they hate about themselves.

                by lecsmith on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 03:58:18 AM PST

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              •  Elections Canada (1+ / 0-)
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                Elections Canada

                1. The ballot is standard.
                1. The method is scalable. Polling places need to be more numerous. There may be more than one poll per polling place. In addition to full-time professional staff there are poll officials hired for about a week to supervise each poll. Volunteers from each party are authorized to observe or "scrutineer" each poll. Community citizens are responsible for most of the work. In an urban poll there are several hundred voters per poll. For each poll the official  and scrutineers have the voters list, they cross off the names of the voters as they are given their ballots. Typically there may be three to five people observing, verifying and keeping their own records at each poll. When the box is opened only the offical is permitted to touch the ballots. In the presence of the observers each ballot is declared and counted. If there are questions about a ballot (valid? spoiled? etc.) they are dealt with immediately. The process is a matter of human brute force but it doesn't take much longer than 15 or 20 minutes to count several hundred ballots, verify the results, have the scrutineers and observers swear that the process was legal then report the numbers. Old fashioned? Yes. Could it be faster? Probably. Could technology be used? Yes. but the election results are never in doubt. Cheating would require collusion on a grand scale and the paper trail is available for audit.
                1. In urban areas polling places are located in public buildings (schools, libraries etc.) so each neighborhood is covered.  
                1. Democracy isn't cheap. It shouldn't be.
        •  Diebold (0+ / 0-)

          uses "off the shelf" databases for all of its systems, including ATMS.

          It's a selling point - it translates to "cheap".

          It's not exactly Access, but it uses the Jet engine which is the same engine used by Access amoung other products.  Most implementations of this engine mean that yes you can open the file using Access.

          But just as an FYI, the Jet engine is not necessarily an insecure engine.  It relies on operating system functions to secure the data and manage changes.  Other relational database engines use their own system of permissions to manage changes and security.  

          Becuase of this dependence on operating system features to manage the security aspect of the data most Jet based systems are insecure.  Especially on embedded systems like voting terminals.  These terminals generally do not have any respectable security setup - and certainly do not use least privelage, file system permissions, and journaling to track changes.  It is possible but just generally not done.

          More info than you need, but, there it is...

      •  This should be the question that we address here. (4+ / 0-)
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        How do we ensure the American people that their votes count?

        A receipt is fine for one individual, but it doesn't prove the total isn't being messed with.

        The total people who showed up to vote should be tracked by the poll watchers.

        Lets say 6,000 stand in line for an hour to cast their votes but at the end only 100 votes show up as actually having been cast. That might make having a receipt useful. There probably should be one copy for the individual voting and one for the precinct.

        I propose that each paper receipt keep track of who the vote or votes went for what time the vote was cast, what number the vote was on that machine, and the total votes cast at that point in time.

        Random spot checks can be made.

        If any sequence of receipts show an anomaly rather than agree, then the point at which an error occured and its extent can be determined.

        If, for example at 8:00 PM the total votes cast on a given machine is 100 and at 9:00 PM its 1500, that might make you want to figure out how 1400 people voted on one machine in an hour.

        My understanding is that technology exists. Nobody trusts Diebold, so they should be excluded from the process.

        Live Free or Die (-8.88 -9.49) IMPEACH

        by rktect on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 02:13:31 PM PST

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        •  Somethig like a credit card receipt would be good (0+ / 0-)

          I'd be interested in seeing a machine that prints out a double receipt with a randomly generated verification number after you've voted. That verification number is tied to your electronic votes  and is on the printed receipts.

          The electronic voting is the primary count, but this way there are backups that can be used for a hand recount.

          The printed receipt would be duplicates, like a credit card receipt - white copy, yellow copy. You can re-verify your votes on the receipt, and drop the white slip into a locked box. The yellow copy is your receipt.

          It would be handy if the results could all be put online, so people could look up their verification number and check that the official results match how they voted.

          Would probably require a change in the law, but if X number/percent of those voting say their votes aren't correct in the official results, an automatic hand recount would be done of the printed receipts.

          If people could verify that their vote is actually what was counted, it would be much harder for the Harrises and Blackwells of the country to get away with fixing the votes.

          ...
          This is just one of those random "I haven't had my coffee yet today but I wonder if this would cut down on high-level election fraud?" ideas.

          The more I think about it, it's overly complicated.

          Plain paper ballots, hand counted, in many small precincts, is still the first choice. Like in Canada.

          Ignorance killed the cat. Curiousity was framed.

          by Lashe on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 09:39:41 AM PST

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      •  If voting machines are kept secure (0+ / 0-)

        Just like paper ballots should be kept secure, then what is the issue?

        ...but not your own facts.

        by slouise217 on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:10:55 PM PST

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        •  How about money? (3+ / 0-)
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          These electronic voting machines cost several thousand dollars each, and must be stored in a secure, climate-controlled environment when not in use (which is the overwhelming majority of the time), and they also require expensive maintenance by skilled proffessionals.

          Transparent plexiglass boxes, OTOH, are very inexpensive to purchase and store, and require no maintenance whatsoever.

          As I'm fond of saying, using a computer to vote is like chartering a private jet to fly across town. Sure, the technology exists, and it's plenty fast. But it's waay too expensive and totally unnecessary.

          Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

          by drewfromct on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:50:51 PM PST

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    •  Hi Mr President. My Mom has been reading your (7+ / 0-)

      book and has been insisting that I read it everyday of this last week.

      She still love you and thinks you have been one of the very finest presidents we've ever had.

      And I agree of course.  She doesn't remember that I was telling that all along.

      My Mom sure has gotten a whole lot wiser ever since I came back from college.  :-)

      Keep up the good work.  You are a great statemen and national asset.  

      Your long decades of work on and support for a two state solution for Palestine-Isreal and your more insightful perspective on the more subtle dynamics of global terrorism have been particularly admirable and appreciated.

      May I suggest and request that you help catalyze our Democratic Parties best and brightest foreign policy experts to better articulate the much wiser and more effective Democratic oriented Foriegn Policy philosophy that you and Presdient Bill Clinton used that his sort of the oppossite of the dangerous Neocon-Bush-Cheney philosphery.

      I mean where Neocons promote unilateral prememptive military interventions as the first choice, it seems to me that you pursued as much wiser multi-lateral coalition building approach based on involving all the stakeholders in negotiated "Getting To Yes" type approaches.

      I don't know if you used the Uri-Fischer Negotiation project approach at Harvard,  or the team building "learning style" simulations of MIT or whatever.

      But I wish you could help Democrats respond to the false GOP claims that Democrats have no better ideas.

      What if you called up all your all friends and other Democrats who've shown foreign policy competence going all the way back to Gary Hart, Bill Clinton, but including modern folks like Al Gore, and Wesley Clark and had a brainstorming conference.

      BTW, also, I've had an opportunity to work with Gerry Barney, whom you appointed to the Global 2000 studies and have been greatly inspired by your and his dedication to building a foundations for more systemic and sustainable global policies.

      Thanks for much for all you've done.  

      Lolli  
    •  Another reason to admire this fine man (10+ / 0-)

      He's dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of nature.

      President Carter on Birdwatching

    •  Pres. Carter: Re 4/3/79 presidental finding (13+ / 0-)

      Given the course of events, do you regret your administration's support for Islamic fundamentalists in fighting against the Soviet-backed Afghan regime?

      As documented in Steve Coll's well-regarded work, Ghost Wars, on July 3, 1979, you authorized the CIA to undertake "special activities" in Afghanistan, to harass the Soviets and "influence political conditions abroad." It started small, only $500,000 spent on propaganda and psych ops, including radio equipment, medical supplies, and money for the Afghan rebels. This policy was promoted by your National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski.

      In late Dec. 1979, you authorized the CIA to ship weapons secretly to the mujahedin. As Coll writes,

      The [presidential] finding made clear that the agency was to work through Pakistan and defer to Pakistani priorities. The CIA's Afghan program would not be 'unilateral," as the agency called operations it ran in secret on its own. Instaead the CIA would emphasize "liaison" with Pakistani intelligence. [p. 58]

      This policy grew into the program to arm the then poorly organized but fanatical warlords and fundamentalists that were the mujahedin. It also funnelled millions through the Pakistani ISI (secret service), who created and/or backed (depending how you want to look at it) the Taliban, and Bin Laden himself. President Clinton himself "ranted" at then Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif (in 1999) that he:

      "...promised often to [help bring Osama bin Laden to justice]... but had done nothing. Instead the ISI worked with bin Laden and teh Taliban to foment terrorists." [p. 480]

      President Carter, this is about more than mistakes being made. It was U.S. government policy to create Islamic terror, albeit they thought to point as a knife against the Soviets. Now these terrorists have attacked us and all secular forces in the Middle East.

      You need to accept responsibility for this disastrous policy, and begin to help in reeducating the American public about what really went on. There is precedent in this in the mea culpas issued from Robert McNamara about the Vietnam War.

      In my mind (and I'll probably be flamed for this), your image is forever tarnished by your poor judgment in backing reactionary and feudal forces -- these fundamentalists were attacking women with acid and banning music, etc., even back then.

      Of course, your policy in Afghanistan was stepped up in the Reagan years, with nary a peep from you, and the support of almost all mainstream politicians and press. Now we suffer the blowback from this. We need to clean house, and first we need to sweep it out with a good stiff broom of truth.

      "... the laborers still form an incoherent mass scattered over the whole country, and broken up by their mutual competition."

      by Valtin on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:35:08 AM PST

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      •  US won the cold war (1+ / 0-)
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        but lost the soul. The decision to arm, support and inflame islamic jehadis was a kiss of death. And I don't think that genie can be put back into the bottle so easily. Before that decision, women in Afghanistan were more free and some even wore mini skirts. Neocons also rose as a force during this time. President Carter is a such a gentleman I don't know how this could have happened under his watch.

        I have seen the truth. It doesn't make sense.

        by Ruffledfeather on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:06:27 AM PST

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        •  20/20 hindsight history (12+ / 0-)

          The USSR were the bad guys; Afghanistan was a country under seige.  There was not a person in the US that didn't happily look the other way when a few US Stinger missiles ended up in the hands of the insurgency.

          Get this, it wasn't the North Vietnamese, or the North Koreans or any other satellite puppet of the China and/or the USSR...IT WAS THE USSR on the march.  And, we, entire population of the US, did not mind a little assistance to a determined resistance.  Unlike the South Vietnamese Army these guys lived hard and fought hard.

          You might consider how Reagan and Bush 41 abandoned those then allies and left them in abject poverty (thanks for the entertainment, bye now) and a ruined nation.  Even OBL mentioned this a few times.

          One thing I do believe is that President Jimmy Carter read his morning security briefings and made the best judgements that any human could make.

          American Engineer :== loser!

          by jnmorgan on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:40:46 AM PST

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          •  Question still remains (2+ / 0-)
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            You might consider how Reagan and Bush 41 abandoned those then allies and left them in abject poverty (thanks for the entertainment, bye now) and a ruined nation.

            Nothing can be further from truth. These ties continued well past USSR disintegration. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia created Taliban while US pretended to look other way. Pakistan wasn't doing it just becasue they liked American capitalism. They also knew that alliance was unnatural and prevented CIA from allowing direct links with rebel leaders thus creating US dependence on Pakistani intelligence agencies.
            Even granting that what you say has some merit, question still remains was it a wise decision?

            I have seen the truth. It doesn't make sense.

            by Ruffledfeather on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:01:33 AM PST

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          •  You are rewriting history (6+ / 0-)

            "There was not a person in the US that didn't happily look the other way when a few US Stinger missiles ended up in the hands of the insurgency." -- The U.S. sent over 2,000 of these sophisticated missles to the Islamic fundamentalists. The CIA originally didn't want to send these missiles, because they knew "they could be used as a terrorist weapon  against passenger aircraft" (Coll, p. 150).

            "...a little assistance to a determined resistance" -- far from little, many hundreds of millions were paid out each year to the Islamic fanatic warlords, over a billion dollars in 1986-87 alone, in the largest covert operation in U.S. history.

            You are correct that there was a cold war fever for supporting intervention against the Soviets in Afghanistan, which President Carter, with his boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, facilitated.

            "... the laborers still form an incoherent mass scattered over the whole country, and broken up by their mutual competition."

            by Valtin on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:06:11 AM PST

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            •  And also (2+ / 0-)
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              the knowledgeable analysts were sounding alarm even at a time when US was 'winning' in late 80s. They called Pakistan depenent US poilicy like 'building a fort on quick sand'. Most of the damage was done after the cold war when US relied on 'Pakistani friends' to take control of Afghanistan after withdrawl of Russian forces.

              I have seen the truth. It doesn't make sense.

              by Ruffledfeather on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:24:59 AM PST

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            •  There's an epiphany (0+ / 0-)

              The US Airforce does not want the US Army to have these 'sophisticated missles' for the same reasons.

              2000 (taking your word for it) over 10 years and I don't suppose anybody counted how many were fired;  Like counting expended casings?

              I would not want to engage the charging handle and put one of those next to my head after a few years. hmmmm, how would I know about that?

              American Engineer :== loser!

              by jnmorgan on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:37:14 AM PST

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            •  Islamic fanatic warlords (0+ / 0-)

              That phrase should get you troll rated.  I'll point it out for other readers.

              In those days they were Islamic and the were tribal.  It's only in these recent years that "fanatic" and "warlords" were used to describe the Afghan resistance.  They were patriots fighting for their country.

              American Engineer :== loser!

              by jnmorgan on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:03:13 PM PST

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              •  You don't like my words (1+ / 0-)
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                Maybe Daily Kos readers could click on your name and go to the website you list as yours on your DailyKos info spread -- www.cuntry.com -- and see the anti-Indian, anti-immigrant stuff you push there. I don't want to quote it, because I don't want to spread the words themselves, but anyone can go and check it out for themselves.

                Yeah, it's your site alright.

                <"frame name="NameSecure" src="http://www.jnmorgan.com/engineers/index.html" marginwidth="0" </p>

                "... the laborers still form an incoherent mass scattered over the whole country, and broken up by their mutual competition."

                by Valtin on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:27:42 PM PST

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          •  John LeCarre (4+ / 0-)
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            in 1991 in an interview with Paris Review commented on the weapons we left in Afghanistan after the Soviets left. He said then that these missles,etc were going to come back to haunt us and he warned about it.

        •  US won WW2 under a Democrat president (0+ / 0-)
        •  Did we win the Cold War (2+ / 0-)
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          if the price was our soul? I don't think so.

          "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." ~ Diderot

          by Bouwerie Boy on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:14:34 PM PST

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      •  Root causes (4+ / 0-)
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        I highly doubt that withholding our support against the USSR in Afghanistan would have prevented the use of Islamic terror against the West.  It may have changed the individual players, but much larger forces were at work in the Middle East than our support in the conflict.

        The root causes that we can control are in the way that we treat the people and regimes in that region, there are two many people who have been ill treated by their nations and ours and who are willing to die to correct and punish what they see as our crimes.

        Our arrogance and self righteousness are probably the strongest contributing factors to the way we are perceived abroad.  We have supported oppression in the name of freedom and assumed too bluntly that we could do no wrong.

        ...in the name of a totalitarian ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance, and despises all dissent
        -G.W. Bush
        -7.00 -7.74

        by Luam on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:02:11 AM PST

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      •  Having read Ghost Wars (5+ / 0-)

        I would have to say that the "history" therein had a very anti-democratic president bent, especially for President Clinton but for President Carter as well. After all, the book was written by a former editor from the Washington Post.

        The author gushes over the "focused" foreign policies of Reagan, Bush I and even a bit on Bush II, while portraying Clinton and Carter as "indecisive".

        I don't need anymore history through the right wing looking glass.

      •  Very courageous posting (3+ / 0-)
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        Yes,you are correct in putting this to him. Carter's South America policy was terrible too. This was when Salvador happened as depicted in the film,under Carter. And I too think he needs to come clean about it.

        Yes you do President Carter.

        •  But, do you really expect somehow (3+ / 0-)
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          who disrespects this audience to the point of calling James Baker III "honest" really to come clean?

          Methinks the real point of politicians/ex-politicians posting here at DK is akin to Sally Field's shopping mall moment in SoapDish.

          •  You're right (0+ / 0-)

            And I paused before I sent my original comment, because I don't expect Carter to reply, nor do I  believe he could give an honest reply anyway.

            But there was that "we were war criminals" moment by McNamara. An appeal to humanity never hurts.

            If I knew I were speaking to a large audience, and they believed I had authority, I would never give them such drivel as to believe in the penitence of a major politician. This is because I don't want to feed them illusions. Still, one out of a hundred or a thousand might travel down the road to Damascus. (Carter should get the metaphor.)

            "... the laborers still form an incoherent mass scattered over the whole country, and broken up by their mutual competition."

            by Valtin on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:41:32 PM PST

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          •  Or it could be because as American Citizens (3+ / 0-)
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            they wish to engage in respectful, intelligent dialogue with others who care passionately about politics.

            I think anyone who wishes to post an opinion should be allowed to do so, and I don't think their reknown should specially qualify or disqualify them in this forum of truly free speech.

            I think it is right to question bad policies in any historical time, when done with the respect due to the office and the person who has held it.  Personally, I question whether it is fair to expect my vision of perfection in a politician - that simply does not seem to be the nature of the job.  I have other heroes and heroines for complete morality - they agree with my positions and are able to make moral decisions I applaud every time.  They never seem to be in a position of governing, however.

            I protested many of those decisions "back in the day," but I would prefer to ask the questions directly to the man posting, as I would with any other diary, rather than imputing motives to a historical figure who is posting as a human being.  He must be considered as the former, but he has the right to be treated as the latter.

            Sorry.  I like the topic of the thread, I guess I would prefer a different tenor.

            The law is slacked and judgment doth never go forth: the wicked compass about the righteous and wrong judgment proceedeth - Habakkuk 1:4

            by vox humana on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:52:42 PM PST

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  •  You're going to get impeachment questions today. (18+ / 1-)

    Everyone gets them. No exceptions.

    But thanks for dropping by. And answering questions. A rarity!

    Now back to our show. Because it's our show.

    •  ...Or at least censure questions (8+ / 0-)


      I apologize for pimping this diary, but I sense it will be very popular and feel we must keep supporting Senator Feingold's censure resolution.

      Obviously, former President Carter can and has written his own analysis of our country's dire situation. But for those of you who do not have as much time for such pursuits, please download this flyer and combine it with your own comments before faxing or emailing it to senators to show your support for censure. And don't forget to follow-up with a phone call to their staff.

      Here's a list of fax numbers and email addresses.

      This flyer is also appropriate to send to your local news outlets as long as you explain it is aimed at senators.

      You can read the flyer without downloading it here.

      While it is sometimes true that Christians don't lie, it is often true that liars pretend they are Christians.

      by Dan Hrkman on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:24:24 AM PST

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    •  Uh - oh. (2+ / 0-)
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      "Now back to our show.  Because it's our show."

      Oh, dear.  Who's "us?"  Did I miss the test?  What's the show?  Is Jimmy Carter not invited?  I'm confused!  

      Was he wrong to post a diary, or to answer the questions put to him?  I'd like to see him be in the show, too!  I like it!

      Jimmy Carter, do you have any opinions on impeachment or censure and/or their validity as political or moral moves?  I ask as one citizen to another... and that's my favorite show.

      The law is slacked and judgment doth never go forth: the wicked compass about the righteous and wrong judgment proceedeth - Habakkuk 1:4

      by vox humana on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:01:46 PM PST

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  •  Thank you, Mr. President (17+ / 0-)

    Thank you very much for posting here, President Carter.  Both parties, and our country, could use more reasoned and principled voices such as yours.

    "We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home." -- Edward R. Murrow

    by Theodoric of York Medieval Liberal on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:58:31 AM PST

      •  Never understood (1+ / 0-)
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        why people what a president "they can hang out with."

        Would you want to work for a company whose owner wanted to be your best buddy? Or would you want to work for someone smarter and more capable than you? Someone who found it more important to have a company grow and prosper than to be liked by all the employees?

        Which type of boss would enable each employee to provide financial security for their family? Can the election of politicians be framed in this manner?

        The Place of Dead Roads
        "The City of Louisiana has dodged the bullet with Hurricane Corrina."

        by Dr Benway on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:56:38 AM PST

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        •  Actualy, Given A Choice (18+ / 0-)

          between President Carter and Dumya, I'd rather hang out with "Jimmy".  A kinder and more compassionate man you'll never meet.

          Wouldn't trust the chimp any further than I could toss his lyin' arse.

          Bloggin' with a bar of soap and my car window IMPEACH -8.75 / -6.10

          by Alegre on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:02:56 AM PST

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        •  i don't understand this comment (1+ / 0-)
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          are you suggesting that it is better to have someone out of touch with people to run this country? it seems that your suggesting that running this country like a corporation is the better choice. which is how this country is currently being run. we have someone in office now that puts profits before people. and this policy only benefits the rich.  and what does the comment about working for someone smarter than you? just because someone is above you in the chain of command doesn't mean that they are smarter.
          please clarify

          •  at the very least, a President (4+ / 0-)
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            who respects our intelligence. We haven't had one since 1980.

            "And I hope you'll understand if any of us come before a court and we can't remember Abramoff, you'll tend to believe us." - Senator Lindsey Graham.

            by QuickSilver on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:14:07 AM PST

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          •  not suggesting (3+ / 0-)
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            I am not suggesting we should have a CEO president. I want to say it is more important to have leaders whose skills match the task before them. Thus, for a company, the boss should be the best in business matters.

            For the president, a much more expansive and varied skill set is needed. I would start with hoping any candidate for office would hold an advanced degree (and yes, post-graduate work in nuclear physics is good with me).

            Regardless, I would have hoped a history of success in attempted endeavors might have been desired. In short, we should be selecting leaders based on demonstrated ability, not personality. And let's face it, it will be hard to succeeded with a poor personality, but no amount of personality will make up for stupid and inexperienced.

            The Place of Dead Roads
            "The City of Louisiana has dodged the bullet with Hurricane Corrina."

            by Dr Benway on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:31:23 AM PST

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          •  Clinton is right to be quiet (2+ / 0-)
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            I trust the man's knowledge of strategy.  It makes sense that in light of his wife's career he stay quiet now.  As is always charged, he sucks the oxygen out of any room - he is THE MOST powerful politician since Reagan in that regard.

            I agree with Dr. Benway, we get people like Bush because the bumpkin is 'folksy' and non-threatening to the average (white male?) voter...  That is not a good criterion for deciding our Chief Executive.  And CEO is the correct profile.  

            Likewise, we let the media dwell on a candidates TV persona and whether the person (gore) is "stiff" or not!  WTF - that is not important!

            Changing America 1 cup at a time... "I'm not a Liberal, I just use my brain."

            by coffeeinamrica on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 03:44:42 PM PST

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        •  That's what I don't get. (8+ / 0-)

          People say they like Bush Jr. Because they'd like "hanging out with him".

          Me, I like hanging out with smart people. They're FAR more interesting, and it's much more fun!

          Ignorance killed the cat. Curiousity was framed.

          by Lashe on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:54:18 AM PST

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          •  I never understood this. Hanging out with Dubbya (7+ / 0-)

            (in my mind) would be a long night of off color and/or thinly veiled(if at all) racist jokes and sexist jokes, followed by holier than thou rants, fart jokes and suggestions to go cow tipping. The kind of thing I think my twelve year old boy might like for one or two hours before he said it was too much. Me, I like hanging out with people who have depth and intelligence. Their jokes are better, the conversation is more engaging, and I never find anyone throwing up in the bathroom after drinking too much.
            Also hanging out with President Carter might get you a bruise if he hit you accidently with binoculars while birdwatching, not shot in the face while out bird-killing.

        •  Clinton was the sort people wanted to hang out (4+ / 0-)
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          with, and still do. And he wanted to hang out with them, too. That's one difference between Bush and Clinton, Bush pretends to be the sort of guy you might want to have a beer with, and Clinton actually is a person you might want to have a beer with. When Clinton was in office, a regular citizen had a much better chance of meeting him and having a chat than anyone has with Bush. Clinton didn't require loyalty oaths to be signed before you got in the room with him. And everyone likes Clinton..remember the Pope's funeral?? Bush got booed when he appeared on the monitor, Clinton had a crowd of ordinary Italians shouting "USA, USA, USA!!" just walking and talking around the neighborhood.

          It's nice to see President Carter here on DKos, I met him when he was Governor of Georgia and I was in college in Atlanta. Nice to "see" you again, sir.

          What happens when Bush takes Viagra? he gets taller. Robin Williams

          by Demfem on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:42:25 AM PST

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        •  No (0+ / 0-)

          because it's a false choice.

          I have many many direct reports, and I want them to both respect me for my professional expertise; feel close enough to me to avoid the most common manager-employee b.s. and also to have the proper sense of who they are in the larger organization.  

          Saying it's either "best buddy, jocular moron" style or "high-brow unpopular prick" is setting yourself up for failure.

          Look at Kerry.  Did anyone really believe that Kerry was a duck hunter by nature; or that he often rode his Harley that he has at home?  

      •  And not just smarter - wiser n/t (3+ / 0-)
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        There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening. - McLuhan

        by Alien Abductee on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:10:42 AM PST

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      •  As they say, A players want everyone else to be (2+ / 0-)
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        an A; B players want everyone else to be a C.

        We need an education system that makes the electorate of this country all A players.

        •  Agree and that's a problem (0+ / 0-)
          Even though extrapolating college grades to modern times is asinine, Kerry and Gore couldn't really portray themselves as "the smart one" once their marks were released.  Clinton and Carter (and Bush I for that matter) on the other hand are vastly more intelligent than the current bums in the White House...

          "In this world are many like me who have killed their emotions...remember that..."-Shadow, Final Fantasy VI

          by BlueEngineerInOhio on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:13:03 PM PST

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    •  And an Eagle Scout to boot. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      Happy little moron, lucky little man. I wish I was a moron, my God, perhaps I am! -- Spike Milligan

      by polecat on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:22:28 AM PST

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    •  It's amazing to think that a man like Carter... (2+ / 0-)
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      was ever President of the United States, isn't it?  I mean, even the Presidents I consider the best (FDR...and that's about it, I guess) had something of a ruthless streak in them, but Carter was and is a genuine humanitarian who cares about his fellow wo/man, something most Americans seem to view as quaint and unmanly.

      How could a modern president say this, for example:

      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. You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one unyielding group or another. You often see a balanced and a fair approach that demands sacrifice, a little sacrifice from everyone, abandoned like an orphan without support and without friends.

      Often you see paralysis and stagnation and drift. You don't like it, and neither do I. What can we do?

      First of all, we must face the truth, and then we can change our course. We simply must have faith in each other, faith in our ability to govern ourselves, and faith in the future of this nation. Restoring that faith and that confidence to America is now the most important task we face. It is a true challenge of this generation of Americans.

  •  Thank you President Carter (18+ / 0-)

    Thank you so much for the clear answers to these questions.  It certainly gave me a better understanding of the voter ID issue.

    The opportunity here to speak to you directly is an honor I never in my wildest dreams thought I would have.  I consider you one of our country's greatest assets, and I thank you for your service.

    Please say hello to your wonderful wife as well.

    "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2300+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

    by Miss Blue on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:59:51 AM PST

    •  Thank you! (3+ / 0-)
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      I agree with Miss Blue....thank you for the answers you provided for our questions. They were clear and concise. After reading your answer to mine....I jumped over to Amazon to order a copy of Our Endangered Values, America's Moral Crisis. I look forward to receiving it, reading it, and learning more about your views on the current state of our faith.

      You have gone above and beyond here on DK...and we are all thankful. Though, now that I think about it, we should not be surprised. You have always gone above and beyond for our nation and her people.

      Thank you yet again Mr. President.  ;)

  •  Welcome back! (7+ / 0-)

    Wow, can Bill Clinton be far behind?

    "If only lies left semen stains." - Jon Stewart

    by Two Types of Fruit on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:00:50 AM PST

    •  if Hillary posts here first...then maybe... (10+ / 0-)

      I have the feeling the Clintons won't be blogging until the prevailing winds stop trying to paint DailyKos as the hyperventilating-militant-vegan-lesbian-angry-etc-etc wing of the party.  Not that there's necessarily anything wrong with those (Except the militant part) but Hillary (and while she keeps aspirations to higher office) Bill by proxy will stay away from blogs for fear of losing their centrist status.

      Jimmy Carter has shown courage in being unafraid to get painted as whatever liberal epithet republicans are throwing that week.  Of course, that he's not running for any office does help with that, but still,  many prominent non-running liberals still shy away from some issues for fear of being painted into the Michael Moore wing of the party (a wing which I've only heard of from Republicans).

      Still, Bill Clinton posting here would be awesome too.

      "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

      by Scientician on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:48:56 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  May I kindly point you to these energy diaries? (62+ / 0-)

    I have written on dailykos about your energy policies, which now seem, in retrospect, impressively on target and, even, visionary:

    A visionary President that "gets" energy policy

    (I posted it last year as well)

    I'd be curious to know what you think of our current attempt by various kossacks to build a new energy policy that the Democrats could push.

    Energize America - A Blueprint for U.S. Energy Security (Fourth Draft)

    Thanks.

    In the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)
    Read more on the European Tribune - bringing dKos to Europe

    by Jerome a Paris on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:03:52 AM PST

    •  Mr President ... (10+ / 0-)

      Can I second Jerome's request?  Jerome is an international banker specializing in wind power and has been one of the top contributors to the Daily Kos community for a number of reasons, but especially for his nuanced understanding of energy issues.

      In your previous diary I posted the following, related, question:

      In a future discussion, if you are willing to engage, it would be interesting to have you provide your thoughts and then -- perhaps -- interact in a discussion related to energy policy.  Considering President Bush's 'addiction to oil', do you consider the nation ripe for reengaging sensible energy policies?  And, what would you hope the nation would do?

      And, with all of the others here, I want to (again) thank you for joining in the discussion in the community.  You have been and are an inspiration for millions -- including many of us here.

      9/11/05, Day 1469, A count worth keeping? Or, Osama Bin Forgotten?

      by besieged by bush on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:29:32 AM PST

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    •  Perhaps this is to be expected (9+ / 0-)

      President Carter's background is in science--physics, I believe. I think he was way ahead of the game and it is unfortunate that we, the people, and our subsequent leaders didn't listen to him.

  •  President Carter: Someone who 'gets it' (49+ / 0-)

    As in "gets" what one of the purposes is blogging is for: dialouge.

    Isn't it refreshingt to see a politician -- and a former president (!) -- engaging us as citizens on this blog as opposed to attempt to use this blog for their own personal political agenda or gain?

    I'll take 535 more of you in our Congress, Mr. President...please!

    If I can't dance, it's not my revolution.

    by wmtriallawyer on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:04:32 AM PST

  •  More gushing (13+ / 0-)

    You are a shining example of what an American should be. I miss you.

  •  I can't help it (7+ / 0-)

    Thinking about a President blogging just (I hate this expression) tickles my funny bone.  

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:06:12 AM PST

  •  As a Georgian (12+ / 0-)

    I am proud every day that you are from my state.  I know that you have written extensively about this in your latest book, but what can ordinary citizens do to preserve the separation of church and state that is so crucial to our Democracy?

    "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition" - Monty Python

    by MadRuth on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:06:34 AM PST

  •  President Carter (8+ / 0-)

    Thank you.  I think it's sort of funny the disconnect society has to its leaders, so it's actually quite cool that you are blogging here.  Globalization at work, or something...

    I think my primary concerns are about where the Democratic Party is going.  The beauty I've found with the left is that there are these voices in conflict with each other.  At the same time though, that may be a disadvantage to a right wing that has been coopted and molded into one message.  How can we find our path without destroying the voices that make our freedom so important?

  •  I hope this will be a regular feature... (18+ / 0-)

    For those of us that are working in campaigns, running them or running for office, your perspective right now is definately a bonus.  Jack is not the only one that benefits here from your presence.

    Even within our own party, we run up against the "do it the old way" beliefs...what will it take to force Democrats out of the same patterns that have not been working into a new kind of campaigning that can win elections?  

    Texas Scandal Twins, GOOGLE Joe Barton + Tom DeLay and what do you get? T-R-O-U-B-L-E Follow Me To DC

    by DFJtoo on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:09:25 AM PST

  •  If major employers were prosecuted as felons. (21+ / 0-)

    do you think the illegal immigration "problem" would be solved? The movement to make the illegal immigration a felony makes me wonder what will happen to the immigrants after sentencing, work farms?  They could then go from cheap labor to free labor.

    Perhaps if those who exploit the immigrants for cheap labor were fearful of real criminal prosecution they would simply pay Americans a living wage to do the jobs "no one wants" and the problem of illegal immigration would be solved.

    •  exactly, well said n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "If standing up for the Constitution and rule of law is a "stunt," then I'll take it."

      by Jlukes on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:50:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Derechos de empleo de los inmigrantes (0+ / 0-)

      bajo las leyes federales contra la discriminacion is a pamphlet published by the U.S. Equal Employment Commission

      It clearly states:

      La discriminacion por origen nacional debida a la apariencia, las costumbres o el idoma de una persona esta en contra de la ley.

      An employer can't deny employment based on nationality, appearance, customs[actions], or by language.

      If a potential employee shows up with a plausible ID card, a tax ID, and doesn't claim to be illegal, there is nothing else an employer can legally notice that would lead him to believe that the person maybe illegal.

  •  Why the Inaction Among Democrats? (46+ / 0-)

    Mr. President, can you shed any light upon the seemingly inexplicable failure of the Democratic party to stand upon principle and use their muscle to oppose the shredding of the Constitution and the prosecution of preemptive war based on lies?  What can they possibly be thinking with this shrinking violet strategy?  

  •  why aren't govt leaders held accountable (2+ / 0-)
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    like this to happen   the acts should be criminal

    Prosecute them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope you can understand I never really wanted it to come to this, if I did I could have told this story before the election and that would have ruined the chances for re-election wouldn't it?  I wrote my senators, my congressman, I wrote a letter to Rumsfeld in 2005   I wrote the White house in Dec 2004  a Mr Richard Henry sent my letter to the VA, they awarded me 50% instead of the 100% I was entitled to, I appealed  the VA denied me again. I had a story written about me in the State newspaper in March 6 2005.

    I have tried everything else I could think of before I did all this, yes I have been doagnosed with OCD by my shrink, guess what I am obsessed with  the fact my government left me in this position for 31 years. Why?

    You all, have no one to blame but yourselves, I think it is called "command failure"  I tried to do it thru my chain of command didn't I?  I use to be a good soldier I volunteered in 1973  Vietnam was still going on. I volunteered for Edgewood Arsenal tests, the Army never gave us the medals they promised, heck I just got a Army Achievement medal from the first Gulf War from the Board of Corrections for the Army on Friday/ What a joke. 15 years late  and they didn't send the medal  just the orders.

    I just wanted my families Veteran benefits awarded before I die, was that to much to ask?

    Michael G Bailey
    301 Harbor Heights Dr 21D
    Lexington SC 29072

    803-808-5371

    I haven't told any lies and I have nightmares, and you people probably sleep like babies, what is wrong with this picture?

    And the bad part is I feel bad about telling this, go figure!!!!!

    -----------------
    Forwarded Message:
    Subj: I used Google to get the evidence that should force Cheney and Rmsfeld  
    Date: 3/27/2006 7:58:39 AM Eastern Standard Time
    From: TESTVET
    To: bizdev@google.com

    to either resign or be impeached    all on the internet thru your search engine  thank you for being google  here is the evidence I found  read  letters from Oct 5 2005  and April 28 2005

    Rep. Lane Evans    VE house committe site  official corrspondence

    and then this VA manual about the tests on humans in 1975  when Cheney was chief of staff of the Ford white house and Rumsfeld was youngest ever Sec of Defense and G H W Bush was head of the CIA  in 1975  when Ford ordered and end to the practice of using humans for chemical weapon and drug experientatioin

    this story has to break in the next day or two  congress men  senators and the DNC  have been sent the same stuff'

    http://www1.va.gov/...

    How did I know about these programs I was used in them in Jun thru August 1974 at Edgewood Arsenal  my test number is 6778A  

    I have the FOIA files from Edgewood to prove it  I got them in 2003

    Mike Bailey  803-808-5371  should be a great advertising idea  google takes out white  House Cabinet

  •  Floored, stunned (16+ / 0-)
    Wow.  Just wow.  

    Very cool.  

    And I'd like to second the question that was asked above: "Why the inactivity by the Democrats?"

    What's going on?

    "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."- "V" in "V for Vendetta

    IMPEACH Bush

    by smugbug on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:19:09 AM PST

    •  Correction: (1+ / 0-)
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      should be "inaction" not, "inactivity".

      And a huge thank you, Mr. President for your eloquent candor on this site.  

      "People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."- "V" in "V for Vendetta

      IMPEACH Bush

      by smugbug on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:21:46 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  As a UK subject in the US, (5+ / 0-)

    I am very curious to know why did Blair back Bush in the "liberation" of Iraq from Saddam?  I have my own thoughts on the matter but I would very much like a Presidential viewpoint.

    People place their hand onthe Bible and swearto uphold the Constitution.They dont put their hand onthe Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.Jamie Raskin

    by The Alien from Britain on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:19:10 AM PST

  •  To Jimmy and Jack, re: fly fishing (4+ / 0-)

    I hope you've both read Norman Maclean's, A River Runs Through It:

    Something within fishermen tries to make fishing into a world perfect and apart - I don't know what it is or where, because sometimes it is in my arms and sometimes in my throat and sometimes nowhere in particular except somewhere deep. Many of us probably would be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect.  [...]

    Of course, now I am too old to be much of a fisherman, and now of course I usually fish the big waters alone, although some friends think I shouldn't. Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.

    Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
       
    I am haunted by waters.

    A wonderful book.

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:19:36 AM PST

    •  I have a tiny place on a Wild and Scenic River (3+ / 0-)
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      . . . and you, sir, created that act to preserve our river environments.

      The locals still talk about how you fly-fished in the Upper Delaware.

      You might not recognize the river today. Controlled releases from dams have raised the water temperature; the trout die in the shallow, overheated water. Two record floods in six months changed the shape of the banks, obliterating the known fishing holes.

      As I look at the present administration and their mockery of environmental protections and failure to act on an issue as fundamental as global warming, I wonder if this is an issue the Democrats should address.

      You took leadership on this issue during your presidency. Do you think the same leadership is possible now?

      •  We too (2+ / 0-)
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        benefitted greatly from the work you did,  Mr. President, in the early years that we owned a small lodge and taught fly-fishing.  

        We watched the demise of our fishery and it broke our hearts.  It was impossible to stop, the ears were deaf to reason...they would not listen as many testified that their "management" of the precious waters and watershed was destroying our wild and scenic river.

        Thank you for speaking with us here, Mr. President. You have always had our deep respect.

        Best regards to you, your wife and family.  

        Don't believe everything you think.

        by trinityfly on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:21:14 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  the 'Democratic answers?' (32+ / 0-)

    President Carter, thanks for engaging and answering questions. You said:

    I asked her a series of questions that all bloggers should use in discussions: Do you prefer peace or war? Do favor tax breaks for the richest Americans or working families? Would you rather destroy the environment or protect it? Do you approve the torture of prisoners? Do you think our government should secretly spy on your family? Do you think we should abandon every nuclear arms control agreement negotiated since Dwight Eisenhower was president? Do you approve of your part of the national debt now being $28,000 and increasing by $300 each month? Do you think we should meld religion and government? She gave me the Democratic answer to all the questions, and I believe that most Americans will agree, no matter if their state is red or blue.

    Yes, most American will agree with the Democratic answers. SOMEBODY SHOULD INFORM CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS OF THIS. To BE a Democrat and espouse those principles is one thing, but to vote for people who have consistenly failed to uphold those principles is another.

    •  oops, more to say (2+ / 0-)
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      I should have finished my thought. What indication does Voter Bob or Voter Jane have that those "Democratic answers" are shared and promoted by Democrats in congress? See the most angry recent diaries and posts about Dems' inaction.

    •  Mr.President, (1+ / 0-)
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       I so agree with the above poster, I will use this when i call people to let them know we have a caucus coming in our small conservative town.  I am telling people we need to change congress in 2006, and i too have a lot of concern and fear about Diebold, as our small town got the opti-scan 2 years ago.  And the town north of us just passed a vote to get one.  We had a recount for a close race and discovered 100 missing votes.  How do we fight this ?  
       Thanks so much for engaging in discussion with us. I have begun to feel better about our future.  The word is getting out.  I will get your book, and urge my mom who is married to a republican to read it. And for all you've done for humanity i salute you.  

      Democracy is not a spectator sport

      by Sophie Blue on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:00:18 AM PST

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  •  Thank you Mr. President (4+ / 0-)
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    and thank you for your commitment to peace and social justice.  You are an example for us all.

    Who Burns for the Perfection of Paper - Martin Espada

    by demkat620 on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:19:49 AM PST

  •  OK, since we're in the questions business (8+ / 0-)

    Mr. President,

    Glad to have you at the party.

    As you may know, the Brazilian military government instituted an energy independence program during the last Oil Crisis that emphasized ethanol and flex-fuel vehicles. The civilian government that replaced the junta has kept this program, and as a result, Brazil will soon be able to certify that they produce as much energy (in oil and ethanol) as they consume. In other words, they will be able to claim true energy independence.

    Should we have instituted similar programs in the 1970s and 1980s? Is it too late for us to do so now?

    Good luck to your son Jack. We're counting on him.

    ->Even Fox News says Iraq is a civil war <-

    by maxomai on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:21:15 AM PST

  •  thank you so much (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sophie Blue, Texas Blue Dot, Lashe

    The fact that you're here and actually interacting with us is really awe inspiring.

    "He not busy being born is busy dying" - It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

    by chicagochamp on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:22:00 AM PST

  •  Can someone front page this? (8+ / 0-)

    "I am the pitbull on the pantleg of opportunity." G W Bush

    by irate on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:22:28 AM PST

    •  Reclist (6+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      javelina, fgentile, irate, Jlukes, Lashe, lazybum

      It will be on the recommended list all day for sure.

      •  i like that it won't be... (5+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        macdust, drewfromct, QuickSilver, Jlukes, Lashe

        It's very democratic that even former Presidents have to post a diary and rely on being recommended enough times to be heard here.  I admire that none of the FP articles is bragging about this, because you know this is a huge coup for a blog.  

        I can't imagine Bush I (Ford is probably too ill) ever posting at Redstate or Townhall.  

        I hope to see DailyKos become the first blog to have a sitting President post to in 2008.  The odds are fairly good, seeing as several of the Democratic front runners already post here!

        "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

        by Scientician on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:12:12 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  President (0+ / 0-)

          I would think that a sitting President wouldn't post to a highly partisan political blog, but that's one I hadn't thought about.

          •  Why not? (2+ / 0-)
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            Has anybody ever suggested the President is not, nor should be a partisan political position?

            Bush only ever interviews on friendly news media (Fox), and we have sitting Senators posting here.  I see no reason a sitting President could not post to a blog and answer questions if he so chose.

            Blogs are openly partisan, which makes them far better than Fox, which pretends to be objective while being clearly partisan.

            I would accept that a sitting president wouldn't have time for blog posting, but I see no inherent reason that it would be improper for one to do so.

            "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

            by Scientician on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:50:30 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  Not improper (0+ / 0-)

              Yeah, you have a point about the Senators.  I just never thought about it before.  Seems weird at a gut-level.

              •  Under some systems, it would be... (0+ / 0-)

                For example, here in Canada the chief-executive position (Governor-General) is non-partisan and of course it would be improper for a GG to do anything that lent itself to partisanship, such as posting on a blog which expressly tries to elect one party.

                Then again, the GG is ceremonial in modern times and the actual effect of one being openly partisan wouldn't really amount to much (I suspect it would work against whichever party the GG favoured).

                So I could see where you might have a sense that Presidents should be "above" blog posting - but I would submit this is only so in systems where the president is a figurehead.

                "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

                by Scientician on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:34:16 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

  •  Gotta love the (5+ / 0-)

    Allman Brothers!

    (they played at the Governer's mansion when Jimmy was Gov)

    Eat a Peach!
  •  Welcome Back (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    besieged by bush

    In your last post, I asked your opinion of the Iraq Study Group. My main concern is about the we broke it, we bought it kind of thing, and your opinion of where we go from here.

    -8.63 -7.28 Vote+$.01 I will vote Dem., but in protest and support.

    by OneCrankyDom on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:23:51 AM PST

  •  you are great, Sir (11+ / 0-)

    ...as a president and as a human being.  One of the best.  However, I must take issue with something you said above.  I witnessed James Baker's career as I witnessed yours.  Characterizing him as an "honest man" seems just wrong, in light of his tangled web of allegiances and duplicity.

    Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night.

    by Glorfindel on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:24:15 AM PST

  •  James Baker (12+ / 0-)

    After his role in stealing the election in Florida "honest" is about the last term I would use to assess the character of that GOP ... I won't say the word out of respect for you.

    Other than that, Mr. President, I value and honor the example you have made of your life for us all, your selfless work, your humility.

  •  Camp David accords anniverasy (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NYC Sophia, coloradobl, sc kitty, Lashe

    a crowning achievement I was proud to serve  in our Army, now I am ashamed of my government why?

  •  Mr President help make washington accountable (3+ / 0-)
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    coloradobl, Sophie Blue, Lashe

    make them answer about the Cold war test veterans and why they haven;t fiound them yet  please  it's been 31 years already

  •  if you say james baker is an honest man (8+ / 4-)

    then i don't trust anything you say.

    you may have had lunch with him.

    but my country has been harmed by him, greatly, in many ways, and i observed it, and was not asleep when it happened.  your defending him undermines and contradicts many of the many fine things you say and do.

    Politics is not arithmetic. It's chemistry.

    by tamandua on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:29:00 AM PST

    •  Kind of a silly statement (27+ / 0-)

      If you say James Baker is an honest man then I don't trust anything you say.

      Anything at all? Because President Carter is being gracious and a gentleman?

      I think I can trust President Carter a heck of a lot more than some of our current DEMOCRATS in Congress, regardless of whether President Carter found Baker to be an honest man.

      President Carter is a Southern gentleman.  Hence what he said about Baker.

      I wouldn't read much more into it than that.

      If I can't dance, it's not my revolution.

      by wmtriallawyer on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:40:20 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  If being a southern gentleman obliges one (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
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        to say nice things about this guy, then I might just have to re-think my stance against about South-bashing  . . .

        •  It bothered me too (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          vivacia

          The adjective "Honest" applied to James Baker bothered me too considering he is the "fixer" for the Bush Crime family.  Mr. Baker was also the person who represented Saudi Arabia vs. the 9/11 Families.  

          It's not enough to make me discount EVERYTHING, President Carter says but it does disturb me.  Would it make me not vote for Jack Carter if I lived in Nevada?  No.  It still makes me wonder if President Carter worked with an entirely different Mr. Baker or does that mean that Mr. Baker honestly screws over 9/11 Families behalf of Saudi Arabia or maybe honestly screws over Al Gore and America on behalf of the Bush family?

      •  let's try this one on you (1+ / 1-)
        Recommended by:
        balancedscales
        Hidden by:
        DemocraticLuntz

        suppose he said Dick Cheney is a fine and honest man, how well would that sit with you, for southern gentlemanliness.  politicians choose their words very carefully.

        we are in serious deep water, and james baker is very much involved in serious damage to our country, and unjust transfer of wealth from the general population to the very rich.  there are ways of being tactful and diplomatic that do not mislead the public so much.

        Politics is not arithmetic. It's chemistry.

        by tamandua on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:16:51 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  You both miss the point (7+ / 0-)

          It's about whether, as you indicated, you will write off EVERYTHING said by President Carter now because of one comment by Baker.  

          It is stupid, short-sighted and dangerous to state that you cannot trust President Carter -- Nobel Laureate, humanitarian, public servant, who's given his life to serve his country -- because of one word to describe James Baker in an online blog.

          We got into this mess because people like you on the other side only see in absolutes.

          We are supposed to be better at them.  Let's just leave it at that.

          If I can't dance, it's not my revolution.

          by wmtriallawyer on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:31:36 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  is it that you neglected to read what i wrote (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            Roadbed Guy, balancedscales

            or that you chose to ignore it?

            I do not presume to know what kind of person you are, although there is a sign that you are the "kind of person" who knows what "the point" is, and where things should be left at.

            I always figure that there are probably several points in play.

            You are the one thinking in absolutes, not me.  I like Jimmy Carter.  He is the best president we have had since FDR in my opinion (which also means to me that the bar is set intolerably low).  But I am realistic.  He is not a saint.  He has done good, and a lot of bad, and he has been much more punished for the good he has done than for the bad.  It would be a sort of rough justice for him to be punished equally for his misdeeds as he has been punished for his good deeds.

            It is not one word in a blog, it is a tendency to whitewash what he is complicit in.  How real can an election reform commission be in which James Baker's role in 2000 is not thoroughly explored?  

            And not only did you misinterpret what I said about not trusting Carter once, you did it even after I made it clearer for you.  To not trust what someone says does not mean that everything they say is false.  It means that there are other things heavily at play besides telling the truth.

            The Carter Administration's role in Afghanistan constitutes a major blunder, one that helped set up future disasters.

            The exposition of it that I have read that I find most telling has been Brzezinski's interview here:  http://www.globalresearch.ca/...

            And answer me, suppose he said that Dick Cheney, or Karl Rove, was a fine honest man he would be happy to work with on a joint statement on election reform, would you not find that problematic?  Or is it that Baker is O.K. with you, and Cheney isn't?

            He could have toned it down.  It's not like it is a surprise subject.  He has certainly thought about it, and had to answer the question, and this is his stock answer.  Not something that he let slip on a blog in an effort to be polite.

            A southern gentleman doesn't have to give away the farm just to be polite.

            Politics is not arithmetic. It's chemistry.

            by tamandua on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:14:07 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  I'll answer you... (0+ / 0-)

              when you start to make sense.

              You are all over the board on this one, frankly, and you've lost me.

              I made a simple point: that I don't determine "trust" of one person because of their opinion of another person.

              Apparently, you do, because that's what you said.

              I didn't mention anything other than that, and you answer with some sort of Dick Cheney hypothetical that begs the question.

              You've at least amplified your answer slightly by indicating that your trust of President Carter goes deeper than his statement regarding Baker's character that you disagree with.

              But your originial statement was just silly.  

              And I hope we have more critical thinkers on our side than ones who say "I don't trust anything you say because I think your judgment of one person's character is poor."

              If I can't dance, it's not my revolution.

              by wmtriallawyer on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:49:40 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

    •  But maybe (0+ / 0-)

      your information is wrong and his is correct?

      Did that ever occur to you?

      If you were ever going to trust anyone Jimmy Carter might be the man for the job.

  •  Refreshing to see (3+ / 0-)
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    Wow, a politician who not only reads the site's responses to his post, but replies.

    Accountability moment, my ass!

    by orthogonal on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:30:20 AM PST

  •  Thank you President Carter! (4+ / 0-)
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    javelina, Texas Blue Dot, Lashe, lazybum

    I didn't post a comment to your last diary as there was already such an outpouring of other comments, and also a cynical voice in the back of my mind said "Oh this will just be another hit and run big-time diarist who won't reply of read the comments and just wants to get his mesage out!".

    Well, that voice was wrong, and I thank you sincerely for being all that you claim to be, and more than that all that others build you up as!

    How I wish we had a man of your calibre in the White House today...

    <div style="border:2px;padding:4px;border-style:dotted;"> You want to downsize the government?
    Fuck you. My government defends the American people.&l

    by deafmetal on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:30:21 AM PST

    •  Now is a good time (3+ / 0-)

      to clean up your tag line.

      For it is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them." - Adlai Stevenson, 27 August 1952

      by ROGNM on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:57:29 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Indeed (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        KumarP, Luam, deafmetal

        Our country's racing to hell in a handbasket . . . but you gotta be sure not to offend anyone, tsk tsk!

        •  Offend? (3+ / 0-)

          NO, He's speaking to a President of the United States.

          Its a matter of RESPECT

          For it is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them." - Adlai Stevenson, 27 August 1952

          by ROGNM on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:23:59 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  I assume you're also in favor (0+ / 0-)

            of "free speech zones" far out of sight so that the beautiful minds of our leaders need never be troubled by slightest iota of unpleasantness?

            BTW, your tagline could also be interpreted as being disrepectful to Mr. Carter (based on your reasoning that taglines are directed at the authors of the lead diaries) - after, when it comes right down to it, what's worse, using a common profanity or accusing someone of being a hypocrite?

            •  Stole my tag line (0+ / 0-)

              from Markos' FP story.

              Probably makes me a plagiarist in your upside down world.

              For it is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them." - Adlai Stevenson, 27 August 1952

              by ROGNM on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 01:08:37 PM PST

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              •  In my upside world (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                deafmetal

                Respect has to be earned.

                Not sure if this does it:

                The U.S. war on Afghanistan is a brutal attack on a country that has already been almost destroyed by more than 20 years of foreign invasion and civil war.' The Soviet occupation - a direct result of the Carter Administration's clever luring of the USSR into the "Afghan Trap - which lasted from 1979 to 1989, left more than a million people dead. Millions still live in refugee camps More than 500,000 orphans are disabled. Ten million land mines still litter the country, killing an average of 90 people per month. At 43 years, life expectancy in Afghanistan is on average 17 years lower than that for people in other developing countries.

                Umm, lets see, what should I respect? Love your enemies or set up a situation where a million Afghanis who have never lifted a finger against me get killed?

                Let me mull that over for a while and get back to you.

                •  Thanks Roadbed Guy. (0+ / 0-)

                  It's things like your quoted article above, that make steer me away from the obsessive and infantile worship of Presidents, past and current.

                  Unfortunately, every Prez, even the so-called good ones  like Clinton (a man I do admire, like Carter, even with all his faults), end up making immoral and sometimes horrendous decisions, it comes with the territory, controlling US policy is fucked in it's very essence.

                  Of course some actually relish in screwing the planet, those are the ones who should never be allowed to govern in the first place.

                  In the end though, people are just too selfish to consider a true moral and ethical system of governance, those theories are labeled crackpot and anarchistic, they are derrided.

                  So we try and fight for the best we can squeeze out of a two party "democracy".

                  And one of those fights I personally would never give up on is the right to say "Fuck" whenever I feel it necessary.

                  <div style="border:2px;padding:4px;border-style:dotted;"> You want to downsize the government?
                  Fuck you. My government defends the American people.&l

                  by deafmetal on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 06:57:36 AM PST

                  [ Parent ]

  •  You have automatically gained more mojo here (8+ / 0-)

    than you know!  :)

    Other political types don't do this much.  Thank you for being interactive here.  This is why this is here and you all get it!

    Thank you Mr. President.

    We're gonna explode?! I don't wanna explode! 宁静

    by TalkieToaster on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:30:37 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Mr. President, (12+ / 0-)

    for answering my question.  I am thrilled that Jack has a sense of the outdoors and that you and he fish together.  This is so important, especially in the west, where we all know what values the current administration and the senators of his party have in that regard.

    All the best to Jack, who will get a contribution from this fisherman.

    Mike D.,
    Michigan

    Why is that some Democrats seem to think losing will make them look tougher than will winning? ~Atrios

    by GOTV on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:31:37 AM PST

    •  Contribution made. (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Sarah R Carter

      Best of luck, Jack, and to you, Mr. President.  You know, you ought to come out to Michigan.  We have some awfully fine flyfishing here.  

      Why is that some Democrats seem to think losing will make them look tougher than will winning? ~Atrios

      by GOTV on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 05:26:57 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  James Baker: 'brilliant and honest?' (9+ / 0-)

    Mr. President:

    Are we talking about the same guy who is defending Saudi Arabia against 9/11 victim families through his from Baker Botts LLC? The same guy who headed up the Bush cheatfest, I mean ... recount in Florida?

    [RED/GLARE]

    For business reasons, I must preserve the outward sign of sanity.

    --Mark Twain

    by redglare on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:33:06 AM PST

    •  Honesty? (9+ / 0-)

      From the Nation

      When President Bush appointed former Secretary of State James Baker III as his envoy on Iraq's debt on December 5, 2003, he called Baker's job "a noble mission." At the time, there was widespread concern about whether Baker's extensive business dealings in the Middle East would compromise that mission, which is to meet with heads of state and persuade them to forgive the debts owed to them by Iraq. Of particular concern was his relationship with merchant bank and defense contractor the Carlyle Group, where Baker is senior counselor and an equity partner with an estimated $180 million stake.

      Until now, there has been no concrete evidence that Baker's loyalties are split, or that his power as Special Presidential Envoy--an unpaid position--has been used to benefit any of his corporate clients or employers. But according to documents obtained by The Nation, that is precisely what has happened. Carlyle has sought to secure an extraordinary $1 billion investment from the Kuwaiti government, with Baker's influence as debt envoy being used as a crucial lever.

      To this naive observer, it appear Mr. Baker was up to his eyeball in dishonesty in rigging the Florida Miscount to ensure person gain (for himself and cronies) from the long-planned NeoCon Iraq Attack.  Quite frankly, his presence on any election reform efforts immensely clouds the credibility of any findings (despite you immense credibility on the issue . . . )

  •  Thank you (16+ / 0-)

    After the 2000 presidential election debacle (when Al Gore won in Florida and the U.S. but lost in the Supreme Court),

    Glad someone at that top has the guts to say it.  Now if Sandra Day O'Conner would just admit it.

    -4.63,-3.54 If the people will lead the leaders will follow

    by calebfaux on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:33:36 AM PST

  •  Thanks for posting here (8+ / 0-)

    You are the only ex-President I truly admire.

    I have a question about war powers. At what point is it a serious violation of US Law if

    The President diverts money allocated for Afghanistan to begin preparing for the Iraq war?

    The President begins an Air War against Iraq in 2002 before Congressional debate, while publicly pronouncing that he's seeking a diplomatic solution and will go to the UN?

    The President dismisses all of Saddam's desperate offers (including elections and US troops accompanying weapons inspectors) and chooses war over a few months of more diplomacy (which might have "achieved" everything so far "achieved" in Iraq)

    If those are not impeachable offenses, shouldn't they be?

    Don't we need a serious War Powers Act at this point?

    To me it looks like Emperor Bush is free to commit US blood and treasure to any war of his choosing with or without Congressional approval. That's not what the founding fathers intended, is it?

    •  hmm (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Jlukes

      To me it looks like Emperor Bush is free to commit US blood and treasure to any war of his choosing with or without Congressional approval. That's not what the founding fathers intended, is it?

      This would be a much more persuassive argument had Congress not bent over and given Bush everything he wanted not once, but twice.

      Hell, even if it was straight party line vote this would be much more persuassive.

      Congress really failed America - especially the Democrats.

      (I expect war and violence from the GOP, not the DNC).

      •  You are right (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        dpmaine

        Congress failed. Democrats who voted for this war and who refuse to pledge to end it will not receive my vote. Ever.

        The determination that "diplomatic means" would not work was left solely at the discretion of Emperor Bush and he is not required by law to justify that determination, merely to update Congress every sixty days on the deadly consequences.

        (b) PRESIDENTIAL DETERMINATION- In connection with the exercise of the authority granted in subsection (a) to use force the President shall, prior to such exercise or as soon thereafter as may be feasible, but no later than 48 hours after exercising such authority, make available to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate his determination that--
        (1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic or other peaceful means alone either (A) will not adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq or (B) is not likely to lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and

  •  Hello, Mr. President... (5+ / 0-)
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    I just wanted to tell you that you are the one person I hold up as a personal hero to my kids -- your endless work to make the world a better place for everyone and the way you walk your talk, that you speak out even when your message is unpopular --those are the values and qualities I am trying to instill in my kids.  Thank you for your service to our country, and thank you for giving me reason to hope the future can be better...

    Julie

    Move along. There's nothing to see here.

    by jules too on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:36:06 AM PST

  •  Attention all other Big-Name Democrats (46+ / 0-)

    who come to talk to us on the DailyKos:

    This is how you do it.  

    Blogging is about dialogue.  We're not just an advertising billboard for someone's personal manifesto, or a piggy bank to be dipped into whenever we're needed.  We're a community where candidates and elected officials can test their manifesto against a politically aware and passionate segment of the Democratic base.

    We want and need two-way dialogue with our representatives.  We are the kind of people who feel useless unless we're able to actively contribute our mental processes to the problem-solving.  Worse, we feel excluded from the process of setting our country back to rights if we're only viewed as an audience and not as active participants in our country's democracy.

    Thank you, Mr. President, for showing 'em how it's done, as usual!

  •  Another question, (3+ / 0-)
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    Will you be campaigning for Jack in Nevada and encouraging us in states that don't have key races to take a couple of weeks off and travel to help?

    Also, please put up a tip jar next time.  It would be great to give a former president some mojo.  I guess a recommend is all we can do for now.

    Thank you from one of the reddest states in the land!

    Blue is the most popular color

    by jalapeno on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:37:52 AM PST

  •  thank you sir (2+ / 0-)
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    for coming back and answering us.  I think I will print out the list of questions you asked that young woman to help her see she is a democrat.  It is a pretty nice list of what the party stands for... that is, if they WOULD stand these days...

  •  Uncle Sam says 'Thanks' to Jimmy (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Kewl.... (3+ / 0-)
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    Thanks, Mr. President, for coming back and answering our questions.  This should serve as an example to all the other politicians who post here.

    By the way....  Where is your tip jar?

  •  Devoid of Real Leadership and True Representation (7+ / 0-)

    Thank for you coming on here, President Carter, and communicating directly with people.

    I believe that the most profoundly troubling issue facing our country and our culture today is the fact that many Americans feel themselves to be lacking real leaders and true representatives of their social and political values.

    I feel that you were a real political leader and a true representative of the American people when you inhabited the White House and that you've provided us all with a role model of service in your post-Washington years.

    To that end, we are all looking to you and former President Clinton to demand accountability from George W. Bush regarding the decisions of his administration to lead us into war in Iraq and his actions and those of his cabinet or employees in other domestic matters, like the uncovering of Valerie Wilson's identity as a CIA operative, the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina, and the NSA wiretapping of American citizens.

    I understand that former Presidents feel a deep responsibility to protect and respect the office of the Presidency, and so you may be unwilling to confront the current occupant of that office.

    It is in that very spirit of protection and respect that I believe you and President Clinton must stand up publically and call for investigation and appropriate action (whether censure or impeachment, should wrongdoing be found) of George W. Bush.

    His actions do damage to the office he holds, and to our great country - not the calls to hold him accountable for what he, his vice president, and his appointees or employees have done in his and all our name.

    We need your leadership on this, sir.

  •  President Carter (3+ / 0-)
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    I think you already had 300 comments the first time you posted, so this is my thank you.

    You're a great man and it makes me very proud to be a part of a community where you are around to give advise and guidance.

    I have a question for you if you care to consider it:  Speaking from your own experiences, how much of a role does the "administration" play versus the leadership of the President, himself?  I think you can read between the lines there.

    Sincerely,
    Ryan Harkey

  •  Pardon me but... (12+ / 0-)

    ...I think you didn't really answer the question regarding transparency in voting.  I think many of us are very concerned that paperless voting machines are vulnerable.  How can we know that a vote cast for a Democrat is not going to be switched once we leave the voting booth?  
    I appreciate that you have to handle these things diplomatically but is there reason why we can't have a paper trail?  I too am brilliant, honest and partisan and I would be more than willing to count ballots by hand if necessary in the most honest, ethical and accurate way possible.  Why is there so much resistance to a paper trail?
    Ok, I might not be brilliant but I am extremely honest.  

    -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

    by goldberry on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:43:10 AM PST

  •  Dear Mr. President, are you considering a 2008 (2+ / 0-)
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    KumarP, lgmcp

    run?

    I'm only asking because Wikipedia has a source that has quoted you as "considering" such a run.

  •  This guy sounds like us! (26+ / 0-)

    Weird.  I've gotten so used to establishment Democrats pussy-footing around the truth, so color me shocked when THE LAST DEMOCRAT TO WIN A NATIONAL MAJORITY tells it like it is.  

    Many of the news media in America are either afraid to confront the government propaganda machine, totally subservient to it (like Fox TV), or their owners and executive leaders are heavily influenced by economic considerations. The only hope for improvement is for the public to speak out strongly against obviously untruthful bias, support objective media, and let our own views be known by every available means.

    Whatever happened to Democrats like this and where can we get more?
    .

    •  I agree, that paragraph was dazzling (3+ / 0-)
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      and all the more powerful because I could hear his voice while reading those words. Measured, graceful, and fiery! He does sound like us.

      "And I hope you'll understand if any of us come before a court and we can't remember Abramoff, you'll tend to believe us." - Senator Lindsey Graham.

      by QuickSilver on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:30:36 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Wow, James Baker an 'honest' man. (5+ / 0-)

    James Baker III? This should be a tough crowd for that line.

  •  Here's the impeachment question, (7+ / 0-)

    and I think we'd all understand if you felt it wouldn't be appropriate at this point for you to publicly comment on it.  But since it's on everyone's mind, here it is:

    Mr. President, in your opinion, should George W. Bush be removed from office?

  •  Another question (6+ / 0-)

      I assume that President Carter has finished answering questions, but I felt this one needed to be asked:

      As you know, your one term in office left you eligible to run for a second term as President.  Do you have any plans to seek the Democratic nomination in 2008?

  •  Reminiscent Moments (6+ / 0-)

    Dear President Carter,

    I have always admired you as a man who understood the role religion should play in an American's life, and an example of how to be both religious and American; so many cannot seem to understand that they are compatible in their present form!

    And now for the silly bit:

    I was once talking with my sister on the phone while making spaghetti.  When I poured the spaghetti water into the sink and the steam came wafting up through the drain trap, infusing my meal with the (imagined) ooky smells that must lurk in the plumbing, I determined right then to run the cold water under the collander so that the steam won't form and contaminate my dinner.  Since that time I have always thought of my sister whenever I drain spaghetti.  I have discovered similar moments of reminiscence since then; daily events connected with someone who made them somewhat meaningful.

    I think about you whenever I turn my thermostat to 68 degrees and silently remind myself that if I still feel cold, well, I'll just wear a sweater.  Also oftentimes whenever I see a speed limit sign above 55 mph.  You're a noble (lowercase "n") part of the American spirit.

    You enabled Americans to feel good doing the right thing, and I daresay that this abyss we are in was accurately foretold in your words twenty-five years ago.  Bless you.

    The only other thing I would add, and forgive me for not researching this, but I think one of the main problems with the voting scandals of today is that Diebold seems to be the Fox of voting machines.  Between that and what happened in Ohio and Florida (again) with elected officials doing party work, can you assure us that the agreement you hammered out with Baker addresses this?  In what way?

    Oh, and thank you for my college education, Mr. President.  I would not have done it without you, sir.

  •  Renewables , Wind, Ethanol and Hemp (2+ / 0-)
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    Dear Mr. President-

    Wow.
    I am not only impressed by your coming
    here to speak with us all twice, but actually
    responding as well - well,actually,  iwould not have expected less from yourself. I only wish that our other elected officials would decide to actually
    truely interact with their constituents, and come into this new century.
       It would be nice if someone in Washington would consider making permenant the production tax credit
    for wind and solar energy, and remove the subsidization of the fossil fuels we now consume too many of, excepting or creating grant programs assisting poorer Americans to be able to afford the new higher prices, until a new equilibrium is established.
        As to Ethanol, I know that  you where way ahead of the curve on understanding the importance of hemp as a potential feed-stock for ethanol production,
    and you where even more courageous than most to actually broach the subject in public. It is time to renew that debate, and relegalize industrial hemp for ethanol and plastics production, to help us buy some more time to figure out how to use nanotechnology to fix the ozone hole.

    Thank you for reading our posts,
    and God bless you and your family.
    Good Luck to Jack!

    Sincerely-

    Kieran L. Murphy
    Philadelphia, PA

    •  To add to your list (1+ / 0-)
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      Biodiesel

      Idea:No Blood for Oil. Action:I use Biodiesel. site blog

      by KumarP on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:53:25 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Hemp is only so-so for ethanol (0+ / 0-)

      The very properties that make it good for rope and clothing make it bad for ethanol feedstock.  The cellulose would have to be broken down before it could be used.  It's the same problem as using wood as an ethanol feedstock.  Or you could use the fibers for rope and clothing, and just use whatever sugars there are in the rest of the plant, but that would take huge amounts of raw material.

      I'm not saying it can't be done!  Just that there are other feedstocks that would require less processing.  If the hemp cost say 1/10 as much as corn for the same volume of ethanol produced it could be a viable feedstock.  But the reason that wood-to-ethanol has not been extensively developed is that forest products companies have gotten very good at using every little bit, and there is not enough waste to make it a cheap feedstock.

      Live Free or Die-words to live by

      by ForFreedom on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 09:29:16 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  A President That Can Hyperlink! (6+ / 0-)

    If only he was still in office. :(

    But seriously, sir

    If there was any lemonade to be made out of War on Iraq, surely it would be cultivating the normalization of relations with Iran, via the Shia in Iraq.

    It's been said, more or less grudgingly, that nothing good will happen in Iraq unless Iran concedes it; that under current circumstances the Iranians have it in their power to cause us an immense amount of difficulty.

    Seeing as how only Nixon could go to China, I would see this as being a very excellent opportunity for you, President Carter, to do what is vastly apparent that President Bush either cannot, or will not: Sow peace, rather than discord.

    I understand this may be challenging to you on a personal as well as practical level.

    On the other hand, Anwar and Menachem were blood enemies, once. And now Egypt and Israel have enjoyed lasting peace for going on thirty years.

    Bringing peace to the Persian Gulf.

    Just something to try out, between writing books. :)

    We're all Helens now. :)

    by cskendrick on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:47:17 AM PST

  •  Mr. President, (4+ / 0-)
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    You say that HAVA arose out of reccomendations that you helped bring forth. IIRC, HAVA mandates that states use electronic voting machines. Who's idea was this? Electronic voting machines have been shown over and over to be insecure and unreliable, and they're expensive as hell to purchase, store, and maintain. We don't need computerized machines that cost thousands of dollars each to cast a vote--all we need is

    PAPER BALLOTS

    HAND COUNTED

    IN PUBLIC

    by honest and non-partisan citizen volunteers who are supervised by honest and non-partisan public officials who are not one of the candidate's campaign co-chairs.

    Using an expensive and complicated computer to cast a vote makes about as much sense as chartering a private jet to fly across town.

    I think you deserve much credit for posting here at dkos, and still more for taking the time to return with answers to our questions, and for that I thank you. But sadly, I think you lose credibility when you say that James Baker is an honest man--that claim is a little hard for us to swallow.  

    Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

    by drewfromct on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:48:10 AM PST

    •  I can understand electronic machines (4+ / 0-)
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      for those unable to use paper ballots. But ONLY for those, and the numbers would be few. One machine per precinct would be more than enough, I'm sure.

      I can also understand a computer used to PRINT the ballots, using a passworded program that prints the ballot with a serial number used to validate the number of voters against the number of ballots printed. The number would NOT be noted by voter, since that would mean votes were not anonymous.

      Doing it that way would allow you to have ballots in numerous languages - English/Spanish, English/Korean, English/Chinese, English/Russian, etc. You load them all up based on the demographics for the district, and print out one when needed.

      Computers and machines can be helpful - but they shouldn't be how we VOTE.

    •  Weird HAVA side effect (1+ / 0-)
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      I live in a rural county, and our local registrar has had to close several precincts for 2006 due to accessibility requirements - that voting locations be on paved roads and that all voting locations have an electronic touchscreen for disabled voters. These smaller precincts are going to be converted to mail only.

      Given that in my state, you can request an absentee ballot for any (or for all) elections, it's not really a step forward. On the other hand, I suppose my county will save some money by not setting up those locations any more.

  •  With all due respect, Mr. President (10+ / 0-)

    James Baker is not to be trusted. His involvement in Middle East debt is highly questionable, his involvement in the presidential debate deal protected the bubble of the current president from answering honestly (and unaided) any question asked of him, and his disgusting role in the 2000 election was simply that. I think think the American people have learned not to trust this person.

    James Baker is a meddler, plain and simple. This goes way beyond partisanship.

    Listen all of y'all it's a Sabotage! - Beastie Boys

    by See you out there on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:48:49 AM PST

  •  I have to respectfully disagree. (3+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps on a personal scale James Baker is "brilliant and honest man," however, as a member of the Bush Crime Syndicate his public actions are despicable and anti-American.

    He was one of the primary reasons the Republican Party became dead to me after the theft of the 2000 elections.

    Don't you get it yet? It's not incompetence. It's been the plan all along to destroy America.

    by voltayre on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:49:07 AM PST

  •  KOS make news take out Cheney and Rumsfeld with (2+ / 0-)
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    Angie in WA State, Sophie Blue

    this  

    I hope you can understand I never really wanted it to come to this, if I did I could have told this story before the election and that would have ruined the chances for re-election wouldn't it?  I wrote my senators, my congressman, I wrote a letter to Rumsfeld in 2005   I wrote the White house in Dec 2004  a Mr Richard Henry sent my letter to the VA, they awarded me 50% instead of the 100% I was entitled to, I appealed  the VA denied me again. I had a story written about me in the State newspaper in March 6 2005.

    I have tried everything else I could think of before I did all this, yes I have been doagnosed with OCD by my shrink, guess what I am obsessed with  the fact my government left me in this position for 31 years. Why?

    You all, have no one to blame but yourselves, I think it is called "command failure"  I tried to do it thru my chain of command didn't I?  I use to be a good soldier I volunteered in 1973  Vietnam was still going on. I volunteered for Edgewood Arsenal tests, the Army never gave us the medals they promised, heck I just got a Army Achievement medal from the first Gulf War from the Board of Corrections for the Army on Friday/ What a joke. 15 years late  and they didn't send the medal  just the orders.

    I just wanted my families Veteran benefits awarded before I die, was that to much to ask?

    Michael G Bailey
    301 Harbor Heights Dr 21D
    Lexington SC 29072

    803-808-5371

    I haven't told any lies and I have nightmares, and you people probably sleep like babies, what is wrong with this picture?

    And the bad part is I feel bad about telling this, go figure!!!!!

    -----------------
    Forwarded Message:
    Subj: I used Google to get the evidence that should force Cheney and Rmsfeld  
    Date: 3/27/2006 7:58:39 AM Eastern Standard Time
    From: TESTVET
    To: bizdev@google.com

    to either resign or be impeached    all on the internet thru your search engine  thank you for being google  here is the evidence I found  read  letters from Oct 5 2005  and April 28 2005

    Rep. Lane Evans    VE house committe site  official corrspondence

    and then this VA manual about the tests on humans in 1975  when Cheney was chief of staff of the Ford white house and Rumsfeld was youngest ever Sec of Defense and G H W Bush was head of the CIA  in 1975  when Ford ordered and end to the practice of using humans for chemical weapon and drug experientatioin

    this story has to break in the next day or two  congress men  senators and the DNC  have been sent the same stuff'

    http://www1.va.gov/...

    How did I know about these programs I was used in them in Jun thru August 1974 at Edgewood Arsenal  my test number is 6778A  

    I have the FOIA files from Edgewood to prove it  I got them in 2003

    Mike Bailey  803-808-5371  should be a great advertising idea  google takes out white  House Cabinet

  •  We saw Bob Dylan together, President Carter... (3+ / 0-)
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    I'll never forget the pride I felt to see the (then) Governor of my state wading thru the crowd at the Omni in Atlanta that night in 1974...

    I too cast my first-ever vote for you sir, and only regret that I only had one more opportunity to cast a vote for you again...

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us in this forum...

    George W. Bush... wiretapping the Amish since 2001...

    by ThatSinger on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:50:40 AM PST

  •  Thank you (3+ / 0-)
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    That you have kept your word, by returning, is so refreshing. How sad is that? I hope you have the time to answer additional questions from this and your previous post. We have many unanswered questions and so few elected officials willing to answer them.  

    The contrast between you and our current president is very painful.

    Please visit when you can.

  •  Mr. President, (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    We hold these truths, sc kitty

    I have nothing to ask you at this time, but I want to thank you both for your long service to our nation and for continuing to be a man of the people by coming here and not only checking us out, but staying and answering some questions.

    It is something very few politicians do anymore, talk directly to the citizens. I wish there were more out there like you, sir. Thank you for all that you do.

  •  Hey... (1+ / 0-)
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    you think former Presidents post on those radcon (restate et al) sites?

    Yeah, me neither.

    History will vindicate you, Mr. President, as it ruins those who tried to ruin you.

  •  President Carter, (12+ / 0-)

    Your comments on the trend of outsourcing and the immigration debate would be most welcome just about now.

    Faithfully yours, Me

    (The little girl that wrote you when she was 12 about the French oil tanker spill :)  I am sure you remember that note from a young environmentalist throughlly uninformed about international law.)

    Thanks so much for visiting with us.

  •  Thank you so much for the Q&A, Mr. President (2+ / 0-)
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    Bluesee, QuickSilver

    I wasn't entirely satisfied with the answer on election reform. The voter ID thing is fine, but to me, the bigger issue, which I don't feel you really addressed, is electronic vote tampering by companies the likes of Diebold. Whether or not you believed that has actually happened doesn't really matter- numerous studies have shown how frightfully easy such a thing COULD happen. What are your thoughts on that, as opposed to a voter ID?

    Idea:No Blood for Oil. Action:I use Biodiesel. site blog

    by KumarP on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:51:54 AM PST

  •  Mr. President (8+ / 0-)

    The events in Afghanistan regarding the converted Christian provide a perfect opportunity to explain to the American people why separation of church and state is so vital.  I have yet to hear anyone focus on this aspect of the story yet.  I hope you will if you get the opportunity. Thanks for listening to us.

    "Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar." Edward R. Murrow

    by justrock on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:52:31 AM PST

  •  Mr. President, (6+ / 0-)

    THANK YOU. Your values, your words, indeed, your life, is a testament to not only what is right and good with the Democratic Party and our country, but to what it is to be, in my opinion, a real Christian. My prayers are with you and your family, sir.

    Quick note to Kossacks: Be NICE to him. Not that it matters to you, but he's a PERSONAL HERO of mine. One phone call from PRESIDENT Carter to the NSA and we're all extraordinarily renditioned to Plains, where he can go all peanutty on our sorry behinds!

    "...and the ones that are lucky ones come home on the day after tomorrow..." -- Tom Waits

    by Newton Snookers on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:53:04 AM PST

    •  Not sure your disclaimer was needed (0+ / 0-)

      The threads seem to be pretty civil, from what I've seen so far.

      I have a feeling President Carter is a personal hero to many of us, especially folks in the renewable energy sector like myself.

      Idea:No Blood for Oil. Action:I use Biodiesel. site blog

      by KumarP on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:56:57 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  You're right... (0+ / 0-)

        ...about not NEEDING the disclaimer, but...you know how "some" of us can get sometimes...But I am quite confident the President can defend himself quite well on his own and doesn't need one bit 'o help from me!

        "...and the ones that are lucky ones come home on the day after tomorrow..." -- Tom Waits

        by Newton Snookers on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:12:18 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Nice to him? (3+ / 0-)
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      Everyone is being nice to him, but that's because he has earned their respect.

      It would be anti-democratic to be nice to him merely because he is a former President.  The President is a politician and another citizen.  We oppose the President-as-King philosophy of the Republicans, we must resist its impulses for our own admired Presidents.

      Kudos to those who have had the courage to disagree with him.  Yes, we don't want to drive him off but no one should get a free ride here.

      "I will make a bargain with the Republicans. If they will stop telling lies about Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." -- Adlai Stevenson

      by Scientician on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:17:49 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I gotta work... (1+ / 0-)
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        Sophie Blue

        ...on my half-serious/half-snark comments some more, 'cause obviously, I'm not in that groove this morning. BTW, there's not one word I wrote that said he oughta get a "free ride," but thanks for the civics lesson, anyway!

        "...and the ones that are lucky ones come home on the day after tomorrow..." -- Tom Waits

        by Newton Snookers on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:25:38 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  He has earned our respect (6+ / 0-)

        for living as a true Christian, not just mouthing the words. For working toward peace in the world, and not making a huge deal of it (everybody else does that, and rightfully so).

        But mostly, I think he's earned our respect because he was RIGHT. And he didn't change his mind just because people didn't like it or it didn't poll well.  

        •  He earns my respect for living as a true Buddhist (0+ / 0-)

          And I think for living as a true testament to most faiths that preach love, understanding, and goodwill to fellowpeople. He stuck by his beliefs and convictions and never waivered. He was right back then and he's right now. He's still a man in touch with the people. He never really left the people to take office. More than any other high level politician I can think of he stayed with us. (Maybe President Clinton as well)I think too many politicians leave us behind when they take office and it's to our detriment.

        •  Sadly, that's far from true (0+ / 0-)

          That's Mr. Carter's public persona - making it OK to be a flaming Christian in Public (and look what a can of worms that opened of late!) - while at the same time heaping dirt on Christ's Prince of Peace image by actively working for war:

          Witness the gloating over luring the Soviets into their own Vietnam (i.e., Afghanistan)

          Was Vietan peaceful (4 million innocent civilains killed)?

          Was the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan peaceful (1 million innocent civilians killed)?

          Did these actions follow the Christian Directive of Turning the other cheek and loving your enemies?

          Not in my world . . .

  •  About Lobbying reform (5+ / 0-)

    Thank You for being here, Mr. President.

    As you know there is a problem with the appearance that our congress is bought. Lobbyists can funnel money to congressman in very creative ways and congressman (Delay Doolittle Ney) can say that it is legal. Last week the San Diego Union Tribune reported on howRep. Doolittle's wife gets a 15% commission on his campaign fund raising. Do you have any thoughts on Lobbying Reform?

  •  Thank You for your leadership. (3+ / 0-)
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    Mr. President, your works are appreciated more than you can know.  As a Christian, your devotion to faith is inspiring and admired.  

    Please, keep up the good work.

    Best Regards,
    Rob in Ohio

  •  I forgot to mention (4+ / 0-)

    As a fellow poet, I've always wanted to thank you for that aspect of your life as well.

    Idea:No Blood for Oil. Action:I use Biodiesel. site blog

    by KumarP on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:55:05 AM PST

  •  Mr. President an honor beyond words.... (4+ / 0-)

     I was wondering how you feel about the Democratic Leadership Council and some of the strategists that seem to offer the worst advice to Democrats ever.
    How can we get rid of these pro Republican media consultants representing Democrats.

    Why does it seem that entrenched democrats and their strategists are so tepid in standing up for our constituion when it is so obviously being defiled. It makes no sense to me.

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:55:09 AM PST

  •  Thank You (5+ / 0-)

    It is amazing that someone of your stature is posting here AND taking the time to specifically answer questions.  Thank you so much.

    My only question is why is the Democratic leadership not standing up an decrying the state of the nation every chance they get.  We often have discussions here about how Democrats are so subservient and silent.  If you look only at their actions, you would think everything in the country is going wonderfully.  No talk of impeachment or even censure from a solid democratic block.

    All the while, Republicans have no trouble calling dems names and dragging them through mud.  Even you called Jim Baker an honest man.  Was he honest in Florida when he was pushing the Supreme Court in 2000?  At some point Democrats have to call a spade a spade.

    Thanks again for posting and best of luck to your son.

  •  As the Former Executive Officer of the USA (6+ / 0-)

    could you please comment from the perspective of president on how you consider the oversight responsibility of Congress should function?

    And would you also give us your thoughts on the conflict between increasing secret classification of documents and the ability of Congress to function in that oversight capacity effectively?

    On a personal note, I wish to tell you how much I admire you and your family's involvement with Habitat for Humanity.  Yours and Roselyn's return to civilian life from the highest office in the land was the most gracious, magnanimous, and exemplary of any late 20th C. president.  You are truly an example to everyone.

    They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

    by Limelite on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:56:51 AM PST

  •  Sir. . . (12+ / 0-)

    It's so nice to be able to say "Mr. President" without being ashamed.

    So let me say it.

    Mr. President, thank you for your lifetime of service to America. If this country has ever had a more honest and decent public servant, I don't know who it is.

    Maybe George W. Bush will grow up someday to be like you.

    I'm a man who discovered the wheel and built the Eiffel Tower out of metal and brawn -- Ron Burgundy

    by IndyScott on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:58:10 AM PST

  •  About that taking Christianity back thing... (22+ / 0-)

    Mr. President, respectfully, have you checked out Street Prophets? Someone suggested to Sarah that you might like our little place. Stop by and see us some time!

    Street Prophets: where the cookies live now...

    by pastordan on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:58:26 AM PST

  •  Thank you for engaging in dialogue, Mr. President (3+ / 0-)
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    President Carter, you may be new to blogging but you understand that it is about creating a DIALOGUE with readers. Thanks for coming back to answer questions!
    I have one question. Why to you think so many Americans were convinced to support Bush's pre-emptive war...and what can be done to avoid this happening again? Were we just suckered by pundits and politicians who simply wanted to oust Saddam Hussein for their own sinister reasons?

  •  Thank You Mr. President (6+ / 0-)

    Your answer to the first question puts everything in stark contrast.

    Democrats represent honesty, peace, compassion for the less fortunate, and responsible government.

    Repulicans represent their rich friends.  Period.

    Bloggin' with a bar of soap and my car window IMPEACH -8.75 / -6.10

    by Alegre on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:06:16 AM PST

  •  Dear Mr. President, (7+ / 0-)
    Dear Mr. President,

    I first want to commend you on your exemplary service to people all over the world striving for REAL freedom, and your amazing efforts at home to improve the lives of regular Americans.

    I believe that your "post-Presidential" life has  perhaps had more impact than anything you did during your time as President.

    That said, America needs a champion right now. A champion for the basic tenets of freedom that made this country what it is.

    NO-ONE in American politics has a louder voice than a former President.

    Tired of politics as you may be, Mr. President, we need your voice like never before.

    Thank You soo much for your time, and your service to this great nation.

    Kenneth K. Zydek

    a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

    by quinn on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:06:35 AM PST

  •  Photo ID, voting, religious freedom (6+ / 0-)

    Should folks whose religion forbids them to pose for pictures lose their right to vote?

    A Senator YOU can afford
    $1 contributions only.
    Masel for Senate
    1214 E. Mifflin St.
    Madison, WI 53703

    by ben masel on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:06:55 AM PST

  •  I am completely awed (3+ / 0-)
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    that I can actually speak to a great President like you. WOW!. Anytime I know you are going to be on TV, I make sure I tune in. Geez this is just awesome, thanks alot for this opportunity. You being here for us gives me some security, in this very unsecure time in our lives, thankyou so much. It's really quite a scary time right now with this administration pulling all the wrong strings.

  •  Personal Comment for Pres. Carter (4+ / 0-)
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    President Carter,
    My mother, an Episcopal priest, is one of you greatest admirer.  Both my parents are from North Carolina, my grandfather went to Emmory and later was a law professor at Wake Forrest for almost 40 years.  Of course, we've been to your house in Plains.  

    When my father was in law school in the early 70s at University of Georgia you went there to speak with Ted Kennedy.  You had not yet announced your run for the presidency.  

    My mother had helped arrange the event and sat on the stage with you and Sen. Kennedy. Apparently your speech was very inspirational.  You spoke mainly about South's struggle with racism in a post-segregation world.  My dad told my mom afterwards "that man is going to run for president."  

    Thank you so much for all that you do and continue doing to make this country and this world a better place!!  

    It's not easy being a Floridian.

    by lawstudent922 on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:09:21 AM PST

  •  Add this question to your list, Mr. President... (8+ / 0-)

    Mr. Carter:

    As a farmer, can you address the issue of society's disconnection with it's source of food?  Basic health, basic economy, first world pillaging of third world agriculture wealth, genetic manipulation using cross species genetic material, petroleum based agribusiness, corn for ethanol, and finally the loss of a society's skill set for producing its own food on both micro and macro scales are all issues that are fundamental to the health of our planet.  Thank you for you time and consideration.  And for honoring us as fellow citizens (though I don't know if I can buy the J. Baker assessment considering his involvement in Election 2000 - was that honorable? ;)

    Mark,
    Former small acreage truck farmer

    Central Iowa

    Charter Member - ePluribus Media
    http://www.epluribusmedia.org/donate.htm

    "What is the noble cause?" Cindy Sheehan

    by just us on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:09:27 AM PST

  •  Mr. Carter, my diehard GOP father (4+ / 0-)
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    who has never once in his life voted Democrat and would probably slit his wrists before ever doing so, admires you for your dedication, back when you were president, to renewable fuels, and your approach to the energy crisis.   He admits we should have tackled that the way you advised, and should have continued to do so.  It's probably the one thing my father and I agree on.

    He's a engineer as well, so he's got some common sense, even though he's as right-wing (and a fundie) as you can get.  

    1980 was the first election in which I could vote, and some college buddies of mine and I drove from Columbia Missouri to St. Louis to see you speak and we managed to get in a hand-shake with you as you worked the crowd.   It was a wonderful night.   I was horrified that anyone was fooled by Ronald Reagan and I still am.

    I admire your common-sense approach to serving the common good.   I wish there were more like you.

    The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer -- Henry Kissinger

    by theyrereal on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:10:44 AM PST

  •  Thank you, again (3+ / 0-)
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    for taking the time to speak with us. We are all honored to have you here.

  •  Thank you for answering our questions! (2+ / 0-)
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    I have only met a few politicians who would take the time open themselves to thousands of unscripted, probing questions and give honest answers.

    If you ever have the chance, Minnesota has some great trout streams and numerous Habitat projects.

    If you answer our questions again, I would ask which past president(s) would you choose to fix the mess that this country has become?  Personally, I'm torn between three.  Madison, Eisenhower, and Jefferson.

    Give me Liberty or give me death! (-6.88, -6.15)

    by guyermo on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:11:19 AM PST

  •  It's a wonderful thing (2+ / 0-)
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    to have answers - real answers - from an intelligent and HONEST person.  I just wish that the rest of the politicians who currently hold the reins of this country would stand up to the strength of their convictions.  And if they don't have any convictions (NOT in the criminal sense, which is what we are seeing more of these days)then they need to move over and let real leaders step up.

    As a member of the public who wants the media to be honest, and wants our leadership to be honest, I have to say that Mr. Carter is absolutely right - we, the public HAVE to make our voices heard.  We have to stick our head out the windows and yell "I'm mad as hell and I'm NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!" - ala "Network".

    I think it's time to really take it to the streets.  Look at the immigration marches over the weekend - we can be a force to be reckoned with!  Maybe we need to stop looking for leadership and become the leaders?  Lead from behind the cart so to speak?

    The sky already fell. Now what? -- Steven Wright

    by seefleur on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:17:02 AM PST

  •  The Truong wiretap (1977) (4+ / 0-)

    Do you feel any regrets over your order for a warrantless wiretap on Truong Dinh Hung, given that this is now cited as a precedent for the Bush NSA program?

    The 4th Circuit held this tap legal under Presidental Article II authority, prompting the original passage of the FISA law.

    A Senator YOU can afford
    $1 contributions only.
    Masel for Senate
    1214 E. Mifflin St.
    Madison, WI 53703

    by ben masel on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:19:58 AM PST

  •  Request for Elucidation (4+ / 0-)
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    After the 2000 presidential election debacle (when Al Gore won in Florida and the U.S. but lost in the Supreme Court), President Gerald Ford and I headed a commission to recommend improvements. Surprisingly, the Congress adopted most of them in what became known as the "Help America Vote Act," or HAVA. 2004 revealed some additional needs, and with President Ford not available, Jim Baker became my co-chair. He is a brilliant and honest man, partisan like I am, and our highly bi-partisan commission made 87 recommendations, all but one unanimously. There were 3 dissenting votes on Voter ID, but most of us thought it was a good compromise. With 26 states already requiring photo ID and 11 others considering legislation, it is obvious that some uniformity is needed with an emphasis on expanding & not restricting registration. Also, last year a national homeland security law was passed requiring a REAL ID card for travel by air, entering federal buildings, cashing a check, etc. We recommended that, beginning in 2010, voters should have a photo ID, but that all states must have an all-inclusive and massive registration drive, the cards should be free, etc. Our recommendations can be found on the American University website.

    Howdy. I am a great admirer of yours, and firmly believe that you RICHLY deserve your Nobel.

    That being said, I feel the above answer could use a bit more "beef between the buns." It seems a little light on details as to how we can assure the fairness of the elections. Your recommendations on ID will help with a lot of the "on the street" crap that people pull, but I am still deeply concerned about purely technical "ballot box stuffing."

    Please enlighten me a bit more on this.

    Please don't take this as criticism. It is really, truly a request from someone who is deeply worried about the future of our nation, to someone who is a guiding example.

    "[T]hat I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake."

    by Heronymous Cowherd on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:22:14 AM PST

  •  Met Sarah R. Carter Last Night (12+ / 0-)

    Mr. President - I had the pleasure of meeting your  granddaughter Sarah last night at at fundraiser for Charlie Brown (CA-04). We talked alot about Jack's race and how he is really getting out and listening to the folks in Nevada. I promised I'd do whatever I could to help. CA and NV share a long border so what happens there can affect us as well.

    Based on meeting Sarah, I know that Jack must be elected to Senate. You don't just raise someone that incredible that by accident!!

    She is my "second Carter" meeting as I was lucky enough to have you sign a copy of my book a few months ago.

    You have a great family (as if you didn't know)

  •  What an absolute pleasure (6+ / 0-)

    To see that the man I most respect on this earth not only came here to DailyKos but also came back to answer some questions.

    Thank you for posting the eight questions you gave to young lady. It is a great way to frame the differences between Democrats and Republicans. I will be sure to ask those questions of any American who does not follow the goings on in national politics.

    Thank you for your hard work toward restoring the vote in America. There is still much to be done and I hope you have the time to bring this issue to the forefront of the American conscience.

    It is sad what the Republican Party has done to your Education Legacy. Those youths from low income families don’t often have the opportunity to lift themselves up out of poverty even though they have the skills for higher education. It is an embarrassment to all Americans.

    Thank you for your thoughts on the media, fly fishing and Jon Stewart. Your thoughts on anything remind me of how good it felt to be an American when you occupied the Oval Office and remind me that it will feel good again.

    Someday another man who is good and honest will be elected and this nation will be on the mend.

    Perhaps it will not be on the instillation of the 110th Congress, but I am hopeful and I have just sent a small donation to your son. Good luck to Jack Carter and I hope we will be hearing from you, Mr. President, for many years to come.

  •  I'd vote for you (2+ / 0-)
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    If you ran in 2008.

    It's an honor to be in your internet presence, President Carter, and a joy to think that you might read this and know that every time someone in my vicinity tries to bad mouth you they get my bigger mouth back. Thank you for your years of true service, sir, and I wish all the very best for you and your loved ones.

    I look forward to reading your other posting, which I somehow missed. Please come back again.

    You didn't do it.

    by Earl on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:38:39 AM PST

  •  Mr. President... (3+ / 0-)
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    rest assured the Washoe County Democrats are mobilized and energized in anticipation of the 2006 elections.  

    Your son, Jack, will be a Senator Nevadans can trust and take pride in!

    We would love to see you, Jack, and Al Franken on the same stage in Reno during the campaign.

     Let's Back Jack!
    CARTER FOR SENATE

  •  What about being blue in a red state? (4+ / 0-)
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    Mr. President,

    Although I was born about the same time you were leaving office, I have read a bit about your career and  I really admire your integrity and all that you have contributed to try and make the world a better place.

    My question to you is this: How can a blue state-minded  Democrat like myself living in Red State Missouri enact positive change?

    I feel like the only elected officials with some semblance of national influence from my state won't listen to me because I'm not from their right wing base. I've tried calling and writing to no effect.

    I feel pretty powerless as a citizen of this country right now. I appreciate all of your work to make reforms to the voting process, but a big part of me thinks that the system is corrupt/rigged.

    Thank you for posting and responding to our questions. It's a cool feeling to be able to interact with someone who has done so much to help our country.

    [http://www.myspace.com/wydown]

    by keggers on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:40:10 AM PST

    •  I'm blue in a purple state turning bluer by the (4+ / 0-)
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      day! When President Carter was in office VA was ruby red and stayed that way for years. I've worked on Dem campains for a couple of years now and just kept the faith and kept going to discussions and voting my beliefs. Slowly VA is turning bluer and bluer. We have a Dem Gov 2 terms in a row now and for the last few elections we have come closer and closer to changing over our electoral votes as well. Right now we are struggling to have our current useless senator George Allen put out of office and we are getting noticed as a possible battleground state. Just keep fighting. One way to overcome corrupt voting is to make it undeniable who won. If Dems win in a landslide it will show no matter what. Start small, start big, take any office you can support your local groups and keep plugging away. We can do it.

      •  Working for change is a given (0+ / 0-)

        But situations like Ohio that have more Republican votes being recorded than there are registered voters really discourages me. That, and knowing the vulnerability of most everything electronic, the opportunity for ballot fixing seems all too present a reality.

        [http://www.myspace.com/wydown]

        by keggers on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:26:25 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I understand and I have a special fear for that (1+ / 0-)
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          this year. There is a primary in VA between the guy in my sig (james webb) and a guy named Harris Miller, who used to be the head of ITAA which was a lobby group that represented ALL of the electronic voting machines. He wanted paperless voting till last year. Just changed his mind (corresponded to considering a senate run:{) So this guy that wants to be in the senate and is running as a Democrat (until we whup him in the primary) used to push all the voting machines not just Diebold. If he wins and Va suddenly starts polling back into the red, I'm gonna move somewhere I can mail a paper vote.

  •  Hi Mr President (3+ / 0-)
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    This is a great opportunity for we citizens to actually find out what real truth is.

    Do you believe that George W Bush and/or his administration have committed crimes against our nation and against humanity?

    And if so, what should be the punishment.

    "It's Hard Work!" George Bush..."He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else." Bejamin Franklin

    by JellyPuddin on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:41:51 AM PST

  •  Thank you Jimmy (3+ / 0-)
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    You were the first president I voted for, and was very sorry you lost in 1980.

    The one voting reform is the elimnation of the Electoral College.

    I know this is something that will not happen soon and that people living in small states will resist it, but the direct vote for president is the only fair and democratic way.

    People talk about one person one vote, but this does not happen when voting for president.

    Do you forsee a day when people will truly elect their president?

  •  this is historic (2+ / 0-)
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    I don't think that another President has ever posted here, unless Bill Clinton did and I missed it.

    Someone straighten me out?

  •  My son Carter at the Carter Center in 2002 (20+ / 0-)

    "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing - after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill

    by LondonYank on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:47:48 AM PST

  •  Thanks! (0+ / 0-)

    We need to not only stand for democratic principles, but advertise for them too.  Thanks!

  •  Wow! An on line town hall meeting with our (8+ / 0-)

    former President. He listens, responds, and takes questions from everyone.  Not just pre-screened supporters.

    President Carter, thank you for leading by example. I'm as moved by your on-going work with Habitat for Humanity, as I am by your accomplishments while President.  

    It's wonderful to have a President who, when he rolls up his sleeves to help out, knows which end of a hammer to use, and doesn't see it as just a photo op.

    Nothing short of an aroused public can change things, nothing less than democracy is at stake- Bill Moyers

    by maggiemae on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:50:14 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Mr. President (2+ / 0-)
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    For taking the time to come to DailyKos and interact with us.  It is much appreciated!

    "What noble cause did they die for, Mr. President?"

    by BlueInARedState on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:58:42 AM PST

  •  Amy? (1+ / 0-)
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    Dear Mr. President,

    Just wondering about your daughter, Amy.  Havn't heard anything about her in decades.  What's she up to, these days?

  •  Dear Mr. President . . . (2+ / 0-)
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    I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you and your wife for that simple walk down Pennsylvania on your Inauguration Day. That image endures in my mind as a metaphor for what I hope againt hope our nation and the world may still become . . .

    Don't ask me nothin' 'bout nothin'; I just might tell you the truth -- Bob Dylan

    by ponderer on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:19:13 AM PST

  •  Sir (1+ / 0-)
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    Mr. President, (gosh it feels good to say that again)You were the first president I voted for after I turned eighteen years old and I'm extremely proud to say that I did. You have been, throughout your life, a role model, not only in your political life but your personal life as well. You connected well with the people you were chosen to represent. I recieved your latest book as a Christmas present this year and I enjoyed it thourghly. Keep on keeping on...the world needs you, and the Democratic party needs you.

    Thank you.

  •  Thank You Mr. President (2+ / 0-)
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    for being such a humanitarian and diplomat, your words speak so true.  You are a great person, to help those less fortunate with Habinat of Humanity, and being so diplomatic with other nations.  You are a true leader.

  •  Please be a regular presence in our community (7+ / 0-)

    This is an extraordinary conversation, and I'm proud to be a part of a civil, thoughtful, informed, and caring community.

    Thanks for the Q&A Mr. President - you should think about posting every Monday (or more). Your expeience, thoughts and recommendations are valuable.

  •  Mr. President-- (1+ / 0-)
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    You were the first Presidential vote I got to cast.

    You are the last President we can admire both personally and politically.  Thank you for taking the time to spend with us here.  It is an honor.

    -7.88, -6.72. I AM paying attention, and I am so fucking outraged I can't see straight. TORTURE and ILLEGAL SPYING ON AMERICANS are not family values!

    by caseynm on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:29:55 AM PST

  •  in a world (4+ / 0-)

    where it is increasingly difficult to tell the differnece between good and evil, i like to think that James Baker is a no-brainer:  EVIL.  

    Alot of people caught Carter's calling him an "honest" man and have commented on it, and someone said that carter was being "gracious" or some BS like that.  jesus christ.  yes, let's be gracious to a true player in the bush empire, the guy who stole the 2000 election, a carlye group head hancho.  I can't think of any reason baker deserve our graciousness let alone our civility towards him.  the guy should be locked up.

    •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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      For all the decency of Jimmy Carter, there seems to be some disease in Washington that whomever inhabits positions of authority there seem to catch the "collegialtiy" germ, whereby they feel that however evil and rotten their peers are, they still owe them respect and good words.

      You have pointed out the obvious about James Baker, the Rasputin of the Bush Crime Family, and the fact that people of the calibre of Jimmy Carter call him an "honest" man really turns me off to politics in general.

      This is why, after being in a Democratic family since my Polish immigrant grandfather served as a Democratic precint delegate in the old Polish neighborhoods of Dearborn and Detroit, Michigan, and my branch of the family staying staunchly Democratic even while some of my aunts and uncles strayed away to vote for Reagan and God knows whom else, I no longer trust the Democrats do defend my freedoms or economic health from attacks by the neocon Fascist Republicans.

      Enough of holding hands with these crooks and speaking of "bipartisan" commissions with them.  It is time to fight them tooth and nail, and call them on their fascism for all to hear, while we still have the freedom to do so.

      With what is going on in this nation, our days of freedom to express ourselves are numbered.  For all his goodness, the main weakness of Jimmy Carter has always been a tendency to "split the difference" with Republicans.  I don't know if this is some cultural heritage of Southern Democrats, for Bill Clinton did it 10 times more than Carter did.

      But Carter, always the nice Christian, somehow fails to fight tough against our enemies who would destroy us.  Also, the reason Ted Kennedy mounted his 1980 primary challenge to Carter was Carter's tendency to adopt Republican-lite economic policies-some of whose destructive effects are with us to this very day- airline deregulation and his Administration's committment to de-regulation in general.

      With the massive mergers and bankruptcies in the airline industry, and the loss of reliable and good service to small towns, with hundreds of thousands of good union airline jobs down the tubes thanks to de-regulation, we can thank Jimmy Carter for that.

      •  yeah (0+ / 0-)

        MI Paul, i think we see eye to eye.  I mean, if you're gonna lose anyway, why not go down swinging?

        i don't know why i continue to hold on to something for the democrats.  i wish i lived in a country with a two party system.

  •  fly fishing (2+ / 0-)
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    My dad fishes the Juniata River in Spruce Creek PA, quite often, and I lived in that area for 10 years.

    I had always hoped for the occasion to see President Carter, and hoped never to encounter Dick Cheney while at the Bright family's flyshop.

    President Carter, I hope that you enjoy many more seasons. Thank you, for your service, for your approachability, and for your candor.

  •  Thank you Mr. President... (0+ / 0-)

    for gracing the Daily Kos community with your presence.

    Responding to others... I don't think there's evidence of Jim Baker being a liar, just EXTREMELY partisan.  To the point he's complicit in stealing an election.

    "These guys are the biggest bunch of lying crooks I have ever seen."

    by NyLib05 on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:45:20 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Mr. President (0+ / 0-)

    for actively joining in the discussion here.

    I have no specific questions for you at this time - my very able colleagues have been doing a fine job at it, and frankly many of them speak better on my behalf than I could for them or for myself.

    I had the chance to meet you and your son Chip on the corner of Elm and Hanover Streets on a snowy winter day in Manchester, NH back when there weren't many people who even knew your name.

    You said, "My name is Jimmy Carter, and I'm running for President. This is my son, Chip."

    I supported Fred Harris in the NH primary, but when I cast my first vote for President in November, I cast it for you and have been proud of doing so ever since.

    "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

    by RubDMC on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:02:04 AM PST

  •  Hello Mr President (1+ / 0-)
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    Back in early 1979 you and I used to correspond, or rather I used to send stuff directly to the oval office on the very early internet.  You continue to be my favorite president.  I have always thought I would like to work with you especially on education issues.

  •  Wow. (4+ / 0-)
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    I am just so impressed that President Carter is interacting with Kos readers. It's just fantastic. As a 15-year-old, I worked on my first presidential campaign in support of President Carter. I still consider his the most principled and ethical man who has held the office.

    Furthermore, he has made best use of the title "former US President" of all those who have held the office with his and Mrs. Carter's work with the poor, developing nations, and particularly Habitat for Humanity, which is doing so much in the hurricane region.

    I know, I'm gushing a bit, but jeez, it's Jimmy Carter!

    It's the corruption, stupid!

    by Joe Bua on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:15:10 AM PST

  •  Thank you Mr. President for being the inspiration (3+ / 0-)
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    you are.  Of course, thanks for your postings and taking questions on Kos.  I wish I could read everything right now but I am at work so back to work and something to look forward to later.

  •  Mr. President, how does it feel... (1+ / 0-)
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    I can't decide if I should address this to Jimmy or President Carter or what... but, regardless, I wanted to ask you how it felt - deep down inside you - to see the middle east - the crown jewel of your legacy, fall to disarray under every Republican administration that's occupied the office since you left.

    Now, I don't want a canned answer (if you even find this comment in the sea of comments above) I want to know, as one educated American to another, how it feels.

    I've not spend sleepless nights praying for peace to almighty God while two warring neighbors slept a few hundred yards from me.  I've never brokered international peace agreements and I'll never save 1% of the lives you did so I can't rightly say... but you're a man not quick to anger (so I hear) and you have always struck me as someone who is down to earth (hence the consternation if I could call you Jimmy... James... whatever - call me Jeremiah) so, you know, lay it on me.

  •  American Elections (3+ / 0-)
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    First of all, I wish to thank President Carter for his great record of humanity and service to our nation.  I also wish to thank him for being a voice of conscience and integrity in his role of a former president, so unlike other former presidents such as Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagon, all of whom seemed to greatly enrich their wealth once out of office by huge speaking fees.  Clinton has been a particular disappointment to me, with he an his wife's habit of cozying up to the corporate elites and using their positions as essentially a vehicle to become wealthy and the presidency as a cash cow.  Not that Clinton has done worse than Papa Bush or Reagan did, or Ford, but it is particularly disappointing due to the fact that Clinton is supposed to be a Democrat.

    Now on to some criticism of you, Mr. President Carter.  Your voter recommendations seem to take the view that a more efficient administration of the vote count and system in America will solve all of our problems.  In my opinion, you are putting the cart before the horse.

    The main problem with the elections in our country is that the system is run to a large extent by private companies such as Diebold, ES & S and Sequioa which have strong proven ties to the Republican party.  The use of computerized touch-tone voting machines, which we initially thought were an improvement over the troublesome punch-card machines, is very open to computerized hacking by those knowledgeable along those lines.

    The situation in Ohio and other states such as Iowa and New Mexico and Florida in the 2004 election, with John Kerry winning according to the exit polls and the subsequent vote count contradicting those exit polls showing Bush the winner, all of these have made myself and million of Americans highly suspicious that our votes are really counted.

    We seem to have had 3 election cycles of deeply suspicious machinations and results.  I myself have found my inclination to be involved in the political process deeply lessened by the convictions that our elections are being stolen away from us.  Millions of Americans believe the same.

    And the Democratic leaders failure to aggressively fight the stolen elections, and your co-operation in the "legitmization" of these suspect results, only make us even more frustrated and disinclined to become involved politically.

    The American election system needs to be completely overhauled.  We need elections run by non-partisan commissions like those in Canada and Germany and France, with paper ballots and the count closely watched by representatives of all parties, with observation of the vote count open to all interested parties.  Also, the prospect of exit polls being divergent from the actual reported vote count is almost unheard of in Canada and Europe, and everywhere else but the USA a divergence is prima facie an indication of likely voter fraud.

    Once again Mr. Carter thank you for your great service to our country.  But I feel your involvment in the electoin commission rings too much of an operation of political insider, and leaves the crooked election system essentially untouched in America, with the result of millions of Americans such as myself highly suspicious of having our votes really counted, or the legitimacy of the results.  Therefore we withdraw from political participation, and that is a very dangerous thing for a democracy.

  •  Mr. President (3+ / 0-)
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    The question that is in the hearts and minds of so many Democrats--and Americans in general--is who can we look to lead us to a better America? Where is the leadership like yours that can invigorate the Democratic Party?

    This community is merely a fragment of a citizenry that whose soul is exhausted, whose hope for a better future is is fading.  We need a leader, Mr. President. Not just Democrats, but this entire nation.

    Where is our Martin Luther King? Where is our Mr. Smith in Washington? Where is an elected Democrat who speaks with clear voice and iron conviction, the one who will stand up and say "enough"?

    I have yet to see that Democratic leadership in my  lifetime, Mr. President (I'm 23 years old). I crave it. I want it. I need it. Our country needs it.

    Who do you think we can look to as the future of the Democratic Party, as that leader who will set this country on a better path? (Besides your son, Jack, of course, who from his website appears to be every bit the principled and courageous politician).

    tracking the domestic spying scandal here.

    by Georgia Logothetis on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:51:40 AM PST

    •  Don't know what happened there (3+ / 0-)
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      I hit the tab key and suddenly my comment was posted.
      Anyway. Hello Mr. President, It's always nice to talk to a fellow woodworker. My admiration for you is great, and your work on fair elections only enhances your already sterling legacy.
      I would ask you to address the concept of Instant Runoff Voting. It was used for a mayoral election here in Vermont recently and seems to have worked quite well. However I know there is a lot of resistance from the two major parties because, I believe, they fear it will lead to the empowerment of third (and fourth and fith...) parties in states that are now strongholds for one or the other major. I know you are a staunch and loyal Democrat, but I also feel you are a man who believes first and foremost in a vigorous public debate and real democracy. I feel a challenge from new upstart small parties, if it can be done in such a way as to prevent splitting the vote, would help invigorate the two majors instead of weakening them. I would love to hear your opinion on this.

  •  Thank you, Mr. President (3+ / 0-)
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    And what a thrill for just plain folks to say that!

    It feels like ... democracy.

    Against silence. Which is slavery. - Czeslaw Milosz

    by Caneel on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:55:45 AM PST

  •  Dear President Carter (2+ / 0-)
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    You are a beacon of light in a dismal world!  Thank you so much for responding thoughtfully to our questions and concerns.  You are the best!

  •  Hurray! (3+ / 0-)
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    Mr. President,

    I'm glad to see your test of the blog waters is proving to be a positive experience.

    Here's a big one: What is your Iraq exit strategy? (I apologize if you have already answered this).

    No act of peace is ever wasted. peacepositive always.

    by peacepositivemike on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:59:19 AM PST

  •  Wow. (1+ / 0-)
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    I was away last week, without internet access.  

    So happy to have caught this follow-up.  You, President Carter, are one of my heroes and the classiest guy in any room.  Thanks so much for participating here.  WELCOME!

  •  Spoke to my parents yesterday (2+ / 0-)
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    They visited the Carter Center for the first time last week, and were entirely enthralled. It was their first visit to a Presidential library, and they were ecstatic in their praise when describing their experience and the impact it had on their imaginations. I just thought you might like to hear that.

    In fact, they were so moved that they bought a small peanut plant, which they will present to my daughter on the occasion of her 5th birthday, in 2 weeks. If we can make a Georgia Peanut plant grow in our backyard in Brooklyn, we'll let you know!

  •  Thank you, President Carter! (3+ / 0-)
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    I think everyone at DailyKos is beyond grateful to you for this Q&A.  I'm planning to order Our Endangered Values from Amazon very soon!

    DRAFT BRUCE -- the pro-Springsteen bumper stickers!

    by iCaroline on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:11:48 PM PST

  •  from a fellow Boat School alum (4+ / 0-)

    President Carter,

    Thanks for taking the time to respond to individual questions by members of the dKos community.

    Carl Nyberg
    U.S. Naval Academy, '89

    If you are interested in the politics of Proviso Township in Cook County, Illinois, visit Proviso Probe.

    by Carl Nyberg on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:45:02 PM PST

  •  Thank you for everything you have done (1+ / 0-)
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    for the United States and for the whole world.

    While you were President, you advocated ideas such as energy conservation. Do you have any ideas about how we can overcome problems such as dwindling oil reserves, global warming and overpopulation?

  •  Mr President, your position on National ID cards? (2+ / 0-)
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    You are a voice for all of us who are living through these troubling times. My question is very simple, but I do hope you can find the time to answer.

    What is your position on National ID cards?

    I realize this legislation has passed already in our GOP dominant Congress, but the issue is still one which has received fractious, if any, in-depth address and review. This is egregious, considering this legislation concerns every American, present and future.

    Ostensibly I have heard it argued that this would assist in immigration and should not concern the majority of naturalized Americans.  As British imports in the year 1862, I can say that my family feels rather naturalized by now, and it concerns me greatly.

    Thank you, Sarah.  And thank you, Mr President.

    Someone said Bush is not fit to sleep with pigs. I stuck up for the pigs.

    by Kira April on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 01:09:23 PM PST

  •  WAIT!!! (0+ / 0-)

    President Carter, I am a huge democrat and I wanted to know how can I get your autograph. Please visit our website. Future Democrats of America

  •  Last diary the queue was filled (2+ / 0-)
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    And I never got to say thank you for everything you've done. I was young when you were President, but not too young to recognize the placid benevolence emanating from you, even on television.

    Thanks again. It's beautiful to see you here.

  •  Mr. President Thank You (1+ / 0-)
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    For taking the time to talk to 'we the people'!

    I am so honored you took the time to answer questions and to treat us as real, valid Citizens of this country.

    Bless you and your family,

  •  All due respect (3+ / 0-)
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    Mr President, but I have to take issue with your characterization of James Baker as "honest".

    An honest man would not have done everything in his power in 2000 to thwart an honest and full recount as required by FL law and so ordered by the FSC. AN honest man would have nothing to do with the demonstrably criminal Bush Family.

    I won't even get into what this guy really is; the WASP equivalent of a Mafia Consigleri. I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I was when I learned you had allowed your good and decent name to be associated with this enemy of the Republic. Echoinh many others upthread, as long as our elections are controlled by Republican (and Dominionist) Corporations with no Source Code transparency and no effort made at even basic security in the databases, all else is simply window dressing in a Potemkin Democracy.

  •  Hat's off for being responsive (3+ / 0-)
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    to questions.

    It's pretty unique amongst the politicians here, and I think is yet another insight into your sterling character.

    Thank you, as always, for your work on behalf of improving the world.

  •  My Two Best Votes (1+ / 0-)
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    were the two times I had the distinct honor to vote for Jimmy Carter for President. Two votes that I will NEVER regret. Historians will look back on 1980 and conclude that the first Tuesday in November of that year was the time that America began to lose its way.

    You will always by My President, Mr. President!

  •  Just received in my regular mail today (7+ / 0-)

    Seems I'm always late to the party, but I just had to share this with everyone.

    Mr. President:

    Do tell Jack THANK YOU so much for going this extra mile - not an email thank you, but a hand-written one that demonstrates his caring.

    This little action on his part speaks volumes, and I will continue to donate until he's firmly sitting in the Senate.

  •  Welcome to the Blog world (2+ / 0-)
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    I was pleasantly surprised when your name appeared in the new and recommended diaries. Your Granddaughter said you were testing the waters and blogging was all new to you.

    So, that first one went well and I see you came back again. How does it feel to be able to reach so many people without having to catch a plane? You realize of course, that you can lurk, write, or comment and do it any time of the day or night here. In your jammies if you desire. No one peeks. Well, that we know of yet.

    And best of all, you know us. Although we are faceless on this blog, you have seen our faces over a lifetime of traveling the world. We are the people who want equality, fairness, and peace. We are the people who care that our poor and elderly need to be taken care of and as important as anyone else in this world. We are the people who want the same health system for our own families that we the citizens are paying for our Congressmen. We are the faces of the us society and not the me me me.
    We are the faces of hard working, progressive, traditional, young, retired, parents, and neighbors you have visited. We are your audience here and this forum gives us a chance to speak with you directly. There is no beating around the Bush here, we talk plainly and we talk often. Thank you for joining us.
    We are Democrats and proud to stand next to you.

    The Republicans are Losing the War; The Republicans care more about Baghdad than Mississippi or New Orleans.

    by BarnBabe on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 02:23:44 PM PST

  •  Always a Reckoning (3+ / 0-)
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    Mr. President----

    You and I had a conversation about this once.

    I read "I Wanted to Share my Father's World" as the eulogy for my own father in 2000. I suspect that it has been the eulogy for many fathers since it first appeared. I believe that you wrote that wonderful tribute for me.

    I introduced the poem by stating that the poet "is another Southern Baptist layman who knows that the true test of faith is what happens in life outside of the walls of the church" as my own father did.

    You, Sir are the definition of the Christian life in the public arena for millions.

  •  President Carter... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....it would be nice to vote for you one more time. The first time I voted for you was an absentee ballott cast while I was in training in the Army in 1980. You remain my favorite American President of my lifetime, thank you for wonderful service to our nation.

  •  Integrity (1+ / 0-)
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    Good evening, President Carter, how wonderful of you to grace us with your words and advice. Thank you. When George Bush ran in 2000, he promised to restore integrity to the Oval Office. We know now, of course, that that was just one of his many lies. I was curious about what advice you would give to the 2008 Democratic nominees about bringing dignity and integrity back to an office that has been so cheapened, degraded and dishonered by this current administration? In my humble opinion, this should be the first item on the agenda of whoever becomes our next President. Nothing else can be achieved until all Americans can once again trust their Commander in Chief the way that we trusted you. Thank you for your honesty and the decency you brought to that office. Your presidency will always be the example that others should strive to achieve. Have a lovely evening.

    Pam LaPier

  •  Gushing... (2+ / 0-)
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    I hope that what I am going to say will not result in a backlash of those who do not like to peek in the mirror too much, but I think it is important enough and it has to be said by someone.

    Maybe it is because I am a Canadian, but I find the propensity of Kossaks to turn into a bunch of swooning schoolgirls who after having managed to get into a 20 foot proximity of their favourite boy-band are subsequently given to bouts of whailing and are just about to pass out from all the excitement any second now, rather embarrassing, to say the least.

    Everytime a well-known politician posts here, there are inevietably dozens if not hundreds of posts in form "XXX for president in 2008", "XXX is da cooolest!", "XXX makes me faint/wet myself/name my children after him" etc and so on, where XXX happened to be the latest politician in question.

    I understand that people get excited about things, but this unhealthy personality worship is disturbing.

    Some of us see it, amongst other factors, as one of the root causes of the disintegration of the democratic process and replacement of it with an "American Idol"-style media-driven, infotainment, "celebrity" oriented orgy, where substance takes far, far second place to the personalities, apperances and presentation.

    I would humbly posit that even though President Carter might be a very famous and prominent politician, and even though he might command your great respect, one should focus more on substance of politics, his positions, positions of those now in power, the specifics of his recommendations, examination of these specifics, exchange of practical thoughts and ideas, and so on, instead of hundreds of expressions of admiration, one after another.

    •  That politics is an emotional thing for many here (5+ / 0-)
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      and that they feel a profound respect for those that have inspired them, is nothing to be ashamed of, or scold away.

      •  It is if (0+ / 0-)
        "respect" is all you have to offer. It belongs in clebrity forums of tabloids, not on political discussions.
        •  piffle. It's tonic for the troops + campaigning. (3+ / 0-)
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          I completely agree with shpilk and peeder.  Values are  inherently emotional.  Jimmy Carter has great values that are sadly lacking throughout government, with some notable exceptions.  I am extremely grateful for his direct address of this forum.  It gives me hope that honorable adults are willing to speak up and do the right thing.

          President Carrter is aces.  Thanks, President Carter!

          And yes, this Californian will donate to Jack Carter.  

          I once lived in Reno...so close to Hell you can see Sparks!

        •  My Name's Jimmy Carter I'm Running for President (2+ / 0-)
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          now there's a historic quote that resonated from Playboy to the Pulpit.
          Beware Mr. President..many on this site would challenge your Democratic credentials as not progressive enough..just as TK did in 1980.  
          Kossacks could learn somethings about sitting on their hands or voting for progressive John Anderson type candidates..it defeats the Democrat and elects Reagans.

          I kinda like Howard Dean, it's those wild eye crazies that came with him I wonder about!

          by redlief on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:36:27 PM PST

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    •  meh (4+ / 0-)

      I have found none of the supportive sentiments made here to be seriously out of line.

      I am pleased that President Carter, who clearly has other priorities that might take precendence over visiting our little corner of cyberspace, has chosen to dip his toe into this forum. I am pleased when John Conyers, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and others have stopped by, too.

      For all that Dkos is, these 'visits' help to bolster both our morale as well as imbue a sense of currency in the community.

      I don't think it is a cult of personality thing that drives these repsonse, it's being part of a community. Granted, some of us are more excitable than others.

      It's called 'being human'.

      "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus" nasty, soon-to-be-indicted co-conspirator -7.63, -9.59

      by shpilk on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 05:00:00 PM PST

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      •  That is not my pont (0+ / 0-)
        For all that Dkos is, these 'visits' help to bolster both our morale as well as imbue a sense of currency in the community.

        That's fine and dandy, and a smart move on the part of the politicians to recognize the new venues, and not something I object to.

        I don't think it is a cult of personality thing that drives these repsonse, it's being part of a community. Granted, some of us are more excitable than others.

        I would respectfully disagree, it seems that all that most posters had to contribute was: "Oh my gosh!".

        These sort of things belong on the bulletin board of a celebrity fan-club, not on a "serious", political discussion forum.

        •  well, that makes one of you (0+ / 0-)

          perhaps you should buy chips and dip, and have a party. {Somehow, I think it might be a pretty sad affair.}  

          "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus" nasty, soon-to-be-indicted co-conspirator -7.63, -9.59

          by shpilk on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 05:41:10 PM PST

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        •  I am certainly not one to swoon over (5+ / 0-)

          this politician or that politician.  However, I am not at all put off by the display of deep respect, admiration, and affection that people have for President Carter.  Politicians are a dime a dozen, President's are much more rare.  Rarer still is a politician who in his private life has had such an impact in the world as President Carter.  If all he had ever done in the world after his Presidency had been to rid parts of Africa of the guinea worm then he would be deserving of the comments made here.  Fortunately, President Carter has made far more of his life after his Presidency.

          His presence on DailyKos today and previously has given many people to express their feelings toward him in a way that they would otherwise not be able to.  After all, when is the last time someone who has done as much for people as President Carter has done posted on this board?  Also, isn't it nice to let him know that we support his efforts?

          Of course, after his sixth or seventh posting here people might want to do as you suggest and focus more on his recommendations.

    •  Sorry you are embarrassed by (1+ / 0-)
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      Americans "emotions." Actually it is old fashioned Yankee exuberance. And you have not had the horrific experience of Bush as your country's President.
      Carter brings back memories of a different time, a happier time and a safer time--before the Dark Era. Carter reminds us that you can live by your principles as he does.
      That brings out certain feelings. We don't think it is a bad thing. We are Americans, not Vulcans.

      Proud Commie or Frustrated Capitalist?

      by vassmer on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 05:44:26 AM PST

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    •  Awe, in part (1+ / 0-)
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      Jimmy Carter is a hero to many. He's been a president, he's worked to help the homeless by (physically) helping to build houses for them, he's worked to eradicate guinea worm in many of the poorest areas of the world, he's worked to supervise free and fair elections in countries around the world, he recognized the danger of oil dependence and fostered interest in alternative fuels long before it was "cool"...

      He's done more in his retirement than most of us could dream of doing in a lifetime!

      To have him visiting us here, and actually opening a dialogue with us? For him to be taking time from a schedule that would wear out people 30 years younger, to answer our questions? It IS an honor.

      And given all of that, it's no wonder so many of us are in awe, and thrilled, and want to tell him that he's inspired us. He's touched our lives, and it's only natural and right for us to say "thank you" with all our hearts.

      Ignorance killed the cat. Curiousity was framed.

      by Lashe on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 09:55:14 AM PST

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  •  You probably won't read this, but if you do.. (2+ / 0-)
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    ..I just wanted to say that you got me into politics, Mr. President, and charity.

    Thank you.

  •  Hi President Carter! (0+ / 0-)

    I am honored to be able to write you. I will be more hnored if you could address this quwstion pertaining to our beloved country, what Mr. Bush is purposely doing to us and the world, and why no one has noticed or addressed this.
      I wrote something a few years back called A Doctrine Of Fact/Bush Uncovered. It details the Russian doctrine I know as the doctrine of destruction. I have been trying to wake up just one person as to the whats and whys of what Mr. Bush is doing to us, the middle east, and the world. I wrote Mrs. Pelosi last and again to no avail. I respectfully ask you to please read this and you will realize why he has done and is doing everything. here is the link please.
    http://www.dailykos.com/...
       I must say that I have looked at your book and must say respectfully that you had many of the right takes but did not know the whys or the big picture. Read the link and you will know what he is doing and why.I am glad at least one man of renown speaks for us and will get heard Thank you!

    James M Joiner www.anaveragepatriot.com or http://anaverageamericanpatriot.blogspot.com

    by jmsjoin on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:14:58 PM PST

  •  An opportunity I cannot miss, Mr. President. (0+ / 0-)

    Though I'm only 22 and the first time I went to the polls was to cast my mid-term 2002 votes, I have long since seen your legacy as the primary reason I have been able to pursue a Journalism degree here at the University of Central Florida.

    But I digress.

    I have long wondered why we need such a large amount of our federal expenditures earmarked for the Department of Defense. Chalk it up to youthful idealism, but I am of the mind that a relative pittance of the huge allotment to the machines of war could be used with much greater effect, both to improve the situation of the many, many people who live in situations where they must decide whether it is they or their child who gets to eat or drink that day, and as a relative effect, to forestall violence and vehement disenfranchisement towards the American government.

    Do you believe that the "repurposing" of war money towards a more holistic and humanitarian way of serving mankind is an option for America, and if so, how would you best see a campaign of public opinion being waged to this end?

    Regardless of whether you choose to publicly answer my question, Mr. President, I am confident it will not be ignored. I thank you as many before me have, for not subscribing to the distinctly conserative mantra of the ivory tower, and coming here to DailyKos to continue your unforgettable contribution to Democracy. Your actions in peace will ring more learly than any at of war, and for your recognition of that ideal, I again thank you.

    I can also be found here, rambling incoherently.

    by BullitNutz on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:31:54 PM PST

  •  Thank you (2+ / 0-)
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    No matter what anyone else says, President Carter, if you had won in 1980, things would be better everywere.  God won't forget.  Thank you for your great effort and example that you have set.
  •  Mr President... (3+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for answering the individual questions.  Very much appreciated.

  •  Jim Baker? (3+ / 0-)
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    With all due respect, I find it very difficult to agree with you when you say that James Baker is honest.  

    Mr. Carter, they stole the 2000 election, and you endorse his selection to a Federal Election Commission. Who did you think ran Bush's vanguard in Florida? It was good ol' Jim Baker.  

    It wasn't just Jeb suppressing the Democratic vote and using State money to do it.  Katherine Harris did a heck of a job, and the staff of many Republican Congressman certainly didn't hurt during the recount.  I am sure that people more knowledgeable than me can point to many other instances (and don't even get them started about Ohio), but who do you think orchestrated it?

    James Baker and the rest of the family ran the whole thing all the way to the Supreme Court. Did you hear Scalia's latest off-the-bench rant about not giving any terrorist in Gitmo or wherever a "full-blown" jury trial.  Although nobody is asking for a full-blown jury trial, Scalia said they ain't getting no stinking full blown trial because these are the same guys who are shooting at his son in Iraq.  I'm sure that wasn't partisan.  It was just honest, right?  I wonder how he will decide the case?

    By the way, I never did get an answer whether all those old folks who questioned the butterfly ballots had ever used one in years past?  

  •  How much do you rock?! (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you, President Carter, for coming here and answering these questions. What a great followup. One of my earliest political memories is watching your inauguration and seeing the walk you, Roslyn and Amy took. People--critics--like to say that your administration was all about what sort of trouble we were in as a nation but all I remember is that you offered solutions for those troubles (economic, energy, etc.) and made me hopeful that we could make things better. I think that hope instilled early is one thing that carries me through dark days like we have now. I hope we can still fix this mess. Good luck to your son in his race!

    Speech in this country is free, you hack!

    -5.88, -6.82

    by Debby on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:43:15 PM PST

  •  Wow (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm sorry I missed President Carter's first post. I hope we will see many more posts from him, his son Jack and other prominent people in the Democratic Party just as long as we all remember, a blog like Daily Kos is for all people to participate in, regardless of status. After all, unlike RedState, Daily KOS does not ban people because they dare to exercise their First Amendment rights.

    Anyway, like several posters replying to President Carter's posts, Jimmy Carter was the first person I voted for as President in 1976 (when I was 19) and I was proud to vote for him again in 1980.

    Unlike the current occupant in the White House, President Carter brought true honor and integrity to the Presidency and did our nation proud. And he will go down in history as the best ex-president ever, bar none, with his tremendous work for the poor and world peace.

    Thank you sir for what you have done in the past, and your continued leadership. God bless you and your family!

  •  Jimmy Carter (1+ / 0-)
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    please help us from the evil dictator named Bush aka Red Regime.

    My g-d it's like 1984 out here.

    Your words bring hope to a weary mother and activist.

    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

    by Damnit Janet on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:47:54 PM PST

  •  Dear President Carter (7+ / 0-)

    In an age in which people blithely question the patriotism and devotion to God of their fellow citizens, it is a pleasure to address someone whose measure of both are unquestioned.  And unquestionable.

    You were once unjustly criticized for your estimation of the direction the country was going.  The infamous "malaise."  The message, as I recall clearly, was that this "malaise" resulted from our overdepependence on foreign oil, multinational corporations who control the oil, and our lack of a plan to cope with this clear and present danger to national security.

    Do you take at least some quiet inner satisfaction in knowing that you were absolutely correct, if politically ahead of your time?

    I hope so.

    If we're dumb. Then God is dumb. And maybe a little ugly on the side.

    by Ghost of Frank Zappa on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 05:24:33 PM PST

  •  Hey Jimmy (1+ / 0-)
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    My youngest son and I will be heading from Augusta to Atlanta to see your library and the new aquarium.

    He's going for his masters in history. I want to see some fish. Guess where we're going first.

    I'm prejudiced. My son should go into politics. He has charisma. There are no Democrat organizations who encourage our youngsters to enter politics. The rightwing Christians are dominate in the South...Ralph Reed.

    Please help us President Carter.

    Life is what hap-pens to you while you're busy mak-ing oth-er plans. yoko

    by vic ariel on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 05:32:49 PM PST

  •  Hi Mr. President (1+ / 0-)
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    When I saw, thanks to a friend's post at Howard Empowered People that you were blogging here, I could hardly believe it. Welcome to the blogosphere!

    Would you mind if I used on my site (Disabled Americans for Democracy) the series of questions for Democrats that you set out? I'm thinking it would make a fine poll.

    My mind is bubbling over with questions and comments! I wasn't old enough to vote for you either time you ran, but I've always admired you. Pres. Clinton has many admirable qualities, and he did an excellent job in office; but, when I think of a Democratic President, I think of you. Thanks for practicing your Christian and Democratic principles, and by doing so, being an inspiration to your countrymen.

    If you have a moment, please visit Howard Empowered People. We're Dean Democrats, but I think you'll feel right at home.

  •  Goldman Sachs reprsenting a consortium wanting to (0+ / 0-)

    link to these articles...

    http://finance.yahoo.com/...

    Goldman Sachs confirms interest in AB Ports

    By Robert Wright
    Monday, March 27, 2006
    Posted: 02:00 PM EST (19:00 London)

    Associated British Ports looks set to be the third British ports company in a year to face a bid battle after Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) said it was leading a consortium considering an offer for the company.

    The consortium – which also includes Singaporean state-owned investment company GIC Special Investments and Borealis Infrastructure Management, part of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System – is thought to be considering a bid of around 740p a share, valuing ABP at £2.3bn. The shares closed up 21p on Monday at 716p.

    Few observers thought the bid would be high enough to get management approval. Many expected the relatively conservative price to attract other bidders, including those which failed to win UK port assets during the past year's bid battles.

    Coming to your town soon! The Social Security Adminstartion Electric and Power Company. "Omen Tuffy" 1918-1992

    by generic on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 05:38:02 PM PST

  •  Where are these people being indoctorinated? (0+ / 0-)

    With their WASP philospohy of ruthless exploitation of others? This flabby social Darwinism that empowers the feeble inbred bloodline. I'm trying to figure out if this part of their schooling, or secret societies, or what. With all their complaining about the academic community, I guess they are trying to move their indoctorination methods to the forefront of the universities.

    Here is a diary along those lines that I hope you will read. I sent this to Helen Thomas

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  John Kerry Could Learn a Thing or Two from You! (0+ / 0-)

    This is how it's done!  Not just posting here, but joining in the dialogue!  I wish I could vote for Jack!  

    I wish I could vote for you!

    Thank you President Carter!

  •  A question with the respect from someone (0+ / 0-)

    in total awe of who you were as a President and now as former-President I don't feel that your answer on vote integrity hit the point that many of us here would like to see addressed.

    Specifically, it appears that some votes could've been stolen via hacked vote machines. There seems to be very little understanding of this among Democratic leaders in particular and the party in general. All visibility into this issue seems to be in the blogs.

    Why aren't Democrats pushing harder for paper-verified votes with a paper-trail to follow if there are suspecious votes that could be challenged?

    Whether votes were stolen or not is not really the issue any more; what's important is that all doubt should be removed so that there can't be even the appearance of fraud.

    -4.25, -6.87: Someday, after the forest fire of the Right has died we'll say "Whew, I'm happy that's over."

    by CanYouBeAngryAndStillDream on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:36:40 PM PST

  •  Tremendous Compliment/Honorable Comparison (1+ / 0-)
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    I've long been a big fan of yours, President Carter, and am now also a big supporter of John Edwards.

    I read a post by someone(?) who said that John Edwards reminded them of Jimmy Carter in many ways...What a tremendous compliment and such an honor to be compared to you.

    I wish I could vote for you, President Carter.  Thank you for being such an awesome human; blessings to you and yours.

  •  I've seen a few Presidential Candidates Post Here (5+ / 0-)

    But this must be the first actual President.

    Thank you for your service, your visit and your posts.

    While the Kos community is filled with the convinced, and a large portion of the country is realizing how wrong the Republican Leadership has been for the last 5+ years, there remains a good sized base on the Right that can not, will not, or refuses to see the damage being done.

    You provided excellent questions to ask in response to the question, 'Why should I be a Democrat?'  Those are fine when posed to a previously-undecided new adult.  But asking those questions of Republicans typically results in deflection ('Bill Clinton did this/that'), straw men ('so you want abortion on-Demand?'), disingenous non-answers ('the President doesn't spend money, congress does, Civics 101!')...

    The tactics always come back.  I suppose this works both ways to some extent, but with so much actual evidence that, for now at least, the Left is 'right' and the Right is 'wrong', how can we convince the last bastion of the Republican base that they, too, really are Democrats at heart?

    Can it be done?  Is it worth the effort to go after these votes?  Or should we take the Hillary road, take the base for granted, and aim for the middle?  I think it shows stronger leadership to swing for the fences on this subject, but can we afford to do that before we start winning the big elections again?

    Stay active, Mr. President.  I thank you.

  •  Mr. President (1+ / 0-)
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    I met you down in Plains, GA, one weekend at your church when I was about 14 years old.  You were gracious, kind, and you made a joke about my name (which is ... distinctive here in Georgia).  I was just a kid when you were in office, but I am intensely proud to live in a country that calls you a citizen.

    To have you here ... wow.  It's such an honor, whether you're tapping away on a keyboard yourself or someone in your office is doing it.  

    Keep doing your amazing work.  We need you, now more than ever.

    You can never ask too many questions.

    by socratic on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:48:44 PM PST

    •  Oh yeah (3+ / 0-)
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      Funny story about that trip to Plains.  We made a whole weekend of it.  My family and another family road tripped down the backroads from SC, did about 7 loops of Washington, GA (it's really hard to get lost in Washington, GA, but we did), and the "other" dad (other than mine, I mean) who was on the trip immediately peeled off when we got to Plains to hit all the famous landmarks.

      He is, as they say, a true fan.

      After church, as we were having our pictures taken with you, a friend of mine's sister who was along for the ride slipped into place with you and your lovely wife.  She loves to tell the story of that picture, because she immediately faced a dilemma of what to do with her hand.  

      Put it around your shoulder?  Nah, she thought, too chummy.  Put it around your waist?  No way, she thought, too close.  What did she end up doing with that panicked hand?  Well, apparently (and I type this with some trepidation, but I'm giggling about it even 15 years later) she, um, grabbed your behind.

      She was so embarrassed.  She wanted to apologize, but she was shuffled off to the side so another person could have his photo taken with you.  So, on her behalf, I'll apologize.  :)

      You can never ask too many questions.

      by socratic on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:54:16 PM PST

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    •  I too am glad we have Jimmy here with us. (3+ / 0-)
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      I shook his hand once too.  My friend from CA was visiting around 2001 and wanted to see the Carter Center here in Atlanta.  He was a former CA politician and former Carter campaign director from Virginia for the 1976 campaign.

      As we strolled through the Carter Center at midday, suddenly everything got quiet and in walked President Carter who was giving the Crown Prince of Belgium a personal tour.  There were only about 15 visitors there to witness it and my friend just lunged forward and reintroduced himself, Jimmy acknowledged "remembering" him, then my friend Tom literally reached back and grabbed me and introduced me to the President. Jimmy shook my hand and I was beaming.  That's my story.  And I have a witness.

      Jimmy, integrity is everything.  And you have it.  

      •  Want to hear something cute? (0+ / 0-)

        When I shook President Carter's hand (the first time) in Plains, we were in the church.  Lots of folks went up to say hello, and he seemed warm and friendly about it, so I didn't think it would be rude.  I tried to get my dad -- a true Democrat from the South (as opposed to a Southern Democrat) -- to go with me.  But he WOULDN'T!  He was too nervous!  So I stalked right over there, stuck out my hand, and told President Carter how much of an honor it was to hear him preach.

        We should have an ATL meetup.  Maybe we could get President Carter to swing by for a mineral water?  :)

        You can never ask too many questions.

        by socratic on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:29:45 PM PST

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        •  An ATL meetup! Good idea. (0+ / 0-)

          Not sure how many of us there are on here, but hopefully we could inspire a wad of us to get together to meet (we can start with the two of us if need be).  At the very least we could put names with faces and have a good time for a couple hours.  After that, who knows.    

  •  Mr. President (0+ / 0-)

    Have you ever considered taking any high profile actions to protest the lack of human rights for prisoners at Guantanamo?  It's insane that we can't simply put these prisoners through trials to determine if they are guilty or innocent.  We are simply creating new terrorists by putting them through hell.

    A few months ago I proposed a hunger strike to demand trials for all prisoners in U.S. military prisoners.  I don't like terrorists, but I do like our Constitution and believe that it should be upheld in the best of times and worst of times.

  •  Dear President Jimmy (1+ / 0-)
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    Would you please make me a Victorian sideboard for my dining room? I know you are an elder statesman, but I admire your furniture-making ability and would dearly like to have you make me a sideboard. Marble top, please, with beveled mirrors above. Many thanks.

    George W. Bush is just like Forrest Gump. Except that Forrest Gump is honest and cares about other people.

    by easong on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:07:47 PM PST

  •  President Carter, thank you for being a man (4+ / 0-)
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    we can look up to in every area of life. You have been an exemplary individual on the world stage and yet you retain humility and grace. Would that all our leaders would have the backbone to stand up for their convictions as you have. Our country would be so much better off if they had your values and energy and dedication to justice.
    I'm about to read your new book which my sister loved.
    Thank you and your wife for your many years of service to humanity. You two are an amazing example.

  •  dearest president Carter (2+ / 0-)
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    I think you are the last moral president.  What I wouldn't give to see you run again.  I really hate how the right vilifies you and agrandises Reagan.

    I wish you many more years since you seem to do more good than a dozen republicans.

    God bless you.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:17:12 PM PST

  •  A Middle East question (1+ / 0-)
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    It feels so presumptuous of me to ask a question of a great former president, but I'll give it a go anyway.

    It has been said in some quarters that Arab Islamic terrorism cannot really be overcome until one of its greatest motivations, the unresolved Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is resolved peacefully.  Do you think this is true or just a diversion?  

    Why do you think the Bush Administration has taken such a "hands off" approach to the Palestinian issue over the years, even at a potentially fortuitous moment as the death of Arafat purportedly brought for the peace process?  

    "I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it." -- Voltaire

    by WaitingForLefty on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:24:13 PM PST

  •  Thank you Mr. President (0+ / 0-)

    I sincerely hope I have a chance to meet you in person one day.  Thank you  for being the model of a good Christian and a good American.  You inspire me to become a better person, and for that gift I can not thank you enough.  

  •  Mr President (4+ / 0-)
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    It will be my honor to vote for your son this fall. I will do my best to get everyone I know to do the same. Thank you for posting here and keep doing your best to make the world a better place, thank you

    this is your mission: TERMINATE the Bush presidency

    by nevadadem on Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:58:55 PM PST

  •  All KOS fans please vote in this poll thanks (0+ / 0-)

    click on my name please  poll posted on diary  thanks  disabled vets need you

  •  Mr President, (1+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for your presence here.  I have always felt that you were one of the best presidents we've ever had, as well being one of the most intelligent and compassionate.  At least, you matched my values, and represented what I felt, even though I was too young to vote then. But I paid attention to your Presidency.  Thank you again for your service to the nation, your legacy will be that of an honest Presidency, and a President who valued our democracy, and did his best to save our environment, as well as try to get us off the horrible dependence on fossil fuel.

    Here is my question for you, if you decide to take more questions.

    The Bush Adminiatration has been caught in lie, after lie, after lie.  The Republicans, have lied over and over again as well.

    So I guess I want to know is why, no one in public office or the public eye, or the media has said that the President is lying?  It's like the democrats are just afraid to say that, but they do use words that mean the same thing - misled, prevaricate, deceive, etc.  But the fact is, he's lying, almost ALL of the time.  In fact it's hard for me to remember an instance where he didn't lie in any speech, in any press conference.  And his administration lies all the time as well, and they use a language, not only of fear but of lies.  The "Healthy Forests" and "Clear Skies" initiatives are perfect examples of how these people twist words and set reality on it's ear, when the wording to describe these initiatives are attempting to do the exact opposite of what they appear to be about.

    So Mr. President, how many times does it take before our public servants start saying what the President and his administration are doing constantly... lying? 10 lies? 100? 1000?  There's a point to all this of course, his lies have killed people. From "we didn't know the levees were going to break" to "no one could have imagined that people would fly planes into buildings" to "mushroom clouds" to "We do not torture" ... I could go on and on and on, but I think you understand my gist here, lies like these really do kill people, just as much as cronyism does.  

    A President should not be lying to the people that he is sworn to protect and represent.  Attempts by our Senators and many of our Representatives to white wash his lies with words like "misled" et al., do no service to this nation, in fact such terms only serve to confuse the public about what is really going on.  And when you don't say "lie" accountability is lessened, considerably.  He thinks he can continue to get away with this.

    Will you, President Carter, say he is "lying"?  Someone has to.  I would really like it if that someone were you.  We here in the blog have said he is lying for years, but I have yet to see anyone who has been in public office and served just SAY this.

    For 15 minutes tonight I heard the audio of our "Shock and Awe" campaign in Iraq on Mike Malloy's show.  . . Nothing but bomb after bomb, after bomb.  That whole thing was based on lies. Innocent Iraqis are dying like this everyday.

    When will the lies END? How do we stop them?

    Sincerely,

    Joy Williams

    Scotts Valley, CA

  •  Since your answering questions Mr. President (1+ / 0-)
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    Maybe you can answer this one since you have "been there". I received a hand addressed letter from the White House to an invitation I sent them.

    Many people who I've shown the letter to have stated that it is a fake SASE since it is addressed to me in handwriting and the address on the envelope was not computer generated.

    Is there a standard policy the White House follows? Or is this something that varies with each administration? I tried to get an answer from the White House on this policy but get no response.

    I've written the White House several times over the years and gotten both types of letters that were hand addressed and computer generated. I have one from President Clinton where the envelope was hand addressed by him and the letter was signed by him.

    Also some of the letters had the seal on the envelope and others just had The White House in blue ink without a seal.

    I know there has to be some policy in place but I can't seem to find any information on the subject so maybe you can clarify the policy or point me to where I can find an answer.

  •  President Carter, (0+ / 0-)

    I've always admired you, especially your work with Habitat for Humanity.

    But thank you for calling them exactly as you see them.  

  •  I have a question, Sir (1+ / 0-)
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    How effective have you been in raising money for Jack's campaign by posting here?  I donated a small amount when Jack announced his run; again when you first posted here last week; and now a third time today.  I would like to think that my "grassroots" efforts coupled with those of others here is making a difference?  Our country has been hijacked by special interests with big $.  Will "We the People" ever regain control?  Guess I just need a pep talk.  

  •  Dear Mr. President: (1+ / 0-)
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    I followed your suggestion and emailed my Republican friends the questions you pose in your extremely thoughtful and helpful diary. I am extremely grateful to you for posting on this site. My first vote for President was for you, and you have been a model of exemplary behavior in your public, and I trust, your private life. Thank you for serving your country, especially in these days when we need more clear voices of logic.

    I have yet to receive answers back to my emails, but the questions merit but one answer for anyone with a heart, mind and conscience.

    Keep in touch here. We need you.

    Sincerely,

    Kim Owen

  •  Mr President, (1+ / 0-)
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    I met you in 1980 (when I was in fourth grade), at Cleveland Hopkins airport.  It was a thrilling moment for me, and one that sparked a lifelong interest in politics both in me and in my friends.  

    Thank you  for all you've done, all you continue to do, and for giving this country one of its finest examples of what a President should be--both when in office, and continously thereafter.  Thanks.

    Welcome to the U.S.A.E.

    by celticshel on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 07:31:26 AM PST

  •  Mr. President (0+ / 0-)

    Really enjoyed 'Our Threatened Values'.

    Thank you.

    Live Free or Die-words to live by

    by ForFreedom on Tue Mar 28, 2006 at 09:32:21 AM PST

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