1. Monday, July 26, 2004

    first of all, jimmy carter’s old. 

    and he’s been building houses for the poor while you’re buying complete seasons of friends on dvd through amazon.

    he’ll be 81 years old come rocktober.

    carter was in the navy for eight years.

    “i served under two presidents. harry truman and dwight eisenhower, men who represented different political parties. both of whom who faced their active military responsibilities – with honor,” carter said, and pointed.

    what jimmy carter tonight reminds us, is that every once in a while it might be a good idea to have a president who not only was a real military veteran, but one who could also win a nobel peace prize, and earn it.

    i could see former president kerry many years from now continuing to serve the country and the world promoting peace the way carter does. and politics aside, a little class in the whitehouse isnt such a bad thing. neither is peace.

    i know, wheres my granola.

    6:04pm “they knew the horrors of war. and later as commanders in cheif, they exercised restraint and judgement. and they had a clear sense of mission.

    “we had a confidence that our leaders, both military and civilian, would not put our soldiers and sailors in harms way by initiating wars of choice unless america’s vital interests were endangered.

    “we also were sure that these presidents would not mislead us when issues involved national security.”

    this is an old man telling you how it was in the old days.

    and thats not so bad either.

    “today our democratic party is lead by another naval officer, one who volunteered for military service, and he showed up when assigned to duty.

    “and he served with honor and distintion. he also knows the horrors of war and the responsibility of leadership. and i am confident that next january he will restore the judgement and maturity to our government that nowadays is sorely lacking.”

    now he’s hammering home the idea of trust.

    “When that trust is violated, the bonds that hold our republic together begin to weaken. After 9/11, America stood proud, wounded but determined and united. A cowardly attack on innocent civilians brought us an unprecedented level of cooperation and understanding around the world.

    “But in just 34 months, we have watched with deep concern as all this goodwill has been squandered by a virtually unbroken series of mistakes and miscalculations. Unilateral acts and demands have isolated the United States from the very nations we need to join us in combating terrorism.”

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