President Jimmy Carter needs to be chastised by his fellow Democrats. And that needs to happen fast.
I say this with hesitancy. I view this thing we call “the American presidency” with a sense of awe and respect. In fact, I’m so fascinated with the individuals that this great nation has chosen to be President (whether or not I liked their party or politics), that I even co-authored a rather unusual book about the Presidents.
But after years of embarrassing and outrageous public behavior - - and because of his tirade in Arkansas over the weekend - - I have to say it now: our 39th President is harming our nation, and the world.
For a few years after leaving the White House, Carter in many ways was an exemplary former President. Whether building homes for the needy with the very worthy Habitat For Humanity organization, or building his “Carter Center” in Atlanta, he seemed to harness that unique public platform afforded to past U.S. Presidents, and use it to accomplish tremendous good for countless others.
But a sign of Carter’s contempt for Presidents other than himself appeared early-on during fellow Democrat Bill Clinton’s administration. Recall that, in 1994, President Clinton actually contemplated a U.S. invasion of the nation of Haiti (invading countries is now the ultimate no-no for “today‘s Democrats” - - but things were different thirteen years ago).
Literally hours before what we now know was an already scheduled invasion, President Clinton authorized a diplomatic visit to Haiti by former Senator San Nunn, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell, and, yes, former President Jimmy Carter, the intent of which was to force the hand of Haiti’s ruling dictator to step down and thus avoid a military conflict.
Upon returning, Nunn and Powell addressed a press conference graciously, reassuring the nation that American diplomacy had worked, and that an invasion was unnecessary.
But Carter couldn’t be so gracious.
Displaying a “thank God I stepped in” attitude, Carter seemed to imply that the Haitian crisis was the making of President Clinton himself.
Clinton’s dealings with Haiti are not my focus here. My point is that Carter seemed to either be unaware, or uncaring, as to how his public behavior might affect the standing of the sitting President, and how he might damage our nation’s place in the world.
Now consider this abbreviated list of “ clueless Carter episodes” that have all occurred since 1994:
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.