Yesterday I wrote a post that began with Jimmy Carter's comment that elections in Florida were unlikely to be unfair and went on to discuss what I remember best about the Carter presidency...double digit inflation, high interest rates, long gas lines, the Olympic boycott, and the Iran hostage crisis. It was one of my best posts. Ever. Really! (Okay, no comments about how being better than most of what I've written so far wouldn't be that difficult.)
I clicked "publish" and left my computer, expecting MT magic to do its thing. There must have been a server problem because when I came back it hadn't published (there was a page not found error) and my post was lost.
I had spent a lot of time on the post and was in no mood to try to duplicate it but I'll summarize the main points.
- What does Carter mean by "conditions for a fair election still do not exist in the state of Florida"? Still? I'm not convinced it was unfair before or that it is now. When my kids say something isn't fair they mean it isn't favorable to them. Carter seems to think the same way.
- Carter was another "anybody-but-candidate". In his case it was anybody but a Republican. We know how well that kind of reactionary voting turned out. Not that his failure as a president was all bad. It helped get Ronald Reagan elected.
- Carter's first act when he became president was to pardon all draft evaders. Shouldn't that have made Vietnam service, or lack of service, a moot point? Maybe it is only for those who avoided service altogether but not for someone who joined the National Guard and volunteered to go to Vietnam.
"Whenever you have a chance, say something good about our country." - Jimmy Carter, July 1979 (A Crisis of Confidence aka National Malaise speech)
...unless you're a Democrat and a Republican is the president. - Marybeth, September 28, 2004Posted by marybeth at September 28, 2004 09:29 AM Blogging