First Venezuela, Now Florida?
Vol: 36 Issue: 28 Tuesday, September 28, 2004
First Venezuela, Now Florida?
Former President Jimmy Carter has made a post-presidential career out of bashing America. His post-presidential meddling in foreign affairs has cost America dearly, particularly in the area of foreign affairs.
In the past, Carter has defied US law by visiting Cuba — even addressing the Cuban public and handing Castro a huge propaganda victory.
Carter’s foundation oversaw the elections in Haiti, against the expressed wishes of the Clinton administration. A coup followed.
Carter once described Yugoslav strongman Marshal Josef Tito as “a man who believes in human rights.”
Of former North Korean dictator Kim Il-Sung, Carter described him as “vigorous, intelligent, surprisingly well-informed about the technical issues, and in charge of the decisions about this country,” adding, “I don’t see that [North Koreans] are an outlaw nation.”
Jimmy Carter’s other good buddies included Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceaucescu and, of course, Palestinian dictator Yasser Arafat.
Carter once famously said of Ceausescu and himself, “Our goals are the same: to have a just system of economics and politics . . . We believe in enhancing human rights.”
(When Ceaucescu’s government fell, his Romanian countrymen were also impressed with his human rights record. So impressed, in fact, that when they arrived at his presidential palace, they summarily executed Ceaucescu and his wife on the spot.)
Virtually all of the humanitarian activities of the Carter Foundation abroad have been in direct opposition to US foreign policy.
Carter called Bush s description of Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an “axis of evil” was “overly simplistic and counterproductive.
He went on to warn darkly, “I think it will take years before we can repair the damage done by that statement.”
Ummm, North Korea and Iran either possess or are developing nuclear weapons that both have threatened to use if provoked. Repairing THAT damage might take even longer.
Carter recently made a trip to Venezuela to monitor that country s effort to recall strongman leader Hugo Chavez. While Carter supervised the elections, exit polls conducted by a prestigious NY polling firm predicted Chavez would lose two to one. As Jimmy Carter counted the votes, Chavez defied the exit polls, WINNING by a two to one margin.
Carter’s election observers were supposed to do a wide survey of the more than 20,000 electronic voting machines. Instead, they did only a quick check of a few. Only days later, in the face of major criticism, was an audit made of 150 of the machines too late to affect any result.
Not to mention a peaceful protest of the recall result that was greeted by gunfire from a group of thugs loyal to Chavez. One woman was killed and several others were injured.
Yet Jimmy Carter pronounced Venezuela’s election was “free and fair.”
This week, the president who doesn t know he isn t still president wrote in a Washington Post column that Election 2004 would be as flawed as Election 2000 was.
Writes the man who never met a dictator he didn t like, (or an American policy that he did), “The disturbing fact is that a repetition of the problems of 2000 now seems likely, even as many other nations are conducting elections that are internationally certified to be transparent, honest and fair.
Aha! Other nations, like Venezuela or Haiti, are capable of conducting elections that are internationally certified to be transparent, honest and fair. But not America.
Carter’s Post column repeated the conspiracy theories that many far left political activists, like Michael Moore, used to smear President Bush’s win in the 2000 election, including the allegation that, “a fumbling attempt has been made recently to disqualify 22,000 African Americans, but only 61 Hispanics, as alleged felons.”
Carter never fact-checked with Florida officials, or he would have known that was easily disproved, partisan propaganda.
According to our ex-president, the Florida elections will be rigged by crooked politicians like Jeb Bush. Florida’s governor, Jeb Bush, naturally a strong supporter of his brother, has taken no steps to correct these departures from principles of fair and equal treatment or to prevent them in the future,” wrote Carter.
“It is unconscionable to perpetuate fraudulent or biased electoral practices in any nation. It is especially objectionable among us Americans, who have prided ourselves on setting a global example for pure democracy.”
For a former president, you d expect Jimmy Carter have a better grasp of American politics than to speak of America as a global example for ‘pure democracy’.
(But you’d also expect a former president to have a better grasp of honor than to accuse his own government of election fraud — before the election even takes place! )
In any case, the European Union is a pure democracy. The United Nations is a pure democracy. But America is NOT a pure democracy and never was.
America is a Constitutional Republic. In a pure democracy, anything can be made legal by a majority vote. In a Constitutional republic, it doesn t work that way. According to Blackstone s Commentaries on the Law, a Constitutional Republic has certain limits placed on its authority by God.
Blackstone limits the role of government in a Constitutional Republic to measures necessary to maintain good social order, but with certain restrictions. In Constitutional Republic, certain things are out of reach.
Murder could never be legalized in any form in a Constitutional republic, since the Constitution says the Creator guarantees the right to life. (The left gets around this Constitutional guarantee in its support of abortion by claiming the unborn aren’t ‘alive’).
Theft couldn t be legalized by majority vote, since Americans are guaranteed the right to be secure in their homes. (The left gets around this by advocating the imposition of confiscatory tax increases.)
The same with perjury, since we are guaranteed a fair trial before an impartial court. And so on.
In America s Constitutional Republic, individual rights are granted by God, not by the government, a majority vote by the governed, or by Jimmy Carter, the ACLU or the liberal left.
The significance of that truth cannot be overstated, yet the liberals on the left don’t seem to get it. In the ‘pure democracy’ of the Jimmy Carter liberals, our Constitutional rights would be as secure as the next election.
Just ask the Venezuelans.