- Sep 30, 2005
- Reaction score
- Louisville, KY
- Political Leaning
- Slightly Conservative
ptsdkid said:I understand that this so-called prestigious award is mostly handed down to those favoring a liberal ideology. The fact that Jimmy Carter (the peanut farmer) and most inept president of our time had won the Nobel--tells you something of it's hypocritical and ironic nature.
This....in a comparative context with our current president....may give a bit of perspective to your obvious Bias:
" Carter worked hard to combat the continuing economic woes of inflation and unemployment. By the end of his administration, he could claim an increase of nearly eight million jobs and a decrease in the budget deficit, measured in percentage of the gross national product. Unfortunately, inflation and interest rates were at near record highs, and efforts to reduce them caused a short recession.
Carter could point to a number of achievements in domestic affairs. He dealt with the energy shortage by establishing a national energy policy and by decontrolling domestic petroleum prices to stimulate production. He prompted Government efficiency through civil service reform and proceeded with deregulation of the trucking and airline industries. He sought to improve the environment. His expansion of the national park system included protection of 103 million acres of Alaskan lands. To increase human and social services, he created the Department of Education, bolstered the Social Security system, and appointed record numbers of women, blacks, and Hispanics to Government jobs.
In foreign affairs, Carter set his own style. His championing of human rights was coldly received by the Soviet Union and some other nations. In the Middle East, through the Camp David agreement of 1978, he helped bring amity between Egypt and Israel. He succeeded in obtaining ratification of the Panama Canal treaties. Building upon the work of predecessors, he established full diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China and completed negotiation of the SALT II nuclear limitation treaty with the Soviet Union.
There were serious setbacks, however. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan caused the suspension of plans for ratification of the SALT II pact. The seizure as hostages of the U. S. embassy staff in Iran dominated the news during the last 14 months of the administration. The consequences of Iran's holding Americans captive, together with continuing inflation at home, contributed to Carter's defeat in 1980. Even then, he continued the difficult negotiations over the hostages. Iran finally released the 52 Americans the same day Carter left office"
Please note the Increase in Jobs during a recession, the peaceful negotiation of hostage release, the ability to actually Talk to the middle eastern leadership, the relationship with China, the attempts to bolster education, the actual addressing of social security issues, the Limiting of Nuclear prolifiration, and remember the actual , and REAL unity in the country at the time. No one used the terms Red and Blue to seperate each other. And the two major parties worked TOGETHER where needed.
I dont suppose you were paying much attention to world affairs when Carter was in office....were you, It was a different world.