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Monday, October 01, 2007

Human Rights Invented America

Today is Jimmy Carter's birthday.

From today's Writer's Almanac (
He became one of the most active ex-presidents in American history, traveled all over the world talking about human rights, fair elections, new farming techniques, and water safety; brokered several cease fires, wrote numerous books, and got into carpentry, helping to build houses for the poor with Habitat for Humanity. He even carved his own four-poster bed for himself and his wife. He said, "As president, I wouldn't have had time to do all the things I'm doing now." He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 — Jimmy Carter, who said, "America did not invent human rights. In a very real way, human rights invented America."
I don't want to romanticize him ... because when he was president I did have lots of criticisms about him. But as a world citizen, I do respect him. And it's with great bitterness that I read that last line - his quote. Our current president ... oh, dang ... I'm just disgusted. Human rights are the furthest thing from his rabid mind.


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At 7:38 AM, Blogger --Blue Girl said...

Happy Birthday President Carter, and may you enjoy many more. I, too, had criticisms when he was president. He has certainly abated them in his post-presidential years, however.

Love your politics, by the way! I'm already glad I did the amnesty! It might have taken me forever to discover you otherwise! It was my pleasure to link you up!

At 7:39 AM, Blogger --Blue Girl said...

And I apologize to bloggers throughout blogtopia (sctp!) for using up all of the exclamation points in one comment.


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