While staying mostly out of politics, former president Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn occasionally enter the spotlight and never fail to impress. From their work through the Carter Foundation to wielding a hammer and building Habitat for Humanity homes, the Carters have embodied the very essence of being humble.
At the annual presentation to Carter Foundation backers held on Tuesday, Carter had quite a bit of wisdom to impart for current president Donald Trump, especially in the area of U.S. foreign policy and domestic affairs. Making a very clear statement about the root cause of our current foreign affairs problem, he said:
…money in politics makes the nation more like an “oligarchy than a democracy” and casting President Donald Trump as a disappointment on the world stage.
While not mentioning the increasingly volatile exchanges between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Carter emphasized that the United States should work toward enacting a peace treaty to replace the archaic cease fire that dates back to the end of the Korean War in 1953:
I would send my top person to Pyongyang immediately, if I didn’t go myself.
Carter mentioned that he had been to North Korea three times, even though many administrations have preferred to just sweep the dust under the carpet rather than deal with the divisiveness that continues to mount. Carter stated that the North Koreans are seeking a treaty “that guarantees the U.S. will not attack unless North Korea attacks the U.S. or an ally, particularly South Korea.” Emphasizing that we must treat them with respect, Carter continued:
Until we talk to them and threat [sic] them with respect — as human beings, which they are — I don’t think we’re going to make any progress.
Carter also discussed the continuing relationship between the U.S. and Israel, stating that “I don’t think Trump or his family members are making any process in that respect,” and singling out Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu as having “no intention at all of having a two-state solution.”
Perhaps most telling was Carter’s best piece of advice to Trump:
Keep the peace, promote human rights and tell the truth.
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Jimmy Carter has been out of office for almost 37 years, which gives him a unique perspective on his ability to look back over time to evaluate where our country has been, and more importantly, where we are headed. He has seen the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and now Donald Trump.
While his own four-year term was marred by the Iranian Hostage Crisis, Jimmy Carter has been a stalwart warrior for the American people. His honest approach to life in general has taught us that power does not always corrupt. He is a living example of what it should mean to be an American.
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