A remorseful Jimmy Carter finally asked for forgiveness. During this season of candles and mirth, Jimmy Carter finally saw the light and offered an Al Het. Many are skeptical and assume that it’s simply a ploy to aid his grandson’s campaign for a seat in the Georgia Senate, but we, in the spirit of the holiday, should open our hearts and accept Mr. Carter’s confession and plea for forgiveness. We can learn from this man that even those that believe they are on the path of righteousness can err and fall. His sin? He dared break one of America’s sacred taboos.
Jimmy Carter graduated from Annapolis, was a naval officer, successful farmer, Governor of Georgia, President of the United States, Nobel Peace Prize winner and self proclaimed 'do gooder'. His fall began in a strange place, in his religious convictions. In The United States of America there are many ‘born again’ Christians who believe in the rapture, the end times, and love Israel. It's okay to be ‘born again’, but if you are ‘born again’ you should join the Republican party and anxiously wait for your savior’s return and love Israel like Mr. Bush, Mrs. Palin, Tom Daley and other fine Americans.
If you are a Catholic, that is okay, just don’t get too worked up about religion. We all love Notre Dame, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and we pander to the Popes, especially when they die. Christianity is very nice, but we have had to tone down the Christmas & Easter zeal and definitely not discuss things like the Sermon on the Mount, the Eye of a needle and other such topics of scripture, because this is America. If you are a Buddhist, Hindu or something of that ilk, as long as you sit on your mat and imagine reality is a dream, you are fine. And all you non-born again, non-Catholic Christians, just keep on saying what you want to say in private, and we won’t bother you.
But there is definitely no place for activist Christians on the left; they only get in trouble. Christians should keep it simple. You should leave big thinking, the media, Hollywood and academia to others. Poor Mr. Carter, how could a peanut farmer from Georgia think he was going to tell Israel and her friends in the US media how to act? How dare he insinuate that the US media is run by ‘special interests’ and publish a book called Palestine Peace Not Apartheid ?
It is all very good and nice that he helped orchestrate the Camp David peace accords between Israel and Egypt, but he also gave away the Panama Canal and let the Shah lose control of Iran. All things considered, not such a tremendous legacy when you take into account the Ayatollahs and Ahmadinejad’s we have to deal with now.
Our friends at The Anti-Defamation League put large advertisements in major newspapers showing how Mr. Carter was propagating ''myths like Jewish control of the government and media” And just to make sure people understood the quality of his book, we gave it some nice reviews in our media.
‘.. parts of Mr. Carter’s book … seemed strikingly similar to a work by a different author…a narrative that is largely unsympathetic to Israel. Israeli bad faith fills the pages. Hollow statements by Israel’s enemies are presented without comment… tone deafness about Israel and Jews.’ The New York Times
‘It trivializes the murder of Israelis. Now, facing a storm of criticism, he has relied on anti-Semitic stereotypes in defense…..has not only failed to move the process forward but has given refuge to scoundrels…accusations, unsupported by actual evidence, that Israel persecutes its Christian citizens’ The Washington Post
‘Jimmy Carter's moronic new book about Israel.’ Slate
But you wouldn’t take your medicine; you had to insist that Palestine is ‘one of the worst examples of human rights deprivation’ in the world.
And then in an open to letter to the LA Times you wrote this.
The many controversial issues concerning Palestine and the path to peace for Israel are intensely debated among Israelis and throughout other nations — but not in the United States. For the last 30 years, I have witnessed and experienced the severe restraints on any free and balanced discussion of the facts. This reluctance to criticize any policies of the Israeli government is because of the extraordinary lobbying efforts of the American-Israel Political Action Committee and the absence of any significant contrary voices
Jimmy, what country do you think you are in? This is America and you are beyond the pale. Did you really think that in this great country you could call a spade a spade? Soon you will be announcing from the hilltops that some ‘special interest’ groups have taken over Hollywood, a majority of major media outlets, Wall Street and American foreign policy.
There are plenty of downtrodden and miserable people in the world for a ‘good Christian’ to go save. Try the Congo and Darfur for starters. But Israel is not only America’s best friend in the world; Israel is loved by Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, much of America’s academia, Wall Street, and of course all those very solid Americans who are waiting for the rapture. And because we love Israel so much, we send her about $3 billion a year, make sure she gently guides our foreign policy and we let her have our seat on the Security Council. This is a small price for a ‘special relationship’ with the ‘chosen people’.
Jimmy, forget about Israel and go be a good Christian peacemaker in Africa. If you continue to be repentant and show the powers that be the proper respect, we might even be able to throw an old dog like you one last bone ‘for the road’. If we can rehabilitate Michael Milken, maybe we can do the same for you too. Jimmy, mend you ways, be a good boy, and don’t forget this is America.
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