I only remember Jimmy Carter as an American President so awful that he made our then PM , Jim Callaghan , look like a towering giant on the world stage . His weakness in office has been compounded by his later efforts to undermine the West and prop up tyranny and oppression throughout the world .
It came as no surprise , then , when it was Carter who accused the critics of his understudy , the Obamessiah , of being motivated by nothing but eevill raacism !
It turns out , however , that Jimmy has more than a little form in this area himself , as pointed out by National Review Online -
The facts, drawn from A Voting Rights Odyssey by Laughlin McDonald, director of the ACLU's Voting Project, are astonishing.
When Carter returned to Plains, Georgia, to become a peanut farmer after serving in the Navy, he became a member of the Sumter County School Board, which did not implement the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision handed down by the Supreme Court. Instead, the board continued to segregate school children on the streets of Carter's hometown. .
.Carter's board tried to stop the construction of a new "Elementary Negro School" in 1956. Local white citizens had complained that the school would be "too close" to a white school. As a result, "the children, both colored and white, would have to travel the same streets and roads in order to reach their respective schools." The prospect of black and white children commingling on the streets on their way to school was apparently so horrible to Carter that he requested that the state school board stop construction of the black school until a new site could be found. The state board turned down Carter's request because of "the staggering cost." Carter and the rest of the Sumter County School Board then reassured parents at a meeting on October 5, 1956, that the board "would do everything in its power to minimize simultaneous traffic between white and colored students in route to and from school."
Jimmy Carter is , of course , a member of the Progressive consensus and can in no way be accused of racism .
Enoch Powell , on the other hand was a conservative and by definition a racist who must be condemned as such at every opportunity . Contrast his words on the events at Hola Camp in 1959 with the deeds of Carter in that decade (from Wikipedia)
On 27 July 1959 Powell gave his speech on Hola Camp of Kenya, where eleven Mau Mau were killed after refusing work in the camp. Powell noted that some MPs had described the eleven as "sub-human" but Powell responded by saying:"In general, I would say that it is a fearful doctrine, which must recoil upon the heads of those who pronounce it, to stand in judgment on a fellow human being and to say, 'Because he was such-and-such, therefore the consequences which would otherwise flow from his death shall not flow'."Powell also disagreed with the notion that because it was in Africa then different methods were acceptable:Nor can we ourselves pick and choose where and in what parts of the world we shall use this or that kind of standard. We cannot say, 'We will have African standards in Africa, Asian standards in Asia and perhaps British standards here at home'. We have not that choice to make. We must be consistent with ourselves everywhere. All Government, all influence of man upon man, rests upon opinion. What we can do in Africa, where we still govern and where we no longer govern, depends upon the opinion which is entertained of the way in which this country acts and the way in which Englishmen act. We cannot, we dare not, in Africa of all places, fall below our own highest standards in the acceptance of responsibility.
Denis Healey, MP from 1952 to 1992, later said this speech was "the greatest parliamentary speech I ever heard... it had all the moral passion and rhetorical force of Demosthenes". The Daily Telegraph report of the speech said that "as Mr Powell sat down, he put his hand across his eyes. His emotion was justified, for he had made a great and sincere speech"
This was one of a series of principled political stances which Powell took during his long and patriotic career , but because once he drew attention to the inadvisability of mass-immigration to this country , then he is derided and vilified down the years by the Left .
Carter , an actual racist who refused to allow black and white schoolchildren to walk on the same streets , is a champion of the left , praised for his liberal views .
Is it any wonder I'm a conservative ?
(Hat Tip to A Tangled Web .)