As I've confessed, I voted for Jimmy Carter. You get one really lame, foolish, young, idealistic "freebie" vote. That was mine. He was "born-again," I was fairly newly born-again, and I bought the rhetoric. It wasn't long before I had serious buyer's remorse. I think it was when he accepted the mark of a Hindu worshiper when he visited India that I suspected his profession might not be that rock-solid....
(In my partial defense, the counter-choice [Gerald Ford] was far worse than the dilemma facing conservative voters last November.)
But Carter did one really great thing. He gave us Ronald Reagan, by a landslide.
Anyway, since his resounding and richly-deserved smoking-crater defeat, Carter at first did well, busying himself building houses. Yay, him. If he'd stopped there, that would have been great. If he'd realized and admitted what a horrid President he'd been, and how un-Biblical some of his notions had been, that would have been better still.
Instead, Carter turned himself into our worst ex-president, who undermines American foreign policy, coddles dictators, and created the party of Clinton and Kerry. Also, he joined forces with The Nameless One and did this. In many interviews, he clearly learned nothing from his decisive defeat at the hands of Ronald Reagan, and blames everyone but himself and his wretchedly wrong-headed ideas.
Michael Medved pretty much shares my view of Carter, and had the opportunity to interview him. It is to his credit that Carter even came on Medved's radio show, knowing what MM thought of him — though he did do it to shill his latest screed.
Medved writes about and transcribes the interview. It is an interesting-enough read in itself. But this stands out to me as a Christian:
Did you get that? Carter equates Hamas with Christians who... well, who (unlike Carter) actually believe in the Bible! He equates murderous cultists who think it virtuous personally to murder individual Jews and all Jews so as to wipe out the nation, with Christians who love the Jew named Jesus, believe in the Torah (including Deuteronomy 18:15-22), and (unlike Carter) actually believe in all of the Bible.
MM: ---[The Hamas charter] calls for the murder of individual Jews. It calls for the murder of all Jews so that judgment day can come. It says, "The Islamic Resistance Movement aspires to the realization of Allah's promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said, “The day of judgment will not come about until Muslims kill the Jews (and the passage adds: “When the Jews will hide behind stones and trees, the sones [sic] and trees will say, O Muslim, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”)
Carter:--If you want to talk about ancient history, Christians believe that in the second coming, Christ can't come back to the Holy Land until all Jews are either dead or become Christian.
Wait, think more about it. Carter — Mr. Born-again — is talking to an unsaved Jew. Here is his opportunity to be a witness to Christ. And what does he use it for? In his all-consuming passion to redeem his image without repentance, Carter smears Christians, smears the Bible, and fabricates a moral equivalency with longing for Israel to repent and trust its Messiah as the entire Bible says it must and will. In Carter's insane, stubbornly unteachable, Cartercentric universe, wanting the highest good for every individual Jew is the same as wishing mayhem and murder for every individual Jew.
Great day in the morning, what a.... Well. There are words for what he has made himself. God open his eyes, humble him, grant him repentance — and, until then, shut his mouth.