Jimmy Carter’s letter to Zell Miller

Via Josh Marshall.

You seem to have forgotten that loyal Democrats elected you as mayor and as state senator. Loyal Democrats, including members of my family and me, elected you as lieutenant governor and as governor. It was a loyal Democrat, Lester Maddox, who assigned you to high positions in the state government when you were out of office. It was a loyal Democrat, Roy Barnes, who appointed you as U.S. Senator when you were out of office. By your historically unprecedented disloyalty, you have betrayed our trust.

Great Georgia Democrats who served in the past, including Walter George, Richard Russell, Herman Talmadge, and Sam Nunn disagreed strongly with the policies of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and me, but they remained loyal to the party in which they gained their public office. Other Democrats, because of philosophical differences or the race issue, like Bo Callaway and Strom Thurmond, at least had the decency to become Republicans.

Everyone knows that you were chosen to speak at the Republican Convention because of your being a “Democrat,” and it’s quite possible that your rabid and mean-spirited speech damaged our party and paid the Republicans some transient dividends.

Perhaps more troublesome of all is seeing you adopt an established and very effective Republican campaign technique of destroying the character of opponents by wild and false allegations. The Bush campaign’s personal attacks on the character of John McCain in South Carolina in 2000 was a vivid example. The claim that war hero Max Cleland was a disloyal American and an ally of Osama bin Laden should have given you pause, but you have joined in this ploy by your bizarre claims that another war hero, John Kerry, would not defend the security of our nation except with spitballs. (This is the same man whom you described previously as “one of this nation’s authentic heroes, one of this party’s best-known and greatest leaders — and a good friend.”)

I, myself, never claimed to have been a war hero, but I served in the navy from 1942 to 1953, and, as president, greatly strengthened our military forces and protected our nation and its interests in every way. I don’t believe this warrants your referring to me as a pacificist.

Zell, I have known you for forty-two years and have, in the past, respected you as a trustworthy political leader and a personal friend. But now, there are many of us loyal Democrats who feel uncomfortable in seeing that you have chosen the rich over the poor, unilateral preemptive war over a strong nation united with others for peace, lies and obfuscation over the truth, and the political technique of personal character assassination as a way to win elections or to garner a few moments of applause. These are not the characteristics of great Democrats whose legacy you and I have inherited.

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Jimmy Carter writes to Zell Miller

The Peking Duck has this post which is a letter from former President Jimmy Carter, to rabid, anti-human Zell Miller (that asshole). Go ahead and read the whole thing over at his blog. It’s a touching critique of a man

September 7, 2004 @ 7:22 pm | Comment

Sayeth Jimmy:

“I myself . . . greatly strengthened our military forces and protected our nation and its interests in every way.”


Tell it to the mullahs, peanut boy.

Okay, I”ve stopped laughing and picked myself up off the floor now.

As for his criticism of Miller, it’s a shame Jimmy hasn’t express the same disappointment in the various tyrants, dictators and rights abusers he hob-nobs with and provides a patina of cover for.

For example:

While in office, Carter hailed Yugoslavia’s Tito as “a man who believes in human rights.” He said of Romania’s barbaric Ceausescu and himself, “Our goals are the same: to have a just system of economics and politics . . . We believe in enhancing human rights.” While out of office, Carter has praised Syria’s late Assad (killer of at least 20,000 in Hama) and the Ethiopian tyrant Mengistu (killer of many more than that). In Haiti, he told the dictator Cédras that he was “ashamed of what my country has done to your country.”


[Carter] did even better in North Korea, singing praises to Kim Il Sung, one of the most complete and destructive dictators in history. Said Carter of the “Great Leader,” “I find him to be vigorous, intelligent, surprisingly well informed about the technical issues, and in charge of the decisions about this country”

Well, to be fair to Jimmy, Kim certainly was “in charge”.

[Carter] said [of North Korea], “I don’t see that they are an outlaw nation.”

Naw, they just export illegal narcotics, and counterfeit currency, execute their subects, clandestinely develop nuclear weapons, kidnap Japanese school girls and blow up civilian airliners and attempt to assassinate foreign leaders.

Pyongyang, [Carter] observed, was a “bustling city,” where shoppers “pack the department stores,” reminding him of the “Wal-Mart in Americus, Georgia.”

Just like the Galleria, except with starving children.

It’s good to know that the man who compared Israelis to “Bull Connor’s mad dogs in Birmingham” and equated Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait with Israeli policies in the occupied territories, who drafted speeches for Yassir Arafat, praised Palestinian “democracy”, made apologies for China’s CCP, hob-nobbed with Danny Ortega and absolved Fidel Castro of weapons ambitions can find something to be outraged over.

I wasn’t particuarly impressed with what I saw of Millers speech, but if it pissed off the Plains Appeaser, then I applaud it whole-heartedly.

BTW, the focus groups must be showing that Zell had a hell of an impact, if the Dems are still hammering away at him a week after his speech.

September 7, 2004 @ 8:44 pm | Comment

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September 7, 2004 @ 8:45 pm | Comment

But he builds houses for poor starving people.

Seriously, Carter is a good man and a great man. He tried with all he had to broker peace between the PLO and Israel, just as bush has tried. And he tried to negotiate peace with Kim Jong Il, as bush is doing now.

Some people are really worthy of scorn and derision. Not Jimmy Carter. Save it for the scum who really matter, like Doug Feith and John Ashcroft.

September 7, 2004 @ 8:55 pm | Comment

Carter was one of the worst Presidents in US history, is the worst ex-President in US history and is a loathsome apologist for evil. Indeed, some of Carters actions — such as what he did during the FIRST Gulf War — have bordered on treasonous.

He is a wicked, self-rightous, vain old fraud who was rightly tossed from office and who, sadly, has continued to undermine US interests since then, attempting to undermine every subsequent President, for his own self-aggrandizement, including fellow Democrat Clinton.

A dispicable little man, santched from obscruity by a fluke of fate and who really ought to do the world a favor and return there.

September 7, 2004 @ 9:51 pm | Comment

He was not a good president — I agree with you. But his efforts to champion the causes of peace, freedom and help for the poor after he left Washington are to be commended.

September 7, 2004 @ 10:00 pm | Comment

He has not championed those causes, he has excused evil and oppression in numerous countries, including mainland China and is completely in the thrall of the odious Arafat. While he has, on occassion, spoken out against authoritarians on the right, he has not only largely ignored lefitst dictators, he has apologized for them repeatedly.

Carter is the only US political figure I can think of whom I loath. A vile, nasty little man.

BTW, Clinton is reported to have hated his guts which, apart from an attraction to women of dubious virtue, may be the only thing that I see eye-to-eye on with our ex-President.

September 7, 2004 @ 11:17 pm | Comment

W00t. Go the zealotry.

O brave new world, that hath such people in it.

September 8, 2004 @ 2:57 am | Comment

his efforts to champion the causes of peace, freedom and help for the poor

I suppose you’re trying to say “his heart is in the right place”. Except for sucking up to mass murderers, making the US economy the laughing stock of the world, and attempting to undermine every succeeding administration, I guess you could go ahead and say it!

September 8, 2004 @ 4:21 am | Comment

I’m no authority on Carter, but I’ve seen him written up by moderate and conservative voices all the time without nearly so much vitriol. You may be right about him, but this certainly doesn’t seem to be the consensus (not that the consensus ever makes something true).

September 8, 2004 @ 7:32 am | Comment

I can’t believe all of this nasty stuff. I am ashamed of all of you. How can Republicans accuse Democrats of vitriol. They are the masters and champions and use what they should be saying to and about themselves to accuse others. I think you guys will win in this world because you will do and say anything to win. Do you really believe all of what you say and do is right?? For real??Remember eternity is forever and you will have to pay some day.What are the real values Jesus the Christed one espouses?? You make me sad. Now what violent nasty things do you have to say to me??

January 6, 2005 @ 12:22 pm | Comment

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