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#39 Jimmy Carter Legacy

Jimmy Carter's Legacy  

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  1. 1. Which of the following Carter decisions/events are positives for his legacy?

    • Pardoned Vietnam War draft dodgers
    • Deregulated several industries, mostly in regards to transportation, such as airlines
    • Raised the minimum wage
    • Created the Department of Energy and advocated alternative energy
    • Fired the majority of his cabinet members
    • Determined to show America he was honest, even if it meant criticizing the American people or refusing to bargain with a Democratic-controlled Congress
    • Made human rights an integral part of foreign policy
    • Returned the Panama Canal to Panama
    • Created a lasting peace between Egypt and Israel with the Camp David Accords
    • Was able to secure the release of Iranian hostages (released on inauguration day 1981), but only after a major botched attempt to rescue them
    • Presided during an energy crisis and sharp stagflation, which had been on-going and growing since Nixon and Ford.
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    • Limited nukes with Soviets at the SALT II talks
    • Appointed the Democratic-analogy of Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski as his National Security Adviser
    • Aided and armed Afghanistan fighters, including future terrorist leaders such as Osama bin Laden, against Soviet invasion.
    • Proclaimed the Carter Doctrine (written by Brzezinski), which state that America would use military force to defend national interests in the Persian Gulf, which aimed to lock the Soviet Union out of the region, and complete US hegemony there.
    • The only full-term president to never appoint a SC justice
    • Selected Walter Mondale, a New Deal Democrat, as his VP, since Carter ran as a moderate Southern Democrat.
    • Backed the bipartisan universal healthcare bill, but it was undermined by Ted Kennedy, who wanted more control over the bill.
    • Suffered a crushing defeat in his reelection bid to Reagan, who was able to win over people who even disagreed with him with his optimism, while Carter maintained a neutral and pessimistic tone.
    • one of the above
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  2. 2. Which contemporary president has been closer to your definition of failure?

    • Jimmy Carter
    • George W. Bush
    • Barack Obama
    • Donald Trump
  3. 3. In general, your opinion of Jimmy Carter's presidency is...



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I consider him mixed. I like a lot of what he did, but his lack of political ability undermined his policy. In short, he pretty much negated the promise of his presidency. Leaving either a positive nor a negative legacy. 

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Jimmy Carter is the only president who graduated from the US Naval Academy

Carter has lived as an ex-president longer than any previous president.

 

Carter's term as president was a failure, but mostly due to circumstances he had no way of controlling

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Not much to say here... Probably one of the best human beings ever to inhabit the White House, but woefully over his head as POTUS

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20 minutes ago, servo75 said:

Not much to say here... Probably one of the best human beings ever to inhabit the White House, but woefully over his head as POTUS

That's one of the rare times I find myself agreeing with you. :P

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5 hours ago, vcczar said:

I consider him mixed. I like a lot of what he did, but his lack of political ability undermined his policy. In short, he pretty much negated the promise of his presidency. Leaving either a positive nor a negative legacy. 

Agreed. :P  In over his head.

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10 hours ago, servo75 said:

Not much to say here... Probably one of the best human beings ever to inhabit the White House, but woefully over his head as POTUS

Holy crap I agree with servo

(though I think how bad he was is usually overblown; he had some high points, like the Camp David Accords and the Crisis of Confidence speech, though firing much of his cabinet immediately after calling for greater confidence in the government was a bewildering choice. As much as I adore Jimmy, he's a better ex-President then he was President)

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5 hours ago, Bruce Fischer said:

Holy crap I agree with servo

(though I think how bad he was is usually overblown; he had some high points, like the Camp David Accords and the Crisis of Confidence speech, though firing much of his cabinet immediately after calling for greater confidence in the government was a bewildering choice. As much as I adore Jimmy, he's a better ex-President then he was President)

I agree though ultimately I did choose "negative," perhaps if I did it again I would have chosen mixed.  I do feel that at least some of his problems were of his own making, for example the malaise speech and how he seemed to scold Americans for using too much energy.  Carter was the first President that I have any memory of (and even that's pretty faint), so for this point on I'm relying at least somewhat on my personal experience, rather than just reading about them.

@Bruce Fischer I think we would agree on more than you think. :P 

 

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6 minutes ago, servo75 said:

I agree though ultimately I did choose "negative," perhaps if I did it again I would have chosen mixed.  I do feel that at least some of his problems were of his own making, for example the malaise speech and how he seemed to scold Americans for using too much energy.  Carter was the first President that I have any memory of (and even that's pretty faint), so for this point on I'm relying at least somewhat on my personal experience, rather than just reading about them.

@Bruce Fischer I think we would agree on more than you think. :P 

 

Although, he was criticized for the malaise speech, I think it was a bold thing, and possibly right thing to do, even though it was political suicide. I think Carter's sense of honor was such that it made him an anti-politician. It's strange because I think this is what got Carter elected, but also what got him defeated. 

It's interesting to guess how a 2nd term Carter would have played out. I think his stubborn, "holier than thou" attitude, while serving him well as an ex-president would have eventually led to an equally difficult second term; although, probably under a better economic circumstance. I don't think Carter's personality has evolved after office either, but it isn't a drawback as a civilian. I don't think he had the presidential temperament, which required a simultaneous backbone and flexibility. I think if Ron Paul had ever become president, he would have been a conservative version of Jimmy Carter, and probably even more rigid, with even worse relations with congress; although, probably slightly more popular with the base of his own party than Carter was.

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