The United States is an evil empire and presidents are bad people that do really terrible things. Mass murdering war criminals Bush and Obama should be sharing a jail cell. We might throw Bill Clinton and Reagan’s corpse in there too. But I got to be honest. I like Jimmy Carter.
No, 88-year old Carter isn’t a radical. Don’t expect to see him chilling at the Lucy Parsons Center or talking theory at the Center for Marxist Education. But it’s obvious this dude is ten miles left of the the average politicized Democrat on Facebook with their war apologetics and Obamadolotry.
“America has no functioning democracy at this moment.” Jimmy Carter said that three days ago, according to Der Spiegel, and it’s certainly spot on. And a while back, he told CNN that Edward Snowden’s NSA leak “has probably been, in the long term, beneficial” to the United States.
And check this. Last summer, Carter wrote an article called “A Cruel and Unusual Record” that was published in the New York Times. Other media outlets remarked about it, and people shared the links, then it was forgotten. But it says a lot. Here’s how it starts:
The United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights. Revelations that top officials are targeting people to be assassinated abroad, including American citizens, are only the most recent, disturbing proof of how far our nation’s violation of human rights has extended. This development began after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and has been sanctioned and escalated by bipartisan executive and legislative actions, without dissent from the general public.
Carter goes on to criticize “the president’s right to detain a person indefinitely…a broad, vague power that can be abused without meaningful oversight from the courts or Congress.” He describes how recent laws “allow unprecedented violations of our rights to privacy through warrantless wiretapping and government mining of our electronic communications.” And here’s Carter’s take on Obama’s foreign policy:
Despite an arbitrary rule that any man killed by drones is declared an enemy terrorist, the death of nearby innocent women and children is accepted as inevitable. After more than 30 airstrikes on civilian homes this year in Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai has demanded that such attacks end, but the practice continues in areas of Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen that are not in any war zone. We don’t know how many hundreds of innocent civilians have been killed in these attacks, each one approved by the highest authorities in Washington. This would have been unthinkable in previous times.
He’s said that unchecked campaign contributions are “legal bribery.” He’s called for the close of Guantánamo Bay and says US policy is violating the “basic rules of law and principles of justice enumerated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” Even looking at it strategically, he says “instead of making the world safer, America’s violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends.”
Good. Jimmy Carter knows what’s up. Maybe he’s our Great White Hero. Maybe he has some plan to give power to the people and take it away from the plutarchs and sociopaths in Washington and Wall Street. So what should we do, Jimmy Carter?
As concerned citizens, we must persuade Washington to mentions course and regain moral leadership according to international human rights norms that we had officially adopted as our own and cherished throughout the years.
Persuade? How, by sending perfumed valentines to our senators? Damn it, Jimmy Carter. I guess you got a lot of criticisms and zero plan to change anything. But we can still chill together. I got zero plan too. And maybe we can work on your delusions that this country was ever moral.