03 March 2012

Jimmy Carter Certainly Knows His Racism

What is it with former Democratic presidents that they just won't go away? Is it their constant desire for attention? Their belief that they alone know what's best for the rest of us who merely bumble our way through life? Their need to feel loved by as many people as possible without clammy hugs and kisses?

Well, Jimmy Carter is back again, once more doing whatever it takes to get himself in the news. This time it isn't praising inhumane dictators like Kim Jong-il, but going about another of his favorite hobbies: accusing anybody who disagrees with him of racism. His target now? Newt Gingrich, who he claimed is currently using the "subtlety of racism" in his run for the Republican presidential nomination (here "subtlety" meaning "without actual substance, but you need to believe him cause he's former president Jimmy Carter, dagnabit")

But you know, maybe this time we should actually listen to Carter. Unlike economics or admiration of murderous totalitarian dictators, racism is a subject that the Georgian seems to know very well. In fact, he's taken a swim in its swirly eddy many times.

Here are some highlights of Carter's Racist drops that were pulled from Hot Air.
  • Carter’s top campaign staffers were spotted distributing grainy photographs of Sanders arm-in-arm celebrating with two black men. Sanders was a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, and in the photograph he was celebrating a victory with two players who were pouring champagne over his head. Carter’s leaflet was intended to depress Sanders’s white vote.
  • “The Carter campaign also produced a leaflet noting that Sanders had paid tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.”
  • Carter criticized Sanders, a former governor, for preventing Alabama Gov. and notorious segregationist George Wallace from speaking on Georgia state property. “I don’t think it was right for Governor Sanders to try to please a group of ultra-liberals, particularly those in Washington, when it means stifling communication with another state,” said Carter.
  • “‘I have no trouble pitching for Wallace votes and black votes at the same time,’ Carter told a reporter. Carter also said to another reporter, ‘I can win this election without a single black vote.’”
  • Upon receiving the endorsement of former Democratic Gov. Lester Maddox, Carter responded by praising the life-long segregationist: “He has brought a standard of forthright expression and personal honesty to the governor’s office, and I hope to live up to his standard.” Maddox had not only refused to serve blacks in the restaurant he once owned, but he had also greeted civil rights protesters with a gun, and made sticks available to his white customers with which to intimidate them.
  • “The campaign paid for radio ads for a fringe black candidate, C.B. King, in an effort to siphon black votes away from Sanders.”
  • “Then there was the radio commercial in which Carter said he would never be the tool of any ‘block’ vote, slurring over the word ‘block’ so that it could be mistaken for ‘black.’
And we haven't even touched on Carter's documented history of  antisemitism.