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pnorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-02-08 11:55 AM
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12. Jimmy Carter's The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech:
Good evening. This is a special night for me. Exactly three years ago, on July 15, 1976, I accepted the nomination of my party to run for president of the United States.

I promised you a president who is not isolated from the people, who feels your pain, and who shares your dreams and who draws his strength and his wisdom from you.

During the past three years I've spoken to you on many occasions about national concerns, the energy crisis, reorganizing the government, our nation's economy, and issues of war and especially peace. But over those years the subjects of the speeches, the talks, and the press conferences have become increasingly narrow, focused more and more on what the isolated world of Washington thinks is important. Gradually, you've heard more and more about what the government thinks or what the government should be doing and less and less about our nation's hopes, our dreams, and our vision of the future.

Ten days ago I had planned to speak to you again about a very important subject -- energy. For the fifth time I would have described the urgency of the problem and laid out a series of legislative recommendations to the Congress. But as I was preparing to speak, I began to ask myself the same question that I now know has been troubling many of you. Why have we not been able to get together as a nation to resolve our serious energy problem?

It's clear that the true problems of our Nation are much deeper -- deeper than gasoline lines or energy shortages, deeper even than inflation or recession. And I realize more than ever that as president I need your help. So I decided to reach out and listen to the voices of America.
We were sure that ours was a nation of the ballot, not the bullet, until the murders of John Kennedy and Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. We were taught that our armies were always invincible and our causes were always just, only to suffer the agony of Vietnam. We respected the presidency as a place of honor until the shock of Watergate.

We remember when the phrase "sound as a dollar" was an expression of absolute dependability, until ten years of inflation began to shrink our dollar and our savings. We believed that our nation's resources were limitless until 1973, when we had to face a growing dependence on foreign oil.

These wounds are still very deep. They have never been healed. Looking for a way out of this crisis, our people have turned to the Federal government and found it isolated from the mainstream of our nation's life. Washington, D.C., has become an island. The gap between our citizens and our government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual.

What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well-financed and powerful special interests. You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one unyielding group or another. You often see a balanced and a fair approach that demands sacrifice, a little sacrifice from everyone, abandoned like an orphan without support and without friends.

Often you see paralysis and stagnation and drift. You don't like it, and neither do I. What can we do?

First of all, we must face the truth, and then we can change our course. We simply must have faith in each other, faith in our ability to govern ourselves, and faith in the future of this nation. Restoring that faith and that confidence to America is now the most important task we face. It is a true challenge of this generation of Americans.

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  -Reagan removed solar panels from White House trof  Jul-02-08 07:32 AM   #0 
  - go over to E/E and tell me that there isn't some over there who wouldn't do the same thing  madokie   Jul-02-08 07:34 AM   #1 
  - Some or one?  seemunkee   Jul-02-08 06:54 PM   #25 
  - Reagan thought solar was 'voodoo' technology...  islandmkl   Jul-02-08 07:37 AM   #2 
  - The bastard dismantled more than the solar panels that  OwnedByFerrets   Jul-02-08 07:38 AM   # 
  - Carter was ahead of his time.  cobalt1999   Jul-02-08 07:38 AM   #3 
  - Carter might've won that one, if Reagan's goons hadn't promised Iran missiles to stall  struggle4progress   Jul-03-08 01:02 AM   #27 
  - Ronnie and his blushing bride trusted the stars more than the Sun.  Vickers   Jul-02-08 07:41 AM   #4 
  - If only Nancy's astrologer had said solar panels on a roof focused her readings.  Idealist Hippie   Jul-02-08 10:39 AM   #11 
  - And that is the definition of irony  tridim   Jul-02-08 12:16 PM   #18 
  - Carter was right 30 yrs ago.  baldguy   Jul-02-08 07:53 AM   #5 
  - St. Ronnie  MuseRider   Jul-02-08 08:16 AM   #6 
  - Reagan removed DEMOCRACY from the White House.  janesez   Jul-02-08 08:20 AM   #7 
  - What a sad story.  sellitman   Jul-02-08 08:25 AM   #8 
  - Regan probably thought they would attract signals from UFO's  old mark   Jul-02-08 08:28 AM   #9 
  - The problem with the early solar panels was that they were so expensive that  deaniac21   Jul-02-08 09:14 AM   #10 
  - Perhaps not much economic Payback on the White House But the symbolic payback would have been HUGE!  calipendence   Jul-02-08 12:14 PM   #15 
  - Jimmy Carter's The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech:  pnorman   Jul-02-08 11:55 AM   #12 
  - K&R n/t  Lugnut   Jul-02-08 11:56 AM   #13 
  - He was _such_ a poophead  GreenPartyVoter   Jul-02-08 12:07 PM   #14 
  - He also eliminated all the tax credits and research funding grants.  Toucano   Jul-02-08 12:15 PM   #16 
  - we need to rehab the carter image  dembotoz   Jul-02-08 12:15 PM   #17 
  - Must've been a strong bloke at his age to take 'em down by himself...  HypnoToad   Jul-02-08 12:21 PM   #19 
  - I'm glad they'll be at Carter's library. Some should go to the Smithsonian, where more can see this  Hekate   Jul-02-08 01:01 PM   #20 
  - But mCCain said Carter was a lousy President....  LeftHander   Jul-02-08 01:30 PM   #21 
  - For what it's worth...  Terran   Jul-02-08 01:39 PM   #22 
  - I will never understand the "Saint Ronny" BS. He was deeply evil.  electropop   Jul-02-08 01:44 PM   #23 
  - I wish I remembered where I saw this.  bigmonkey   Jul-02-08 06:48 PM   #24 
  - I remember when Reagan had those panels taken down. I took it as a big "Fuck you!" to those of us  scarletwoman   Jul-02-08 07:10 PM   #26 
  - One of many  KT2000   Jul-03-08 01:58 AM   #28 
  - Jimmy Carter was the greatest recent president, not Reagan  windoe   Jul-03-08 10:19 AM   #29 

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