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11. If we had continued Carter's vision we would be 30 years ahead of where we are today.
Carter is a good man, probably the most honest president we ever had. But right wingers love to trash him. They blame him for everything happening in the late 70s, when he inherited those problems, most of which were the result of the Vietnam War and corporate price fixing. When Carter was president it was almost impossible to buy a house unless your monthly payments were 1/4th of your take home pay or less. That was the standard rule back then. But when Reagan came in all that changed. An increase of variable mortgages swept across the nation and lending rules were relaxed so much people began to buy houses they couldn't afford. In Texas there was a huge battle to allow 2nd mortgages on people's homes. Banks won and once property owners could get 2nd and 3rd mortgages on their homes foreclosures started to skyrocket, a conservative wet dream.

When Reagan came into office he scrapped all of Carter's energy plans and because of Reagan we are 30 years behind where we could have been with regards to energy independence. President Obama has a golden opportunity to declare war on conventional energy and take our country in a different direction, a greener and more self sufficient direction. But will he seize this opportunity, or will he just let the oil industry continue to shape his policy? President Obama could be a great president. But he needs to start representing the people of this country and not the corrupt corporate leaders. If Obama continues down the path he has set for himself he is definitely going to be a one term president and 30 years down the road conservatives still be laughing at him.

President Obama, wake up! Start representing the PEOPLE. I didn't work a year on your campaign so you would sell out to corporations. I worked tirelessly for you to have you change the status quo of corruption and corporate rule in our country.
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  -Appreciation thread for Pres. Jimmy Carter's vision - If only they had listened! 1776Forever  Jun-10-10 09:30 AM   #0 
  - He was visionary - and therefore dangerous to the powers that be...  polichick   Jun-10-10 09:35 AM   #1 
  - Yep.  closeupready   Jun-10-10 09:37 AM   #2 
  - Dr. Dean was also a danger to the establishment and was quickly  ladjf   Jun-10-10 10:48 AM   #16 
  - Absolutely - establishment Dems took him out. nt  polichick   Jun-10-10 12:14 PM   #27 
  - Absolutely  MissDeeds   Jun-10-10 08:32 PM   #44 
  - I voted for him, but he lost  HughMoran   Jun-10-10 11:58 PM   #66 
     - Right...  kenfrequed   Jun-11-10 08:02 AM   #80 
  - Carter was strong despite the Repubs claiming he was a weakling  DissedByBush   Jun-10-10 10:55 PM   #64 
  - And lets's not forget that it was pappy bush who arranged for the hostages.  wolfgangmo   Jun-11-10 09:48 AM   #89 
  - Totally prescient, he Was  liberalmike27   Jun-11-10 02:00 AM   #74 
  - And it is as if  Enthusiast   Jun-11-10 09:03 AM   #88 
  - Perfectly well said. nt  Enthusiast   Jun-11-10 09:00 AM   #86 
  - +1 nt  laughingliberal   Jun-10-10 09:38 AM   #3 
  - He is vastly underappreciated. Thanks for this thread.  Tanuki   Jun-10-10 09:57 AM   #4 
  - I think his darling Mother had a lot to do with his brilliance. Lillian was such a wonderful person!  1776Forever   Jun-10-10 10:08 AM   #7 
  - The UK should be red too  reggie the dog   Jun-10-10 11:25 AM   #19 
  - Sure they call them pints  wolfgangmo   Jun-11-10 09:50 AM   #90 
  - Myanmar, Liberia and the USA....  reggie the dog   Jun-10-10 11:25 AM   #21 
  - In the winter of 76/77 we finished Dads house.  HillbillyBob   Jun-10-10 10:01 AM   #5 
  - We were just talking about that,  Nite Owl   Jun-10-10 10:02 AM   #6 
  - This picture says a lot to me about that - He stands alone in more ways then one!  1776Forever   Jun-10-10 10:11 AM   #8 
     - Says it all. n/t  Nite Owl   Jun-10-10 05:21 PM   #39 
     - I have seen this photo before, and thought it odd, but I'm glad to see his smile.  midnight   Jun-10-10 10:45 PM   #60 
  - This was a big turning point for the corporate media.  azul   Jun-10-10 10:15 AM   #9 
  - Sometimes we forget Carter did graduate work in nuclear physics:  1776Forever   Jun-10-10 10:23 AM   #10 
  - reagan and thatcher fucked their countries  reggie the dog   Jun-10-10 11:29 AM   #22 
  - If we had continued Carter's vision we would be 30 years ahead of where we are today.  AnArmyVeteran   Jun-10-10 10:24 AM   #11 
  - I was very young when Carter was in office, though I recall that the general "vibe" across  Lorien   Jun-11-10 08:52 AM   #85 
     - Obama citing Reagan as one of his favorites is disturbing  AnArmyVeteran   Jun-11-10 11:31 PM   #94 
  - He tried to address the populace as if they were adults, but all he got was scorn.  NCarolinawoman   Jun-10-10 10:30 AM   #12 
  - He got scorn mainly from the media and the ppwers-that-be who spun his intelligent message  joeybee12   Jun-10-10 10:37 AM   #14 
  - I did not,  reggie the dog   Jun-10-10 11:32 AM   #24 
  - How well I remember both him and John Anderson vs Reagan.  shirleym   Jun-10-10 10:35 AM   #13 
  - Carter is one of the extremely few public Christians who acted according to his faith  AnArmyVeteran   Jun-12-10 06:49 AM   #95 
  - Here is a great Jimmy Carter quote, kind of indicative to what he is all about:  NCarolinawoman   Jun-10-10 10:45 AM   #15 
  - I agree with Jimmy, what good is all the money in the world if there is no beauty to enjoy!  1776Forever   Jun-10-10 11:25 AM   #20 
  - this statement is just fine by my standards  reggie the dog   Jun-10-10 11:34 AM   #25 
  - K&R  Jefferson23   Jun-10-10 11:12 AM   #17 
  - I was born in February 1979  reggie the dog   Jun-10-10 11:23 AM   #18 
  - Raygun was the worst president of my life  mdmc   Jun-10-10 05:28 PM   #41 
  - Thanks Jimmy!  The Midway Rebel   Jun-10-10 11:31 AM   #23 
  - he was the first president I ever voted for.  Donnachaidh   Jun-10-10 11:35 AM   #26 
  - Thank you, President Carter . . .  tilsammans   Jun-10-10 12:33 PM   #28 
  - Nixon did it first -- and then Ford -- and then Carter  nichomachus   Jun-10-10 01:15 PM   #29 
  - OK Why don't you start a Nixon appreciation thread? This one is 4 Carter! n/t  1776Forever   Jun-10-10 01:19 PM   #30 
  - The OP suggests that Carter dreamed up the idea -- he didn't  nichomachus   Jun-10-10 01:42 PM   #31 
     - OH please! He didn't dream it up! For God's sake he lived it! n/t  1776Forever   Jun-10-10 02:39 PM   #33 
  - The Nixon Admin also put us on the WealthCare train off the cliff.  HughBeaumont   Jun-11-10 08:31 AM   #82 
  - Carter was the best, most underappreciated president in modern US history.  KonaKane   Jun-10-10 01:46 PM   #32 
  - k/r. n/t  reflection   Jun-10-10 02:41 PM   #34 
  - Proudest votes of my life, along with McGovern in 1972.  freddie mertz   Jun-10-10 02:41 PM   #35 
  - K&R  PurgedVoter   Jun-10-10 04:00 PM   #36 
  - K&R  PurgedVoter   Jun-10-10 04:00 PM   #37 
  - I'd like to take this opportunity to wish screaming death on everyone who voted for Reagan  FiveGoodMen   Jun-10-10 04:48 PM   #38 
  - YES!  mdmc   Jun-10-10 05:24 PM   #40 
  - Seems like his son is following in his foot steps.  Phlem   Jun-10-10 08:14 PM   #42 
  - I still remember vividly the ridicule and scorn...  Bonobo   Jun-10-10 08:23 PM   #43 
  - Timeline of America's Depedendence on Foreign Oil  paparush   Jun-10-10 08:37 PM   #45 
  - "We cannot build peaceful relationships by killing each other's children."  baldguy   Jun-10-10 08:43 PM   #46 
  - K & R I have been recommending this for quite some time  RoccoR5955   Jun-10-10 08:50 PM   #47 
  - THANK YOU President Carter  Raine   Jun-10-10 08:50 PM   #48 
  - So many things that are going wrong now could have been worked  jwirr   Jun-10-10 08:54 PM   #49 
  - Jimmy Carter was way beyond his time.  JDPriestly   Jun-10-10 09:13 PM   #50 
  - knr nt  slipslidingaway   Jun-10-10 09:14 PM   #51 
  - great man.  DesertFlower   Jun-10-10 09:23 PM   #52 
  - K&R.  onestepforward   Jun-10-10 09:38 PM   #53 
  - Possibly the most under appreciated person who ever lived in the White House.  BrklynLiberal   Jun-10-10 09:42 PM   #54 
  - For sure.  GreenPartyVoter   Jun-10-10 10:43 PM   #59 
  - Most definitely  avaistheone1   Jun-11-10 01:35 AM   #72 
  - Ponder this  Saboburns   Jun-10-10 09:54 PM   #55 
  - Like Bizarro world...right?  BrklynLiberal   Jun-11-10 05:42 AM   #78 
  - I've always known he was right. He is a great American!  CLANG   Jun-10-10 10:07 PM   #56 
  - My Governor. My President. nt  onehandle   Jun-10-10 10:17 PM   #57 
  - K&R.  midnight   Jun-10-10 10:41 PM   #58 
  - Let's send flowers to Jimmy while he can still smell and appreciate them! nt  shirleym   Jun-10-10 10:46 PM   #61 
  - THAT is an awesome idea! Men appreciate flowers too!  Maru Kitteh   Jun-11-10 01:02 AM   #70 
  - I am in!  avaistheone1   Jun-11-10 01:36 AM   #73 
  - I do love my Jimmy  condoleeza   Jun-10-10 10:52 PM   #62 
  - Agreed.  Canuckistanian   Jun-10-10 10:52 PM   #63 
  - I was just talking about this today with my parents  slay   Jun-10-10 11:20 PM   #65 
  - That and the ME are his two greatest frustrations  nadinbrzezinski   Jun-10-10 11:59 PM   #67 
  - He actually introduced his policy in 1977  csziggy   Jun-11-10 12:13 AM   #68 
  - HELL YES. Mr. Kitteh and I were talking about this very subject this a.m.  Maru Kitteh   Jun-11-10 01:01 AM   #69 
  - President Carter - a visionary and a great humanitarian.  avaistheone1   Jun-11-10 01:33 AM   #71 
  - The Demos didn't recognize the threat of Reagan and stabbed him.  Loudmxr   Jun-11-10 02:59 AM   #75 
  - Men of peace are scoffed at in American politics.  democrank   Jun-11-10 04:40 AM   #76 
  - If so many Americans  The Wizard   Jun-11-10 05:16 AM   #77 
  - YES!  mdmc   Jun-11-10 07:06 AM   #79 
  - Remembering President Carter  chriscruzan   Jun-11-10 08:09 AM   #81 
  - Oh what could have been.  Javaman   Jun-11-10 08:42 AM   #83 
  - I Grew Up In Georgia  The Old Creak   Jun-11-10 08:47 AM   #84 
  - Exactly. I loved President Carter and I voted  Enthusiast   Jun-11-10 09:02 AM   #87 
  - K&R for President Carter, a man before his time  Rhiannon12866   Jun-11-10 06:58 PM   #91 
  - Carter is a decent human being  malaise   Jun-11-10 07:00 PM   #92 
  - This amazing speech gets re-played here at the DU every year or so and it should be.  David Zephyr   Jun-11-10 07:07 PM   #93 

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