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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:23 AM

Jimmy Carter says America is more an "oligarchy than a democracy" calls on Trump to "tell the truth"

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter offered a damning indictment of U.S. foreign policy and domestic affairs Tuesday, saying money in politics makes the nation more like an “oligarchy than a democracy” and casting President Donald Trump as a disappointment on the world stage.

Carter’s criticisms, offered at his annual presentation to backers of his post-presidency Carter Center in Atlanta, went beyond Trump, but he was particularly critical of the nation’s direction under the Republican president’s leadership.

The 39th president, a Democrat, offered this advice to the 45th: “Keep the peace, promote human rights and tell the truth.”

Carter, 92, did not mention explicitly Trump’s threatening exchanges this summer with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, but the former president said the U.S. should engage directly with the insular leader and discuss a peace treaty to replace the cease fire that ended the Korean War in 1953.


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Reply Jimmy Carter says America is more an "oligarchy than a democracy" calls on Trump to "tell the truth" (Original post)
kpete Sep 13 OP
HughBeaumont Sep 13 #1
DetlefK Sep 13 #6
SHRED Sep 13 #2
BigmanPigman Sep 13 #3
unblock Sep 13 #4
tanyev Sep 13 #5
ProfessorGAC Sep 13 #11
Beartracks Sep 13 #7
malaise Sep 13 #8
Roy Rolling Sep 13 #9
HughBeaumont Sep 13 #10
bucolic_frolic Sep 13 #13
calimary Sep 13 #18
bucolic_frolic Sep 13 #12
fierywoman Sep 13 #14
C Moon Sep 13 #15
niyad Sep 13 #16
DemocraticWing Sep 13 #17
Scurrilous Sep 13 #19
argyl Sep 13 #20

Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:27 AM

1. Isn't it funny how right wingers use the term "oligarch" . . .

. . . to describe Democratic or foreign wealthy people . . .

But the Sheldon Adelsons, Donald Trumps and Rex Tillersons of the world are "leaders", "job creators", "Captains of Industry" or other such buuuulshit . . .

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:57 AM

6. Putin is worth billions, yet he somehow doesn't count as a russian oligarch.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:28 AM

2. Nice try

But it's tRump.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:28 AM

3. We are almost as much an oligarchy as Russia is.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:30 AM

4. Not yet

But give Donnie a full term, and yeah....

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:32 AM

5. I think for Donald the truth is whatever benefits him or makes him look good.

Anything that criticizes him or makes him look bad has to be a lie.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:25 PM

11. Maybe Even Simpler, Tan

It's whatever "it" thinks. That simple. If "it" thinks it, "it" believes it is true.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 11:03 AM

7. Tough advice to follow: Trump can't tell truth from fiction. n/t

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 11:12 AM

8. I love Jimmy Carter

Rec

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Response to malaise (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:06 PM

9. Me too

He "walks the walk" and is fearless. His only naïveté was believing his domestic opponents wouldn't cut deals with America's enemies. A great president, a great human being.

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Response to malaise (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:20 PM

10. Carter didn't give an INCH to the Ayatollah.

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Response to HughBeaumont (Reply #10)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:35 PM

13. It's like a giant game of bug killer or herbicides

once you hit them, you have to hit them harder the next time and the next time and ....

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Response to malaise (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 01:22 PM

18. I do, too.

Remember when he said "I will never lie to you" during the 1976 campaign? After we'd suffered through Nixon and Ford's pardon. And everybody went "oooh..."

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:32 PM

12. Jimmy keeps paying dividends

too bad he lost to corporate control

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #12)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:42 PM

14. And we, the American people, have been lost ever since.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:50 PM

15. His whole life has been based on lying and cheating.

IMO, Trump is a dumb version of the rich and powerful. I believe they all think just like him; the difference being they are smart enough to keep their mouths shut, and not be in the public eye (out of site, out of mind—and let the rest of the U.S. believe they are living in a democracy).

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:51 PM

16. THANK YOU, President Carter, for fearlessly speaking the truth, as always!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 12:54 PM

17. We were an oligarchy before Trump too.

Jimmy Carter figured out a long time ago we don't live in a democracy anymore. It's government by the rich, for the rich.

The elections are just a show to keep us entertained.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 01:30 PM

19. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 04:29 PM

20. The most honest President in the 20th Century, maybe ever.

I remember when he admitted to " lusting in his heart" in a Playboy interview during his Presidential campaign.
He really took a lot of teasing for his honesty.
We were a much more secular nation then.

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