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December 5, 2006

Kicking An 82 Year Old Man: The Right Attacks Jimmy Carter. Again.

Jimmy Carter is not remembered as a great President. Most folks might even consider him a failure, the peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia. But why exactly do we hold one of the two Democratic Presidents of the last 38 years in such low esteem?

Isn't this the man that held the country together in the years after Watergate? Didn't he bring decency and honesty back to The White House?

Yes.

Isn't it a great American success story for a man to come from such humble beginnings, serve in defense of his country and then ascend to the highest office?

Yes.

Isn't it remarkable that back in 1979 he declared "The energy crisis is real. It is worldwide. It is a clear and present danger to our Nation. These are facts and we simply must face them." Isn't that leadership and vision?

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December 8, 2006

Jimmy Carter's Thoughtful Response

Earlier this week, we posted on the right wing attacks on Jimmy Carter and his new book.

This morning in the LA Times, Jimmy Carter crafted a remarkably thoughtful and intelligent reply to the charges leveled against him in his first few days of his book tour.

As we are attempting to shed light on the right wing strategy of smearing Democratic and Progressive leaders, we encourage everyone to watch the right wing reaction to President Carter's opinion piece after you've read it; noticing that the discussions of the personal charges against him are just a small fraction of the piece.

However, this is what the right wing will jump on in an effort to continue the smear - a smear we remind you that was made by a random unknown caller to C-SPAN. By focusing the coverage on the smear, namely "Carter Responds To Anti-Semite Charge" they can continue to push the "two sides of the story" meme which is false.

Slowly, other newspapers and non-right wing media will feel the need to show the two sides - somewhere someone will ask the question, "Is Jimmy Carter an anti-Semite? We'll tell you what both sides are saying."

The coverage will include the quote from Speaker-Elect Nancy Pelosi who fell into the smearing strategy when she commented that President Carter does not speak for the Democratic Party on Israel. Of course, he doesn't, that's insane - he hasn't held elected office for twenty-six years. We should be careful, as a party, of using right wing memes to attack our own.

When one side is the truth, the other side is a lie. But that's not how this coverage will develop and continue.

Let's watch and learn together.

January 23, 2007

President Bushes "Ozoned" Al Gore, And The World Is Paying The Price.

It's a day of celebration and sadness for those of us who follow the global warming issue. On one hand, Al Gore's movie, "An Inconvenient Truth" received a well-deserved Oscar nomination. Congratulations to all involved but especially Laurie David and Lawrence Bender for their wonderful work in bring the Vice-President's presentation to the big screen.

However, tragically, today the summary and highlights of the definitive report on global warming was leaked. This 1,600 page report will showcase once and for all, that global warming is real, we are causing it and "the future is dire."

So how is it, one might ask, that we didn't take global warming seriously earlier? Especially when we have an an advocate like Al Gore on the national stage.

It's because the right wing ozoned Al Gore. They mocked him for his concern. The called him "Ozone Man." Like pathetic schoolyard bullies, they picked fun at him, made him uncool.

Who led the charge?

In 1992, the first President Bush:

"This guy is so far out in the environmental extreme we'll be up to our necks in owls and outta work for every American."

In 2000, the second President Bush said of Al Gore

He "likes electric cars. He just doesn't like making electricity."

So when President Bush stands up and talks about global warming, think of Al Gore. He stood up fifteen, twenty years ago, and got mocked for his courage and vision.

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