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September 19, 2005

Is Jimmy Carter A Racist?

In recent weeks, we have heard that it is racially discriminatory public policy for the GOP to insist that photo ID should be required to vote. So what does the private bi-partisan Commission on Federal Election Reform urge as one of the tools to make sure the exercise of the right to vote easier and more secure?

Warning that public confidence in the nation's election system is flagging, a commission headed by former president Jimmy Carter and former secretary of state James A. Baker III today will call for significant changes in how Americans vote, including photo IDs for all voters, verifiable paper trails for electronic voting machines and impartial administration of elections.

Now I like some of these proposals, but not all of them. But notice, please, the call for photo ID. Are we to believe that those on the commission who supported this recommendation, including Carter, are crypto-racists who want to disenfranchise black voters? Or are they patriots who are seeking to ensure that Americans can vote in an easy, secure manner?



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Jimmy Carter courted segregationist groups when running as a candidate for governor of Georgia in 1966:

http://www.americanpresident.org/history/jimmycarter/

"He attributed this loss to a lack of support from segregationist whites, who had turned out in large numbers to vote for his opponent, a nationally known segregationist named Lester Maddox. In a bid to win their vote in the 1970 governor’s race, Carter minimized appearances before African American groups, and even sought the endorsements of avowed segregationists..."

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/carter/peopleevents/p_jcarter.html

"He wanted to appeal to the large middle class, blue collar type, predominantly white, and most of these people are going to be segregationists," says historian E. Stanly Godbold. "Carter himself was not a segregationist in 1970. But he did say things that the segregationists wanted to hear."

After winning the election, he declared the era of segregation over. That said; I don't care - what he did is intellectually dishonest and is dancing with the devil to accomplish what you believe to be right. Sorry Charlie, but that's wrong no matter what you wish to accomplish.

...and the Democrats call Republicans racist. Try again. They're willing to say, do, or hurt anything to win the fight. They care about power, not what's right.

Bartleby

|| Posted by Bartleby, September 20, 2005 10:06 AM ||

Sorry - that was completely off topic, but as far as I'm concerned, Carter *IS* a racist, because he's willing to use those views to advance his personal desires and beliefs.

Bartleby

|| Posted by Bartleby, September 20, 2005 10:07 AM ||

Um.....

It seems he thinks that Georgia's laws are potentially discriminatoy & above that he was hesitant to suggest it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/19/AR2005091901162.html


Carter, who chaired an election reform commission along with former Secretary of State James Baker, said in Washington Monday that requiring photo IDs was one of the most important and most difficult of his group's recommendations.

"We addressed this with a great deal of hesitancy," he said, adding that a national approach would prevent states from enacting laws that are discriminatory.


|| Posted by jp, September 20, 2005 05:37 PM ||
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