Bitter Peanut

Jimmy Carter, who through his laudable efforts to build homes for the poor in recent years had done much to make America forget his wretched presidency, has finally hit rock bottom when it comes to bitter partisanship.

Carter, who for years has taken cheap shots at George W. Bush (even sitting with conspiracy theorist Michael Moore at the Democratic Convention), reached a new low at Coretta Scott King’s funeral. Carter likened Bush’s terror surveillance program to the illegal wiretaps ordered against Martin Luther King (somehow forgetting that Democrats authorized them) in the ’60s.

Carter also decided to reopen the racialized controversy over the administration’s deficient response to Hurricane Katrina. “We only have to recall the color of the faces of those in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi who are most devastated by Katrina,” the former peanut farmer intoned, during what was supposed to be a eulogy for Mrs. King, “to know that there are not yet equal opportunities for all Americans.”

To today’s Democrats, including elder stateman James Earl Carter (unfortunately, now more elder than statesman), the transformation of the personal into the political has become complete. Too bad for Carter, whose historical stature shrinks day by day.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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