Refreshing! A president I can admire!

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Look at that picture of Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn. Wow. Jimmy Carter reminds me of my grandpa and my grandma. Honest. Loving. Kind. Modest.

My grandpa inspired me to get married and grow old with Tina.

Jimmy Carter impresses me to be a better person, to strive for a better world, to have faith that some presidents of this country actually stand for goodness and wholeness.

This fake news article from Washington Post is a good read.

It’s a portrait of Carter’s quiet life living in the same house he lived in before entering politics, in a sleepy town in the south. It says he flies commercial and walks around shaking others hands and taking selfies with them. He doesn’t burden tax payers nearly as much as other presidents, including W Bush, Obama and Clinton who all cost tax payers $1 million a year.

Wow. That’s Jimmy Carter is a cool man. What a role model. What an honor to have him alive and leading by example.

I can’t resist posting this part, though:

He said he regrets not doing more to unify the Democratic Party.

When Carter looks back at his presidency, he says he is most proud of “keeping the peace and supporting human rights,” the Camp David accords that brokered peace between Israel and Egypt, and his work to normalize relations with China. In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.

“I always told the truth,” he says.

Carter has been notably quiet about President Trump. But on this night, two years into Trump’s term, he’s not holding back.

“I think he’s a disaster,” Carter says. “In human rights and taking care of people and treating people equal.”

“The worst is that he is not telling the truth, and that just hurts everything,” Rosalynn says.

Carter says his father taught him that truthfulness matters. He said that was reinforced at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he said students are expelled for telling even the smallest lie.

“I think there’s been an attitude of ignorance toward the truth by President Trump,” he says.

Carter says he thinks the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has “changed our political system from a democracy to an oligarchy. Money is now preeminent. I mean, it’s just gone to hell now.”

He says he believes that the nation’s “ethical and moral values” are still intact and that Americans eventually will “return to what’s right and what’s wrong, and what’s decent and what’s indecent, and what’s truthful and what’s lies.”

But, he says, “I doubt if it happens in my lifetime.”

The deceptive spirit of Trump and his constant whining and tweeting that the media is unfair to him. Grow some leadership-level balls, bitch! That’s the way shit is if you’re constantly tweeting and saying bullshit. Everyone is perfectly capable of deriving what an asshole he is from his own words.

I can’t write any more eloquently than Frank Schaffer’s response to Jimmy Carter today on Twitter:

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Who or what is best at inspiring atheism?

I recently read (maybe reread) this 2017 blog post from liberal Christian John Pavolitz titled, “Christians making atheists.

I admit. I can side with “liberal” Christianity, because I think I rode that horse for a while before abandoning the faith. It’s maybe why I held on a little longer than I should’ve.

I also know that adding the title “liberal” to the word Christian pretty much means that he’s discredited by any so-called “conservative”. So there’s that.

But Pavolitz opens with:

Growing-up in the Church, I was taught that the worst thing one could be was a non-believer; that nothing was as tragic as a doomed soul that condemned itself by rejecting God. The religion of my childhood drew a sharp, clear line between the saved and the damned. All that mattered was making sure someone found themselves on the better side of this line—and the Atheists and Humanists didn’t have a shot.

In light of this supposed truth, the heart of the faith (I was told), was to live in a way that reflected the character and love of Jesus so vividly, so beautifully, that others were compelled to follow after him; that a Christian’s living testimony might be the catalyst for someone’s conversion. The Bible called it “making disciples” and it was the heart of our tradition. As the venerable hymn declared, we Jesus people were to be known by our love.

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