Jimmy Carter Says US More Polarized Than During Civil War

On a day where Jimmy Carter stole headlines for referring to his own tenure post-presidency as “superior” to that of other presidents, I thought it was somewhat disappointing that his real mind-bender was seemingly overlooked – even though it came in the very same interview as his other absolutely ridiculous comments.  Remarking on the “state” of the United States, after being asked by Brian Williams if he views it as “glass half-full or half-empty”, Carter said he thought President Obama suffers from a Washington that has become more polarized than it was during the time of Abraham Lincoln and the “initiation of the ‘war between the states.’”

“This country has become so polarized that its almost astonishing….  Not only with the red and blue states…  President Obama suffers from the most polarized situation in Washington that we have ever seen – even maybe than the time of Abraham Lincoln and the initiation of the war between the states.”

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I was just going to let this go after referencing these remarks in another post, but after my brain really came to terms with the enormity of what he was saying there, I couldn’t help but give it a home of its own.  “Washington is more polarized than during the time of Abraham Lincoln”.  Lets just explore the ridiculousness of that notion.

Even if we give Carter the benefit of the doubt and assume he meant “Washington” to only include those doing business in our nations capital rather than the political tone of the nation generally, this is still among the most ridiculous things I have ever heard - rivaling only claims as ridiculous as …. “Eminem is the most influential musician in American history”, ” Tiger Woods is a faithful husband”; “Paula Deen makes light and healthy treats”; or “The casts of Jersey Shore, Celebrity Rehab, or Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami have cultural relevance.”

I mean are you kidding me?  So, the representatives of the soon-to-be Confederate states that seceded from the Union were more cooperative with their respective Pro-Union counterparts than Republicans and Democrats of 2010?  Newsflash to Jimmy Carter on the fifth planet from the Crazy Star…  they seceded.  They waged a war against the people they disagreed with!!  You can call it a “war between the states” – rather than a civil war – or THE CIVIL WAR – if you’d like – you goofy and misguided revisionist historian, but seriously; what the hell was that “WAR between the states” all about?

Were they simply finding a more appropriate method for hammering out their differences?  Were they just “thinking outside the box” and formulating new dispute resolution techniques for amicably reaching common ground?  Were they merely expressing their differences by taking up arms?

Look…. I don’t live in the alternate universe that you call home and I am not privy to the distorted reality of pretty colors and fanciful imaginings that you clearly have on lock-down, so I fail to see how the polarization of 2010 even remotely resembles that of the 1860′s.  John Boehner may rather gnaw off his arm than sit down for lunch with Nancy Pelosi, but he’s not petitioning Ohio to take up arms against California.  Bipartisan may even be a word lost to antiquity, but in no way, shape, form, or fashion does partisan disagreement and stalemate give rise to a polarized climate anywhere near that which gave rise to the American Civil War.

Jimmy Carter.  You may believe you are the most “superior” former president in American history.  I’m fine with that.  Believe as you choose to believe.  I once believed in the Easter Bunny and the XFL too.   That said, there are but two constants that will ultimately be aligned with your legacy – that you were one of the worst presidents in American history and the fact that you are, were, and always will be nothing more than a afterthought save for ridiculous remarks such as this to be etched on the epitaph of your history.

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  1. JungleCogs
    September 21, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Jimmy, shut-up! You’ve done enough damage; now, go away!

  2. Big Al
    September 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I completely agree with your views regarding former President Carter, but let’s be gentle; he’s recalling events that occurred during his teenage years….. Or so it seems.

  3. Disgusted
    September 21, 2010 at 9:34 am

    You must be unbelievably bored or just stupid to even bother writing a article on this comment of Carter’s. What an unbelievably poor article this was.

    There are several problems here (besides those two I just mentioned). First, what do you even care what Carter believes? He’s entitled, period. Secondly, he’s a hell of a lot smarter then you are, obviously. Thirdly, you must have your head stuffed up your nether regions to not realize how polarized this country actually is.

    This article was not about Carter — it was about you, and your stupid comments you made. Who’s the real fool here?

    Easy to sit on your duff and pound a keyboard, while real men have gone all over the world and made a difference.

  4. Jack
    September 21, 2010 at 9:37 am

    So, Jimmy, take your finger out of your nose and answer why that is. Could it be the reason is that under your administration and a Democrat Congress, the “Community Reinvestment Act” was passed, which led 30 years later to the housing meltdown, which led to the Wall Street crisis, which led to millions of people out of work? The answer is yes, your daffy brained idiot. The only saving grace for you is the BHO is going to go down in history as the worst president of the United States of America.

  5. amplitude jones
    September 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

    All we need to do are a few things: Hang all traitors who EVER voted for victim disarming schemes the slime call gun control. Hang all traitors who ever voted for a bill they had not read and understood. Hang all traitors who deliberately allow the invasion of the USA. Find and eradicate any other slimy democrats hiding in the crevices of our nation. Then we can be safe and free once more.

  6. September 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Obama is a Jimmy Carter fan with a tan.

  7. steve
    September 21, 2010 at 9:40 am

    “They waged a war against the people they disagreed with!”

    War was brought to the south after they tried to negotiate a peaceful exit.

    As far as Carter, from his vantage point it may be that divided, but not yet for the rest of us. Depending on the outcome of these next two elections it may get to that point. DC politicians no longer represent their constituents and both the left and right are more aware of that than in recent history.

  8. September 21, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Meanwhile, the INVA$ION continues… http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com

  9. Matt
    September 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

    the XFL.
    hahahahah.

  10. dan
    September 21, 2010 at 9:51 am

    and i though obama was going to heal the wounds between whites and black.

    it has not happened…

    daniel chavez

  11. Kevin
    September 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

    This man although good intentioned, is a moron. I entered the work place at the tail end of this man’s administration. What a mess! This man made sure to do at least one really stupid thing a week. He hasn’t stopped. This is an irresponsible, ignorant statement from one of the worst presidents in the last 100 years.

  12. eristic
    September 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

    And it is anti-American, race baiting, anti-semitic, ignorant, commie stooges like Carter that are the main reason why America is so polarized.

  13. Dan
    September 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I wholeheartedly agree with you on your main point, but I’d like to correct you on another.
    The CSA took up arms to defend themselves against an invading army, not the other way around. While part of the reasoning for their cause may not have been just eg. slavery, they expressed their differences through using a state’s power to secede when the federal government was infringing on their rights, not through taking up arms as you state (ironic that they were infringing other human rights, but the initial point stands nonetheless as the North invaded not to free the slaves but rather to preserve the Union). They took up arms as the defender, not the agressor. Deo Vindice.

  14. kerry
    September 21, 2010 at 10:08 am

    good piece. Nice to see someone in the media that has a good grasp on what a lame duck, out of his mind, legend in his own mind person Carter is. The man seriously needs to learn to shut the h*** up.

  15. george bush
    September 21, 2010 at 10:08 am

    This comeingfrom the second worst President in history!First of course is Barry sotero!!!

  16. junglejim123
    September 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Do ya think it might have something to do with the radical policies of Obama, Pelosi and Reid Jimmma ??? High unemployment…a Pres who cant stop golfing or vacationing…a First Lady who acts like Marie Antoinette …all this hopey -changey feel good talk and America is suffering. Iran is building nukes and the rest of the world is thumbing their nose at us while Obama begs them to work with us. He treats our enemies better than our friends like Israel, Honduras and Britain. Pelsoi and Obama called us vile names because we dared to question them. Obama lets the Black Panthers walk and fires regulators who uncover dirty deals with Obamas’s friends. Wake up Carter— you old fool…Obama caused all this himself..He is directly responsible for dividng our great country. He has done more for Palestinians and Muslims than he ever has for Americans. We left the Democratic party because of him and the radicals who hijacked it !!! We’re not coming back either after the way you all spit on Hillary !!!!

  17. September 21, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I realize that you are just attacking Carter because he is Jimmy Carter and he says and does things that are ridiculous and crazy.

    But he is right about the division in our country.

    Don’t fool yourself thinking otherwise.

  18. Honest Kent
    September 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

    “It is my occupation to be plain.”
    Carter is as ignorant as a nose picker can be. Washington administration, “Shea Rebellion” Adams administration, “Alien and Sedition Act”, Jefferson administration, “Louisiana Purchase”, Madison administration, “The Invisibles” and on, and on. Why give this old failure a platform. Will Barry get to be a sage also?

  19. J Baustian
    September 21, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Jimmy Carter should not raise the subject of the Civil War, because the incompetent President James Buchanan — who did nothing to prevent that war — is the only one standing between Carter and the title of “worst president ever”.

  20. Ken
    September 21, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Except that if you were really familiar with your history, you would know that they didn’t call for a rise to arms against their brethren states. Like so many things, it was a progression. Step 5 would not have happened without step 4. Step 4 would not have happened without step 3…

    The war started because of Fort Sumter. If the North had simply conceded the loss of the land, it is possible that the war could have been avoided.

    The nation is very polarized right now. If a state legislature, which has absolutely nothing to do with government on a federal level, decided to secede, then what would stop them? Say that state was Arizona. Tired of the immigration issue, they secede. The government intervenes and threatens direct action. Because they agree with the ideas Arizona stands for, Texas, Oklahoma, and a few other states secede. Before long, states are seceding left and right (just like before the civil war). Eventually, the federal government must either respond with force, or step back and let it happen. Both has dire consequences.

    Could another civil war happen? Absolutely. It’s a matter of what people do currently, while the nation is so polarized that could lead up to it.

    Are we actually polarized enough for a state to secede? You tell me.

    -All border states have requested federal aid in securing the border. The requests have either been denied or met with substantially less than requested help.
    -When the states attempt to act on their own to enforce federal law and secure their own safety, they are met with resistance. Arizona is being sued in federal court. Texas planned to send Texas National Guard troops to the border, but were denied permission because the firing pins in their rifles were sole property of the US government.
    -65-70% of voters were against the national healthcare bill, but it was passed anyway. It was passed without congress reading the bill and it was passed despite cries of lack of Constitutional authority.
    -States that have filed for nullification, a long-used and known state right, are being taken to federal court. 22 States are currently involved.
    -Several bills have been passed in both the house and senate in excess of 1000 pages. Congressmen and Senators have both been asked if they read the bill, they acknowledged that they hadn’t, but passed the bill anyway.

    If you don’t see that as a polarized nation, you’re completely blind.

  21. Julian
    September 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Well thankfully Jimmy Carter was only a one term President otherwise I think his head would have exploded by now will all his great deeds!

  22. Julian
    September 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Well thankfully Jimmy Carter was only a one term President otherwise I think his head would have exploded by now with all his great deeds!

  23. Harpotoo
    September 21, 2010 at 10:36 am

    i DIDN’T KNOW jIMMAH WAS THAT OLD/AROUND THAT LONG.

  24. Mike
    September 21, 2010 at 10:43 am

    This guy was the worst President ever, what is his relevance????? (and why would anyone care???) Lived thought and worked on getting a real President elected in 1980!!!

  25. jimmy
    September 21, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Of course, Jimmy had nothing to do with it. NONE of his statements are polarizing.

  26. Rick Black, Sr.
    September 21, 2010 at 11:10 am

    It is called “The War For Southern Independence” by us Southerners. Not the Northern term you employ. The next war among Americans will be against the Federals if it ever comes to pass. Or maybe aginst the Progressives who seem hell bent on making this a socialist country, or maybe an ethnic war between Americans and Hispanics who wish to remake this country in Mexico’s image. Any number of scenarios come to mind based upon the various divisions in our country. I just do not see the Republic as it is in its present form survivng by the end of the century. My educated guesses are based upon reading the past histories of other civilizations and how they came to their demise. The last thing I want is to see this great country of ours torn asunder and broken into vaqrious little countries. Even worse, taken over by other countries outside our own.

  27. John Bayko
    September 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I’m no fan of Jimmy Carter, but I myself have wondered if the differences between conservatives and liberals have reached the magnitude of the differences between the North and South in the mid 1800s. The fundamental difference in the view of the function of government is vast: limited government vs cradle to grave socialism. We’re not taking up arms, but I think the philosophical differences are in the same ball park.

  28. DC
    September 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

    You have absolutely got to be kidding me. Sometimes I stand in complete awe that no one challenges him on this. There has never been a more polarizing time in our history than the events leading up to the civil war and reconstruction. Does he not read early American history? The Dred Scott decision for one and the Kansas / Nebraska act for another was enough to send this country to the brink of civil war. The Vietnam protests and the entire 60′s movement(s) are pale in comparison too. The divisiveness we see today is actually quite tame compared to numerous events in our past (the election of 1800 for one and the nullification crisis under Andrew Jackson for another). His comments are dangerous and the Useful Idiots keep buying it…sigh.

  29. Rick Clark
    September 21, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Goodness, this man is so messed up! Mice in the Oval Office? No. Mickey Mouse in the Oval Office. This man was the 2nd worst President EVER. Obama! He is number 1! Yes! He did! I remember my 14% mortgage under Mr. Carter. I remember the attack on him by the rabid rabbit. I remember him bungling the raid on Iran. But most I remember just how he was absolutely not up to the job, and until now, no one has ever been less experienced than he. Until 2008, when we entered this “Brave, New World” fashioned by the best 1960′s radical socialists to ever make a bomb or write a manifesto!

    But now, I believe Mr. Obama has found the ass to kick, the Democrat jackass. Talk more Mr. Carter! We need more “umph” in that kick!

  30. Steadysteed
    September 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Jimmy Carter lost all credibility decades ago. You were absolutely right to focus on this comment to enlighten the public that he is an embarrassment to us all.

  31. September 21, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Jimmy Carter proved himself an idiot 30 years ago with his handling of the Iranian hostage crisis and his consequential loss of the 1980 election that swept Ronald Reagan into office. Unfortunately, Jimmy has descended into lunacy in old age and should be afforded the benefit of anonymity, but the media keeps giving this fool front page. Shame on you!! Where is MoveOn.Org??????

  32. Matt
    September 21, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I agree with Jimma Carta, a war does seem to be brewing and this Yankee writer has no idea what The War Between the States actually means. There is a reason it is still called The War of Northern Agression. The South didnt decide to wage a war with those they disagreed with, they decided to wage a war against those who implanted foreign troops into their lands and cities and abused the citizenry. It was HUGE political mistake for Lincoln to have moved troops into the southerns states the way he did, it was not until AFTER that move that the Confederacy began to wage a war with arms. This writer is just another fine example of Yankee Revisionist History and the sad part is, he belives what he wrote 100%, poorly and unassumingly educated.

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:54 am

      “Yankee Writer”??? I like that but sorry I’m actually a Tennessean. Sorry to disappoint you sir.

      This writer is just another fine example of Yankee Revisionist History and the sad part is, he

        “belives”

      what he wrote 100%, poorly and unassumingly educated. ———————– “nuff said”

  33. Oradle McSnackers
    September 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Poor senile Jimmy! Hey if you were as old as Helen Thomas, you might have a few cognitive difficulties too.

  34. Tim B
    September 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

    “… So, the representatives of the soon-to-be Confederate states that seceded from the Union were more cooperative with their respective Pro-Union counterparts than Republicans and Democrats of 2010? … They waged a war against the people they disagreed with!!”

    Actually, the people who disagreed with the Confederates waged war against them, not the other way around.

  35. Guido S. R. Chasm
    September 21, 2010 at 11:56 am

    C’mon T.: How do really feel about Jimmah?

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:52 am

      I think its fair to say I’m not a fan??? How’s that?

  36. September 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Hey, at least Carter is better than Obama. During the Carter days, Iran was making fun of the US. Now during obama’s presidency, the whole world thinks the US is desperately trying to kiss Islam’s ass.

  37. go_figure7722
    September 21, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    C’mon, did ya hafta bring up the XFL?

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:56 am

      Sorry. Sensitive subject?

  38. September 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Carter was right in his assessment and not ridiculous at all. The country is more polarized than ever before and if things do not change where one half of the country supports the other half and immigration is allowed to go unchecked and the power brokers in Washington ignore their constituents as in the health care fiasco… We could be in for a civil war, only this time it will be much worse than the original. We have got to get back to the original principals this country was founded on, and that is a nation which is supported by its people and not a nation which is supported by its government.

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:51 am

      “that is a nation which is supported by its people and not a nation which is supported by its government” – I’m with you on that part but simply cannot buy into the rest. We are divided on immigration and elected officials don’t listen to their constituents on health care = civil war? That’s a bit of a stretch for me.

      Americans disagree on policy; some may even disagree on principle. That said, the two do not lead to civil war – at least not derivative immigration policy and Obamacare alone.

  39. FairTaxGuy
    September 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Mr. Carter’s assertion is viewed through his really far left lens. Just because he can’t have his way, doesn’t mean the whole country is polarized! The country is actually more UNIFIED than polarized! There has never been as much unity among Republicans, Independents, and moderate Democrats since Ronald Reagan was elected. MOST of the USA is dead set against the gigantic gargantuan government that this President and current Democrat-controlled Congress have wrought on us. And we are being loud about it, just like all the lefties have been over the years from ozone holes to special treatment for gays to global cooling,…or warming,…or change, …or disruption….or…….Remember, DON’T ACCEPT THE PREMISES THAT YOU ARE PRESENTED BY THE MEDIA! WE ARE UNIFIED AS A NATION RIGHT NOW, NOT POLARIZED!

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:48 am

      Thank you Fair Tax Guy. Many fine points. It is in fact Unity that I have seen as the trend of contemporary America – not polarization. Washington is polarized yes, but only in an effort to save its collective ass. This great nation and the citizens that make it so are united in their frustrations with government. They are indeed, but that does NOT mean that they are ready for an actual revolution or a “war between the states.” What it means is that they are ready to once again send people to Washington who actually intend to uphold the Constitution.

  40. Peebo
    September 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    “More polarized” – God is simply separating the wheat from the chaff my Jaggar-lipped friend. Which pile will you be in peanut man (I think I know the answer).

  41. Robert Anderson
    September 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    If we are becoming as polarized as we were in the 1860′s it is only because we are becoming slaves to the government.

  42. Josh
    September 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Great article. Jimmy Carter should just be ignored along with his buddy Ahmadinejad.

  43. Buck Skeet
    September 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Jimmy Carter, like a broken clock, is right twice a day. If he is not right about the the US being more polarized than at any time since James Buchanan was POTUS, he certainly is correct about the US being more divided than at any time since 1865. Now you are no doubt wondering “what about the 1960s.” Well, I’m old enough to remember the 1960s, and back then people were divided over a few major issues, notably the Vietnam War and civil rights legislation (with a little hippie counterculture tossed in). Now the American people are not just divided, they are fragmented. Entire regions (“old south”, Texas, mountain West and parts of midwest) have little politically or culturally in common with the Northeast and “left coast.” Attitudes about religion, sexuality, the role of government, environmental protection, and America’s role in the world differ so much between these regions that they might as well be separate nations. There is no more common culture either; Americans adopt culture and lifestyles ranging from “redneck” to “hiphop” to “goth.” The glue that holds America together is gone. Do I think America will go the way of the USSR and Yugoslavia? Yes. Not soon, but not too far in the future either.

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:43 am

      While I agree with you on the clock reference (only because I have a few), I cannot agree with you on the Carter reference or your doom and gloom prediction for the future of this great nation.

      We are a diverse people – in each and every regard that you shared – on issues, geographically, demographically, and otherwise. That said, I believe in the glory of the United States and all that it represents. I believe in our Founding Documents and the safeguards that they provided for this great nation. I am not ready to abandon the principles articulated in those documents simply because we find ourselves at a time “divided” in the regard you describe.

      The day that the Constitution ceases to answer the questions that divide us, we may face the fate you describe. I for one believe in the American Spirit and am confident his nation will survive.

  44. robair
    September 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    The only thing worse than a failed liberal politician is a senile failed liberal politician. He was my first and last vote for a democrat

  45. B. Samuel Davis
    September 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Nicely said. There’s not much more Carter can do at this point to make him more dislikable. The liberal media simply cannot abide an ex-Democrat President with a bad reputation. Witness the rehabilitation of Truman, who later decades will write off as a dumb bumpkin outsmarted by Stalin, and of course Carter. Eisenhower, one of our best Presidents is tossed aside as someone who played golf all the time – his real sin was going with the Republicans. And on and on – Republicans either dumb or evil, sometimes both. Democrats – wonderful, best intentions, even saintly. It got us into trouble – remember the “Whiz kids” McNamara – who single handedly created the mire called Vietnam. As if he knew better than the generals how to fight a war. Yet the media bought into it, like Camelot, a creation meant to brainwash the public mind. The truth? Without falling into the trap of the leftist media, it is fair to say that Democrats are, by and large, incompetent, evil, arrogant people. Johnson? The description is apt. Clinton? ditto squared.. Carter? Just arrogant and incompetent, despite the media’s glowing reports of his so-called intelligence. OBAMA – evil and arrogance incarnate, and the ultimate in incompetence – or he is simply not in charge, which is looking more and more evident each day.

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:38 am

      Outstanding comment Mr. Davis – and not just because you agreed with me, but that was a nice touch. Your analysis of the characterizations of both Democrats and Republicans is spot on. There is undoubtedly a double standard or even something worse at play. The tendency of “academics” is to play revisionist historian to the detriment of Republican Presidents while with equal passion and conviction placing former Dems on pedestals of greatness is nothing short of despicable.

      I am more than 100 comments in here and I enjoyed none more than this. Many thanks.

  46. SP
    September 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    “I once believed in the Easter Bunny and the XFL too”

    Enough said, no need to read the rest of this column.

  47. September 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    These liberals are all bums! Vote them out in November! Give them a vote of what you think about them at http://www.jabronitools.com.

  48. Robert O
    September 21, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Sir, I say Sir, are you referring to the war of northern aggression? JC is correct, the country is not “united”..wait until the feds can no longer “bail out” their buddies then see what happens with the states!

    FOMC will make no changes in interest rates. Continue to throw money from the tops of buildings.

  49. September 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I think Jimmiy Carter is hopeing Obama will take his title as the worst president of the century.

  50. Clayton
    September 21, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Technically he is correct, since the South seceded largely before Lincoln took office. And technically he can claim a lot of positive accomplishments, my favorite is that he managed to unify the country in four short years to the point that Reagan was elected ;-)

  51. Mark Matis
    September 21, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    You might want to rethink your article. While the Rabbit Master routinely has his head firmly planted in his rectum, in this case he is UNUSUALLY prescient. If this country’s government CONTINUES to refuse to be bound by the Constitution, civil war is coming. And soon.

  52. Rackman
    September 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Carter is partially correct. We are in a time closer to the 1850′s rather than the 1860′s. He is correct to call it the War Between the States as it wasn’t technically a civil war. The states didn’t petition to create armies to fight other states rather Lincoln called up volunteers to attack the southern states that had seceded. I believe that we are closer to a true civil war than we have ever been in our history.

  53. Stavros
    September 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Who cares what Carter says? His opinion on matters is as irrelevant as mine.

  54. Bogie
    September 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    It seems like a Civil War between the Patriotic Americans believers in the Constitution and Declaration of Indepence (creator included). And the 3rd Worlders who are their dependents.

  55. Ernie Banks
    September 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Carter wins this argument – after all, he was around back then and has first hand experience! :)

    Seriously, though, Carter really needs to retire from public life. No more interviews, no more trips to North Korea or Iran. He is now a nice old guy who was an ineffective president and whose brain doesn’t work as well as it should anymore. He alternatively steps in it or leaves piles behind for others to clean up.

  56. Disgusted
    September 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    It’s polarized because the people who are SUPPOSED to represent us actually represent a FOREIGN government….Israel. Many people are waking up to this traitorous situation and DEMANDING more than two parties to choose from.

  57. September 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    He has certainly always had a unique and baffling world-view.

  58. WeMadeAmistake
    September 21, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Gee Jimmy, ya think it might have something to do with a president who appoints communists and pushes policies that the majority of Americans don’t want, and a president who in just 19 months in office, has piled $2.5260 Trillion of debt onto every man, woman and child in the U.S.!!!! Ya think?!! How pathetic. You have the second worst president in U.S. history defending the worst president in history. Carter should be grateful. Obama has put him in second place.

  59. Angry American
    September 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Carter’s legacy is the shepherding of the rise of the Islamic revolution throughout the world.
    Had he not made a deliberate decision to let the Shah of Iran be overthrown in the late 70′s, allowing Ayutollah Kohmeni to return to Tehran from exile in Paris, this bilious brand of religion would have been contained. He further eroded worldwide confidence in America with his tepid non-response to the takeover of our embassy in Tehran and the kidnapping of our citizens.
    The only ‘Superior’ aspect that he display in office was stupidity.

  60. Will Kane
    September 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    After reading the remarks by Jimmy I need a six-pack of Billy Beer. Jimmy Carter is living proof that given the choice between a president with great common sense and a president of superior intelligence I’ll take the common sense president. Jimmy Carter was probably one of the most intelligent president, but lacked common sense and surrounded himself with more like himself. The only thing he should be happy about is that Obama is going to make him look good.

  61. Mike Jefferson
    September 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    It’s unfortunate that Dhimmi Carter even breaks wind, let alone the 6 o’clock news. We should afford him the respect of being a former President and leave it at that. His irrelevancy is fact and he should just go away.

  62. September 21, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    It ain’t over yet!

  63. puppetclipper
    September 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    No the problem Jimmy, is candidates, officials, bills, acts, measures are affiliated and influenced by aipac, pnac, cfr, tc, un, unep, imf, ipcc, carbon tax, and big corporations instead of the public interest.

    The DOJ has time to mess about with piracy by clamping down on the web, instead of going after banksters and Senators for failure to regulate the monetary system, in essence breaking their oath of office in the case of Senators.

    Then when you have one oath breaker, he / she opens the doors to more and more until public interest is the low priority while hiding corruption and crimes behind state secrets seems to be the high priority. Now our Constitution itself is INTERMITTANT!

    What needs to happen is to clarify the path for public US citizens (not to be confused with law enforcement) to have the clear and explicit tools at hand to not only remove an oath of office breaker, but undo their damage.

    The DOJ ignores a FIELD OF FELONIES with the banksters. Either they get their fat butts on it or they themselves are domestic terrorists.

    And elections, are you kidding me, from the FCC’s mission failure to the 95% Corporate owned “public spectrum” Truth and Journalism have gone to the four winds. The brainwashed masses think D or R, but it isn’t D or R, it’s FOREIGN INTERESTS (like the examples I gave above aipac, pnac, cfr, etc.) and BIG CORPORATE INTERESTS behind that D or R. Or the Combination thereof, monsanto + BP + FDA = terrorists of health for example. Even the act of voting has been corrupted, there’s ZERO public oversight of electronic vote tabulation devices. So between the corporate media’s guiding of issues, elimination of candidates off ballots in primary’s the public interest no longer exists. If the FDA really wanted health, GOM’d HFCS would be illegal. But instead having an Organic Garden has gone from a god given right to that of being illegal food terrorist.

    Everybody’s now a terrorist, strangely though since we are all called terrorists now, (Or at least veterans and gun owners according to the miac report) it’s amazing the people haven’t just turned on officials. So who’s the terrorists, oath breakers, and foreign / corporate interests, and who is failing to regulate the monetary system?

    There should be thousands of banksters in jail, assets seized, then again, then again, and again, until this whole thing is cleansed.

    The laws are now written for the two bit thief, not for those who’ve stolen trillions!

    There’s why it’s divided.
    That’s The Situation of America 2010

  64. Rich
    September 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    America became polarized…as many nations have, with the introduction of socialism and it’s inherent policy of deception. Hitler did it, all of modern day Europe did it. They play on peoples longings, get elected and then, force a platform of poverty and oppression.
    Foe example, if Jimmy Carter ran for office without deception, he would have admitted his desire to greatly weaken US influence and dissolve the US into a global government. Instead, he lied and got himself elected. Once his motives were revealed, he got slaughtered by Ronald Reagan who truly represented the US goals and values.

  65. September 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Polarized? Carter’s on drugs.

    They are just playing up the false Left / Right dichotomy. In reality there is only One Party, the Big Business Party. It has two factions working together but working relentlessly for small wins for clients, the corporations and special interest groups who back them, ie the money.

  66. Sarah
    September 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Amen.

  67. Otiose
    September 21, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I think you fail to appreciate the enormous good that Carter did as president. For my part I voted for him, and it taught me a lesson I’ve never forgotten. It’s why in part I was completely immune to the bs Obama was shoveling to get elected. And, then because of Carter we were able to get Reagan. I hope history repeats in that we get a new president in 2012 with the backing to cut back/reverse all of what Obama has done. Thankfully Obama is teaching new generations of young to never vote for a leftist no matter what he says.

  68. DockyWocky
    September 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Carter ought to know. He was just starting out as a peanut farmer when those crazy South Carolinians started shooting at Fort Sumter.

  69. disc-0-duck
    September 21, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Well said. This poor buffoon continues to shred the little that remains of his dignity and presidential legacy. When I was a teenager and he was in office I always had this queasy feeling about it all, not knowing enough about life to realize how deeply disastrous his administration was. Then Ronald Reagan came along and I understood what true leadership was all about.

  70. Tom T
    September 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    And we care about the nutty musings of Jim Ninny why? Even Lady GagME is more profound than him.
    I realize that Jim Ninny appreciates Obammy. The current prompter reader In-Chief starts to make Jim Ninny look competent. Remember the malaise, 15 % unemployment, 21% interest rates under Jim Ninny? Why, Obammy can only aspire to such heights. But, not to worry, he’s working hard to get there.

  71. stanley hersh
    September 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    You have no argument except to use insults which zeroes your credibility to irrelevance.Nice try but hard cheese.

  72. Politically Incorrect
    September 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Arguably, the single most accurate words uttered by Carter since leaving the presidency.

  73. Malcolm Abbott
    September 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Do you not see the divisions?
    I have been visiting the States for YEARS and this problem has been building for a long time.
    The unheard majority are middle of the road, slightly left thinking much like the rest of the World. But there are a minority of far right extremists that will not be happy till someone takes them to Mars to live the way they like. Their way is not suitable for this world. A civil war would not solve the problem.
    Or get them all to go and live in one big State not part of the Union, that would solve the problem.

  74. arthur d
    September 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    he right, i think it time to slit the country and a lot of people are staing to believe this also… I don;r care for the directions this country is going and the lost of freedoms .. I think it time for the south to go it on way and have a republic form of government and let people chose which side they wish to live

  75. September 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Until Obama Jimmy Carter was without a doubt the worse President this country has ever had, hands down. He thinks he lost the election for a 2nd term because of Ted Kennedy and the hostage situation. Give me a break. Interest rates at 20% to buy a home, a nation out of work,
    no hope whatsoever.
    Regan comes along with, “are you better off than you were 4 years ago,” and blows him out of the water.
    Go back to your peanut farm and Billy Beer and get a life. You’re not only a sorry excuse for a President, you’re a joke. Don’t you know that? I guess not.

  76. caseclosed
    September 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    It wasn’t good enough for Jimmie Carter to be the worst president even worse then Obama but now he trying to be the dumbest one even dumber then Obama… Maybe Obama can help Carter build houses for the poor in two years.

  77. LEO
    September 21, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    THANK GOD ! JUST LEARNED THAT THE DREAM ACT AND DADT WERE DEFEATED IN THE SENATE. GREAT VICTORY, NOW LET’S TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK THIS NOVEMBER AND IN 2012 !

  78. Robert
    September 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    The PEANUT FARMER is right.

    American Society is just as polarized now, as it was in 1860, IF NOT MORE…

    We are already seeing in a number of States, the beginning of the breakdown of our union.

    The Civil War was fought over STATES RIGHTS. ie: the central government was exceeding the powers given it by the constitution, and ordering the States to do things that WERE NOT IN THEIR BEST INTEREST…

    Today is no different.. This Federal Government has been slowly stealing power and authority from the States for decades, and now the government itself is bankrupt, and under the control of a leftist, tyrant, who believes STATES HAVE NO RIGHTS… period…

    From immigration issues, to environmental issues, to health-care issues, the MAJORITY OF AMERICAN “STATES” ARE NOW IN COURT FIGHTING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN OUR HISTORY…

    In the past, a State may have appealed a federal decision, or sought an exemption, and lived with result, either way…. BUT NOT NOW…!!!!

    Today, in court case, after case, the STATES ARE DECLARING THEY WILL NOT ABIDE BY THE FEDERAL STATUTES AT ALL…

    MARK MY WORD…

    ………

    If the courts side with the federal government on these cases, THERE WILL CALLS FOR SECESSION IN STATES… THERE WILL BE VIOLENCE AND CIVIL UNREST NOT SEEN SINCE THE CIVIL WAR….

    ………

    I have come to the conclusion that violence is inevitable…

    REASONS ARE MULTIPLE:

    - WE ARE IN A SECOND GREAT DEPRESSION THAT WILL LAST FOR A DECADE OR MORE TO COME.. The economy has been destroyed by the “free trade” that was foisted upon us by both political parties in 1992 with the passing of NAFTA, GATT, and the WTO. We are in a state of freefall that will continue for another decade or so, until the wage level of the average American matches that of 3rd world countries.. THAT IS THE WRITTEN GOAL OF NAFTA/GATT/etc…. EQUALIZATION OF WAGES WORLDWIDE..

    - FREE TRADE has never worked in the history of mankind… Every country that tried it, collapsed..

    - It is a sure bet that the Democrats will lose big in the coming November elections, BUT IT WILL MAKE NO DIFFERENCE, AS THE REPUBLICANS HAVE STATED THEY HAVE NO INTENTION OF WITHDRAWING FROM NAFTA, GATT, ETC, AND HAVE NO WORKABLE IDEAS FOR REVERSING THE DAMAGE DONE… SO THE ECONOMY WILL CONTINUE TO CRASH…

    - AFTER 12 MONTHS OF REPUBLICAN CONTROL, WITH NO IMPROVEMENT, THE FINAL BIG CRASH WILL OCCUR.

    - The congress, and the courts have so MANGLED true freedom of choice, and freedom of speech in this country, that NO CITIZEN FEELS SAFE ANY LONGER…

    - Citizens are no longer allowed to “like” or “dislike” as they choose, which is what FREEDOM is all about… We have to associate with people we don’t approve of, and our property rights have been abridged.

    - YOU CAN LOSE YOUR JOB FOR FREE SPEECH.. JUST LOOK AT THE NY EMPLOYEE WHO WAS FIRED FOR BURNING THE KORAN.. WHILE MUSLIMS BURN BIBLES AND AMERICAN FLAGS LEFT AND RIGHT… AND JEWS DAILY BOMBARD US WITH ANTI-CHRISTIAN SLAMS AT OUR CULTURE..

    - The vast Christian majority of this nation is held hostage by a mostly Jewish owned and controlled mass media, and financial institutions. Practically all tv series are populated with Jewish characters, played by Jewish actors. Despite the fact that Jews represent less than 6% of the general population. Anything Christan on tv is presented mockingly..

    - At the same time, these same mass media outlets, and the courts, are now shoving Islam down our throats too.

    - Those above two issues has caused a vast pool of resentment, just waiting to be released…

    - NO JOBS, NO SAY IN GOVERNMENT, NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

    - Then add into the mix the fact that there is a WAR BEING FOUGHT AGAINST US BY THE MUSLIM RELIGION, AND WE ARE LOSING…

    - Al Qaida still exists.. Bin Laden is alive. Iran has nuclear weapons that it INTENDS TO USE..

    - many more points, but no room, or time.

    In conclusion, this country is on the verge of a Civil War because:

    - The Government Fears the People, and the people are afraid for their future because the Federal Government has shown that it can no longer PROTECT THEM, and is no longer willing to.

    - The people NO LONGER TRUST THE GOVERNMENT, or the DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS.

    There are 2 things that can halt this depression.

    (1) WAR — either internally, or externally based, that has the result of returning the government to its past duties, OR OVERTURNING IT.

    (2) A US withdrawl from the various international trade agreements, and the restoration of our tariffs back to their previous state, so as to encourage our own industrial growth for rebuilding.

    If either one doesn’t happen, the union between the American States will fracture.

    It has happened before. It can happen again. It WILL happen again.

    The author of the above article isn’t in tune with the people. He is only in tune with the Republican party.

    The needs of each are different.

  79. Paul Mason
    September 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    President Carter is “close” to being right about the level of discord in the country. The Federal Government has gotten too big, too powerful, and must be downsized. Let the states handle most things, and let 50 experiments bloom, instead of one over-sized un-functional behemoth.

  80. Kingfish
    September 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    This man is a legend in his own mind, this will be a close race between Jimmy and Obozo to capture the coveted Darwin Award

  81. LEO
    September 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    JIMA CARTER IS RIGHT. THE COUNTRY IS MORE POLARIZED NOW MORE THAN EVER.
    THANK YOU TO THE DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA FOR WAKING UP A SLEEPING GIANT NAMED CONSERVATISM !!

  82. bewolff
    September 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks obama for taking racism back to civil,don’t favor your color,that’s a step in the right direction,you obama are a racist.

  83. September 21, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Jimmy Carter was certainly a god awful President, no worse perhaps than Wilson or Hoover. Carter has always made ridiculous statements. However, there is a bit of truth in his statement regarding Obama. Obama is the most divisive President ever. Obama goes out of his way to get even with private enterprise, wealth and white America. He is as anti-colonial as David Limbaugh claims. I believe there is enough 10th amendment sentiment out there to create a nightmare for Obama and the last straw was Obamacare. As much as Carter’s statement might seem like hyperbole, it’s more true than not.

  84. George
    September 21, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    On your next trip to Plains, Jimmy, swing by Andersonville.

  85. OthugoisaLOSER1
    September 21, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    And PEA BRAIN is DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for the division now….
    Indeed I HONESTLY and in GOOD CONSCIENCE call him CHRISTIAN……
    NOTHING in his LIFE IS CHRIST LIKE….

  86. Tom Leone
    September 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I am from Georgia. Jimmy Carter is the most embarrassing ex-president period. I am 65 and I do not ever remember a person as stupid as Carter, as ignorant as Carter ever, ever, ever spouting his mouth off with so many remarks suitable for the ignoramus that he is.

    God, he is a Public embarassment.

  87. OK Joe
    September 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Idiot.

  88. DB
    September 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Carter is right.

    You are an asshole who needs a bullet between the eyes…

    And bring it on. We need a left-wing revolution, and after we win we need to hang Palin, Angle, and the rest of the teabagger slime…

    Better this country burned flat than left in their hands.

  89. Brad
    September 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Carter’s an idiot. He’s the genius that forced the Shaw out of Iran and allowed Ayatollah Kohmenni is take power. From that day forward we’ve been attacked time and time again by suicide bombers. From the Marine Barracks in Lebanon to numerous Embassies to the USS Cole and twice at the World Trade Center. If it wasn’t for Carters stupidity and ineptness the Twin TOwers would still be standing and we wouldn’t be at war.

  90. R.Waldeck
    September 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    The National Hemorrhoid needs to be sent to Africa..to live out the rest of his worthless time.

  91. Stan
    September 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    Carter is absolutely correct about at least that much. The only reason we are not in the middle of an actual civil war is that it is far more difficult for a modern, industrial super state to actually have a civil war, or an armed revolution, than a agricultural back-water in 1861. In those days, all you had to do was hand a man a rifled musket and a new shirt, spend a couple of days teaching him how to march if he didnt’ already know, and you had a soldier. Give him a couple of hundred thousand buddies and you had an army. create two such armies and you had a war. It just ain’t that simple these days, but the political differences in our society are certainly as extreme as they were in 1860. They could not be more extreme.

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:18 am

      Look I am as ardent a supporter of the 10th Amendment as you will find but I fail to see the comparison. I am sorry. Call it a matter of states’ rights or whatever you’d like – the comparison simply does not fly. States’ Rights or not… the issues surrounding this nation at the time of the Civil War were on another level altogether than cap and trade or extending the Bush tax cuts.

  92. Jim-in-NM
    September 21, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    This tidbit of wisdom from a guy that actually thinks his Presidency was a success in both domestic and international policy. Jimmy Carter is the “Bozo the Clown” of the Oval Office, with Barry Sotero quickly coming up from behind. The more I see this guy, the more I’m convinced poor Jimmy has a bad case of senile dementia, and he really needs to check himself into a long term care facility. sad, just sad…

  93. LeAnn
    September 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Like Jimmy (I never met a dictator or terrorist I didn’t like) Carter’s opinion really matters. Who is actually wasting time interviewing this bitter incompitent old fool. My gosh Ronald Reagan has been gone 5 years now and this old prune is still bitter that he got his butt handed to him.
    Well you can at least be asured that now you are only the second worst president in modern history next to Obama.

  94. Mr C
    September 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I think the polarization has to do with minority of socialist/communist who want their way over the majority. Where the heck did all you traitors come from anyway? Please go back to Europe. We are Capitalist and love Liberty here.

  95. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Jimmy Carter is about to be replaced as the worst president ever.
    Charles Hogan

  96. September 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    If you would spend a few days studying what led up to the Civil War you might find, though it pains me so to say this, that Jimmy Carter may be right. When war actually broke out, much of the nation was surprised thinking the divisiveness would have never crossed that line. No one really believed civil war would happen and both sides were actually unprepared for it.

    John Brown tried to be that spark but failed in Kansas and Harpers Ferry. The conflict in Kansas was a pretty accurate predictor of just how bad things would be in the Civil War but no one believed it would come to that. The actual spark that set things off was Fort Sumpter in SC. The nation was stunned on both sides, but knew after that things had escalated and the divisions would have to be solved by violence.

    The American Revolution was a civil war with England and up until the shots were fired, the colonies had hoped to work things out with their government in London. No one knows who fired first at Lexington, but that spark set off the war. It did not become a revolution until 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was issued.

    Are we that divided now? Yes I think we are. This is a huge powder keg we are all sitting on and it only takes one spark in the right place and right time. I can picture federal authorities firing into a crowd of Tea Party protestors and setting off that powder keg.

    Learn your history son before you diss the similarities we see today happening in front of our very own eyes.

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:14 am

      Just to be clear… was the hypothetical Tea Party shooting incident supposed to be “actual spark” of the Fort Sumpter variety or was that intended to be like the Harper’s Ferry reference?

  97. PeaNut
    September 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Shut the hell up jimmy and go back to sleep. Oh and change your depends.

  98. PeaNut
    September 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    It wasnt that he was raising hi eyebrows on the comment, he just farted.

  99. September 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    One other thing, you don’t seem to understand is how many guns and ammo has been sold, let alone concealed carry permits issued since 2008. Americans now own more guns than most armies of the world combined.

    Many people I know bought their first gun ever after the 2008 election including myself. In over 40 years of my life, why would I suddenly feel there is a need to own a weapon?

    Why? Because there is an “unease” in our nation over our federal government and it’s intentions towards our nation’s citizens and the Constitution. America is arming it’s self and for good reason.

  100. Alberto
    September 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Give little Carter a break. He is just uptight becuase he knows he isn’t going to be able to have the title as worst president after Obama’s Presidency. He is just trying to secure the spot and the most mentally handicapped now.

  101. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Carter is absolutely right. How can you not see it? Lincoln polarized the country by telegraphing an agenda favoring one geographical interest – the industrial north – to the detriment of another – the agricultural south. Obama’s division may be quite different – an intellectual, if not intelligent, elite who want to see the country reconstructed on the model of the late DDR, versus ordinary people who just want to see ordinary American values preserved. But the intensity of the division is similar and Obama’s tendency to favor the one side and ignore the interests of the other mimics Lincoln’s.
    We might consider Obama a spiritual son of Lincoln – “Obama bin Lincoln”. But given his obsessional love of socialism, maybe he should be dubbed “Obama bin Lenin”.

  102. civilunrestnow
    September 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Mr Carter you don’t know how correct you are. If things continue as they are there well could be a repeat of the civil war, except this time it’s going to basically be political enemies. (Socialists VS Patriots?)

  103. Jimmy Carter
    September 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I’m a dope

  104. rbblum
    September 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    By openly stating that the United States is more polarized than during the days of the American Civil War, former US President Jimmy Carter may as well profess that a large segment of the population within the United States today have turned their backs on the US Constitution in favor of socialism, marxism, globalism, liberation theology, redistribution of wealth, de-population, and devolution.

  105. September 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Why does the media keep giving this moron air time?

  106. troy
    September 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Why does anyone make a big deal about this. Carter is just a crazy old man who just wants everyone to come out and say OK jimmy you weren’t the worst president in the countries history, that title now belongs to muslim obama.

  107. DIOGENES 23
    September 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    this article just proves the point of how polarized it is.

  108. Daniel Morgan
    September 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Bloody Angle, over 1 million dead and the row upon row of graves is similar to a present day filabuster on the Hill.

    Senility is an ugly thing.

  109. reader
    September 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Ditto, to your thoughts, he was and is an idiot.

  110. Adam
    September 21, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I think you need a history lesson. The states that seceded didn’t ” waged a war against the people they disagreed with!!”, the PRESIDENT did. It cost us 700,000 American lives and in the end, transformed our Federation of Independent States into one centralized nation where one city has far more power than all the rest. The first Civil War shouldn’t have happened, and God knows we don’t need another one.

  111. September 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    What a NUT and I don’t mean peanut!!!

  112. Da Vorra
    September 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    The only good thing to ever come from the Carter presidency is Ronald Reagan, God rest his soul. Carter should have stayed with Habitat for Humanity, where he had regained some respect, but he just can’t seem to keep his foot out of his mouth.

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:07 am

      I agree with both points – Reagan and Habitat. The latter is a fine organization and reflects precisely the type of noble AND quiet endeavors that a former president should partake in after leaving office. I would gladly listen to Carter once a month talk endlessly about that cause – just not this nonsense.

  113. Reapwurlwind
    September 21, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    No, the people are not polarized, you can’t say that when only 22% even identify as liberals. The polarization is between the “People” (53% conservative,25% independent) and the Media with a portion of that 22%. The media no longer represents mainstream views or values, and they’re the ones who need to be destroyed.

  114. heater
    September 21, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    as my grandfather said, “i’ve seen smarter things lying on their backs at the bottom of my pond”. jimmy carter’s real purpose in the cosmos must be to make the rest of us look really smart.

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:06 am

      I like your grandfather. I may use that.

  115. indythinker99
    September 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    What a narcissistic moron. He is the most partisan post-president ever. He left our country in a disastrous state. His energy policies set us back 50 years. He is in love with himself. He cries that the Republicans won’t “work with” his party, but he, like his party’s colleagues, demonizes the center-right mercilessly. He belongs in an old folks home.

  116. Ed Dunbar
    September 21, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Carter: an utter failure. The Carter Center: an absolute joke.

    Send him to Plains, lock the door, and throw away the key.

  117. Warson
    September 21, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I remember a photo from a now decades old National Lampoon magazine that showed Carter with a marking pen message written on his palm. It said, “Help me. I’m insane”. Still apt.

  118. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Charles
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    September 21, 2010 at 5:18 pmCarter is absolutely right. How can you not see it? Lincoln polarized the country by telegraphing an agenda favoring one geographical interest – the industrial north – to the detriment of another – the agricultural south. Obama’s division may be quite different – an intellectual, if not intelligent, elite who want to see the country reconstructed on the model of the late DDR, versus ordinary people who just want to see ordinary American values preserved. But the intensity of the division is similar and Obama’s tendency to favor the one side and ignore the interests of the other mimics Lincoln’s.
    We might consider Obama a spiritual son of Lincoln – “Obama bin Lincoln”. But given his obsessional love of socialism, maybe he should be dubbed “Obama bin Lenin”.

  119. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Carter is absolutely right. How can you not see it? Lincoln polarized the country by telegraphing an agenda favoring one geographical interest – the industrial north – to the detriment of another – the agricultural south. Obama’s division may be quite different – an intellectual, if not intelligent, elite who want to see the country reconstructed on the model of the late DDR, versus ordinary people who just want to see ordinary American values preserved. But the intensity of the division is similar and Obama’s tendency to favor the one side and ignore the interests of the other mimics Lincoln’s.
    We might consider Obama a spiritual son of Lincoln – “Obama bin Lincoln”. But given his obsessional love of socialism, maybe he should be dubbed “Obama bin Lenin”.

  120. frank lee green
    September 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    For once in a life time Jimmy is correct, we are extremely polarized. There are many fissures in our society, but the largest is the divide between those who want to turn the country into the USSA and those who want a return to a republic where the federal government is limited in scope and restrained by the 9th & 10th amendments.

  121. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Carter is absolutely right. How can you not see it? Lincoln polarized the country by telegraphing an agenda favoring one geographical interest – the industrial north – to the detriment of another – the agricultural south. Obama’s division may be quite different – an intellectual, if not intelligent, elite who want to see the country reconstructed on the model of the late DDR, versus ordinary people who just want to see ordinary American values preserved. But the intensity of the division is similar and Obama’s tendency to favor the one side and ignore the interests of the other mimics Lincoln’s.
    We might consider Obama a spiritual son of Lincoln – “Obama bin Lincoln”. But given his obsessional love of socialism, maybe he should be dubbed “Obama bin Lenin”.

  122. Shmuel
    September 21, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    I rather enjoyed this article. Thanks.
    PS. It’s a bitter reminder that Jimmy and Obama couldn’t properly free the Iranian hostages, then, and now. What the hell is that all about?

  123. phlogiston
    September 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I dont believe that Jimmy is suffering from senile dementia or Alzheimer’s or any other debility occasioned by age. He’s the same old inept Jimmy we always knew, ridiculed, and despised.

  124. Bor Sille
    September 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    He knows because he was there…

  125. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    And you have shown yourself to be the absolute fraud that you are. Forget about ever being taken seriously under you current identity. EVER!

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:01 am

      Calm down Charles. We had some brief technical problems turned longterm. Many apologies for not getting to your charming “Go to hell’s” sooner.

  126. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    GO TO HELL!

  127. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Have you, after all, no shame.

  128. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Have you after all no shame?

    Apparently the answer is no. Hardly any surprise there.

  129. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Give up, stupids.

  130. Patrick J. McGervey
    September 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Even the 1960′s were not as bad as the 1860′s.

  131. Zoltan Lorinczy
    September 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Apparently you are not any brighter then Carter. If you would have studied real history, which neither one of you know, You would have understood that this was and is several nations united as states under an overall national banner called the united states each having sovereign power under the power of the people who can rescind their delegation of power from either. Over hundred years of brain washing has taken its toll it seems. Maybe you would do well to study the Federalist Papers and the explanations of the founders such as John Jay, Benjamin Rush as well as the usual ones. What they had created is nothing what we have today. Therefore it was and never will be or was it called at the time a civil war. A civil war is subject uprising to a superior authority. It appears we need to teach that lesson once again.

  132. cluelessinky
    September 21, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    I rarely agreed with Carter when he was president and less so when he became “world ambassador.” But I do agree with him about the state our country is in. I believe that we are coming quickly to the edge of a true civil war. Our government is taking over our lives bit by bit and inch by inch and the only way to stop it may be a full blown revolution!

  133. Charles
    September 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I have a question for T. Christopher. Did your mother have any children?

  134. fantasin fantassin
    September 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    #91 Politico
    May. 19, 2010 – 7:38 PM EST
    It may be 2010, but it’s starting to resemble1857. The federal government refuses to protect its citizens from marauding invaders across its southern border, while at the same time placing the yoke of crippling debt on its citizens, up to and including the upkeep of said marauders. Today more gasoline was poured onto the growing sub surface fire by Obama and the Mexican leader who encourages his people to participate in the invasion. Together they condemned the people of Arizona for passing a law needed, because this prancing pair of political pretenders, think that the status quo is peachy keen. Hopefully, this most divisive president in my lifetime will be sent back to Chicago in 32 months so that the pending conflagration can be avoided. If laws are enforced arbitrarily, then the rule of law is null and void, and chaos follows.
    ________________________________________
    Fantassin

  135. jk
    September 21, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Does anyone pay much attention to what this nutjob says anymore? Seriously, Carter is only slightly less relevant now than when he was president. An unfortunately for him, that is not a good thing.

  136. DEF
    September 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    POLARIZED…….You are the one attempting to “Polarize”, just because people are shying away from your determined CONTROL over them!!!! Many you (Carter) are demonizing are the very ones that gave you the power you enjoy in your otherwise worthless life!!!! What’s the matter “Baron” Carter, has your ‘Herd” of Humans woke up to your bag of tricks, luring them into your corrals? Will you no longer have anyone to harvest your WEALTH for you? To turn away from you and your SELF enriching/empowering theology is not being “Polarized”, it is the ability to recognize “Kings with no clothes”!!! Put your “Pied Piper” flute away, it won’t work this time!!! you are trying to incite the riotous by nature to begin the rioting!!!!

  137. Rick Benson
    September 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Carter has lost his faculties, and is only relevant for the comedy of his outlandish commentary

  138. BK
    September 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    OUCH!!! Well said, and above all else, entirely accurrate, but OUCH Bothas, that stung

  139. Pavel314
    September 21, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I think this is the first time I’ve ever agreed with Jimmy Carter.

  140. Brock
    September 21, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I really feel for the secret service guys who have to protect Carter. What an embarrassing life they must lead. Can you imagine how BAD you would have to screw up to get assigned to Carter.

  141. tim
    September 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Jimmy is just an idiot. When he was President (gawk!) he made the world a more dangerous place. Iranian jihad anyone?

  142. Chas Morris
    September 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    The language and hyperbole that you choose in the article supplies grvitas to Carter’s observation.

    We are living in Hell’s kitchen.

    • September 22, 2010 at 1:50 am

      You may live in Hell’s Kitchen…. I prefer to think of this….

      “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done. “

  143. tnman
    September 21, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Carter your so out of touch with reality! You were our worst President ever. And Obama is right behind you!

  144. Brent Smiley
    September 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Mr. Carter is probably referring to Generational History Theory (Strauss & Howe) and the cycle we seem to be in that does parallel that of the Civil War. Every 80 years or so there is a secular crisis in America. The Revolution was one, the Civil War another, the Great Depression and WWII another. We are due according to this theory. I can’t say I disagree. We are polarized. We are polarized on a national level and I think if we looked at our personal lives we can see much evidence of the same.

    In other words, it’s not as an outlandish statement as it seems.

    Read the book. Books I guess, there are a couple of follow-ups to the original Generations.

    • September 22, 2010 at 1:55 am

      I will look into that Brent and I appreciate very much the suggestion. I simply cannot agree with you that we are reaching such a precipice – at least not because of an environment similar to that described by President Carter. There may be a divisive issue or host of issues that will someday present itself – and it may even be soon as you predict with your cycle, but this is simply not the culprit or the time. Any argument that includes Fox News – or any media outlet for that matter – as a root cause of catastrophic polarization is simply unfounded and ridiculous. If that were the case, the MSM would have been leading us toward civil war for generations.

  145. Mike
    September 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Suggest you don’t traumatize Po Jimmy talking bout ‘Bunnies’

  146. John Seaman
    September 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    The Southern states hoped that secession would be peaceful. It was Lincoln who insisted on fighting a war to prevent it. He refused to back down over Fort Sumter and after the fort was fired on called for 75,000 volunteers to invade the seceded states and “crush the rebellion”. (Where in the Constitution did it say the federal government could wage war against the states?) Nevertheless, Jimmy Carter is a goofy as ever. I hardly think Obama is going to attack the Tea Baggers. He is a fascinating character who unfortunately has a very high opinion of himself, higher than the rest of us would give him.

    • Mpike
      September 22, 2010 at 6:00 am

      “The Southern states hoped that secession would be peaceful. It was Lincoln who insisted on fighting a war to prevent it. He refused to back down over Fort Sumter and after the fort was fired on…” Do you see the counter logic in your above statement? “Fired upon” and “Hope that secession would be peaceful” are not exactly two realities that go together.

    • September 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

      @John Seaman – Secession means they withdrew from the union…no longer “legally” states from that aspect. You don’t cure the problem by rebellion. You replace the elected government. Watch for an example of the constitutional method of getting rid of self-serving irresponsible elected hacks coming soon to a polling place near you.

      When did government officials become the new Imperial class? How did Pelosi become a Duchess and POTUS a King? Why do government buildings resemble palaces and government employees drive expensive new cars, fly in expensive aircraft, eat expensive food, enjoy expensive healthcare, and ignore us in the process? When did I volunteer to become a serf?

      • Nokings
        September 22, 2010 at 11:35 am

        @ Hentaro. What was the revolution then? the 13 colonies asked to be seperate from the UK, as did the south from the north. The Brits insisted on their army and navy at Boston, and The Union insisted its army stay in NC.
        The south joined the Union by choice, not force. It should have been allowed to leave if it choose. What was Licolns responce to why the south shouldnt leave? “Who would pay for the Federal Government?” And this silly notion of not being a legal state anymore.. then lets march on any land that we dont feel is “legal”. Remember, the King considered the Declaration not to be legal but treason.

    • Midwest
      September 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

      So as I see it the people whom refuse to work have suceeded the economy by not paying their fair share of the monitary expenses and they are firing on Fort Successful demanding expropriations from its inhabitants and referencing them with unwholesome sexual enuendos

    • Uncle Cracker
      September 22, 2010 at 10:52 am

      Why do some people like to say tea baggers? It is actually quite an ignorant comment, considering the people they are trying to insult would be the active in the statement. That would make the other side “Tea Baggees”.

      Surely Mr. “Seaman” realizes this…

    • Brian
      September 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm

      Yeah, I caught that too. Mr Semen, making sexual innuendos. Go Figure.

  147. September 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Well, I consider Carter to have been the worst President of my lifetime. I also consider him to be the best former President in my lifetime and I’ve never believed in the Easter Bunny or Santa Clause or Jesus or any other make believe fantasy figures you’d care to mention. If the standard for being a good former President is a life of service then you couldn’t do better than the example Carter has given. If your idea of a good former President is how much you liked him when he was President then you have no expectations for them to live up to.

    I agree with President Carter that the climate of hatefulness against President Obama is higher than I’ve seen in my lifetime. When we consider the level of hatefulness involved against the lower level of hatefulness involved in the events leading up to the Civil War then Carter does have a point. The personal hate, the irrational beliefs about Obama being not American, being a Manchurian President, being a secret Muslim, being a secret Socialist are all heads and shoulders above the more rational and civil argument about States rights leading up to succession and the Civil War.

    You of course, using the tools of rabble rousing and irrational argument happily pounce upon one section of the discussion and make that the whole argument. Much as I hear from Hannity or Limbaugh, it’s half truths and ridicule rather than a rational argument. The hate I hear is extreme and irrational, I’m hopeful that the coming elections will bleed off enough of the seething irrationality to keep the lid on everything. I am not hopeful that as a country we’ll ever be pulling in the same direction for anything anytime soon as polarized as we are.

    • Jim
      September 22, 2010 at 1:24 am

      Jimmy carter’s post presidential career includes: Smoozing with dictators. Giving North Korea BILLIONS in economic aid (1993, with Bill Clinton’s help). ROUNDLY critisizing Israel for defending ITS borders. AND for ISRAEL building a wall around GAZA to stop CONSTANT suicide bombers.
      Successful?? ONLY if you consider Judas Iscariot a good friend to Jesus. Only if you consider John Wilkes Booth to be a misunderstood actor. ONLY if you consider that Hitler started out good but went too far.
      Carter is, has been, and will be a failure. I remember 1979 with 52 Americans being held hostage for 444 days under his presidency. He was as impotent as a 97 year old man with an empty Viagra bottle. DYV2

      • September 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

        I did say Carter was the worst President, you forgot the Panama Canal. I’m saying when it comes to public service, service to someone other than himself, actually going out to help build houses for people and working to help fund that is miles ahead of sitting on a golf course with you big money friends. That is being a good person by example, by being a good person. Bad President, good Ex-President.

      • Brian C
        September 22, 2010 at 11:10 am

        DEO VINDICE

    • September 22, 2010 at 1:46 am

      Do you remember how “polarized” we were after Bush v. Gore? Remember? The nation was on the brink of destruction. The Supreme Court had just cast the decisive vote in the undoing of our once great nation? Now remember the days following 911… Tell me that this GREAT Nation cannot “pull in the same direction” for “anything.” All things in time to pass my friend. Civil Wars aren’t fought over partisan politics and tabloid journalism.

      • C.Alley
        September 22, 2010 at 9:08 am

        Oh please, pulling out the Bush v. Gore case? Have you read the case? If so you would see that Gore was trying to cherry pick the areas to have a recount in rather than a complete recount so he could manipulate the numbers. I’m so tired of hearing about B v. G when people haven’t even read the damn thing.

        • September 22, 2010 at 10:01 am

          C. Alley. Of course I have read Bush v. Gore. Its law school day one with all the liberal academics that have overrun our education system. I wasn’t making a definitive statement about the ruling; I was simply calling upon it to point out that people post Bush v. Gore (similarly to Carter) predicted the doom and gloom of the US. They said nothing would ever unite us as a People again – and then something did.

          C. Try not to freak out every time you see a reference to BvG. It tends to give credence to the A-Holes when we go apeshit out of context on stuff like that.

          • C.Alley
            September 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm

            I appreciate the clarification and am now recovering from my momentary insane/delusional fit. I went to law school and tolerated 3 years of stupidity followed by an entire re-write of the Constitution and, well, U.S. history for that matter (oh and don’t forget the family law class that ended up being nothing other than a “alternative family” rights class- ugh…learned nothing practical or applicable to real life family law litigation.
            Ok, NOW I’ll get off the soapbox.
            Give ‘em hell Carter! Peanuts for everyone!! yeeeeehaaaawwwww!

            • September 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

              Ha. I can certainly appreciate a fellow frustrated attorney. No harm no foul. I did feel the need to clarify however as I certainly did not intend to wax revisionist on the Bush v. Gore ruling. I wish you well with your practice. You do noble work. Family law is no easy workload. I commend you.

      • September 22, 2010 at 9:35 am

        I do remember how polarized it was after Bush v. Gore and I’m hoping that the elections coming up will take some of the pressure off the cauldron here. The difference is that the folks who were up in arms with that were a different group altogether. It was the usual crown of disaffected folks who were used to being the disaffected minority. Here we have folks of the other side, not used to being the rabble rousing minority and pretty darn mad about it. Loonies on both sides as always, this time the loonies on the Right are better armed and not used to being so enraged. So that in itself is scary.

        As for fantasy figures I’ve voted for. Here’s my list – Ford, Reagan, Reagan, Bush, Bush, Dole, Bush, None, Obama. I never considered the first Bush to be a ‘real’ Republican but voted for him anyways, could not vote for the second Bush after he actually lied about the reasons for going to war with Iraq and with the blood of all those Americans on his hands and McCain seemed and still seems unbalanced. Would have voted for Romney or Guiliani over Obama. How’s them apples for you?

        • September 22, 2010 at 9:54 am

          “How them apples for you?” You made my point for me. You bought the Obama fantasy hook, line, and sinker. You said, “I never considered the first Bush to be a ‘real’ Republican but voted for him anyways” – so Republican is your default – and you still wound up voting for President Obama? Not likely. But thank you sincerely for reciting Republican candidates you “voted for.” Wink wink nod nod. Really glad you clarified that you did NOT vote for GW. I’d hate to think less of you.

          • September 22, 2010 at 11:49 am

            No, I did not make your point for you. I made a rational decision based upon the choices in front of me. I voted Romney in the primaries and Obama in the General. Democrats have over the years tended to be irrational with regards to national security issues and as far I have concerned – that’s been the overriding issue to deal with. With the end of the Soviet Union and the cold war security is still important but not the most important. I don’t really understand why you think it’s a winning argument to sneer at people. You think I’m a liberal loony bin person, I tell you who I voted for and you basically tell me I’m lying. Why would I care to lie? Obviously a lot of people voted for Obama, he won the election after all. We all can’t be loonybin leftists hugging trees or whatever derision you might wish to tag people who don’t believe what you believe with. And it’s also a shame that people like you (on both sides) can only see through the filters of your political mindset. That doesn’t help solve problems and it just turns things into shouting matches.

            • paco morales
              September 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm

              Funny that one who accuses others of “sneering” is the first to do so, with an absolute opinion stated as fact.

              I defy you to offer proof that Jesus is a “fantasy”. You cannot.

              You may believe he is, you have a right to do so, but where you fail is that your smug secular humanist superiority complex leaks out through the mask of rationalism.

              Were I to state unequivocally that someone else’s religious figure is false I would be immediately branded as a loony Christian fundamentalist by your ilk, but yet you are so very brainwashed by your own closed mindedness you fail to see your own tremendous hypocrisy in stating your unproven personal belief as fact.

              • September 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm

                My ‘ilk’ is myself. Thanks very much. My ‘unproven personal belief’ as you call it is accepting rational explanations rather than supernatural ones for everyday life experiences and for explanations about origins of us and the universe. Our human ancestors believed in supernatural explanations for sickness, crop failure, natural disasters, me not ‘believing’ in the the supernatural, not believing in Zeus, Jesus or Aquaman doesn’t quite elevate to any sort of hypocritical unproven personal belief. I’ll leave that sort of stuff to you thanks very much.

                • paco morales
                  October 18, 2010 at 3:16 pm

                  LOL…you just don’t get it, as your smug, elitist, “rational” self shines through. You can’t prove there is no God. You take your “rational” explanations on faith as much as any Christian, only you place yours in what you want to believe. YOU see them as rational, thus placing your belief above others, just as you blast others for doing so in disagreement with your atheism.The science of the middle ages saw the earth as flat and punished disbelievers. You would have fit right in. I, on the other hand, can admit that I DON’T KNOW but I choose to believe.

    • September 22, 2010 at 3:04 am

      Side note…. You never believed the “Easter Bunny or Santa Clause or Jesus or any other make believe fantasy figures you’d care to mention”?

      Come on man. I find it really hard to believe that you didn’t “believe” in that “fantasy figure” you undoubtedly voted for. Im calling bullshit on this one.

      • C.Alley
        September 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

        No Santa?!! No Easter Bunny!?! I didn’t vote for Obama but come on! They all can’t be fake!
        (no mention of Jesus in this as even Mohammed recognized him as a “prophet” so he must have been real…)
        I’m off to be an infidel….later!

    • paco morales
      September 22, 2010 at 8:02 am

      Wow. In your rant excoriating the intolerance and hate of the right your first sentence maligns Jesus as a fantasy figure.

      Of course, should that be allah the intolerance cry would arise.

      LOL. I used to become angry at the left’s hypocrisy, lately it just becomes pathetic.

      • September 22, 2010 at 9:45 am

        Sorry if you were offended. Jesus is a very nice fantasy figure, same as Santa. Although I don’t remember anyone killing anyone in the name of Santa or going to war with Santa on their side. Some nice stories about how to live with the Jesus fellow, a shame his followers don’t follow those words.

        • C.Alley
          September 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

          Ahh, but I do remember someone killing people because of the lack of Jesus and for Mohammed as well (insert Mohammed cartoon here). It’s a shame that atheist don’t realize that their belief in nothing is functionally and definitionally a religion…congrats! Hope you wrong. :)

          • September 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

            I’m sorry but I don’t understand the need to equate not believing in Zeus to be a Religion. Looking in the dictionary : (1) : the service and worship of God or the supernatural (2) : commitment or devotion to religious faith or observance. Next one down: : a personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices. You know, I don’t believe in Transformers either, is that a religion? You believe, you have faith, you worship, I don’t do any of that. I don’t much think about it and haven’t since the age of reason came upon me and folks talking about make believe stuff became silly and I had the brains to reason that it was silly. But, not a Religion, besides, according to some folks because I voted for Obama I’m already the member of many many secret organizations and such. A member of the secret order of evil atheists? I don’t have time for all that secret stuff. lol.

    • September 22, 2010 at 8:12 am

      You talk about the “hateful”, “half truths” and “ridicule” that the “tea baggers” are directing toward the president, yet you don’t even hear your own words. “Tea baggers”? Yeah, that’s a really rational, devoid-of-ridicule description. You’re a hypocrite. Your side is just as full of “hateful ridicule” and “half truths” as the other. Wake up.

      • September 22, 2010 at 9:50 am

        Teabaggers call themselves teabaggers. I think it’s charming that they didn’t know the present connotations to that term. I do think it’s been sad to see how the mainstream media has gone out of their way to define the whole group based on the fringe. It’s a measure of the way dialogue has descended where each side only sees the caricature the other has created.

        • SGTYork00
          September 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

          Your Teabaggers name comes strait out of your Communist manifesto that you read everyday. Democrats are Communist. When will you ever wise up? The Constitution Matters when will you get this in you Head?

          • September 22, 2010 at 11:52 am

            I loved that movie Sgt. York, Gary Cooper – great movie, I have the DVD. The rest of what you wrote is irrational. And I haven’t read from the Communist Manifesto since that PolSci class in College. Very boring stuff as is most political theoretical writings, I doubt you’ve read it though – or the Constitution.

            • SGTYork00
              September 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

              I have read and enjoy reading the Constitution. But the Communist Manifesto I leave to you and your people. Just a FYI Communism does not work neither does socialism. What does work is the United States Constitution. So I say vote for anyone else but a Democrat or Communist.

              • September 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm

                See, there you go making Jimmy Carter’s point. All this hate and demonizing. You refer to me as ‘you and your people’ – we’re all the same people, Americans you know. I happen to be a registered Republican who voted for Obama. I didn’t get a secret Communist Party Card or a secret ‘enemy of the US’ membership. And Communism is dead, didn’t you get that memo?

                • SGTYork00
                  September 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

                  No anymore Don’t forget the Teabagger statement. Now you can lick the had that feeds you and forget that you ever knew us. Found Father Who?

          • C.Alley
            September 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm

            and don’t forget “birthers” is an original CIA term! (and we thought the msm was clever enough to think that one up on their own!)

            • SGTYork00
              September 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm

              Birther = a person trying to birth a child.
              or
              Birther = a person going thru the motion of making a child.

              I need a key chain like that. Kinda of like the humping guy on a key chain. This one will have the Humping guy and a girl doing the Birther thing. Thats what Birther means to me. Now a Constitutionalist is a person that seeks the truth about the Usurper in the White House lies that he has a Mother and a Father who were America Citizens at his birth. Now the Constitutionalist is the person that will save the Republic from our enemies from within. What I love the most is how the Obama machine spends over a $1,000,000 hiding all of his dirty little secerets ie is Birth Cert. College docs and etc. He could have just shown that little piece of paper and donated the $1,000,000 to the poor. This will all be sorted out in 2011 watch and see.

              Can you say Impeachment in 2011 I knew you could.

    • Ron
      September 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

      Give me a break. Can anyone really say he is not a Socialist. I would call him a communist but he has not joined the communist party so he does not have his card.

    • SGTYork00
      September 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

      Wake up Idiot to be the American President your Mother and Father have to be American Citizens at the time of the Birth. So get a clue and maybe we will let you lick or boots when the dust settles.

  148. mark
    September 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    OK, it’s official. Jimmy Carter’s gone round the bend.

    MORE polarized than during the Civil War? Was he this dumb during his presidency?

    • Fearless Bystander
      September 22, 2010 at 12:15 am

      Yes, he was also this dufus while Prez. Like our present leader, he was elected only because he was viewed as an “outsider” who would “change” the system. People quickly found out he was (also like the current WH occupant) just an empty suit.

      • September 22, 2010 at 1:28 am

        Indeed. Many parallels.

      • SGTYork00
        September 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

        at least his Parents are both American citizens. Unlike the Obama aka Barry Soetoro’s parents.

        Usurper is in the White House.

        Jail time in 2011 for anyone seen connected to the Great Usurper.

    • September 22, 2010 at 1:42 am

      Short answer: Yessss

  149. Civil War Redux?
    September 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I’m not sure Carter is mistaken about the polarization. Personally, I’m so pissed at the Left that I’d prefer a Civil War to an election they will try to steal. I imagine Leftists are equally upset, and their anger is likely magnified by not being able to figure out who might fight for them.

    I hope Jimmy and I are wrong.

    • Cajun Patriot
      September 22, 2010 at 4:32 am

      Jimmy Carter is not right about much, but he is on to something here. The mood, the polarized inability to compromise, the increasing dissatisfaction and contempt for the ideas and policies of the other side; these are all reminiscent of the politics of the 1850s.

      Many on the right are embracing Jefferson’s Theory of Nullification. Secession itself is in the air again. We are at the point that any victory for the Blue-Staters is perceived as a total loss for the Red-Staters, and vice versa. Let us not forget, too, that the bottom has yet to really fall out of the economy, but that is coming soon.

      Whether it is through peaceful secession in protest, the bouncing of US Government checks, or straight out violent revolution remains to be seen. I am observing in a wide varriety of news sources evidence supporting Carter’s statement. It is in the Zeitgeist. Frankly, I doubt the United States will even exist in 20 years–certainly not as it does now. There may be a “Republic of Fly-Over-Country” that includes much of what is the CONUS, or there might be several regional federations. One way or another, the Yankee Empire created by Lincoln will not survive the first half of the 21st century. We are witnessing an Anti-Federalist renaissance.

      • jfk
        September 22, 2010 at 7:35 am

        a well spoken and astute sentiment, aside from the “Anti-Federalist renaissance” statement. There is a reason the Hamilton, Madison and Jay wrote the Federalist Papers – instead of the “pro-obese-central-government papers.”

        Like the difference between ethics and morals, the public does not know the root of federalism and how it differs as a system from a central government. this ability to define words makes light of our situation’s cause: lack of a valid education in history, ethics, manners and grammar – all of which should mostly be learned at home.

    • Bryan
      September 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

      I can imagine the Left is upset at Obama’s regime just as I am upset at the Right and it’s lack of good leadership. Can we clone a new Reagan? I haven’t seen anyone yet with the inteligence and the guts to run for President that hasn’t been vilified by our Leftist media.

  150. Philip B Kirschner
    September 21, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Mr. President, there several sides to the story. The left, the right and the truith. People are frightened, they see this country headed in a direction they dislike. At the same time we are being asked to take sides. The turth of the matter, is this nation was founded on true liberatarian principals. The current tea party, is not a true tea party because it has been corrupted by party politics. What most people refuse to think, is both sides are funded by the same cast of charecters. The true tea party, is RON PAULS version and not this nightmare Sarah Palin. A real American, is one that supports his own, a real american is one that does not send billions to nations all around the world, at the same time selling out our nation to NAFTA/CAFTA and GATT.

    We were supposed to be helping Pablo south of the border with NAFTA, and what occured is we sold out jobs. Wake up my fellow Americans, Sarah Palin is not the true face of the tea party. Alex Jones said it best, ” The answer to 1984 is 1776″ and I for one won’t stand back and watch my country die to the left or right.

  151. public server
    September 21, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    I agree, and the only way to get our freedom back is a third war for independence. Let the blood flow in the streets!

  152. John E. Jones
    September 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I don’t think President Carter should be mocked for saying this. He was the governor of a former Confederate state, and I suspect he knows something about the political climate, then and now, he described.

    • September 22, 2010 at 1:41 am

      What the hell does a being a former governor of a Confederate state have to do with anything? That gives him insight into the political climate surrounding the Civil War? Where was his omniscience while he was serving this nation in the White House?

  153. kyle saunders
    September 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    “just thinking outside the box”. love that line! funny, smart, sarcastic. keep it up!

  154. bpp
    September 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    “President Obama suffers from the most polarized situation in Washington that we have ever seen ”

    You may also say, I suffer from hitting myself in the head with a hammer. The bipartisanship is Obama’s doing, he is going against the will of the people, on virtually every front.

  155. September 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Give ol’ Jimbo a break…he’s addled. Who knows why. Maybe too many peanuts, maybe he was hit in the head by a bag of Habitat for Humanity shingles. Let the old codger shuffle around mumbling inanities to anybody with 10 minutes of news cycle time to fill. After all, “Worst President Ever” is a legacy that’s hard to live down to. But I don’t think Jim has to worry any longer–after 20 months of Obama, he’s now only the 2nd Worst.

  156. Sardondi
    September 21, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Yep, Jimmy is right on the money again: thousands of officers of all ranks from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have resigned their commissions to take commands in the Amalgamated Parties of Tea; Tea Party armored divisions have Camp David surrounded and are ready to open fire at any moment; fisticuffs and even duels between members of both the House and Senate are occurring daily.

    Thank God we have a former President who has the deep knowledge of American history necessary to make such apt comparisons; the great wisdom to know how to put things in the proper perspective and the and judgment to know when to do it; and enough strength of character to forgo political advantage and instead to restrain himself for the good of the nation. Yes, once again Jimmy Carter has served his country…by reminding us why it was we elected Ronald Reagan in a landslide.

    Jimmy Carter could really be dangerous if there was anyone outside of Iran who took him seriously.

    • September 22, 2010 at 1:39 am

      “Yes, once again Jimmy Carter has served his country…by reminding us why it was we elected Ronald Reagan in a landslide.”
      &
      “Jimmy Carter could really be dangerous if there was anyone outside of Iran who took him seriously.”

      Very well put Sardoni

  157. Nunya
    September 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    BLAMO!!!

    Good article!!!

    Jimmy Carter is a loon. Period.

  158. September 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Is it just me, or is the left becoming even more psychotic than usual?

    I’m thinking that the more and more reality infringes on them, the more they retreat into the unreality bubble.

  159. Philip B Kirschner
    September 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    One of the most oppressive aspects of any totalitarian regime is the inability to talk freely. You just don’t know who is a snitch and when something said innocently can be twisted into sounding criminal, especially with all the regulations in a totalitarian regime. It could be a neighbor, a co-worker, a friend, or even your child, indoctrinated in totalitarian propaganda at school, that could turn you in.

    I contend this is one of the cruelest parts of totalitarianism for the average person. It creates a paranoia about speaking freely. For your own safety, you must keep things bottled up inside. It is a form of solitary confinement.

    In a way, it is kind of a very twisted version of the ominous Eagles song, Hotel California: You have freedom of speech to say anything you want anytime you want, just don’t say anything in front of anyone cause you might go to jail.

    Anyone who has spent any time with the now elderly people from Eastern Europe, who lived under the old Soviet Union regime, know the paranoia and fear they still carry with them about speaking freely.

    Barbara Branden in her book about Ayn Rand, The Passion of Ayn Rand, recounts the story of how Rand’s sister visited Rand in the U.S. from Russia.

    Rand rented a limousine to pick up her sister from the airport. Rand’s sister indicated to Rand that she didn’t not want to talk in front of the limousine driver. Back at Rand’s apartment, the sister wouldn’t talk in front of the cleaning lady. What a terrible way to live.

    And such a paranoia about speaking freely is slowly moving over America. The lead agency promoting this potential national death of individual spirit is the Securities and Exchange Commission. They may have no idea how to catch a Ponzi scheme operator like Bernie Madoff (even when letters are sent to them warning about Madoff!), but they sure have evil bastard lawyers who know how to protect the agency and expand the worst aspects of totalitarianism.

    Their latest stunts include, as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, slipping in language which exempts them from the Freedom of Information Act. Thus, we don’t get to see what they are up to at all. At the same time, they slipped other language into Dodd-Frank that will pay snitches 30% of all fine money collected by the SEC. In other words, while the SEC couldn’t catch a real crook like Madoff, they are damn good at harassing those who only in the minds of the SEC have done anything wrong, e.g. Martha Stewart and Mark Cuban, and are perfectly willing to payoff those who provide them with leads for the bogus cases that they prefer to bring.

    It won’t take long before other agencies catch on to the SEC snitch program and before long the programs will be all over the place. And this being America, their will be some scumbag lawyer who will end up promoting the idea of being a snitch as a great thing to do. I can eventually see “Be a Snitch. Call Me.” billboards.

    In fact, it is already happening. Some really distorted thinking lawyer, Stuart Meissner, who not surprisingly worked for the New York State Attorney General’s Office (which was once run by the complete hypocrite, Eliot Spitzer), is about to start running snitch ads in movie theatres.

    Wanna get rich? Snitch.

    That’s the new money-making mantra for folks with access to confidential information on Wall Street.

    With the release of Oliver Stone’s new movie, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” in mind, Stuart Meissner, a securities lawyer based in Midtown, is tweaking a message made famous by the first “Wall Street”: that greed is good for people standing on the right side of the law, too.

    Uncle Sam recently started offering rich bounties to folks who help put away bad guys — like Gordon Gekko, the central character of Stone’s film, played by Michael Douglas, who goes to jail for insider trading.

    Meissner came up with the idea to advertise for snitches who know of illegal activity at their firm. His in-theater ads and fliers will recruit whistleblowers with the promise of riches to come.

    “Having the ad right there with the movie reminds people who have information regarding securities violations, ‘Hey, I can make money and also do a good thing,’ ” said Meissner, who previously worked with the financial crimes unit of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

    The ads, which are set to music similar to the theme from “Law & Order,” tell moviegoers they can remain anonymous with their tips if they go through a lawyer.

  160. Questor
    September 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    No, because I don’t believe in the left versus right paradign. There is a falsely created worldview. The truth, the same people back both sides.

    • Titus
      September 22, 2010 at 12:53 am

      Short and sweet and to the point. Thanks

  161. Brian F.
    September 21, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Mr. Christopher,

    I can’t stand Carter, but I agree with his assertion that we are more polarized now than during the civil war.
    You base your argument on the fact that states went to war with one another due to their differences as opposed to the mere highly charged rhetoric that we are saturated with every day. Not a bad argument, but I believe otherwise and this is why. The succession of the confederate states was a political remedy to for various issues. While I don’t believe the southerners and northerners cared much for one another, I don’t think the level of hatred existed to the degree it does now. Wars are not always an emotional response but usually a political maneuver to advance a collective self-interest. Yes-yes, slavery played an emotional role, but the succession was more complex than that. The issues were more about economics and federalism.
    Today it’s personal. We have made the “culture war” a zero-sum game. It is not enough to win an argument, we must destroy our opponents character, way of life, finances, and any thing else we can compromise. The search for truth is no longer an objective (see climate change), advancing ideology is the only aim. All you have to do is look at the people who wished Sarah Palin died in the plane crash, or consantly called for Bush’s assassination to truly see the ideological hatred that invaded our cultural charactor like stage 4 cancer. One big difference today versus the civil war period…both the northerners and the southerners were comprised of God-fearing christians. There was a core of morality that unified the humanity of the opposite sides.
    Not so today. The secular left doesn’t just dismiss christianity and moral accountability. They are vehemently hostile to it and anyone associated with it. Yes, and sadly, Carter is right. We are more polarized today than during the civil war.

    Brian

  162. Jerry
    September 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    There does appear to be rift forming between the citizens and the federal government. 40 million on food stamps, 10 million on unemployment. Everyone pissed about bailing out the banks.

    Not as bad as the 1861, but if the economy gets any worse, who knows what can happen.

  163. Rick
    September 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

    The problem is that so many Americans still think Jimmy Carter is relevant, and not just a sad old fool. In this case, however, he may be right. I advocate splitting the country, because I do not believe that the conflict between freedom and fascism will ever be resolved by our illegitimate political system. Both parties are owned by the ruling class. The GOP is a sham party that serves only to provide the illusion of choice. The GOP elites are desperately trying to co-opt and marginalize the Tea Party. The only way I see to avoid splitting would be to drastically reduce the power of the federal government, and redraw state lines to reflect ideological geography. Coastal urban areas would become states. For example, New York City would join parts of northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Boston. The remainder of New York, Pennsylvania, New Hersey, and western Massachusetts would be separate states, where conservatives would rule. Similarly, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, and northern Ohio would be a state. People should be able to live in states that are not dominated by liberal cities, and be able to chart a course of freedom from federal socialism.

    • September 22, 2010 at 1:29 am

      I can’t follow you with this one Rick. I believe in the greatness of this wonderful nation and I will not concede that it cannot be salvaged without division.

  164. Titus
    September 22, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Carter is stating the obvious and there are times when the obvious is not seen by the populous till is mentioned by a known figure. The republic is at a major cross road and the powers behind the throne are rousing their respective rent a crowds. There was once a interesting comment uttered by the national wind bag (Limbaugh). He said (words to that effect) that the left is accusing the republicans of wanted pollution and dirty air. He then rhetorically asked: what are they going to breath. This polarization reminds me of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon, where him and Yosemite Sam are in the same rubber raft and Sam punches a hole in the bottom. Bugs not to be undone does the same. The routine continues with predictable results.

  165. September 22, 2010 at 12:58 am

    “I agree with President Carter that the climate of hatefulness against President Obama is higher than I’ve seen in my lifetime.” Higher than other “hatefulness” against President Obama was six months ago? One year ago? Well – what’s “hatefulness?” Disagreement? Disapproval? Heaven forbid, saying “no,” I don’t approve of spending almost $1 trillion on a benefit-free “stimulus?” HATEFUL HATEFUL HATEFUL. I sat through 8 years of psychotic cellar-dwellers calling President George W. Bush a murderer, a liar, a traitor, stating he should be sentenced to death, hung, shot, etc. I saw games showing him murdered, burnings in effigy, burnings of the flag, etc. ad nauseum. I am old enough to remember as a young teen, I was terrified that President Reagan would become President because I believed the slurs against him. I trusted news anchors and was very frightened that a “crazy,” and “senile” man who was going to quickly start WW III was President. What a pleasant surprise to discover it was all lies and we had in fact, elected a great man to be President. “Gadlaw,” you are a fool at best. The time of you and your kind is past. Sure, it’s a “war.” Between the honest, decent people and the lying likes of you.

    • mac
      September 22, 2010 at 2:46 am

      You’re being too kind to Gadlaw. He deserves a good strong dose of what Charlie Sumner got.

      • September 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

        I was like – who’s that – it’s the guy that got caned for being such a jerk! LOL! I remembered very little of the details of that event except the beating with the cane.

        Sumner was “Distrusted by friends and allies, and reciprocating their distrust, a man of ‘ostentatious culture,’ ‘unvarnished egotism,’ and ‘a specimen of prolonged and morbid juvenility,’ Sumner combined a passionate conviction in his own moral purity with a command of nineteenth-century ‘rhetorical flourishes’ and a ‘remarkable talent for rationalization.’”

        No, this “Gadlaw” doesn’t deserve to be caned. Not unless he was going around calling Pres. Bush a traitor and genocidal back in the day – or still is, just not around here.

        Also, of course I remember Pres. Carter’s time in office. “Odd” license plate days and “even” license plate days. The Iran hostage crisis – and sure – it was all OUR fault. And I’m well aware that Pres. Carter has spent the rest of his post-presidency time trying to ruin the good work he and Mrs. Carter have done via Habitat for Humanity by traveling worldwide and never failing to take an opportunity to insult his country of origin and blame any/all others for his failures.

  166. jimonthebeach
    September 22, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Jimmy Carter will unquestionably go down in history as the worst president in recent history, though Obama may soon challenge him for that position. Those of you who were to young to have lived through Carter’s regime probably don’t know much about our embassy in Teheran being seized by Islamic radicals and the staff there held hostage for more than a year, of lines at the gas pumps here that went on for miles, of double digit inflation and unemployment that nearly bankrupted the national economy, a president who unilaterally tried to disarm the military or a president who had the unmitigated gall to blame the American people for his disasters. And that walking disaster, is bragging about his presidency! Does that sound at all familiar? Notice any parallels there?

    • September 22, 2010 at 1:26 am

      Great comment Jim. I couldn’t agree more that the Obama administration is well on its way to equal “success.”

    • September 22, 2010 at 6:15 am

      Thanks to Carter we have a President Ahmedinejad now, who was one of the leaders in the 1979 Embassy attack. Carter’s inability to deal with serious matters of State have lead us to where we are today. Shame on him.

    • kevin
      September 22, 2010 at 10:45 am

      the man is the poster child for euthenasa. he dosen’t know that the archie bunker shows are reruns he thinks it is the mood of the nation how sad to see someone so taken with himself, the only thing worse is msm giving him the illusion thet he matters.

  167. Mike Lasko
    September 22, 2010 at 1:16 am

    What’s he talking about? The XFL is still playing, right?

  168. Rod
    September 22, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Polarized ?
    Why should we be polarized ?
    On the one side we have the HAVES ( the government ruling class )
    Federal Workers, State Workers, County Workers, City Workers, and
    government contractors —-> THE HAVE’S ( very well paid )
    On the other side, we have the HAVE NOT’s ( Walmart workers, 7-11,
    Circle K, Target ) THE HAVE NOT’s —> they get the privileage to pay
    for the HAVE’s. Why should they be upset with that ?
    Don’t they want their RULING CLASS to have much better lives than them
    so they can better rule over them ??? Why Jimmy Carter himse;f continues to receive > $ 200,000 / yr from the HAVE NOT’S, what’s
    WRONG with them HAVE NOT’s….get in line and be part of AMERIKA !

  169. September 22, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Perhaps Mr. Carter is referring to the polarization that occurred during his presidency – which, if memory serves, was similar in scope, with a similar end result – When schools were schools and history was taught as a separate subject (along with civics), Ulysses S. Grant was ranked dead last as far as performance – which after Carter, one would have thought he’d bump Grant up a spot or two – of course, given the rise of “Progressive” historians who would rewrite history – now granting Obama the 15th slot, and Carter 32 – (see CBS article here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20009531-503544.html) – perhaps his nose is somewhat bent out of shape a bit – the man is just absurd.

  170. Dennis in WV
    September 22, 2010 at 5:37 am

    It only takes a walk thru civil war cemetaries at Antietam and Gettysburg to get a perspective on Jimmy Carter’s polarizing reference.

    Makes as much sense as his fireside chats back in the late 70′s.

  171. Peanut Head Jimmy
    September 22, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Jimmy is usually an idiot, well, actually he’s always an idiot, but he is right about this. Thanks to Obonga, Nazi Piglosi and Herr Reid who want a socialist utopia we are headed there fast. Wake up America, before you have to convert to Islam.

  172. September 22, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Hatred is fueled by a vindictiveness toward telling the truth, about taking from hard working people to give to lazy people like OB’s aunt in Boston. The 2000 election was almost stolen – by Gore. The truth is that there was so much corruption in Democratic circles, that included CBS Dan Rather calling the election 1 hour before the polls closed in western FL where the majority of voters are Rep. – the ACORN scandal, the buying of votes for healthcare, Reid saying that visitor to DC can be smelled on arrival, the bashing of anyone who (rational or not) has an opinion opposite the Dems, the scary situation we have with N Korea, Iran, Venezuela, the let down of our allies, and the divisive rhetoric from the WH on race, Arizona, the Mosque, the Terrorist Trials, the New Black Panther party members taunting voters and getting away with it – you name it and people are disgusted. No job but, parties after parties, jet-hopping the world on our dime – the collapse of the so called Global Warming – lies after lies – that sir drives distrust and hatred. I have said to my own sons that I for one can see why men picked up rifles against their own families, friends, relatives and neighbors. I never thought I would see this but it festers from the WH and the arrogance around it – and from the liberal leeches in congress to the Lame Stream Media not telling either the whole story or truth about anything. By the way, Carter was the worst President in History but, he’ll have that title removed soon after OB is run out of DC – OB will go down as the worst ever and the worst to ever be.

  173. carla
    September 22, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Why is this man picking his nose??????????????

  174. Scooter36
    September 22, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I get a real kick reading the idiotic posts from people posting here who say we are more polarized today than during the Civil War. How the hell do these people know what it was like then? I doubt these are all history professors making these discombobulating remarks. I believe Carter is considered by a majority to be nothing more than an Empty Suit and a person out of touch with reality. Fortunately for Carter, however, is that he is no longer the worst President ever, Obama has him beat by miles.

  175. Alan
    September 22, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Secession was enacted because the Federal Government was violating states rights and taking too much power upon itself without constitutional authority. Carter may be a nutcase, but if you’re not seeing the current congressional situation to be at least as divisive as what was going on in 1860, you may want to invest in a less rosy shade of glasses.

  176. Jim
    September 22, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Jimmy’s obviously old enought to have witnessed the civil war period. And his brain operates like its that old.

  177. American Patriot
    September 22, 2010 at 6:47 am

    According to Jimmy, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Dean, the entire democrat party, the rhyming reverend’s, hollywood, teacher unions, college professors,the lame stream media industrial complex, and all the rest of the professional leftist…..if you believe in the Constitution of the United States of America……you are by their definition an EXTREMIST.

  178. David Spurlock
    September 22, 2010 at 7:01 am

    If Carter were a GREAT ex-president, He would have done what ALL great ex-presidents have done. Gone home, sat down, shut up and watched t.v.
    But that would require class, which has been in short supply, along with character and morals, from democrapic politicians for a very long time.

    • Philip B Kirschner
      September 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm

      David, There good democrats and there good republicans. It’s just the bulk of the power is out of the hands those good members of both houses.

  179. Ruler4You
    September 22, 2010 at 7:02 am

    While J.C. may be old enough to remember the civil war and the division before it, I doubt seriously that the U.S. is ready to go to war with itself over and idiot president and his socialist policies.

  180. John Teeter
    September 22, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Good old Jimmy……….., never disappoints. Diarrhea of the mouth, constipation of the brain.

    Oh, lest I should forget, Heil Maobama!

  181. David Spurlock
    September 22, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Somebody PLEASE tell me WHY we are shutting down drilling in the Gulf and paying the Brazilians $2B to do it for us?

  182. t-bone
    September 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Thanks Jimma, for the Community Re-investment Act. We knew that it was a disaster from the get-go back in ’78. Today the whole country gets to pay for yourself 40 acres and a mule. And to think that it’s only been 8 administrations since then. I bet ol’ Jimma never thought he would live to see the disaster that he created today and that he’s totally responsible for…

  183. September 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Carter is both right and wrong. There most certainly is a polarization, one that could easily result in armed confrontation, but it isn’t over easily identifiable groups, like states separated into convenient north/south geographies.

    The polarization is purely ideological, with both sides living right next door to each other, sending their kids to the same schools, shopping in the same stores, working in the same businesses, and even attending (sometimes) the same churches. That is why any armed conflict that may result will resemble less a war than a full-scale, national riot, if it ever does break out. And, depending on what happens next, it well may. If the Repubs fail to win in November, or worse, if they win and nothing changes (an unfortunate probability), then don’t expect the anger and frustration to go away. Rather, expect it to seek an alternative method of change than the ballot. Already we’ve got bricks being thrown through windows (Louise Slaughter) and crazed pilots driving their prop-planes into IRS offices, and countless gunmen taking potshots on military bases, college campuses, and other places. Do you really think these are isolated? Or are they the forerunners of what is to come? They are like the first kernels of popcorn to go. Soon, it will escalate until it bubbles up and blows the lid off.

    The irony, of course, is that the same people do support both left and right candidates – but neither has a solution, and nothing changes. Hence, the frustration.

    All it would really take is one spark…
    ___
    What happens when a Marine tries to spark a second Civil War by assassinating the President on Inauguration Day? Read Jefferson’s Road: The Spirit of Resistance, available for $2.99 at Amazon.com.
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VRZH84

  184. IPPY
    September 22, 2010 at 8:53 am

    The Nation has been divided for years going back to Viet Nam ( you were either for or against the war); and extending to 1973 with the abortion decision and into present day. We are a nation who has lost its way and the compass is broken. We need to get back to the ABSOLUTES of the Constitution….

  185. Bob American
    September 22, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Poor Jimmy, he probably thinks we’re still fighting the Civil War (and he will lead a “peace mission” to Abraham Lincoln)!!

  186. Gary
    September 22, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Give it time.

    It’s not Republicrat versus Dempublican. They are the same damned thing. Only their lies are different to fool their segment of the Sheeple.

    It’s the Ruling Class, with their armies of Leeches, union goons and mercenary LEO’s, versus the Taxpayers.

    That’s the next war here in America.

  187. batdawg
    September 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

    As much as I despise the Rothschild’s little CFR punk I think he may be sniffing out the fact the country is polarized in that the folks are on one side and the bought political/media (of which he’s part)are on the other. However, I dont think it’s as much “civil war” style polarization (where the feds won) as much as “revolutionary war style polarization” (where the citizens won)This is clearly a struggle between a people and their government – which isnt theirs but the Rockerfeller wing of the Rothschilds Global government.
    This is a government that is currently spraying poison (corexit) all over the gulf to create a martial law environmental evacuation moment so that they can take control of the entire gulf coast. How can the people trust this “terrorist” government. All the British wanted was taxes, the illuminati which is what this government is wants to put lithium in your water, inject you with mercury, spray you with corexit and gee, I guess, kill you. Yeah, more like the revolution war polarization. This government including mr. peanut is king george on crack. I wondered why Buffet & Gates were buying Republic Services – until I now see what they have planned for the gulf states. The spill was just lighting the fuse on the dynamite.

  188. PJW
    September 22, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Carter also said that “if we do not get off foreign oil then our young men will die in the Middle East.” He also indicated that the Middle East (Israel) was not going to be as important an ally as they were reported as being. The Federal Reserve destroyed Carter’s presidency. Our consumption of oil increased to the point we went from gas lines at the pumps to idling autos at the drive-up food places.

  189. Leo LaRue
    September 22, 2010 at 10:48 am

    THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1906 ~ Race riots in Atlanta leave 21 people dead. Yup, we’re so much more polarized now. The problem with history is that most people refuse to learn from it. Especialy liberal history revisionists.

  190. Jakartaman
    September 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Sniffing too much peanut dust!!
    Why is it only the ex Democratic presidents feel they need to hang on and on in the spotlight?

    Jimmy, you were a dope then and a dope now – please go away!

  191. cluelessinky
    September 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I can only hope that this country is as polarized as JC hypothesizes. I think we are well beyond the point wheer the union can be saved. What do we in the South have in Common with the East Coast or West Coast liberals? Our cultures have separated , the north and west relying on the public troth and the South relying on the individual initiative. Whether or not the schism will come about peacefully, or not, believe me the split will come.

  192. September 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Jimmah Carter HAS AWAYS BEEN A JOKE THE DEMOCRATS PLAYED ON OUR COUNTRY.
    Jimmah Carter IS NO LONGER RELEVANT.
    Jimmah Carter REALLY NO LONGER NEEDS TO BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.
    Jimmah Carter IS SECOND AS WORST PRESIDENT IN U. S. HISTORY.
    ONLY ONE PRESIDENT IS WORSE, OUR CURRENT PRESIDENT BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA.

    • C.Alley
      September 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      You mean Barry Soetoro?
      Of course we really don’t know because we have NO records of this president’s past unlike all previous presidents….

  193. eltoro
    September 22, 2010 at 11:24 am

    It’s ironic to me that the guy who gave these muslims the cojones by not responding accordingly when 52 US citizens were held hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981, after a group of Islamist students and militants took over the Embassy of the United States in support of the Iranian Revolution, is still embarrassing himself. This was an open act of war, and our reaction then or lack of opened up this pandoras box where we’ve been sliding down the slope since. He’ll always be a politician, and that’s why he still makes the news, we need to ignore this idiot and anyone that reports on him.

  194. Darrel
    September 22, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Carter may be wrong on a lot of things, but he is right on this one. America is divided, not along geographic lines, but along ideological ones. There is a divide among Americans not seen since the 1860′s and may in fact result in some of the states leaving the existing union and re-forming a republic more like that envisioned by our founders.

    Contrary to what the author is trying to say, the war of northern aggression was not a civil war in the true definition of such. The southern states were not attempting to take over the government of the union, they just wanted to peacefully leave that union, of which they wanted no more part.

    Like a broken watch is right twice a day, Carter is right on this point; we are a divided nation, and anybody who does not see that is blind.

  195. RLM
    September 22, 2010 at 11:47 am

    “Teabaggers” don’t swallow – we chew. You libs ready for some chewie, chewie. It’s almost tea time…

  196. September 22, 2010 at 11:49 am

    You are right that Carter’s an idiot.

    That said, technically, the official name for the war referenced IS ‘The War Between the States,’ not ‘The Civil War,’ as it is commonly refered to as. You can check Congressional records where they passed a bill naming it as such, or just go to the Marine memorial in D.C. (the one where the marines are raising the flag on Iwo Jima) and you’ll see all around the base the names of all the wars marines fought in. No where does it say ‘Civil War.’ It says ‘War Between the States.’

    • September 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      I get it. I get it. I get it folks. War between the states – not Civil War. I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. Trust me. I get it. I don’t agree with you, but maybe you should take another look at this piece. I sincerely doubt that ANYONE took it that literally OR that seriously.

  197. jp
    September 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Whomever wrote this never read a history book. The south did not attack the north. The north did not allow them to seperate from them and attacked. If you cant see the country right now as bad your an idiot. Civil War II, could it happen well keep spending and treating the masses like turds and see what happens.
    I pray that Texas and the others do it again and to be honest i was never a conservative or liberal. Liberals made me into a conservative.
    Deport all illegals starting with Obamas Aunt,then stop all grants to non US citizens. Take care of the USA first, but that wont happen with these douche bags.
    What would be even better a millitary attack on Washington, do you think that Americans would get upset, only California and NY NY the rest would welcome it.

  198. Paul31
    September 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Enough of this failure, Navy, Gov, and President – we do not need his views on any matter and the press should stop giving this clown a stage.

  199. willy
    September 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Senility is not pretty!

  200. Advocatus Diaboli
    September 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Jimmy Carter was this country’s first woman president.

    • Dave
      September 22, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      Why malign women??

      • Advocatus Diaboli
        September 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm

        No intent to malign. Just a factual observation. We often forget to credit him with that honor.

  201. BobWendt
    September 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I’ll have to give to Jimmy. One this one, he is right. Back in the 1850, the issue dividing the country was slavery and the power of the national government. The Republican Party was born in 1854 on a platform against the extension of slavery. The Underground Railroad, John Brown’s Raid, Bleeding Kansas, Personal Liberty Laws all depicted the conflict in the country at that time. In 1860, the Republicans ran Lincoln, but the Democrats vote was split between Steven Douglass and John Breckinridge. As you know, Lincoln’s election brought the secession of the south.

    Does it compare to today? In some ways. Instead of slavery, you have illegal immigrations with sanctuary cities, Arizona vrs. the Justice Department, violence on the border. With regard to economics, the government wants more power – ObamaCare, Cap & Trade, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which will get its funds from the FED, not subject to Congressional oversite. All this government spending, the Stimulus, that does not stimulate and other pork barrel projects. The people are up in arms about it. The Tea Party movement is a direct result of the arrogance of Obama, Reid and Pelosi, forcing unwanted, undemocratic legislation down the people’s throats. Taxes are going up despite what the administration claims, but people are having trouble believing this the most radical of administrations.

    In 1860, the South seceded out of fear of the expanding reach of government. It was conquered; slavery was abolished, then we forgot about the Black man, while we pursued industrialization. In 2010, the Tea Party and others of the Republican Party are protesting the expansion of governmental power at the expense of our liberty. They believe that the government will enslave all of us under a Marxist system.

    Do we go to the next step? Many believe that history repeats itself. That people never learn the lessons of the past. Then again, we don’t teach it anymore. If the Republicans win in Congress, I believe we are headed for a constitutional showdown. 2012 may turn into 1860, then God help us all.

  202. Brian
    September 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Billy was the “smart brother”!

  203. Markangelo
    September 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Pandora’s Box
    Of course although the naive Tea Party does not realize it
    the 2nd amerikan revolution will end like the first
    violence, war, blood & killing.
    “GIVE ME LIBERTY OR DEATH”
    The USA is a sick bird
    AN ILL EAGLE
    Housing & jobs down// gun sales up,up, BOOM

  204. September 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Demand a refund from your history teachers… they failed you miserably.
    The War Between the States was NOT a civil war… look civil war up in the dictionary, you moron! The South wanted independence NOT to overthrow the existing government in Washington.
    Further, Lincoln sent troops to prevent legitimate secession and the South was defending hearth and home from a yankee invasion that murdered 50,000 CIVILIANS (FIFTY THOUSAND OLD MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN)… note where 98% of the battles were fought (hint: south of the Mason-Dixon line). Sounds like the Union was the aggressor to me!
    Any objective observer can see the extreme polarity present in our country just like Jimmy Carter pointed out (Jimmy dumb… you dumber)… we have become so polarized that forming 3 or 4 separate countries is the only reasonable solution.

    • BobWendt
      September 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm

      Talk about a great solution, a division of this country into 3 or 4 countries? Before we go to that extreme, we need to try and bring it back to its constitutional roots. Washington has gotten too big and under this administration, our liberties are under assault as never before

      Earlier, I pointed out the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It will be able to regulate a variety of consumer financial services, from online banking to high-interest payday loans. Elizabeth Warren, a progressive, is putting it together. Funding will NOT BE FROM CONGRESS, but the FED. Where is Congressional oversight? No where to be found. This is another of Obama’s power grabs that must be stopped. Add this to ObamaCare, his moratorium on oil drilling, his judicial actions against Arizona, his apology tour, his outreach program to Muslims through NASA, and there is an extreme disconnect between him and the American people.

      The Tea Party movement is composed of many Americans devoted to this country and what it stands for. Right now, the Republican Party is trying to absorb the energy and the reform attitude of the movement. If they don’t, in two years, the TEA PARTY will be a new party with its own candidates and platform. This is going to be an uphill battle. Obama is deliberately driving wedges among various groups, demonizing others. THEN, THERE IS THE DANGER OF HIS CZARS. It will be important to educate the country in the tactics of this administration which come right out of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. The key is to throw the book right back at them. Is this country worth fighting for? I have had a great life because of it. I think I owe it that.

      All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
      Thomas Jefferson

  205. Joey
    September 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Carter is an idiot but he is right about the polarization of this nation.

    As to the other point, it is not the ‘Civil War’ nor ‘The War Between the States’ for each of these terms are a revisionist way of soothing the tensions between the once enemies. During the 19th Century the war was called ‘War of the Rebellion’ whereas in my beloved South it is referred to as ‘The War of Northern Aggression’.

    The next war will be dubbed ‘The Third War of Independence’. Keep your powder dry.

  206. Stan
    September 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Carter may not be too far off on this one. If the GOP wins this November, I think we’ll be okay (and I’m not a Republican). If the Dems somehow retain control of the House and Senate — despite the obvious rage of what seems to be a majority of Americans — then God help us all. I really do think we could be headed for another war between the states. And, as a previous poster said, that would not be good for anyone.

  207. Bob Mo.
    September 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    He would know. I’m pretty sure he was alive during the Civil War.

  208. Devin Adint
    September 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I think if that statement were being made as a mater of fact or intended to be representative of a thorough evaluation of the state of affairs it is quite off the mark. But I don’t think Carter intended the statement to be understood that way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Carter fan by any stretch. But I think we should cut the former president a little slack and recognize use of hyperbole. I think we would all agree that there is great division in the country and great division in Washington. Democrats and moderate Republicans are trying hard not to appear in a panic while they run hard and fast from one another attempting to find a platform more acceptable to their distraught constituents. I think Carter was just trying to shine a light on this division that is so apparent even foreign press is calling it out.

  209. Russ
    September 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    You forget that with all your talk about ‘Obama is a socialist’ and ‘Obama is a muslim’ that you are in fact fermenting Civil War. You are whipping up certain segments of the population that will start a Civil War. I think the correct term is irresponsible journalism. When the first shots are fired you and those that spew hatred will wear the burden of destroying this fine country.

  210. Geo Allen
    September 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Did Carter say, MORE DIVIDED THAN THE CIVIL WAR? No. He said SINCE THE CIVIL WAR.

  211. SGTYork00
    September 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    And How did we get Here? Id’ say with everytime the Liberals/Communist try to slander anyone who does not agree with them. Turning the Constitution into a worthless paper. Obamacare Unconstitutional auto bailout and other bailouts Unconstitutional. Trying to bribe other politicans with White House Jobs. Having a person stand for President that does not have a Mother and Father that are both U.S. Citizens.
    Let me give you liberals a little insight of the near future.

    This is called the Impeachment Application.

    #1 Enter all data concerning the President.
    #2 evaluate the data.
    #3 Program has determined that the President does not meet Constitutional requirments and = Usurper.
    #4 Usurper module is ran to determine if all data is correct.
    #5 USurper is detected. Skip to the Impeachment module.
    #6 Impeachment Module runs in the back ground and Usurper President is impeached.
    #7 Progam finishes and displays “The Republic is Saved!!”

  212. betsp
    September 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Poor Obama. Poor, poor Obama. Saddled with dumb ex-presidents and even dumber VP’s. It’s just not fair. Wahhh wahhh wahhh. Obama is an incompetent little kid who deserves no respect. As he is wussing around regarding the war on terror, worrying about the politics, our men and women are putting it on the line overseas for us. They deserve better than Obama puts out. We got rid of Carter once….why won’t he ever go away? ….and take the weird-Obama with him.

  213. killemall
    September 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    It’s called the War of Northern Aggression, you nits…

    I thought the old sob was dead….

  214. Cliff Mitchell
    September 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Guess what Carter was President and none of you ever will be or going to be. He is right. This nation is fractured beyond belief. With the Atheist nanny state liberals and the snake in grass corporatist bible thumping republicans both emitting lies from their corporate owned media. Police are now the enemy of the American Citizen, theres is a war on our constitution. Terrorism did not originate in Mexico. We really should divide into 5 seperate regions. We are a third world nation now and yet we spend billions and trillions denying the civil liberties of our own citizens. End the Drug War, stop trying to take my guns, stick your gps and cameras up your fascists asses and leave me and mine alone. PS The kOran you dont burn today will be the one read from as muslim scourge cut off your head for being an infidel.

  215. i.r. baboon
    September 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    when does the shooting start?

  216. ron
    September 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Wow! Such hatred and vitriol!

  217. Garson
    September 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Jimmy Carter Says US More Polarized Than During Civil War

    That’s pretty funny when you consider that Carter has tried his very best to never miss an opportunity to take pot shots at America, and undermine sitting Republican presidents. Contrary to popular belief, these very unpresidential actions by peanutbrain actually contribute to the polarizing and fracturing of America. When you’ve got an ex-president, and an exceedingly poor one at that who has no room to talk, who is going around criticizing and apologizing for his own country, and doing anything and everything in his power to undermine sitting presidents, you really have a lot of nerve to complain about the very things you’ve helped bring into being. Take the tree out of your own eye before critizizing the sliver in your neighbor’s eye.

  218. StoneHendge
    September 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    And Obama considered himself as the Great Uniter during his campaign. He was to wave his hands and end the partisan bickering in Washington. Sadly, this wasn’t his worst failure or biggest lie…..

  219. September 23, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Actually the one thing Carter is right on is that there now is a tremendous influx of money going to these campaigns from Big Money and Special Interest groups….both parties and yes I’m a tea partier, but a thinking one.

  220. Diane
    September 24, 2010 at 3:05 am

    One thing that amazes me in all of these comments is how much one voice claims to speak for “all Americans”!
    Please read ‘The Conspiracy of the Rich” by Robert Kiosaki then you’ll understand better who all of your anger, hostility and bitterness should be directed to.

  221. King Condor
    January 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Jimmy Carter still proving himself to be a real blockhead and total idiot

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