As President Carter enters his final days, I thank him for a life well spent. Regardless of political differences, few men in the White House have been more kind hearted or generous than Jimmy Carter during his life.
I hopoe your remaining days are peaceful, Mr. Carter.
Jimmy Carter is the first person who comes to mind
when someone asks “Can you respect a person and still disagree with his political views? Do you always have to describe your opponents as lemmings, or socialists or fat lazy millennials?”
He is a good man, a devout Christian, taught sunday school before, during and after public life, a Southerner, a farmer and small businessman. He is an Annapolis graduate, a Navy veteran and worked hands on in the nuclear power field.
When he says something about energy policy, or about whether the US should deploy troops somewhere he speaks from experience.
When he says we should increase such-and-such a tax he says so not as gender-studies major who once read an economics essay written by a rock musician, but as a small businessman.
When he says “nothing Jesus ever said tells us homosexuals sin more or worse than the rest of us,” he says so not as whacky college anarchist who hates churches, but as a devout Southern Baptist whose creed and studies sincerely tell him that is an important Christian teaching.
I disagree firmly with his political positions, but I have sincere respect for the man and for what went into his positions.