Monday, August 24, 2015

Sadly it seems for some on the right, it's a good time to attack
In one amazing and emotional moment, our former President showcases once again, at how lucky we were to have had him, as our President, even for just one term, as the leader of the free world.
And just like clockwork, the vultures on the right are chewing through anything to give themselves political talking points, to try to out do each other, anything to gain traction against the Frankenstein monster that they've helped create. Using this great man's personal health as an excuse to attack his policies as a way to attack Obama and in turn Hillary. Cause all things that they claim are bad are the fault of Obama and by extension, Hillary.
Growing up during the Carter administration was a life changing experience for me, in the same way as living through the Nixon years, or Clintons terms in office, and of course our current period as led by President Obama. Each defining a time in my life that showed me the different sides of the political debate. 
A child of the 1960s, born in 1959, I grew up in a time of great change in our nation. After Watergate and Viet Nam, I was a fully formed Democrat. From Flower power to Motown, from The Beatles to Neil Armstrong. I spent much of my teens with the fear that my future was in Viet Nam... and probably my last days on Earth would be spent evading death by the Viet Cong  While living through all the political assassinations, that kept me thinking Dr. Strangelove was not a movie... you can imagine what my young mind was thinking.  
The Presidency of Jimmy Carter was the first time I had faith in our political system. I actually cried cause I was too young too vote for him in 1976. The good guy finally won the day. The people arose and defeated the bad guys! 
But less then 4 years later, his plan to free the captives failed and everything decent about this great man was thrown away and the bloodthirsty mentality of the mob demanded revenge. We needed a real man... So we elected an actor to play the part of Commander-in-Chief. And sadly Jimmy Carter was just a great man and not something ordered from Central casting. Honestly for me it was the first time I felt utter disdain for political talking heads and the media. (To be honest I heard similar things about Nixon, but I agreed with those attacks, so my viewpoint here could be a little one-sided.) Helping to end his political career and dumping us into my worst nightmare, the Reagan debacle. 
After Carter lost, my faith in the political system was shook. I practically turned blue holding my breath at the Supreme Court's decision and then when people still re-elected Bush even after he made the worse decision ever by a sitting President, starting a war with the wrong nation. Well let's just say, I go into every election cycle knowing somehow that my worst fears will come true. 
Amazingly somehow we seem to survive anyway.... and like the Phoenix, out of nowhere came Obama, to right all the wrongs of the Bush years. And remember, Jimmy Carter was one of the first Democrats to choose Obama as the nominee. Surely signally to the masses that Obama had it in him to right our ship.
And now looking back, he was actually one of the better Presidents we've been lucky to elect in the last half century. History has a way of proving what really happened as opposed to how it's spun in the media. 
In the past week, as this amazing human being came out with such grace and dignity, they actually began insulting the man a day after his announcement of the sad news of his medical condition. Using it as ammo.
As always, staying as far away from classy as humanly possibility, and excusing it as 'we aren't talking about his health' oh no, not us, we wish him all the best, we're just saying he sucked big moose as President. No hard feelings.
Simply astonishing, giving the perfect example of why he was and will always be a better human being then any of these mental geniuses. 
One would think that his illness would give them an excuse to say something nice for once. But no. Evil to their core.
My thoughts and prayers go out to our former President. Keeping fingers crossed that this great man defeats another challenge. And shows up at our next Democratic Convention to introduce our next President.
Just one man’s opinion                              
© Neil Feigeles, Neilizms, Monday., August 24, 2015

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