Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Quote of the Week: Strength Without Bluster

Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, was born on this day in 1924. Writer’s Almanac reminds us of this fact, while offering up a quote that makes us nostalgic for the man who sought to end what he called “the imperial presidency.” Somehow, at this moment in time, these strike me as hopeful words:
A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.

2 comments:

John McFetridge said...

I remember when the skits on Saturday Night Live were Dan Ackroyd making fun of how smart Jimmy Carter was. Those were the days.

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/76/76ocarter.phtml

Linda L. Richards said...

Geez, right? I know! It's like thinking back to the Clinton days. A blowjob? In the Oval Office? How sweet! It was a much simpler time.

And now, of course, in Canada, we've got to deal with a PM who lacks the integrity and intelligence of the average Canadian eight-year-old. "Oh *those* words? *You* wrote them? And I'm *not* supposed to use them? Ah."

Whatever.