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Jimmy Carter Accuses Obama of 'Widespread Abuse of Human Rights': Should Former Presidents Criticize Current Presidents?

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President Jimmy Carter came out swinging at President Obama in a New York Times opinion editorial. The former president, a Democrat, accused the current president, also a Democrat, of violating 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Carter further said, "United States is abandoning its role as the global champion of human rights."

President Carter served a single term as the 39th president from 1977 before President Ronald Reagan defeated him in a landslide election.

Jimmy Carter, now 87, criticized Obama for using Predator drones to kill enemies in foreign countries. Carter wrote, "Instead of making the world safer, America's violation of international human rights abets our enemies and alienates our friends."

Carter also criticized Obama for violating signing the National Defense Authorization Act, which he says violates American's civil rights: "This law violates the right to freedom of expression and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, two other rights enshrined in the declaration."

ABCNews.com reports:From Yahoo! News: A former U.S. president is accusing the current president of sanctioning the “widespread abuse of human rights” by authorizing drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists. Jimmy Carter, America’s 39th president, denounced the Obama administration for “clearly violating” 10 of the 30 articles of the Universal...
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  • sglmom 2012/06/26 06:55:17
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    sglmom
    +8
    We can criticize those in "body politic" .. it is the patriotic thing to do
    (yes, question their decisions .. talk .. discuss .. and let these 'politicians' know when they are out of touch, just plain wrong .. )

    Hmm ..
    didn't old Jimmy also say during this administration
    that CRITICIZING O ... was 'racist'?

    So .. just begs the question ..
    to ask Jimmy Carter at a press conference ..
    "Mr Carter .. I seem to remember you claiming that any critique of the current officeholder is 'racist'. NOW that you've come out critiquing him for Human Rights Violations .. do you see your position .. in a different way? (as in .. how to reconcile this previous stance of yours .. with your now public statements!)"

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  • sjalan 2012/06/27 07:02:46
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    sjalan
    But for a lot different reason that most have given. Just maybe the one being criticized will take note an learn something.
  • ehrhornp 2012/06/27 01:54:43
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    ehrhornp
    Especially if it is of the same party. I don't think a past republican criticizing Obama would be very relevant or believable but a democratic president? I think criticisms from either Clinton or Carter should be taken seriously by Obama. If GW was criticized by Reagan, that should be taken seriously by republicans.
  • Aurora 2012/06/27 00:52:02
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    Aurora
    At Least he is not afraid to speak about it. My Gosh let him have it Jimmah
  • sick'n'tired PWCM 2012/06/27 00:48:44
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    sick'n'tired PWCM
    +1
    He didn't hesitate to criticize Bush. No difference here.
  • Dodgerfan 2012/06/27 00:23:01
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    Dodgerfan
    He is still a citizen of this country and has the right, albeit maybe not for long, to criticize a political figure. This especially holds true when that figure is guilty as charged. Since Carter is a Southern Baptist I wonder how he feels about the president's recent guests in the White House who defamed a past president by giving his portrait the bird?
  • morning40oz~mad as hell 2012/06/26 19:54:19
    Criticize
    morning40oz~mad as hell
    Why not criticize? Are they any less American citizens than the rest of us?
  • starlitedelite 2012/06/26 19:09:42
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    starlitedelite
    WHY NOT? THEY ALL DO IT!
  • whitewulf--the unruly mobster 2012/06/26 18:50:41
  • Hawkeye whitewu... 2012/06/27 12:18:16
    Hawkeye
    One thing to remember though.. Before we start nominating Jimmy Carter for the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award,, let us NOT forget that these criticisms of Obama came in the midst of yet another of the HUNDREDS of America and American Bashing rants that this POS has engaged in over the past few decades and that his ONLY Problem with Obama is that he has KILLED Terrorists in CARTER friendly territories..

    THIS is nothing but just ANOTHER case of extreme Left WIngers EATING their own when they get in the way of each other..
  • ALPEAUX 2012/06/26 18:24:28
    Criticize
    ALPEAUX
    +1
    Why not, these 2 compare more than what is imaginable...Alpeaux
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/06/26 18:05:37
    Criticize
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    +1
    Yes. Whether he is against or for what any president does, I feel he certainly has every right to critique.
  • frank 2012/06/26 18:00:12
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    frank
    +1
    For once Jimmy Carter was right.
  • ☆ElenaDiamond☆ 2012/06/26 17:55:00
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    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +1
    He is absolutely right. (for once) Obama is in violation of of human rights, and the constitution so many times I have lost count. I am surprised that he stopped at 10.
  • Old Salt 2012/06/26 17:46:37
  • Hawkeye Old Salt 2012/06/27 12:20:27
    Hawkeye
    +1
    Old Democrat Presidents NEVER fade away,, they just return over and over and over again to rewrite their legacies..
  • Old Salt Hawkeye 2012/06/27 15:58:19
  • Hawkeye Old Salt 2012/06/27 17:02:00
    Hawkeye
    +1
    With ONE difference...

    Even a BAD Penny has SOME value..ROFLMAO..
  • Josh Robinson 2012/06/26 17:20:22
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    Josh Robinson
    +1
    Speak your mind son...
  • none 2012/06/26 17:18:43
    Criticize
    none
    +1
    Nothing wrong with it especially when they're right.
  • Katfish 2012/06/26 17:12:29
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    Katfish
    +1
    Jimmy is right on this!!
  • voice_matters 2012/06/26 15:25:33
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    voice_matters
    sorry libby i fel everyone has the right to speak their mind. i understand you feel that only certain people who agree with you may criticize.
  • PrettieReptar 2012/06/26 14:53:36
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    PrettieReptar
    Nice to see that Carter won't circle the wagon for Obama. Its time for more to come forward and speak the truth.
  • Old Timer 2012/06/26 14:31:26
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    Old Timer
    CLINTON IS DOING IT AND NO BODY IS HACKING ON HIM. GIVE HIM HELL JIMMY!!!
  • Odinsown 2012/06/26 13:59:10
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    Odinsown
    +1
    Holy crap Carter and I agree? No freaking way!
  • Diane Spraggs Yates 2012/06/26 13:35:59
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    Diane Spraggs Yates
    +1
    Funny Carter Criticizing anyone what a joke but can he be right this 1 time?Predator drones to kill enemies in foreign countries---National Defense Authorization Act, which he says violates American's civil rights: "This law violates the right to freedom of expression and to be presumed innocent until proved guilty, two other rights enshrined in the declaration."
    Obama would not throw out the Constitution or WOULD HE !!!!!
  • shadow76 2012/06/26 13:26:04
    Don't Criticize
    shadow76
    +1
    Nothing can shut that idiot up!
  • Mrs. Kathy Arch 2012/06/26 13:19:54
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    Mrs. Kathy Arch
    +2
    He is an American, and has the rights of an American, so yes.
  • Mike 2012/06/26 13:03:22
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    Mike
    +3
    The current President has no problem criticizing a former President. A President in office sets the tone for his administration. The current administration has a reliable record on criticism. Perhaps, the next administration will maintain a higher honorable level of previous Presidents.

    As for Jimmy Carter’s point relative to the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights;” perhaps, Jimmy should read some of Lock and Jefferson’s writings about our Unalienable Rights. That is, our only Rights.
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/06/26 12:41:50
    Criticize
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    +3
    Carter better be careful or he'll spend his twilight days in a FEMA camp.
  • Hawkeye Pedro D... 2012/06/27 12:21:39
    Hawkeye
    +1
    Hell.. HE probably BUILT them..
  • Pedro D... Hawkeye 2012/06/27 17:24:13
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    I bet he did.
  • HOMBRE 2012/06/26 12:27:56
    Don't Criticize
    HOMBRE
    +4
    Let the Dem ex president nail a Dem communist thug president. I like it ;-)
  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/06/26 12:24:45
    Criticize
    Rusty Shackleford
    +3
    Criticize, but only criticize if you are a democrat, if you're a Republican former President, you should keep your mouth shut.
  • All American 2012/06/26 12:16:52
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    All American
    +2
    Oh shut up and go harvest some peanuts.
  • Fred 2012/06/26 12:03:40
    Don't Criticize
    Fred
    +2
    Until Obama Carter was the worse president ever ... this is all Carter has done since the landslide that put him out of office
  • Maynard 2012/06/26 11:37:50
    Don't Criticize
    Maynard
    +2
    I still side with Obama on some drone strikes overseas against the POS's that we got.

    Other than that, Carter has some points for once.
  • Hawkeye 2012/06/26 11:05:19
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    Hawkeye
    +5
    Sure.. He has the right to criticize Obama.. As MUCH of a right as Obama has to criticize Bush.. If it's disrespectful for ONE then it's equally disrespectful for the other to do so as well..

    The thing HERE is that Carter,, who has LONG been as critical of America and her past Presidents since he was effectively tossed out of office as ANY Hostile Foreign Leader,, has very much more in common with the guy he's currently criticizing the anyone else other then the Socialist's Dictators he's SUPPORTED and ADMIRED over the years.. WHICH,, from MY perspective,, should be a serous factor when assessing his accusations..

    THIS is like Manson calling Bundy a BAAAAD man..
  • paul 2012/06/26 10:53:13
    Criticize
    paul
    +4
    Jimmy Carter has the right to free speech like the rest of us.
  • Defend ... paul 2012/06/26 11:53:29
    Defend Western Civlization
    +2
    jimmy carter is nothing but a Jew Hating Terrorist who loves SATANIC muslim terrorist
  • luigi1- in god we trust 2012/06/26 10:09:56
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    luigi1- in god we trust
    +2
    It's OK for another former Democrat president to call out another.

    Only Republicans must keep their mouths shut.

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