Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Carter, The Elders, and Treason

The name "Jimmy Carter" has reached a rare level in my consciousness. It is a name that, for me, instantly provokes a visceral sense of disgust and apprehension similar to the reaction caused by the names: Hillary Clinton, Barbara Streisand, or Jane Fonda. I groan when I see a picture of him or see a headline with his name. His presidency and persona is rightly associated with a general aura of malaise, and he exudes a kind of mushy, self-righteous, amorality. Then, whenever you think he has been discarded into the trash heap of left-wing imbecility, he surfaces, like a pesky apparition to taunt you with his latest outrage.

Well, he's back. This time, it's to flagrantly violate one of the few principled stands taken by the current administration: the policy of not meeting with Hamas, the anti-semitic Palestinian terrorist organization, mainly funded by Iran and Saudi Arabia, whose charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel through armed Jihad and which stands responsible for thousands of murders throughout Israel since the 1990s by suicide attack, artillery, shootings, etc. In 2006, Hamas called for Muslim attacks on American targets throughout the world due to our support of Israel. Despite this, Carter has said that it is necessary to "reach out" to groups like Hamas. Worst of all, it turns out that the Carter Center actually receives taxpayer funds - some $19 million since 2001. Fortunately, his activities are causing somewhat of a backlash and apparently even democrats are expressing outrage:

Also Wednesday, Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., who is chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y., chairman of the Foreign Affairs Mideast subcommittee, wrote Carter imploring him not to meet with any more Hamas officials.

"[T]his visit will undermine the Middle East peace process and damage the credibility of Palestinian moderates," they wrote, adding that the "legitimacy and prestige that Hamas will derive from your visit will be seen in the region as a clear demonstration that violence pays."


I am not a legal expert but wikipedia quotes a legal dictionary definition of treason as "...[a]...citizen's actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation]." Carter is meeting with an avowed enemy of the U.S. and its allies during wartime in direct opposition to a rational policy to not negotiate with terrorists. Furthermore, he is aiding and abetting the enemy by granting them "legitimacy and prestige" which will only embolden them and their financial supporters. How is this not helping a foreign government to make war against or seriously injure the U.S.?

In addition to Carter's diplomatic fiascos, he is a member of a group called The Elders which is comprised of thirteen noted socialists such as Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan that advocates for world government or a "Global Village" as their website claims. They also have posted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which is the declaration adopted by the United Nations general assembly in 1948. This declaration is a hodgepodge of socialist nonsense. (My favorite is Article 26 which declares that education shall be "free" and "compulsory" although they do not make clear who will be compelled to teach or who will be compelled to pay the teachers.)

If Carter is conducting foreign policy meetings with our military enemy in direct violation of U.S. policy under the auspices of a foreign organization which seeks usurpation of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence in favor of the United Nations charter, I submit that his actions should be under consideration for treason.

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