US POLITICS: “Thank you, Jimmy Carter, for Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, and Building Hope Around the World” ☮

President Jimmy Carter

To say Jimmy Carter is a great “former” president is a tremendous understatement. This Nobel Peace Prize recipient is one of the greatest presidents in American history.

Under his leadership, we never dropped a bomb, never fired a bullet, and never went to war. No other president since World War II can say this. In 1978, former President Carter facilitated the Camp David Accords, a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt that still exists today. Countless lives have been spared by this remarkable peacemaker, humanitarian, and world leader.

In addition, former President Carter’s astounding nonprofit work via The Carter Center has helped reduce cases of the Guinea Worm Disease from 3.5 million to less than 30. With his wife, Rosalynn Carter, and Habitat For Humanity, former President Carter has been building homes for families in need since 1994. And his contributions with the late Nelson Mandela and The Elders will resonate for centuries. The 39th U.S. President is not only a national treasure—Jimmy Carter is a world treasure.

h/t: Daily Kos

US POLITICS: “Donald Trump’s Campaign Has Turned Into One Long Hate-In” / The Nation / Laila Lalami ☮

IslamophobiaThe candidate demonizes Muslims while pandering to vets.

Whether Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination, no one can tell—but what’s already clear is that he’s brought fascism back into the mainstream. At his rallies, Trump promises to make America great again by pouring scorn on women, Mexicans, African Americans, Asians, immigrants, LGBT people, the disabled, his opponents, and reporters who dare to criticize him. Every time he comes up with a new insult, his supporters whoop and cheer, seemingly confident in the belief that they are not now, nor would they ever become, one of his targets. Lately, he has taken to picking out individual protesters—a Black Lives Matter activist, a Muslim woman, a Sikh man—and offering them up to the jeering crowd, before having security escort them out.

The message is unmistakable: There is no room at these gatherings for anyone who isn’t white and Christian. A Trump rally is nothing more than a hate-in.

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