Carter sees battle for ‘nation’s soul’

By WND Staff

Former President Jimmy Carter said he is nearly 80 years old, but has found the last few months – under the Bush administration – to be some of the most disturbing.

At stake in the presidential election pitting Democrat John Kerry as the challenger to President Bush, he said, “is nothing less than our nation’s soul.”

“The Middle East peace process has come to a screeching halt for the first time since Israel became a nation,” he said. “All former presidents, Democratic and Republican, have attempted to secure a comprehensive peace for Israel with hope and justice for the Palestinians. The achievements of Camp David a quarter century ago and the more recent progress made by President Bill Clinton are now in peril.”

All of this, as well as the North Korean nuclear menace, he said, is due to Bush’s “radical departure from the basic American principles and values espoused by John Kerry.”

Carter suggested Kerry, because of his service in Vietnam, will be less likely to send young Americans to war.

“I am confident that next January he will restore the judgment and responsibility to our government that is sorely lacking today,” Carter said.

Carter said the No. 1 reason to elect Kerry is to “safeguard the security of our nation.”

“Today, our dominant international challenge is to restore the greatness of America — based on telling the truth, a commitment to peace, and respect for civil liberties at home and basic human rights around the world,” he said. “Truth is the foundation of our global leadership, but our credibility has been shattered and we are left increasingly isolated and vulnerable in a hostile world. Without truth – without trust – America cannot flourish. Trust is at the very heart of our democracy, the sacred covenant between the president and the people.”