"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Friday, August 28, 2015

Let us now praise famous men

Jimmy Carter is, by and large, remembered as a failed President.  We remember him for MEOW; we remember him for "malaise"; we remember him for the failed effort to rescue the hostages in Iran.  We honor him now for what he's done since he was President.

We don't remember him for the Camp David accords which,even through changes in Egypt's government, including a revolution, the election of a President allied with the "Muslim Brotherhood," and the deposition of that president, has still maintained peace between Egypt and Israel.

We all agree peace in the Middle East is a chimerical goal, that it cannot be achieved; and yet one President achieved it, between two countries, and it has held.

And what we remember is the sweaters.  Then again, who is giving Pope Francis credit for the rapprochement between the U.S. and Cuba today?

So it goes.


Blogger June Butler said...

Ah, I remember the mockery in response to "Turn down the thermostat, and wear a sweater."

"Prophets are not without honor, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house."

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

He is the last president we have had who, when he said he believed in the American People, in democracy and in decency really meant it. We need more than one of those every four decades.

I pray for him and his family, that he has an easy passing and eternal knowledge of the love of God.

9:34 AM  

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