Everywhere you go, you hear, "What has happened to the United States of America? We thought you used to be the champion of human rights. We thought you used to protect the environment. We thought you used to believe in the separation of church and state," the Nobel Peace Prize winner said Friday at Unity Temple. "That's not the case anymore."
Let me add the following: What happened to compassionate conservatism? What happened to uniting the country? What happened to restoring integrity and honesty to the White House?
Referring to his latest book's title, Carter said the Bush administration is responsible for the country's moral crisis. He railed Bush's pre-emptive war policy; the erosion of the church-state separation; a ballooning budget deficit; inadequate attention to the environment; and the use of torture against some prisoners.
This appears to be a fairly astute observation. How will Bush rank among presidents? Only time will tell, but I don't think history will be kind to him. If anyone out there cares to comment, I'd be interested in hearing one positive contribution you think Bush has made to this country and to his legacy.