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Via Michael at Musing’s musings, The Onion presents a hypothetical Jimmy Carter Op-Ed.

Keep liquids away from your computer before clicking, and a soft surface near your chair for ROTFL would not be undue caution.

Understand that the basic facts of the op-ed are all true [although the language is a bit shrill] – I lived through them and remember. Oh, for what might have been…


1 hipparchia { 01.11.08 at 11:27 pm }

draft jimmy carter!

i’d forgotten the nuclear engineering. i’m pretty sure it was carter’s fault that i took that nuclear chemistry class when i needed one more elective. i’d also gotten tired of the onion, but that was worth the read.

2 Bryan { 01.11.08 at 11:47 pm }

Reagan pretty much trashed all of the programs that would have led us to energy independence and much lower greenhouse gas emissions. Few people realize how much damage Reagan did to this country, but one day they will.

3 Kevin Hayden { 01.12.08 at 12:06 am }

Yes, but he saved us from the Commies in Grenada! And gave us the worst recession since the Great Depression! And never dyed his hair!

4 Bryan { 01.12.08 at 12:37 am }

You know, Kevin, if I was in the lead Special Ops units that came ashore on Grenada and was met by the international media, I would have been too embarrassed to ever add the ribbon to my dress blues. I would never admit I was there to save the free world from a Cuban reserve civil affairs construction battalion. He used combat units where a sane man would have used a SWAT team, at most.

I remember hearing and reading about a tax cut at the same time I was watching my take-home pay being reduced by the FICA and state taxes.

What a total fraud! The man bad-mouthed the Soviet Union, but didn’t do anything. Talk, bigger government, and deficits is all we ever got out of him.

His administration was responsible for Saddam Hussein’s WMD program and Osama bin Laden, but he gets a pass for now. One day the real history will be written and people will understand what he did to the United States and the world.

5 Steve Bates { 01.12.08 at 2:01 am }

I remember saying back in the day that the eight years of Reagan’s terms would take the United States at least 20 years to recover from. In retrospect, my estimate was wildly optimistic.

6 Kryten42 { 01.12.08 at 7:28 am }

LOL OK! That was funny! LOL

And a big ‘Amen’ to the above comments! The thing this I often PMSL about Reagan is… he was an Actor!! LMAO And an actor is a trained expert liar! Geez people! LOL (and just look at Arnie’s record since he took over CA!) I was talking to a friend about Reagan some time ago, and pointed out that he was a trained liar… and she thought about it for a bit, and said something like “Good Lord! I hadn’t thought of that!” LOL

BTW… Kinda related, did you see that Peter Koechley, the Managing Editor of The Onion has left and joined MoveOn . org? And the right are going nutz!! LMAO

I get a double laugh! Wahoo! LOL

7 Bryan { 01.12.08 at 1:24 pm }

Steve, the Shrubbery really did inherit Reagan’s mantle and has carried the Reagan Revolution to its illogical conclusion – bankruptcy, death, and destruction. Reagan and the Shrubbery are both fake cowboys, fake westerners, fake conservative, anti-intellectuals, and liars. The major difference is that George HW Bush was able to provide the moderation, while Cheney made things worse.

True, Kryten, but Reagan could at least follow the script and deliver his lines as written.

8 LadyMin { 01.13.08 at 5:36 pm }

I was a university student back in the Jimmy Carter days. I remember all that too!

I was laughing until I got to the environment part. Oh so true, we could be so far ahead now… solar power and alternatives to oil. Reagan came along and messed all that up. (Trained actor liar, yeah, I didn’t think of it that way at the time 😉 ). Let’s go backwards, yup. He even killed the metric system. Last I read, the only other country on earth that had not converted to metric is Burma. Nice going America. I better not start on Reagan, I might explode!

9 Bryan { 01.13.08 at 7:38 pm }

We were starting to climb out of a hole, but so many people believed Ronnie that they jumped back in and started digging.

There really weren’t that many of us who understood that what we were seeing was the beginning of “Mourning in America.”