At 95 years old, President Jimmy Earl Carter, Jr. has been making news in recent months. Not only is he the oldest and longest living former sitting President of the United States of America, but he also has had some health complications in the past year.
In May 2019, President Carter suffered a fall resulting in a broken hip and in October he fell twice more. The first left him with a black eye and fourteen stitches; the second found him hospitalized for a fractured pelvis. On November 12, 2019, he returned to the hospital for surgery in order to relieve pressure on his brain due to the bleeding stemming from the recent falls.
THINGS THAT YOU MAY KNOW ABOUT PRESIDENT CARTER:
- He was the 39th President of the United States of America, serving from January 20, 1977, to January 20, 1981.
- He was a peanut farmer from Georgia when he ran for president.
- He has been married to Rosalynn Smith Carter for 73 years, and they have four children, John (Jack), James III (Chip), Donnel (“Jeff”), and Amy.
- He is a Sunday school teacher.
- He and his wife established the Carter Center in 1982, traveling to developing countries and they work with Habitat for Humanity.
THINGS THAT YOU MAY NOT REALIZE ABOUT PRESIDENT CARTER:
1. Carter graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (1946) and Submarine School, serving until 1953 when his father died. He completed post-grad work in Physics and was assigned to work on the design and development of nuclear propulsion plants for naval vessels.
2. One of his first orders of business as president, on January 21, 1977, signed Executive Order 11967, which pardoned all pending indictments for violations of the Military Selective Service Act during the time period of August 4, 1964, to May 28, 1973. This time frame was the Vietnam Era when the term “draft dodger” was coined.
3. Created the Department of Education out of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, fulfilling a campaign promise to the National Education Association (NEA), which is considered the largest labor union in the nation and gave the federal government more control in the nation’s education.
4. On August 4, 1977, signed the Department of Energy Organization Act.
5. Executive Order 12127, signed on March 31, 1979, created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in order to centralize government functions in the event of disasters. Currently, there are over 800 camps nationwide.
6. In 2000, President Carter announced his decision to cut ties with the Southern Baptist Convention due to its conservative views regarding marriage and women in leadership positions in the church; and in 2008 created, along with President William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, the New Baptist Covenant as an “inclusive” alternative to the more conservative Baptist Church.
8. In 2015, the Zionist Advocacy Center filed a lawsuit alleging that the Carter Center is using taxpayer funds to help aide the terrorist group Hamas. Then, on March 1, 2018, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed a suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with the Department of State with the United States requesting any and all documentation involving the Carter Center and its involvement with Hamas. At this time, both lawsuits are still pending.
Our nation is in the midst of a close examination of decades of corruption in our government as well as in society. More and more collusion, corruption and lies are being exposed, fed to us by our government. Only time will tell if President Carter had a role in the corruption, and how involved he might have been. A good Christian man who teaches Sunday school and travels helping poor countries or corrupt politician? You decide.