Jimmy Carter ought to be ashamed of himself.
Millions of Americans are legitimately concerned over an attempt by a political party to fundamentally change the country through government without regard to the limits imposed by the Constitution. These are legitimate concerns being expressed in legitimate ways. The left, so bereft of humility, cannot recognize genuine political and philosophical disagreement but see only racism.
The former President has been cozying up to authoritarian Marxists for so long and is now so convinced in the rightness of their leftness that the noise of the democratic process is no longer required or even welcome. In fact, it is no longer viewed as the democratic process anymore but as opposition to progress. Further, opposition comes in only one flavor these days, racist.
The fact is that people like Jimmy Carter do not like Americans and they certainly do not trust them. This is one of the reasons that Reagan crushed Carter, he trusted in the goodness of the American people. Statists, like Carter, do not.
For my part, I still believe in this country. I still believe that we can overcome this current crisis in national identity. In order to do so, we must first reject the oft bigotry of racist expectations.
Does racism still exist? Absolutely. Is it a driving factor in our current national discussion? No way. We are bigger than that. Better than that.
I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day America and those who serve her will cherish the limits of government and the limitless aspirations of the people.
I have a dream that the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution and reserved to the people are not usurped by those who view with disdain this wonderful charter of negative liberties.
I have a dream that all will recognize that it is impossible to take liberty from one to give it to another without destroying it in the process.
I have a dream where people will respect the lives and liberty of all from conception to natural death.
And yes Jimmy, I have a dream that one day my children will one day live in a nation where they can criticize someone for the content of their character and their ideas without regard for the color of their skin.
I have a dream today.