President Carter Is Leading the United States into a New Dark Age

Leaders and journalists from around the world see President Carter leading the United States into a new Dark Age at the end of the '70s.

| March/April 1978

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    With bad economic times, many journalists and leaders are blaming President Carter for leading the United States into a new Dark Age.

  • White House

President Carter is "the worst political failure of the past year," says Conrad Ahlers (a member of West Germany's parliament and editor of the Hamburg Morgenpost), and his recent nine-day tour of foreign countries was "simply a continuation of this malaise." The London Daily Express has commented on Carter's "incredible blunders, boobs, and ham-fisted comments" and asked, "Just what will he do wrong next?"

The stock market's recent slide is "an indictment for ineptitude," says The Wall Street Journal. Monte Gordon, director of research at the Dreyfus Corporation, notes that "Mr. Carter is losing control and lacks the ability to react intelligently and aggressively to the events that could damage the economy's expansion."

"My guess is that the (stock) market's going lower," said financial writer Dan Dorfman in the January 23, 1978 issue of New York. "How low is anybody's guess. But how can anyone predict a bottom when every bright financial mind you talk to tells you unequivocally that the man running this country is inept and does not know what he's doing."

It is chilling to scan the world's press and watch the horrifying mountain of disdain that — day by day — President Carter is building for himself by plunging the United States into a new Dark Age. Right or wrong, the international political and financial leaders of the planet increasingly see Carter as a two-bit, self-righteous, know-it-all cracker from an obscure southern state who has absolutely no business sitting in the White House. They see Carter as naive, surrounded by nose-picking Georgia boys, in far over his head on almost every important affair of state, and unable even to comprehend the terrible damage that his on again/off again policies are wreaking on the world's balances of power and its economy. They see him as unpredictable, capricious, spineless against the Russians, and aloof and uncaring toward this country's friends and their very real financial problems. They freely state that his "leadership" threatens to plunge us all into economic panic, regional and worldwide dictatorships, war ... or some combination of the three.

"Your president brags about his engineering background, his organizational abilities, his high moral character," says one highly placed European. "Yet he does not seem to know how anything works, his policies have everyone off balance and are turning the world's money markets into shambles, and he appears to delight in insulting those who want to help him the most. We do not understand such a man."

For this reason (Carter scares the people who count) and others, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has an uncomfortable feeling that the economic collapse Mr. Rhoads has just predicted for 1981 could hit us all long before then. The straws are already in the wind.

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