Quote Of The Day

President Jimmy Carter, as quoted in Der Spiegel and translated by Jesse’s Cafe Americain:

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was in the wake of the NSA spying scandal criticized the American political system. “America has no functioning democracy,” Carter said Tuesday at a meeting of the “Atlantic Bridge” in Atlanta.

Previously, the Democrat had been very critical of the practices of U.S. intelligence. “I think the invasion of privacy has gone too far,” Carter told CNN. “And I think that is why the secrecy was excessive.”

Der Spiegel: Ex-President Jimmy Carter Condemns Surveillance State, Praises Snowden

Once again, as he did last year, President Carter has spoken the truth loud and clear, and, it appears, most of America has yawned and gone back to their televisions. The reason I’m quoting from a blog rather than a news service is that there appear to be no English-language articles on the speech.

Go figure.

If we hadn’t developed such a prodigious ability to ignore reality, there are at least two wars and one financial crisis we could have avoided in the last decade, just to name a few things.

It’s also pretty clear that if we’re going to climb out of the hole we’ve dug, it will take a lot more than a former President telling us our government’s out of control to get us focused on the task.

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