You still manage to comment on Carter, Mike, with apparent venom. I don't feel I am a better man than you are, and I find it unlikely that Carter might be charged with war crimes or crimes against humanity at this late date in a war crimes tribunal. Nor are there still decisions to be made yet as to whether he might be tried for murder.
Manufacturing an unnecessary war on fabricated charges and then looking for reasons to stay in it by itself would be reason enough to remember him. But it's most important not to allow other people to forget what happens when you allow neoconservatives to control the government and to make it over into their image of what government should be like: Controlled by the executive branch (do you remember the phrase "unitary executive"? and the efforts of the vice-president and the president to concentrate power in the hands of the executive branch? Do you remember "signing statements" that attempt to undercut the law making authority of the legislature that were such a frequent part of the President's signing ritual?
These were attacks on the balance of powers in the constitution, and should be remembered as clearly as FDR's ill considered attempts to pack the Supreme Court. We forget these intrusions on our liberty, by left or by the right, at our peril.
Whatever my admirations are for FDR, and I have many of them, this should not be forgotten. And the efforts of President bush were on what seem to my mind to be a much grander scale. If I can remember the flaws of a personal hero who died before I was born, what do you suggest my policy should be for somebody whose flaws I consider to be substantially more egregious, and which I am uncertain that our democracy will survive?
And when was the last backhanded slap I heard you make at a Democratic President or Vice-President currently out of office? Whatever the length of my criticism of the former President Bush, it has been at least eight years shorter than that, hasn't it?
Considering the amount of venom being poured on the head of the current President, much of it without attribution, I consider it a bit confusing when you feel that enough has been said, with attribution and references, about our Last President.
I'm afraid that "The pointing finger" (the phrase is yours in this case, from the posting above. From the FitzGerald translation of Omar Kayyam, I think. "The moving finger writes, and having write, moves on..." If I've pegged it incorrectly, all corrections appreciated.) will continue to deployed where I feel it appropriate, as in those cases in which responsibility is being transfered without having been first acknowledged as to origins. In this spirit, I commend the line directly following the one you make reference to in The Rubiyyat.