Carter’s “Crisis of Confidence” Speech

Still relevant today, over thirty five years later.


“In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We’ve learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose.”

“What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well-financed and powerful special interests. You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one unyielding group or another. You often see a balanced and a fair approach that demands sacrifice, a little sacrifice from everyone, abandoned like an orphan without support and without friends.”

Jimmy Carter delivered this televised speech on July 15, 1979.





Sadly, the worst possible scenario in Dallas would be the survival of the only Ebola case in this country, Thomas Eric Duncan.

The New York Times helps explain why the Ebola virus has spread so quickly across West Africa.

“In the next ward, a 4-year-old girl lay on the floor in urine, motionless, bleeding from her mouth, her eyes open. A corpse lay in the corner — a young woman, legs akimbo, who had died overnight. A small child stood in a cot watching as the team took the body away, stepping around a little boy lying immobile next to black buckets of vomit. They sprayed the body, and the little girl on the floor, with chlorine as they left.”

“The hospitals in the region simply aren’t equipped to deal with the disease at the rate that it’s spreading. They don’t have the right tools or resources to care for existing patients, let alone stem the spread of the disease.”

With such conditions in West Africa, those that have symptoms are going to be clamoring to get to health care here in the US.

Stopping the flights from affected countries would be ludicrous. There are too many ways to circumvent air travel restrictions.

The biggest fear would be the invasion of contaminated Ebola patients coming across the porous border from Mexico to receive health care in this country.

There would be no way to quell the influx of those infected with Ebola from crossing our southern border.