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July 15, 2014 Options
"There is simply no way to avoid sacrifice."
President Jimmy Carter
July 15, 1979
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Artist Selection Album    (Label / Recording date)
Theme Music:
James Brown 
Cold Sweat (pt. 1)   Options b/w Cold Sweat (pt. 2)
(King 1967)

Charles Gayle  Black Oil   Options Spirits Before
(Silkheart 1988)
Woody Shaw  OPEC   Options For Sure!
(Columbia 1980)

Talkover Music:
Steven Bernstein 
Let My People Go   Options Diaspora Soul
(Tzadik 1999)

President Jimmy Carter  National address to the nation   Options The so-called "Crisis of Confidence" speech
(July 15 1979)
Dan Bern  The Ballad of Jimmy Carter   Options

Closing Theme:
Specks Williams 
We Gave the Drummer Some   Options b/w Specks' Blues
(Jax 196?)

Listener comments!

Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 11:46am Doug Schulkind:

Appropriating my own words from five years ago on the 30th anniversary:

Happy anniversary to Jimmy Carter and his maligned "crisis of confidence" speech, which some political observers identify as the day Carter lost his bid for reelection. Despite the ignominy attached to Carter's address, it turns out to have been one of the rare moments a sitting president has told the country such a shocking measure of truth about itself. The resulting right-wing shitstorm, which ultimately eviscerated Carter's presidency, spooked progressive politics under the rock it's only now just beginning to creep out from under.

In the three decades since that fateful night Carter sat before the cameras, ostensibly to deliver a speech on energy policy, Carter's flat-lined presidency has been looking better and better. (Of course, even Warren Harding's tenure begins to look rosy when viewed through the prism of the Bush abomination.) Sure it turned out to be a PR disaster, but Carter's address to the nation on July 15, 1979, was a stunning display of soul-searching candor never to be seen again in American presidential politics.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 5:42pm Artie:

Carter's a good man. I'd gladly see him back in the Executive Suite.
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 5:43pm Doug Schulkind:

Mr. Carter is looking better and better and better. Hi Artie!
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 5:56pm ndbob:

evening Doug and everyone!
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 5:57pm Doug Schulkind:

Hi and howdy, ndbob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 5:57pm davex:

Hi Doug and all! Looking forward to the history lesson...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 5:58pm hyde:

me, i'm gonna crack open a cold can of Billy Beer and listen to this show
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 5:58pm ndbob:

i will try to listen to this again.. I remember watching it that night.. I do have to say that Carter was the most disappointing President I ever voted for. He doesn't look better tome - maybe hearing this again will change my mind
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 5:58pm Doug Schulkind:

Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 5:59pm Doug Schulkind:

The suds are on me, hyde. No really, I am a mess.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/15/14 6:03pm Holly in NC:

Hi everyone!
I very much wish I could've voted for President Carter.

Just got through a HUGE thunderstorm, how's everyone else doing?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:04pm Gary:

T-storms here
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:04pm ndbob:

Doing well - most sunny and way below normal temps here
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:05pm Doug Schulkind:

My first election was 1980. I remember being intrigued (foolishly by the 3rd-party candidacy of John Anderson), but I voted for Carter as the anti-Reagan.
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:06pm Doug Schulkind:

We had our T-storms yesterday. They were warning hail and tornado watches, but it never materialized.
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:06pm ndbob:

I do remember pondering whether or not to vote for Carter or Anderson in 1980 - and I chose Anderson - don't really regret that - I'm glad that my first election was voting for MCGovern in 1912
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:08pm Doug Schulkind:

For everyone who dug last week's delving into Flash Strap's Volume 2 of Bibliothèque Exotique, I have good news. Volume 3 has been posted!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:09pm Gary:

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:09pm northguineahills:

Nice, Charles Gayle! We got some many lightning bolts w/in a quick succession w/in 500m of my apt earlier. It was nice.
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:10pm Doug Schulkind:

Hi Gary and NGH!
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:10pm ndbob:

woops 1972:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/15/14 6:10pm Holly in NC:

Speaking of hail, I assume y'all have seen yesterday's video of Siberian beachgoers being absolutely pounded by same :
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:12pm ndbob:

wow Holly - check the rest later
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:12pm Artie:

I was too young to vote, but I do remember taking up for Anderson in our class debates. And Gun Control. Oh my, how far we haven't come in all these years...
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:14pm northguineahills:

@Holly: yeah, I saw that crazy. I would have just gone under water and hold my breath for awhile. Hail stones can't go more then a few feet under water. (of course coming up for air would be dodgy).
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:15pm Gary:

Watching it now with sound off. Wow
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:16pm Doug Schulkind:

I remember me and a bunch of college chums going to see John Anderson at a campaign rally in Cleveland. Up till then, I was on board with an insurgent candidacy, but he seemed like just as slick a motherfucker as the rest of them.
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:21pm Doug Schulkind:

On film, Carter looks tentative and halting. His movements almost scripted. Listening without pictures, I found the speech all the more captivating.
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:25pm Doug Schulkind:

The anti-materialism underpinning of this speech is practically a raving communist diatribe compared to the George Bush "Just Go Shopping" message post-9/11.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/15/14 6:26pm Holly in NC:

Doug, thank you so much for reminding us of the last man who led the U.S. with a solid intellect & an unswerving moral compass.
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:27pm ndbob:
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:28pm Doug Schulkind:

Carter admits to "mixed success" at pushing through his agenda. When was the last time an American president admitted such a thing?
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:29pm Doug Schulkind:

Despite the negative reviews, Carter actually enjoyed a small popularity bounce following the speech. But then the right-wing attack machine poisoned the atmosphere, convincing many that Carter was BLAMING the American people for the energy crisis.
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:31pm Doug Schulkind:

"Consuming THINGS does not satisfy the search for meaning."
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:32pm Artie:

This strikes me as more of a pastor's sermon than a politician's speech. Certainly due at least in part to his accent and vocal cadences, and my own experiences in the Baptist Church.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:32pm TDK60:

Political and civil liberties will endure, he said. Relatively, from '79 to '14, no, they're being dismantled.
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:32pm ndbob:

This speech is much better then I remember - but Carter was still an ineffectual leader
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:32pm Gary:

One retains curiosity about the world prior to its complete takeover by Marketing.
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:32pm Doug Schulkind:

This attack on cynicism seems so hideously quaint.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:34pm Artie:

If the right wing had any philosophical consistency at all, they would have praised this message of personal responsibility.
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:34pm Doug Schulkind:

This speech was written by Hendrik Hertzberg (long an essayist for the New Yorker magazine) and Gordon Stewart.
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:34pm ndbob:

@Artie very much so
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:35pm ndbob:

@Artie and ditto for that comment too
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:36pm Doug Schulkind:

In 1979, it was the Republicans who were the law and order, respect the government types and the leftists were the radicals. Today, that has flipped.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:36pm listener james from westwood:

Howdy all!! A definite archive listen for me; I was only vaguely aware of it in my 10-year-old, Star Wars-addled state, but I'm proofreading right now, and spoken word jams the apparatus. Will hit the archive at the gym tomorrow am.
His Law Day speech in '76 or so, given early in his run/approach to his run, was also a good one. Hunter Thompson managed to catch it and record it and soon he was being begged for transcripts, as few thought this would be the words of a front-runner.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:37pm Gary:

Whoa, seriously? Hertzberg = total hero of mine
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:37pm Doug Schulkind:

Howdy Listener James! See (hear) you tomorrow!!
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:39pm Doug Schulkind:

Seriously, Gary. Here is a piece Hertzberg wrote for the New Yorker back in 2009 on the 30th anniversary of the speech:
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:41pm Doug Schulkind:

It is also shocking to hear just how far we haven't come regarding alternative energy and conservation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/15/14 6:41pm Holly in NC:

"yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run.." [ducks for cover]
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:43pm Doug Schulkind:

Only one metaphor was harmed in the making of this speech.
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:43pm ndbob:

so coal, oil shale....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/15/14 6:46pm Holly in NC:

OK, that coal shit really wrong. Was he that ignorant about coal consequences, or was he pandering to southern interests?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:46pm TDK60:

Well, people were campaigning for alternative energy back then--solar, wind, etc. Now, we have some of that (not enough) but we also have fracking, tar sands, nukes still.
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:47pm ndbob:

right - but the focus here is on coal
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:48pm glenn:

oh boy. oil gives us freedom. it's true, unfortunately.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:48pm Jeff "lusting after other women in my heart" g.:

Never again did a leading politician venture to tell us what we needed to hear. Only what they thought their pollsters thought we wanted to hear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:48pm Artie:

Coal was seen as the only viable, available and domestic energy resource. And the issues around it certainly weren't as well understood as they are now. It was always lauded as a bridge to green energy, much as natural gas is today.
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:49pm ndbob:

True Artie
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:49pm Doug Schulkind:

Hard to fault the obsession with American coal 35 years ago. The oil crisis brought the hardship into every home. (Well, not the mansions.) Carter has requited himself well over the intervening years in the arena of ecological sanity.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/15/14 6:50pm Holly in NC:

@Jeff lusting g.. YES.

@Artie, thank you for context.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:50pm Artie:

Of course, once you've bought some time you need to actually use that time to actually develop and deploy clean energy tech.
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:50pm glenn:

not to mention his work for habitat for humanity.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/15/14 6:52pm Holly in NC:

Habitat is .... beyond wonderful.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:52pm davex:

Quite an impressive speech. Hard to believe the way it has been reported and remembered.
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:52pm Doug Schulkind:

Sorry for the extreme hokiness of this song...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/15/14 6:53pm Holly in NC:

Nothing wrong with hoke!
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:53pm ndbob:

Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:53pm Doug Schulkind:

But not sorry.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:53pm Artie:

And let's not forget the Carter Center's work for international democracy, fair polling and women's rights. He's a quiet titan, with an enormously impressive life's work.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:54pm Gary:

What, no "Jimmy Carter Says 'Yes'"?
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:54pm glenn:

the dirge of billy carter is on the "b" side.
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:55pm ndbob:

@gary I have to admit that was going through my mind
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:55pm Doug Schulkind:

Carter's international poll-monitoring organization has gone across the globe to ensure free and fair elections. It has even gone to the fucking state of Florida.
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 6:56pm ndbob:

Excellent show Doug!
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 6:56pm Doug Schulkind:

The unabashed Dylanesqueness of this track is so... unabashed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/15/14 6:57pm Holly in NC:

Surprised they weren't howitzered out of FLA.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 7/15/14 6:58pm Gary:

Yay! Thank you for that, Doug
Avatar Tue. 7/15/14 7:00pm ndbob:

have fun on Friday Doug!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 7/15/14 7:00pm Holly in NC:

Love you, Doug!
Avatar    Tue. 7/15/14 7:02pm Doug Schulkind:

Thanks for indulging my desire for sharing amazing audio, wherever it resides, good people!
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