Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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How’s This for Service?

Joe asks, I answer.

I have dispatched the following urgent letter by Western Union telegraph to the BEPE (Best Ex-President Ever):

Dear President Carter:

Even though I don’t care for you very much, and even wrote a critical book about your political career, good manners and a sense of decency compel me to bring to your attention that someone is trying to besmirch your hard-earned reputation as a man of piece by publishing drivel under your byline in the International Herald Tribune.

The person purporting to be "Jimmy Carter" suggests that the good people of Hamas are really as cuddly and peace-loving as Howard Dean, if only we’d be reasonable. in this day of hightened copyright protection and intellectual property rights, you should immediately seek a cease-and-desist order against this clever impostor. Even though his style is very good and a great imitation of your previous articles, I saw through it immediately! (It is probably your pal Little Assad, on a bender in Damascus.) But others might take it seriously. You wouldn’t want that!

Your servant,
Steven Hayward

Discussions - 5 Comments

Ruthless and efficient.

Thanks, Steve.

Anthony McAuliffe had a word for that which Jimmy Carter will be most remembered.

Umm... this dispatch just might take a while to reach our former dear leader. Western Union ceased its telegraph message service not too long ago.

Perhaps you could dispatch a courier rabbit to get the message to him!



Yes, I know Western Union telegrams are no more. That was part of the joke--there is clearly no way to get through to this guy.

Steve- Did you really call him " a man of piece"? I would think you might save that little slip for Bill Clinton!

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