He followed an unpopular president. He received a strong election mandate. He changed the tone in Washington.
He said that Human Rights mattered. That America’s image in the world had to be remade.
He would receive a Nobel Peace Prize.
As the end of his presidency’s first year drew near, the future looked bright. He had brought change — change that mattered.
It was 1977. The next year was very bad.
James Carafano takes us back in the time machine and then explains why things feel so much like deja vu all over again. Let’s hope that a full generation (many of whom remember those years well) does not expect that doing things similarly will result in remarkably different outcomes. In many ways, the world hasn’t changed. Humans haven’t changed at all. We’ve just got more data with which to work.