Every US president since Herbert Hoover has presided over a state of perpetual warfare, except for one notable four-year pause thanks to the efforts of President Jimmy Carter-- the only US president since the 1920s not to have NOT engaged the US in perpetual warfare. On top of this accomplishment, Carter is the only president to have negotiated a true and lasting Middle East peace agreement between Israel and her most formidable enemy, Egypt. It has been almost 40 years since the Camp David Peace Accord was signed, and peace and cooperation remain between the two countries. When Begin and Sadat were asked why Carter succeeded while all other presidents have failed, they replied that Carter could be trusted. Carter inherited an economy in deep trouble, primarily due to America’s dependence on Mideast oil. Carter initiated an aggressive campaign to make the US energy independent to avoid a repeat of the devastating energy crises just a few years earlier. By the end of Carter’s term in office, the US had reduced the importation of oil from the Mideast by a staggering 1/3, which then set the stage for the revival of the economy and prevented a reoccurrence of America being held hostage over oil.
As historian Martin Bermann pointed out, alternative voices like Emerson, Thoreau, John Kenneth Galbraith, and Jimmy Carter tried suggesting alternatives to the unsustainable business as usual model and were ignored. Carter was the last public figure to possess the courage to speak the truth.