Jimmy Carter on Crime
President of the U.S., 1977-1981
The corporate criminal, the white-collar criminal, too often get off with a slap on the wrist. This only causes contempt for the whole concept of equal justice. White-collar crime costs this country at least $40 billion a year. Yet there hasn’t been a single felony indictment for price-fixing under Mr. Ford.
We can make our existing crime-fighting programs more efficient and effective. We can have a stronger economy, and more jobs for our people, and that will lessen crime.
I think our country’s leaders, beginning with the President, can set an example and set a tone that will increase respect for the law and increase the sense of national unity, and that can lessen crime in America.
Crime reflects sickness in a society. Working together, we can make ours a more healthy society, one in which we need not live our lives in fear. I intend, as President, to provide the leadership that will turn the tide against the scourge of crime.
Through his political extremism, McGovern had alienated important elements within the party and within the electorate at large. Carter had no intention of repeating McGovern's errors; instead he decided to follow a middle-of-the-road path like Kennedy. This course included slight deviations to the right and the left when it would help him. His economic policies were moderate to conservative, and he was conservative on such things as abortion and the death penalty. Yet he took liberal stances as far as withdrawing US troops from Korea and decriminalizing marijuana. Taken as a whole, Carter's positions on the issues were designed to appeal to the greatest number of voters possible.
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