Jimmy Carter's post-presidential rhetoric: Faith-based rhetoric and human rights foreign policy

Daniel Eric Schabot

Abstract

Former President James Earl Carter is well known for his rhetorical efforts to promote human rights. Carter's human rights advocacy is motivated and sustained by his belief that God duty-bounds him to assist those less fortunate than himself. Scholars generally concede, however, that as president, Jimmy Carter's human rights accomplishments were minimal and that he failed to develop or institute consistent policies. This dissertation compares and contrasts Carter's presidency and post-presidency with respect to human rights accomplishments, arguing that he was better able to serve an advocacy role when out of office. Carter, free of separation of church and state restraints, successfully pursued human rights advocacy world-wide.