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Viewpoints 35A and 35B In the late 1970’s Jimmy Carter, the current president, felt that America was having a crisis of confidence; while his opponent in the 1980 election, Ronald Regan, felt that American sprit was still strong. Each viewpoint of 35 A & B explains the authors view on American pride and patriotism. Jimmy Carter begins by stating that he is worried about a threat to democracy. He outlines that threat, as “the erosion of our confidence [which will be seen] in the future, is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America.” 1 By using this statement, Carter believes that Americans are losing faith in the government, and also losing faith in Democracy itself. He then goes on to say, that we believe that we, as spreaders of democracy, have no purpose. He states: “we always believed that we were part of a great movement of humanity itself called democracy, involved in the search for freedom, and that belief has always strengthened us in our purpose.” 2 Carter also includes
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