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International humanitarian and former U.S. President (1977-1981) Jimmy Carter discusses faith, racisism, and global influence on the premier of the second season of Oprah Winfrey’s Emmy Award-winning series “SuperSoul Sunday,” aired on September 27th, 2015.
According to OWN, SuperSoul Sunday delivers a thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring block of programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The series features exclusive interviews and all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, filmmakers and spiritual leaders. Exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, wellness, spirituality and conscious living. “Super Soul Sunday” presents an array of perspectives on what it means to be alive in today’s world.
Discussing the various issues the country is facing today, the 39th President and Nobel Peace Prize winner talks about how he grew up in a black neighborhood, how faith gave him strength during his term, and even rates his own presidency in am open minded interview session.
However when asked whether he could be president today, he answers in negation.
“Absolutely not.There’s no way now for you to get the Democratic or Republican nomination without being able to raise two or three hundred million dollars, or more. I would not be inclined to do that, and I would not be capable of doing it.”
Furthermore, he adds that America has now become an oligarchy instead of a democracy, and it’s “the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards of the American political system that [he has] ever seen in [his] life.”
The former president may not be wrong, as various studies show that the widely held belief about the States being an democracy in present times is turning into history.
President Carter later announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma and would be stepping away from the public eye for the moment.