Jimmy Carter’s speech, as Delacourt points out, was 'prescient' in predicting the rise of Donald Trump. While his warnings about public confidence in government were not heeded, let us not ignore his references to faith, because it is faith that ultimately underpins and influences our thoughts and actions, whether we have it or not.
Politics is no playground, to be sure. Party leadership races in the 1980s between Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark, John Turner and Jean Chrétien, were hotly contested races. But there was more cross-party cooperation then, and less of the relentless partisanship—and mistrust—that typifies politics today.