You owe it to yourself to listen to this speech, delivered from the Oval Office July 15, 1979.
The President layed it all out. He told us we had two distinct choices. "Narrow self interest" or "Common purpose". We threw him out of office and went down the path of the former for an additional 3 decades. The President told us that the road of narrow self interest would lead to ruin...and now here we are.
Listen to the whole thing.**As this speech has generated a lot of interest I should say that I have discovered that this is not the entire speech. If you go to youtube, you will see the speech divided into 4 parts. Watch them all but especially the first part. President Carter actually reads critiques of his presidency that he sought out. You want honesty? Watch him read a stinging critique from a southern governor and see the pain in his face as he reads it. Imagine that coming from a president today.