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Jimmy Carter

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Being confident of our own future, we are now free of that inordinate fear of communism which once led us to embrace any dictator who joined us in that fear. I’m glad that that’s being changed.
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Jimmy Carter's Commencement Speech Given at Notre Dame University (June 1977).

 
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