Add country singer Garth Brooks to shortlist of famous names adding a dose of much-needed civility into the nation’s vicious political discourse.
Brooks is urging Americans to put the political anger aside because both Democrats and Republicans can get into Heaven — even, and perhaps especially, Jimmy Carter.
Brooks was one of many who praised America’s oldest living president after he was spotted this week at a building site in Nashville with a bandage on his head. Jimmy Carter needed stitches after falling in his Georgia home the day before he was seen in Tennessee working on a project for Habitat for Humanity.
“You don’t expect anything different from the man,” Brooks told Yahoo Entertainment News of the former president who just celebrated his 95th birthday last week.
“He’s just one of those guys, and Ms. Rosalynn’s the same way. They’re just those people that you just have to be around to actually believe it.”
Carter, along with Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood are avid Habitat for Humanity supporters, and nothing was going to stop the former president from his commitment. Not even a swollen eye and a bump on the head.
Brooks invoked the heated political climate and used the Carters as an example of grace when he talked about what matters most at the end of the day.
“What the Carters stand for is what we should all shoot for as human beings. Please forget ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat.’ What they are standing for is as human beings,” Brooks said. “If we’re going to get anywhere as a human race, this is the path we want to follow.”
Brooks again urged people not to put so much weight on political labels, because God isn’t letting people into Heaven based on whether they have an R or D associated with their names.
“You’ve got to understand that when you get to Heaven, nobody cares about ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ in Heaven at all. ‘Welcome to Heaven. This is it,’” Brooks told Yahoo as he reportedly gestured to the work being done on the building site.
“You don’t care who’s on the other end of that board that’s helping you carry it. You don’t care about the color of their skin, their sexual preference, their religious preference. It doesn’t matter. You’re all here to build a house for someone who needs it. Usually for a young lady and her babies, or a family that needs it. So this is way, way, way beyond any political agenda at all.”
Footage of Carter hard at work with his painful-looking eye earned him respect and praise on Twitter:
Former President Jimmy Carter fell last night, got stitches on his face and then showed up this morning to help build houses…….at 95 years old. A TRUE HERO! pic.twitter.com/ktQkDj0ooM
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) October 7, 2019
Brooks contended it would take a lot more than a fall and a black eye to stop Carter on his mission to help those in need.
“I’m not being modest here, trust me. I’m not being humble. I’m being honest. He’s going to outwork you every time he comes on the job site,” Brooks said as he recalled other work projects with the former president.
Garth Brooks’ plea for civility comes as comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has taken backlash for defending her friendship with former President George W. Bush.
“We’re all different and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different… but just because I don’t agree with someone on everything doesn’t mean that I’m not going to be friends with them.” DeGeneres said as she urged people to be kind to one another — no matter their political affiliations.
It was a refreshing reprieve from the constant finger-pointing and mudslinging mired in today’s political powder keg climate. Sadly, DeGeneres’ good-hearted gesture is still earning her an online beating from fellow celebrities.
As for Carter, he is on the road to full recovery and is already planning building events into next year, Yahoo reported.
He dabbles in politics every one in a while, and last summer regurgitated the false notion that Donald Trump was not legitimately elected as president. In contrast, Carter also praised Trump for his dealings with Iran.
“I agree with President Trump on his decision not to take military action against Iran,” Carter said. “I had a lot of problems with Iran when I was in office.”
Regardless of politics, it’s nice to see a former president walk the walk when it comes to helping those in need.
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