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Bill Clark: A Great Man Remembered
The American Thinker ^ | August 12, 2013 | Paul Kengor

Posted on 08/13/2013 10:02:17 AM PDT by Academiadotorg

If you were to list the Americans most critical in facilitating the collapse of the Soviet Union, the name of Bill Clark, or "Judge Clark," might not be on your list -- but it should be. Many of us know that no president was as crucial to that collapse as Ronald Reagan, but few know that no adviser was as crucial to Reagan in that endeavor as Bill Clark. I know this well. I was blessed to become Clark's biographer, and for about 12 years, dating back to when we first met in August 2001, I spent many hours and days and phone calls with this truly great man. This great man and exceptionally kind and decent person died at his California ranch on Saturday at the age of 81.

Clark succumbed to a long illness delivered by the merciless hands of Parkinson's disease, which had also taken his dear father decades ago. "The good Lord gave Parkinson's to saints like my father and Pope John Paul II," said Clark, a devout Catholic who saw everything, including suffering, as part of God's providence. "Now he's gotten around to giving it to sinners like myself."

Clark saw this (and more) as his "much deserved" cross to bear -- when, in fact, nothing so unpleasant was ever deserved by Bill Clark. That likewise included the humiliation that a young senator from Delaware named Joe Biden delivered to Clark in February 1981 during Clark's sensational confirmation hearings for the position of deputy secretary of state. (Click here to read more.) Clark endured that, too.

Regardless, Bill Clark suffered Parkinson's for a longer time than any of us imagined or wished. Like the Alzheimer's disease which ultimately felled Ronald Reagan, Clark hung on to life as long as he could muster.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billclark; ronaldreagan

1 posted on 08/13/2013 10:02:17 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
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God Speed, Judge Clark. We will not soon see your like.


2 posted on 08/13/2013 10:19:11 AM PDT by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.<I>)
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