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CLINTON're gonna LOVE this!!!
Brain Terminal ^ | 3/27/2002 | Evan Coyne Maloney

Posted on 03/28/2002 9:35:18 AM PST by libber-tarian

The Shallowness of Clinton

By Evan Coyne Maloney

I recently wrote an article in which I referred to Bill Clinton as a shallow man, and was asked to explain myself by a reader who went on to claim that Bill Clinton "righted the wrongs of active exclusion, willful ignorance, and offensive pity" and "[led] the nation through its longest period of peacetime expansion of economic, social, and individual opportunity."

What I've never understood about the Clinton apologists is that they apparently value talk over action. Other than make speeches filled with feel-good rhetoric, what did Bill Clinton actually do? People may have felt comforted by his words, believed that he cared about them and felt their pain, but in the end, all of Clinton's talk amounted to nothing.

Whenever I talk to supporters of Bill Clinton, I ask them to list the things he did. Most people can't name a single thing, and instead credit him with presiding over an expanding economy, as though coincidence--the dumb luck of having his presidency aligned with the business cycle--somehow proves that he caused it to happen. But what did he do that was so beneficial to the economy? For that matter, what actions did he take to "right the wrongs of active exclusion"? Don't ask, don't tell? Hardly the epitome of inclusiveness.

My memory may be failing me, but when I try to recall the achievements of the Clinton presidency, I can name only two of any significance: Welfare Reform and NAFTA. Despite the fact that neither of these bills originated from the Clinton Administration, I do give him credit for signing them; most Democrats would not have signed either bill. On the other hand, neither of these bills could pass Congress until the Republicans took over in 1994. So I guess the real achievement of the Clinton presidency was scaring enough people during his first two years in office that he put the Senate and the House of Representatives in the hands of the Republicans for the first time since 1954. But I doubt the fans of Clinton would celebrate that monumental achievement.

Lucky Bubble

As far as the economy goes, there is no doubt that Bill Clinton presided over a favorable economy and a remarkable expansion in the stock market. But remember that most of this expansion was due to the rise of the Internet and the resulting speculation on Internet stocks. Remember when the economy started to go south? That's right, just when the Internet bubble burst. Al Gore's attempt to take credit for inventing the Internet notwithstanding, nobody in their right mind would claim that the Clinton Administration was somehow responsible for the Internet boom.

But if you insist on crediting Bill Clinton with the rise of the stock market, then you must also blame him for the "irrational exuberance" that led to its collapse. You must therefore also blame him for the recession. Otherwise, you're crediting him for handing out the drinks at the party and blaming his successor--the guy who has to clean up the mess--for everyone's hangover the next day.

Getting back to my claim that Bill Clinton is a shallow man, it seems to me that someone who squanders an opportunity to achieve greatness and instead uses his power for nothing more than the satisfaction of his own wants and needs is shallow. Bill Clinton is pathologically self-absorbed, which is why he constantly found himself bungling into scandal after scandal.

Now, one may scream that there was a vast right-wing conspiracy to bring down Bill Clinton; even if you believe that nonsense, you have to wonder why Bill Clinton went out of his way to hand his enemies so much ammunition on such a regular basis. And when I say scandal, I'm not even thinking about the "lying under oath" thing, which Clinton supporters dismiss as inconsequential. I'm talking about other serious stuff, all of which is well-known to people who were paying attention, but most of which was underreported due to the media's focus on the more salacious--and therefore media-friendly--Clinton scandals.

Scandal After Scandal

If you'll recall: Under Bill Clinton, the White House became a glorified motel, where the Lincoln Bedroom was rented out to contributors who coughed up enough dough. Military secrets ended up in the hands of the Chinese, who laundered money that ended up in the hands of the Democratic National Committee just in time for Clinton's re-election campaign. Al Gore was dispatched to hold illegal fundraisers at Buddhist temples, where he collected money from dozens of nuns who--despite having taken vows of poverty--each managed to produce a $5,000 check for Clinton's re-election. His top fundraiser, Terry McAuliffe, the current head of the aforementioned DNC, made $18,000,000 from a $100,000 investment in Global Crossing, now bankrupt and under investigation for shady government contracts during the Clinton Administration. When Enron's Ken Lay was staying in the Lincoln Bedroom during the Clinton Administration, Enron came to ask the federal government to underwrite foreign loans on 20 different occasions; on 19 of those 20 occasions, the Clinton Administration said yes, to the tune of $2 billion dollars. And let us not forget about selling presidential pardons to drug-runners and fat-cat tax-cheat felons on the lam in Europe. Or the looting of White House furniture for their new home, which is unfortunately located in my home state. And all that's without even getting into Whitewater, the Travel Office firings, or the perjury scandal.

Bill Clinton is a low-life thief, a petty swindler, and a smooth-talking scam artist more suited for Tammany Hall than the White House. But I will admit that Bill Clinton was a man of action, as long as that action involved greasing his palms (or anything other body part for that matter) or furnishing his house. Somehow, Bill Clinton found the time to conduct all of that "business", but he was too busy to take Osama bin Laden when the Sudanese government offered to hand him over to us in 1996. Think about it: we wouldn't be chasing bin Laden around the globe right now if Clinton had focused a little more on taking care of the threats against us and a little less on figuring out every conceivable way that he could cash in on his power or use it to get women.

Depends on What the Meaning of "Peace" Is

Which reminds far as giving Clinton credit for presiding over a time of peace, what kind of peace was it? During the Clinton Administration, there were 6 major terrorist attacks against the U.S. which left over 415 dead and 6,500 injured. It seems to me that it's very easy to maintain the illusion of peace by ignoring the dangers that surround us. You may look back fondly at the 1990s as a time of peace, but it was a peace during which we relaxed while our enemies were getting stronger and preparing to annihilate us. That's a pretty shallow peace if you ask me.

Bill Clinton is shallow because he spoke often of his convictions but did nothing to realize them. He's shallow because he was given remarkable gifts and the opportunity to do great things with them, yet he achieved nothing substantial. In the end, his presidency amounted to little more than talk and corruption. He rarely took any action unless it somehow benefitted him. But whenever action mattered for the good of the nation, Bill Clinton was nowhere to be found. And that is why the man who spent the final days of his presidency fretting about his legacy will find it to be recorded quite accurately by history: Bill Clinton is a shallow, failed man.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 229; clinton; clintonhaters; corruption; economy; impeachedx42; sasu; sleaze
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41 posted on 03/28/2002 10:35:47 AM PST by Khepera
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To: MurryMom
Whenever MurryMom asks Bush supporters to list the things Bush has DONE, all she receives in response is some vague reference to tax cuts. When MurryMom points out that Dumbya's tax cuts have reversed the Clinton-Gore budget surpluses, along with higher interest rates, no employment growth, and a stagnant DJIA, the Bushies generally retreat into their standard Repukie rants about Monica and oral sex.

Hi, MurryMom; where the heck have you been for the last several months?

To answer your rhetoric, this McCainiac has to admit that Bush will go down in history as the president who successfully attacked terrorism...Clinton will go down as the president who shot his wad on a blue dress!

42 posted on 03/28/2002 10:36:03 AM PST by meandog
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To: libber-tarian
You don't go into detail on his "peace" legacy. Somalia (yes, I know Bush Sr. got us there, but Clinton botched the ops), Haiti (we sent troops, declared triumph, nothing changed, same old place), Balkans (troops still there, watch what happens when they leave, kangaroo court in The Hague).
43 posted on 03/28/2002 10:36:36 AM PST by aardvark1
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To: libber-tarian
Hey,Where Have You Been?You needed this article to confirm that"BeelzeBubba"was an absolutely self-serving LOW-LIFE???Come On Now,You Knew It All Along!!!I've ALWAYS BEEN A CHARTER MEMBER OF"THE VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY"(AKA-CLINTON-HATER)!!!!!!!!!!
44 posted on 03/28/2002 10:39:01 AM PST by bandleader
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To: MurryMom
Of course, you all notice that our favorite hit and run liberal nickel ho Murray Mom doesn't have squat to say about the article. Michael Savage is right: Liberalism IS a mental disorder...
45 posted on 03/28/2002 10:39:27 AM PST by Noumenon
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To: libber-tarian
Rainbow Bump!

46 posted on 03/28/2002 10:39:50 AM PST by Phlap
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To: RetiredArmy
Carter - Iran hostage crisis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I prefaced "also some not successful"--my point is that Clinton was/is an absolute fraud who'll be known 100 years from now as a pardon-dealing crook who shot his filthy wad on a blue dress while getting a BJ from an intern who was only two years older than his daughter!

47 posted on 03/28/2002 10:40:45 AM PST by meandog
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To: libber-tarian;howlin;seamole
Another dubious assertion is that Clinton is a “compelling politician.” Howzat again?
Here's the record of political failures only avid Clinton worshippers would be proud of.

(1) In 1996, incumbent Clinton garnered less than 50% of the vote with a bubbling economy,
peace and a raft of spinmeisters and adoring Big Media behind him glorifying his shady dealings.

(2) In '94, under Clinton, the GOP took control of both houses of Congress first time in a generation.

(3) Clinton's '92 race garnered him 43% of the vote, the same percentage
Democrat losers Carter, Mondale and Dukakis got in landslide defeats.

48 posted on 03/28/2002 10:44:26 AM PST by Liz
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To: libber-tarian
Next time just check the downside legacy. Would've been easier.
49 posted on 03/28/2002 10:51:43 AM PST by TomServo
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To: libber-tarian
One problem I have with Clinton bashing is that often times things are repeated that aren't true (Lay stayed in Lincoln Bedroom on his watch) or aren't provable (the Famed Death Lists). Why is it that people deem it necessary to make up things about the Clintons when the simple facts will do? They're both opportunistic, greedy, elitist, limo-liberal socialists. If you keep lying about someone like that you end up with zero credibility and then when you do say something that's true, no one believes you. (not you, libber-tarian, specifically, I know you didn't write this) For example: "Enron's Ken Lay was staying in the Lincoln Bedroom during the Clinton Administration." There's actually nothing concrete that he stayed at the Clinton White House overnight at any time, let alone the famed Lincoln Bedroom (and if there is please point it out to me, the only concrete thing I can find is he did stay at the WH overnight, but it was on the watch of Bush I). And frankly, beating Clinton and the Dems on the head with Enron, is a tad hypocritical. Those guys donated to EVERYONE. Now if you want to go after the Clintons for Loral/China, Global Crossing, the Rich Pardon (among others), etc, etc. go for it, but don't make s--t up, it's not worth it, leave that up to the Clinton Revisionists (and when they do, and they always do, nail 'em!). Basically, there's a LOT of good, true, ammo here, but one wrong "fact" can cause the whole to be tossed out by someone who might be willing to listen (i.e. so-called "moderates", RINOS, Libertarians, right-leaning Dems (yes, there's a few) and so on).
50 posted on 03/28/2002 10:58:05 AM PST by billsux
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To: libber-tarian
While I've never met Clinton, and know of no one who has; I can honestly say that he stirs more visceral, virulent hatred in me than anyone I've ever known or has done me wrong. It is strange, this feeling I have for Bill Clinton (to the point I've prayed, and sought counsel about it because the feeling is so anti-Christian). I purely despise the man!
51 posted on 03/28/2002 11:01:07 AM PST by meandog
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To: MurryMom
Trolling, trolling over the bounding main. MurrayMommy is back!

Ignore this DU troll folks. He/She/It comes here periodically, tosses off a few verbatim quotes from DU or the DNC website. Tries to get folks here upset and to say silly things and, regrettably, some of us do.


52 posted on 03/28/2002 11:01:43 AM PST by ffrancone
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To: billsux
i do love this someone should post this on DU. It wont last long there, but it will be fun to watch them get pi$$ed. They are talking about sending out flyers to colleges, maybe we should add this article to their flyers
53 posted on 03/28/2002 11:02:22 AM PST by hapy
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To: MurryMom
...and we're still waiting for a Clinton supporter to list some of his accomplishments.

I think the much more persuasive argument for you would have been to actually do what the author states is never done, list Clinton's accomplishments. Instead you write a diatribe about "Bushies" and their tactics. By taking up the author's challenge with drivel rather than proof, you let him win.

Maybe next time, huh?

54 posted on 03/28/2002 11:05:44 AM PST by Bigoleelephant
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To: Graewoulf
clinton's legacy A CLOCKWORK ORANGE Q ERTY6

PRIMARY COLORS was a rather pointless pastel pastiche...

rodham clinton REALITY CHECK
Q ERTY2 "There isn't a shred of evidence."

HILLARY, YOU KNOW, KnowNothing Victim Q ERTY4 double bagel

reckless rodham-clinton-gore reinvention-of-government schemata

W I D E B O D Y. low-center-of-gravity Dim Bulb, Congenital Bottom Feeder

Q ERTY3 zipper-hoisted

clinton zipper vitiated by obvious spilth

Humpty Dummies

Q ERTY6 utter failure 4th-Estate Malfeasance (DEATH BY MISREPORT)

rodham-clinton reality-check BUMP!

55 posted on 03/28/2002 11:06:40 AM PST by Mia T
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To: MurryMom
The bridge clinton built to bring terror to america...the boner in your nose matches janet renos.
56 posted on 03/28/2002 11:12:48 AM PST by f.Christian
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To: libber-tarian
CLINTON're gonna LOVE this!!!

You're right. I did!

57 posted on 03/28/2002 11:15:45 AM PST by LoneGOPinCT
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To: libber-tarian
A very good summation of why Clinton was such a failure as prez and how his neglect to protect the US from terrorism contributed to the savage attacks of Sept. 11.
58 posted on 03/28/2002 11:21:04 AM PST by JulieRNR21
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To: Miss Marple
"passing an education bill which requires accountability by the schhols"

Miss Marple, he's enforcing School-To-Work. Surely even you can see that, so why do you keep mentioning this as a conservative accomplishment?

59 posted on 03/28/2002 11:21:24 AM PST by toenail
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To: libber-tarian;jamaly;FITZ;seamole;techcor; ladtx;medved;Two Thirds Vote Aye;fdcc; howlin...
My contribution to the Clinton legacy:

clin-ton (clint’ n) [after Bill Clinton, late 20th century disbarred U.S. president whose administration is remembered primarily for impeachment, corruption and scandals.
Commonly referred to as:
DIRTPOTUS…[Disbarred Impeached Rapist Treasonous President Of The United States]
and as ’Clinton bin Lyin’

    --n.   1. Any lewd advance towards a person of the opposite gender, usually involving touching …*The boss did a clinton on his defenseless secretary*     2. Any instance of speech or conduct involving calculated deception …*The press conference on Kosovo was a real clinton*     3. Clintonitis A virus enduring all immune-system countermeasures of rejection …*Clintonitis is like a case of a sexually transmitted disease that just won't go away. The full extent of the pernicious aliment politicus Clintonitis, long unmentionable in mixed company, has intruded in full disgusting conspicuousness upon the national consciousness. *      4. clintonoid To adhere to, defend and support blindly, regardless of evidence, to speak with guile and malice; possessing the worst attributes of the First Felon ….* The clintonoid presstitutes, Brokaw, Jennings, Rather, Rivera, continued to spike all news detrimental to the administration.*      --vt.  1. To grope a person of the opposite gender in an unwelcome, unwanted manner …*He tried to clinton the man’s wife*     2. To communicate in a manner which clouds the truth by omitting essential information, or by playing with the meaning of words, or by other such deceptive means …*He clintoned his answer so much that nobody understood it*     3. To shamelessly promote a falsehood as the truth…*"Ken Starr – out of control," clintoned the media. President Bush’s Economy was the worst in the last 50 years was largely clintoned by the mainstream press *      --vi.  1. To act in a boorish manner while self- righteously maintaining the appearance of dignity …*He continued to clinton while the polls held up*      --adj.  1.Characterized by sleaziness or deceptiveness, lacking moral guidance …*It was a classic clintonian response* or *America’s downfall was due to the clintonization of society*     2. To foster divisiveness among races, creeds, genders, generations, classes, occupations, political parties…*The clintonized warring factions were not willing to enter peace talks*
See also: Apologies (Africa, Central America, Europe, South America), .Arkansas State Troopers (as pimps), Arkancide, Arkcident, ‘Bill of Rights’ abrogation, "better put some ice on that", bimbos, bin Laden support, Black churches burning,, blue dress presidoo, Boy/Eagle Scouts, bureaucratic snafus, Cabinet investigations/indictments, Chinese Wars, cigar tricks, Clinton fatigue, ClintonLIEbrary, Clintonspeak, compartmentalize, Constitutional Crisis, co-presidency, demonization of opponents, DiCaprio interviews, disbarment, "Doing the work for the American people" = fundraising, draft dodging, Dreamworks’ scandals, Elian seizure/drugging/deportation, e-mails (100,000-1,000,000zip disks), equivocate, enablers & apologists, "even presidents have personal lives.", Executive Orders, Federal Land Grabs, fighting impeachment he had "saved the Constitution.", foreign boondoggle trips (Africa >$55 MIL, China >$78MIL. India >$58MIL), foreign deployments, ‘getting a Lewinsky’, grifter, gun confiscation, Hollywood money/influence, Homosexuals in military, Ignoring terrorists, Illegal (Campaign Funds, FBI files, travel office), impeachment, inactions against terroists(Kholabar Towers, Somolia, US Embassies, USS COLE, World Trade Towers), inappropriate, indefensible, ‘is’ is, Las Alamos files/fires, Leavenworth, lies, Limited English Proficiency (LEPers), Lincoln bedroom rentals, lost civil liberties, lost legacy, martial law, medical records stonewalling, military nonreenlistments, military unpreparedness, missile technology transfers, "mistakes were made", mother/grandmother conflicts, National ID card, NATO aggression (Clinton’s Wars), obfuscate, obstruction of justice, Opprobrium,,oral sex, Oval Office pantry, Oval Office sink, perjury, ‘plunge’ protection team, politics of personal destruction, presidoo, presidential kneepads, ‘presstitutes’, prevaricate, scumbag, secret police, social engineering (abortion, guns, tobacco), Soviet Union resurrection, spin, stonewall, . tainted Arkansas prison blood (Japan, Canada), Taiwan abandonment, "they’re mean to me", thong, treason, UN Sovereignty Rebellion, "vulgarizes everything he touches", ‘Wag-the-Dog (Monica bombs, Afghanistan, Iraq (Impeachment bombings), Kosovo, Pakistan, Serbia, Sudan), Waco, Western Forest fire-fighting money diverted, White House ‘coffees’, White House pastors, White House ‘porn downloads’, WhiteWater, women (Gennifer, Christine, Dolly, Eleanor, Elizabeth Ward, Juanita, Linda, Monica, Paula, Sharon , Susan, etcetera...etcetera...etcetera...).

60 posted on 03/28/2002 11:21:32 AM PST by Stand Watch Listen
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