Former President Bill Clinton’s scheduled speech tonight at the DNC convention reminds me of just how often we, as conservatives, have allowed the Democrats and the liberal media (redundancy!) to dictate the narrative and rewrite history.
Seriously, I have been hoping for a long time to see this trend change, but even with social media taking a large chunk out of the dinosaur news networks, we are still allowing the liberals to get away with an insane amount of propaganda.
Maybe it is because I am old enough to remember how things were when they actually happened. Our newest set of voters was still in diapers during Clinton’s last term. The Democrats work to take full advantage of the naiveté of youth, which is why they target younger voters and deceive them. What disturbs me most is that all too often conservatives go right along with the deception unwittingly.
But I fully remember Bill Clinton’s first election. This is because I actually supported Clinton. Don’t hate me!
It was a definite year of discovery for me. It was the year that I discovered first-hand how blatantly deceptive the liberals can be.
I was young. The 1992 election wasn’t my first, but it was close to it. I was angry at George H. W. Bush for his myopic “family values” platform. Ross Perot had some good sound bites, but I thought the guy was a bit of a lunatic (and it turns out that I was right). Bill Clinton was the “cool” candidate, much like Barack Obama was portrayed in 2008. Hell, he could play the saxophone! He went on popular shows like Arsenio to prove it. Even most conservatives will still say that Clinton is a likable guy on a personal level.
But, in reality, Bill Clinton was Barack Obama 1.0.
Clinton’s first campaign was very much like Obama’s. The Democrats pilloried Bush for going back on his pledge to not raise any taxes, even though it was the Democrats in Congress that placed that poison pill into an unrelated bill that Bush felt he could not veto. Clinton promised to lower taxes and bring us all together as a nation. He gave us empty platitudes.
What we got instead was almost IDENTICAL to Obama’s first two years in office.
As soon as Clinton got in, he and his Democrat allies in Congress passed one of the largest tax increases in the history of the country. Then Bill and Hillary went to work to push a universal health care plan, dubbed “Hillarycare”. The only difference was that they did not have a super-majority in Congress, like Obama. The nation recoiled at Clinton’s actions. They were so incredibly unpopular that Republicans swept the House and Senate races to gain control for the first time in 54 years. The sweep was nearly identical to the one in 2010.
Citizens of the United States had developed a clear case of buyer’s remorse.
At that point, there were only two differences between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Without the presence of Ross Perot in the elections, Clinton would never have come close to winning, either time. He never managed a majority of the popular vote. But Clinton did something else that Obama failed to do; after he got his clock cleaned in the mid-term elections, Bill Clinton decided to portray himself as a centrist.
Today, we have liberals like Barack Obama going around telling the country that his ideas are the same as Clinton’s, and that those ideas worked. And he is allowed to get away with it.
Not even conservatives will call him on it.
But the truth is that the ideas that brought us prosperity in the 1990’s were not so popular with Clinton. He fought against them tooth and nail, and went so far as to wage a war with the Gingrich-led Congress that would shut down the government. If Clinton had gotten his way, and had retained control of the House or Senate, we likely would not have seen so much prosperity, even with the technological boom. Clinton went kicking and screaming against ideas like welfare reform (vetoed three times), until he was forced into a political position where he had to sign such ideas into law. He then turned around and portrayed ideas like welfare reform and a balanced budget as hallmarks of his administration, with the liberal media in full cooperation.
But those ideas did not originate from Clinton, he opposed them at the outset, and he only came to get on board when it became politically expedient for him to do so.
The boom in technology was enough to spur our economy to great heights, not because of Clinton’s policies, but despite them. In fact, Clinton ignored several pitfalls that caused our economy to take a large downturn near the end of his administration. Several companies were cooking the books. Many of the prosperous internet corporations had no physical inventory of which to speak. When the bubbles burst, Clinton didn’t care. He was on his way out.
The media blamed George W. Bush for Tyco, Enron, WorldCom, and the like, but those crimes were all committed under Clinton’s watch. Apart from that, Clinton’s administration had more high level corrupt scandals than even Obama’s. They made Nixon look like a choir boy. But the dinosaur media covered for him, and portrayed him as an enigmatic superstar.
And we let them.
And now we are letting them tell everyone how successful Clinton was as a President.
Because we allowed them to create that narrative and let it become ingrained as common knowledge.
We even went along with it to a degree, and we’re paying the price now. Obama is able to fool much of the populace with this narrative.
We’ve got to stop letting this happen.