Patriot's History: Bill Clinton (Chap 21)

Lyin' Eyes, The Eagles
Losing My Religion, R.E.M.
Maneater, Hall & Oates

Summary
Despite his blatant immorality
and undistinguished foreign policy,
Bill Clinton thrived with an economy
expanded by the Reagan strategy.

Chapter
A charismatic man, Bill Clinton needed Hillary
for politics and organizing. Centrist strategy
had made him President, but then he took a leftward swing
to government-expanding health care. Costly, damaging
to small employers, Mister Limbaugh helped with its defeat.
Then Clinton raised our taxes and proceeded to deplete
the military. Handing favors with unethical
abandon to his loyalists, a testimonial
to sinking popularity arrived in '94:
Republicans took Congress. (Voters couldn't quite ignore
the Clintons' past {Whitewater}.) But the man was fortunate:
an economic rally helped him, and his delicate
responses to the Oklahoma City bombing brought
a note of sympathy. And while a populace distraught
by terrorism warmed to leadership, the business boom
revived the nation. But the healthy penchant to consume
was due to Reagan's policies, not Clinton's. Deficit
reduction had a host of causes, like the benefit
of cheaper post-war oil, the Eastern Europe nations free
to trade at last, a prosperous computer industry.
The nineties showed the global appetite for liberty
as immigrants embarked upon our shores, prosperity
the goal, but adding to a growing racial harmony
as well. It seemed our nation was beginning to agree
that happiness exists inside -- religion came to be
important once again, inspired by the debauchery
in Washington, perhaps. The Clinton saga wouldn't end,
with Paula Jones and Monica, and funding through a friend
from China, lying to a jury. The economy
would save the day for re-election, and expectedly
he took the credit. Still, a resolution to impeach
was brought to Congress, but the man's ability to reach
his Democratic allies brought acquittal. Through it all
the President, a master of evasion, tried to stall
the moral outrage with events occurring overseas:
the Balkans (with Milosevic); Iraq (Saddam would seize
control again). Committing troops without a plan would seem
to be the Clinton battle strategy. The most extreme
developments were growing terrorist activities:
in '93 bin Laden hit New York (World Trade). Our embassies
were next, in Africa. A villain chose to desecrate
our soil, but Clinton made no effort to retaliate.

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