Skip to comments.Clinton's Fantasy World
Posted on 06/22/2004 12:50:35 AM PDT by kattracks
Dont bother buying Clintons 957-page excuse for a presidency that beggared the term pathetic My Life which goes on sale today.
If youre interested in the truth about the Clinton years one of the most embarrassing chapters in U.S. history the last place to seek enlightenment is in the pages of an autobiography by this master of deceit.
A prominent member of his own party, former United States Senator Bob Kerrey, once remarked that Slick Willie is an unusually good liar.
R. Emmett Tyrell, Jr. elaborated on this thesis in his 1996 book, Boy Clinton: The Political Biography. Clinton is a constant liar who has, on occasion, devised lies that are truly extraordinary, Tyrell wrote well before Monica-gate. He tells huge lies when a little white lie would be sufficient and even pardonable. He applies a modest lie when no lie is needed. Some of his lies are admittedly artful and possessed of a bland lawyerly elegance, but others are juvenile. Nonetheless, he intones them all so smoothly, so coolly, so reflexively as to suggest that for him, there is no reality beyond himself. He lies like a man totally unencumbered by conceptions of right and wrong. He lies like a sociopath.
Since Americans have short memories (to match their attention spans), and Clinton has been out of office for 3 ½ blessed years, it might be helpful to consider a few of his more notorious whoppers:
1) To secure a draft exemption, he lied to the commander of the ROTC unit at the University of Arkansas about intending to join the program after his year at Oxford. He had no such intention, as he later admitted.
2) During the 1992 presidential campaign, he lied to voters about his affair with Gennifer Flowers, as her recordings of their telephone conversations demonstrate.
3) He lied about growing up with blacks in the rural South during the era of segregation. (He probably would have claimed he was born a poor, black child, had not comedian Steve Martin beaten him to the punch.)
4) He lied about trying pot only once, but not inhaling. Flowers and his brother, Roger, both declared that he used marijuana and cocaine regularly.
5) He lied for the better part of 8 years about his Whitewater dealings and his knowledge of his partners fraud.
6) He lied when he claimed he did not sexually harass Paula Jones as the $700,000 she received to settle the case suggests.
7) He lied about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. He lied to his family, his cabinet, his aides and the American people. He lied under oath. He perjured himself, in violation not only of the laws of the land but also of his oath of office. Here, his lying caused a constitutional crisis that distracted the nation at a crucial time when it should have been concentrating on the growing threat of international terrorism.
During eight years in office, he made Dick Nixon at his worst look like Abraham Lincoln at his best. I wouldnt trust the Great Pretender if he told me that hot-fudge sundaes are fattening, Charlize Theron is attractive and Osama bin Laden is a very bad man indeed.
The promotion campaign for My Life should be called The Clinton Vindication Tour Securing Bills Place In History Summer, 2004. A review in The New York Times says the book is sloppy, self-indulgent and often eye-crossingly dull. And those are its strong points.
The Times review reminds me of David Brinkleys comment during Election Night 96. After complaining that Clintons victory speech was one of the worst things Ive ever heard, Brinkley said the then-president has not a creative bone in his body. Therefore, he is a bore and will always be a bore probably not one of the dust-jacket quotes for My Life.
Beyond even the pleas for sympathy based on his trailer-park childhood, and the back-patting over his many imagined accomplishments, the book is blatantly dishonest where candor is called for most.
He was immoral and foolish in his affair with Monica, Clinton confesses. And he did it for the worst possible reason, the ex-president intones, because I could.
Theres no hint of remorse over the sexual harassment of Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey, the alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick or the legion of bimbos his state-trooper bodyguards say he slept with as governor of Arkansas. Then again, he wasnt caught red-handed in any of his other indiscretions (no DNA evidence), so why feign contrition?
After the usual perfunctory apology for Monica, Clinton launches a frontal assault on his enemies in the impeachment crisis: the right-wing cabal that tried to drive him from office including the FBI Director he appointed and the special prosecutor (Kenneth Starr) whose selection his attorney general endorsed.
The forces involved in this illegitimate crusade to drive him from office Starr, the Republican Congress, Rush Limbaugh and conservative activists werent just wrongheaded or opportunistic political opponents, they were evil incarnate, Clinton implies in his book.
The impeachment fight was, the liberal Pinocchio writes, my last great showdown with the forces I had opposed all of my life, including those who supported segregation in the South and opposed equal rights for women, as well as politicians who believed that government should benefit shadowy and sinister special interests.
Here is megalomania peppered with paranoia. Im only surprised that the blubbery Walter Mitty didnt fantasize that, in struggling to stay in office, he was also fighting resurgent Nazism and attempting to find a cure for cancer.
Yes, most Clinton-haters (a fraternity in which I am proud to claim membership) hated everything about the man his politics, his policies, his smarmy rhetoric, his lies, his smirks, even his Deputy Dog accent.
That doesnt alter the reality that the 42nd president of the United States was eminently impeachable. If Democrats who now whine that Bush exaggerated the threat of Saddam Hussein prior to the Gulf War had voted on principle, Clinton would have been unemployed in 1999.
Clinton lied under oath. Despite the pleading of liberal apologists, there is no exception to the federal perjury statute for lying about sex. A lie is a lie is a lie.
Lying under oath is a felony. When the president of the United States commits perjury, that is ample cause for impeachment and removal from office under Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution. That Clinton was also guilty of obstruction of justice (to cover up his crimes) and suborning perjury two more felonies -- simply strengthened the case against him.
In way, it was all so exquisitely fitting: A man whose life was built on lies, whose political creed was based on lies, was finally undone by a lie a lie he told in a sworn affidavit, a lie that was obvious (once investigators had the dress with the presidential stain), a lie that couldnt be rationalized or explained away.
That Clinton persists in the fiction that his only offense was a moral lapse demonstrates the great truth of his presidency: Clinton lies even to himself.
Besides the standard sobbing about being victimized by an attempted right-wing coup (successor to the vast right-wing conspiracy), the rest of the book is equally predictable.
Clinton claims the crowning moment in his presidency came when our war on the Serbs ended. On his orders, we bombed the smithereens out of Christian people (who had been our allies in two World Wars), in order to create a quasi-independent Moslem state in Europe. What particularly pleased the 60s alumnus was that this application of military force bore absolutely no relation to our national security. Actually, it worked against our interests.
The architect of the Nude World Order is only slightly less gratified with his first great foreign-policy coup returning democracy to Haiti, in the person of Castro crony Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Events this spring (when, after a decade of political turmoil, Aristide was ousted again) show the futility of Clintons humanitarian interventions.
The ex-president also tries to demonstrate that he really did care about defense that it wasnt just an afterthought between bouts of oral sex (although, according to the Starr Report, the then head of state once was serviced by Monica while he was on the phone discussing troop deployments to Bosnia). The Clinton White House was Animal House and 9 ½ Weeks meets Liar, Liar.
I was deeply, passionately concerned about terrorism, Clinton now maintains, notwithstanding his refusal to accept custody of bin Laden (the Sudanese wanted to give him to us in 1996, in exchange for better relations), or his missile strikes on aspirin factories in retaliation for embassy bombings - all of which persuaded Islamic terrorists that we were the Great Paper-mache Satan.
The 957-page tome (Clinton has a lot to say about his favorite subject -- himself) has an initial printing of 1.5 million copies. People lined up at midnight at bookstores in New York and other cities to snatch up copies of this fictional account of his presidency. The only thing to rival the phenomenon is the pet-rock craze of the 70s.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant.
-Hillary Clinton- archives, comments, and opposition research --
-The Clinton Files--
-Murder, Inc. [repost] --
-Women in the Clinton Era: Abuse,Intimidation and Smears--
Hillary's delegates spit on and taunt Police Honor Guard at her Convention
Catastrophic intelligence Failure - Clinton's Bin Laden GATE
CIA Officials Reveal What Went Wrong Clinton to Blame
DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
That's why people are lining up to buy the book. Its entertaining fiction.
I am sick of seeing truth-seekers falling into the liberal sex-gate trap. I am totally sick of it. There is so much more. It was SO MUCH WORSE! It's not nearly enough to talk about sex, sex, sex. Good grief!
For example, don't they AT LEAST have a pinky's worth of courage enough to talk about Betty Currie's brothers? Hey, it even ties in with the low brainwave activity topic of Monica. One of them beaten a day before she was scheduled to testify, one of Currie's brothers was beaten. LA Times and Seattle Times.] The day before her second appointed day of testimony, one of her brothers is run off the road by a truck and then run over by a truck. [Richmond Times Dispatch, I think the paper was.] Currie was terrified, as one could imagine.
Can't we just stop posting stuff about Clinton. He is history and history will judge him accordingly.
I wish the mods would zap anything posted about Clinton whatsoever. We are serving the purpose he set out for us by reinforcing the left's beleif that there was a conspiracy against him.
Just ignore the man.
To those Freepers who think "exposing the truth" is their mission, Clinton himself will be judged by historians and the sterile lends of history. The man accomplished nothing and that is what the books will say about him.
In the meantime, stop wasting your time reading about or protesting against the man. It is a waste of time and counterproductive.
Let's turn our backs upon this human being. Yes, tell the shameful story of his legacy as a warning for the future, but concetrate on the immediate and future threats rather than past battles. We need that energy in preparation for November and thereafter to avoid a Rod Ham legacy that could make the Clinton one look like a time of moral rectitude.
No one risked crossing the Clintons since they had goods on every one. Don Feder's analysis is fine as it goes but he leaves out why they got away with it. They would stop at nothing to destroy other people.
They should do a movie about this.
The theme song can be Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare" LOL
Don't give Bubba any ideas. If he could make a movie, he would hog 99% of the screen time, with the last bit left to the bit players among his sycophants and enemies.
True, Bubba could do a porn movie with a military theme titled, "The Battle Of My Bulge".
Very significant point. There are accounts of intimidation tactics, raided FBI files, privacy violations designed to smear whistle blowers, and even, as many of us old timers point out: strange deaths covered up. Even Fox News might have felt a chill [including Sean Hannity] when Brit Hume's son died, reportedly a suicide. The investigation seemed odd at the time. Someone thinks that is why Hannity refuses to look at the Brown Crash logically. There are Clinton ties to the National Enquirer, and lo and behold, the Enquirer paid people for getting Rush investigated.
I wouldn't steal that stupid book, much less pay for a copy.
Clitler sold US ballistic missile guidance technology secrets to the Chinese Communist regime in return for campaign contributions in 1994.
He must be arrested, tried in a due court of law, convicted of treason in a time of war, and be executed.
...Uh huh...Thanks fer the article, kat...
I hesitate to say this, but it seems it may be wise in the future to be careful electing a man with such a dysfunctional childhood. Clinton is one sick puppy.
I am surely aware that many folks come from circumstances such as his and grow up quite well, thankfully. But, he was injured and mutated by his early years, and look what America got - a total narcissistic, dangerously self-absorbed, insecure fool......... who gave our technology to our enemies for favors and who knows what else.
The man was AN AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, and that nightmare is far from over!
And, The Queen of Darkness is waiting not so quietly behind the curtain.
"Clinton himself will be judged by historians and the sterile lends of history. The man accomplished nothing and that is what the books will say about him."
I think you're wrong. History is written by... history professors in academia. Have you looked at them lately? The "sterile lens of history" assumes that the academia is itself objective. That hasn't been true for some 50 years. Conservatives cannot rely on academia to get the story right. Therefore, anywhere we can get the truth published for future generations willing to do their -own- research to find, we should do so.
This was the reason for the "wall" erected by Jamie Gorelick. It prevented the CIA from sharing information about Clinton's treason with the FBI and other intelligence organizations, which in turn gave us 9/11.
I disagree. Clinton was, is, and will always be a danger to the USA. The thought that he might return to power as the 'first-spouse' is frightening. His lies and perversions need to be shouted from the rooftops so that he, or anyone like him, may never be an occupant of the oval office again.
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