When G.W. Bush assumed the Presidency eleven years ago, he vowed to restore honor and integrity to the White House. There was no mistaking the unspoken words. On his watch, there would be none of the Clinton shenanigans in re unlawful behavior and disrespecting the office, especially the Oval one. But the Compassionate Conservative somehow found it necessary to go a step further and present Bill Clinton, along with George H.W. Bush, as America’s ambassador in matters of relief efforts and the US goodwill and peace efforts.
Whatever Christian motivations Bush had to forgive Clinton did not have to extend to presenting him as exemplar of the noble American to the world, especially since the world, and we mean everybody in the world, knew better. Clinton was a rat and a scoundrel of the first order and, aside from the point that he should have resigned his office, after the fact he should have gone quietly into the night. And Bush should have let him. Sour grapes? Oh, yes. Bitterly sour, if you please.
In the ensuing years, Clinton got absolutions from a few ‘right reverends’, supposedly got special ‘counseling’, and continued to be, for reasons that caused many of us to vow never to vote for a Democrat again, even for dogcatcher, the special pet and ‘senior statesman’ of the Democrat Party establishment. And then there was the propping up of the eminently unqualified Hillary. And then there was the Library. The Clinton Global Initiative? Face it folks, Barack Obama’s got nothing on this guy when it comes to arrogant narcissism. And that’s after putting behind us all of the ‘scandalgates’ involving Hillary and Bill going back thirty years.
Fast forward to 2011 and amid another Democrat president’s abysmal failure in foreign policy and leader-of-the-free-world abdication, we have the contemptible Bill Clinton daring to blame Benjamin Netanyahu for the ‘breakdown of the peace process’. Oh, and did we mention that this is the same peace that was guaranteed to be a fait accompli by the laughable Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton, just one year ago? Wonder if that little tidbit had anything to do with Bill’s inexcusable attack on the Israeli Prime Minister? Defending the old hag, and all that rot. Whatever. We did not appreciate the dirtbag shaking his finger in our face back in 1998 and we don’t appreciate him shaking it in Benjamin Netanyahu’s face in 2011.
The point is that Bill Clinton doesn’t speak for the United States, whether here at home or, like the other sorry example of a past American president, Jimmy Carter, on foreign soil. Everybody’s got a right to their opinion, we suppose. Even disgraced former presidents. But even a freshman in college pursuing a bachelor’s in political science or a grad student working on a master’s in international relations knows that in the middle of a crisis, or a diplomatic initiative, or intense negotiations, or critical haggling at the UN, as a former president you don’t go spouting off from the sidelines and interjecting yourself into it, even if you are a Rhodes scholar and married to the smartest woman in the world.
What is amusing and at the same time rankling about the Democrat and Progressive pundits and pols who continually cackle and prattle about the ‘peace process’, is that they don’t seem to factor in that the traditional wing of the American geo-political culture has a memory. We were born, many us who have earned by longevity, experience and exposure the right to recommend on these affairs, prior to 1967. We remember the Arab hordes ganging up on the tiny nation of Israel, and Israel valiantly defending itself and it’s people. We remember the Sinai, and the Golan Heights and the 67 War and the Six-Day War and the intefada and the terrorist attacks and the pistol-packing, UN-haranguing weasel Yasser Arafat. Not to mention since then the despicable Hamas and Hezbollah and what happened to our Marines in Lebanon. And we do indeed remember the awful day in September of 1972 at Munich. But our institutional memory is longer than that. Even though we may have not yet been, or had only recently been, born at the time, we know all about the Holocaust and why there is a State of Israel to begin with.
And our cultural memory goes back a lot farther than that. Not only is America a nation conceived in and modeled on Judeo-Christian principles of goodness and right, whatever the self-absorbed illiterati (yes, illiterati) and the current occupant of the White House want to mewl about to the contrary notwithstanding, not only is the State of Israel a ferocious guardian and guarantor of religious freedom for the great faiths of the world, but our cultures are entertwined and go back millenia. Benjamin Netanyahu, in addition to knowing he must protect his nation , knows this, as should anyone who calls himself a scholar, no matter what his politics. And so should anyone who calls himself a Christian or a Jew. For those of the Jewish faith in America now currently in a quandry about what to do as regards political allegiances and alliances in the United States in light of the antics of the current administration, all we ask is that you just go back in your historical reference about 35 years and remember these nine words: James Earl Carter, William Jefferson Clinton, Barack Hussein Obama. And remember the sum negative total of what they did for the preservation of the Jewish homeland.
And of Bill Clinton, we ask only this – shut your pie hole.
Glad you wrote about this, Bob. (Lady P – Ed.)