Thursday, July 24, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 19, The Gingrich Revolution and the Clinton Restoration: Politics, 1994 - 1996 (Con't)

The era of big government is over.

—Bill Clinton, 1996 State-of-the-Union address
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 19, The Gingrich Revolution and the Clinton Restoration: Politics, 1994 - 1996 (Con't)

Any Republican urge to negotiate a “least bad” compromise with the Democrats, and thereby gain momentary public credit for helping the president “do something” about health care, should also be resisted. Passage of the Clinton health care plan, in any form, would guarantee and likely make permanent an unprecedented federal intrusion into and disruption of the American economy–and the establishment of the largest federal entitlement program since Social Security. Its success would signal a rebirth of centralized welfare-state policy at the very moment we have begun rolling back that idea in other areas.… But the Clinton proposal is also a serious political threat to the Republican Party. Republicans must therefore clearly understand the political strategy implicit in the Clinton plan–and then adopt an aggressive and uncompromising counterstrategy designed to delegitimize the proposal and defeat its partisan purpose.... But the long-term political effects of a successful Clinton health care bill will be even worse–much worse. It will relegitimize middle-class dependence for “security” on government spending and regulation. It will revive the reputation of the party that spends and regulates, the Democrats, as the generous protector of middle-class interests. And it will at the same time strike a punishing blow against Republican claims to defend the middle class by restraining government.... The first step in that process must be the unqualified political defeat of the Clinton health care proposal. Its rejection by Congress and the public would be a monumental setback for the president; and an incontestable piece of evidence that Democratic welfare-state liberalism remains firmly in retreat.

—William Kristol, Memo to Republican Leaders, December, 1993
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 19, The Gingrich Revolution and the Clinton Restoration: Politics, 1994 - 1996 (Con't)

There is nothing patriotic about hating your country, or pretending you can love your country but despise your government, How dare you suggest that we, in the freest nation on earth, live in tyranny?

—Bill Clinton, May, 1995
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Monday, July 21, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 19, The Gingrich Revolution and the Clinton Restoration: Politics, 1994 - 1996 (Con't)

Powerful forces [are] threatening to bring down [Clinton's] administration. I think that they are called "hormones".

—Jay Leno, The Tonight Show, 1994
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Sunday, July 20, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 19, The Gingrich Revolution and the Clinton Restoration: Politics, 1994 - 1996

[With their health care plan, the Clintons] were going against the entire tide of Western history. I mean, centralized, command bureaucracies are dying. This is the end of that era, not the beginning of it.

—Newt Gingrich, 1994
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 18, From Clinton to Gingrich: Politics, 1992 - 1995 (Con't)

[Reply to question about Democrats in Congress:] We're owned by them. Business. That's where the campaign money comes from now. In the nineteen-eighties we gave up on the little guys. We started drinking from the same trough as the Republicans. We figured business would have to pay up because we had the power on the Hill. [pause] We were right. But we didn't realize we were giving them power over us. And now we have both branches of government, and they have even more power. It's too late now.

—Marty Sabo, Chairman of House Budget Committee, to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, 1993
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Friday, July 18, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 18, From Clinton to Gingrich: Politics, 1992 - 1995 (Con't)

I cannot believe you could live on this earth and know that you were responsible for electing a slime, a scum, a philandering, pot-smoking, draft-dodging pig of a man. . . . You make me sick. I hate your guts.

—Bush Campaign Manager Mary Matalin to her future husband, Clinton Campaign Manager James Carville, after Clinton's election
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 18, From Clinton to Gingrich: Politics, 1992 - 1995 (Con't)

[It's] the economy, stupid.

—Sign in W. Clinton's campaign headquarters, 1992
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 18, From Clinton to Gingrich: Politics, 1992 - 1995

Friends, this election is about more than who gets what. It is about who we are. It is about what we believe and what we stand for as Americans. There is a religious war going on in this country. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as the Cold War itself. For this war is for the soul of America. And in that struggle for the soul of America, Clinton & Clinton are on the other side, and George Bush is on our side.... And as those boys took back the streets of Los Angeles, block by block, my friends, we must take back our cities, and take back our culture, and take back our country. God bless you, and God bless America.

—Pat Buchanan, 1992 Republican National Convention
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 17, The Culture Wars of the Early 90s (Con't)

People used to think that television was aimed at the mind of a 12-year-old. Now it seems aimed at the hormones of a 14-year-old.

—Robert Lichter, director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs (1998)
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