Wednesday, July 30, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 20, Tabloid Nation I: OJ (Con't)

The jurors had discussed the merits of the case against O. J. Simpson for about two hours—less time than most other adults in America.

— Jeffrey Toobin, The Run of His Life: The People vs. O. J. Simpson
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 20, Tabloid Nation I: OJ (Con't)

There was another man not too long ago in this world who had those same views, who wanted to burn people, who had racist views, and ultimately had power over people in his country. People didn't care. People said he's crazy. He's just a half-baked painter. And they didn't do anything about it. This man, this scourge, became one of the worst people in the world, Adolf Hitler, because people didn't care, didn't stop him. He had the power over his racism and his anti-religionism. Nobody wanted to stop him....And so Fuhrman. Fuhrman wants to take all black people now and burn them or bomb them. That's genocidal racism. Is that ethnic purity? We're paying this man's salary to espouse these views...

—Johnny Cochran, summation to the O. J. Simpson Jury
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Monday, July 28, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 20, Tabloid Nation I: OJ (Con't)

OJ is in massive denial. He obviously did it. He should do a diminished-capacity please and he might have a chance to get out in a reasonable amount of time.

—Johnny Cochran, in private, prior to being hired as Simpson's lawyer
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 20, Tabloid Nation I: OJ (Con't)

I'm not black, I'm OJ

—O. J. Simpson, 1968
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Saturday, July 26, 2014

US History 1973 - 2014 Commonplace Book: Lecture 20, Tabloid Nation I: OJ

OJ, Monica, Iraq war runup. 3 media events impossible to explain to The Kids Today. had to have been there

—Atrios (Duncan Black) on Twitter, March 19, 2014
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Friday, July 25, 2014

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

I can't think. I can't act.... I can't focus on a thing but the next fund raiser. Hillary can't. Al can't — we're all getting sick and crazy because of it.

—Bill Clinton, speaking to Dick Morris, during 96 re-election campaign
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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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