Sunday, September 27, 2009

Bill Clinton Claims Vast, Right-wing Conspiracy

Do right-wing fundamentalists or conservatives pose a genuine threat?

This accusation is coming from all fronts right now. I suppose it's because the showings at the townhall meetings of the summer and the greater than expected attendance in Washington on 9/12 have had an impact on those on left. The media, or "fringe media" if you prefer, and lawmakers in Washington, as well as many others with left-leaning tendencies are doing their best to portray Conservatives as a threat. But where's their proof? A threat to what?

The AP has reported today that Former President Bill Clinton is saying a vast, right-wing conspiracy which once had targeted him now focuses on President Barack Obama. Clinton made that claim in a television interview when he was asked about something of a much more personal and significant incident in his own presidency, that being the Monica Lewinsky affair which occurred over a decade ago. At that time, first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton suggested her husband's political enemies, who she called a "vast, right-wing conspiracy" were out to destroy his presidency. They do not.... DO NOT.... have any proof of their accusations; they only have speculations to support those accusations.

On NBC's "Meet the Press" this week, Bill Clinton was asked about whether the conspiracy his wife proclaimed was out to destroy his presidency ten years ago was still around today. His reply was, "You bet. Sure it is. It's not as strong as it was because America has changed demographically. But it's as virulent as it was." However, he said, this time the focus is on Obama, and now “their agenda seems to be wanting him to fail."

He's wrong two counts. The conservative movement that was around ten years ago has grown, but demographics have nothing to do with it; becoming aware of what the government is up to has everything to do with it. Neither is this movement just made up conservatives or right-wingers. It includes members of his own party as well as independents - and a good number of them. Many of these people not only put Clinton in office, but put Obama in office as well. Some had become disillusioned by the previous administration and sought a change from those policies. However, they never suspected that meant the total revamping of the Constitution and the dismantling of our government that has been happening over the past eight months.

You can correctly say that this "right-wing conspiracy" as a movement isn't about the man. Rather, it's about his programs and politics. Separating the man from his policies is validated in the major national polls results. According to today's Rasmussen Poll, 30% approve of Obama's politics, 40% disapprove, but 49% approve of his overall job performance. Many like the man, but they don't like his politics. So, it doesn't necessarily follow that people generally hope he fails - personally.

I can't speak for why Clinton chose "virulent" to describe his detractors in the '90s. I don't remember any violence, any openly spiteful, hostile, or intense bitterness, or even expressed maliciousness that would denote "virulent" - but strong opposition, yes. However, it was not unduly so as his personal actions and his policies warranted the strong dissatisfaction expressed by those who opposed him.

Is there a conspiracy on the right? That might be accurately descriptive if the term "conspiracy" means the passion and determination of the "right-wingers" to protect our Constitution, to protect our country from being driven into Socialism, to keep our Congress and the media from making a demagogue out of our president. It's a passion driven by love of country and its founding principles and values. It is not driven by hate of anything or anyone. The patriotism that was present during the founding of this country is rising again in the hearts of individuals from every political sector. And the opposition to that patriotism is just fanning the flame!

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