Making politicians and media accountable to ordinary citizens since 2000.

Home | Unconservative Listening | Links | Contribute | About

Join the Mailing List | Contact Caro

Myths Debunked:
Thanking the Clintons



Now that Bush's post-war ratings are about to fall, it's refreshing to see that the anti-Clinton forces have once again crawled out of the woodwork to try to demean him and his wife with lies and innuendo.

Here’s part of the text of a message from the 2000 campaign that’s making the rounds again.

Thanking the Clintons

Dear Mr. Ex President Clinton:

I recently saw a bumper sticker that said, "Thank me, I voted for Clinton-Gore." So, I sat down and reflected on that, and I am sending my "Thank you" for what you have done, specifically:

1. Thank you for introducing us to Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, Dolly Kyle Browning, Kathleen Willey, and Juanita Broderick. Did I leave anyone out?

2. Thank you for teaching my 8 year old about oral sex…

Here’s my answer:

It was Special Persecutor Ken Starr, not Bill Clinton, who made the details of Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky public.  It's Ken Starr who put pornography into the Congressional Record.

Bill Clinton lied about a consensual sexual affair with an adult of the opposite sex, but Republicans lie about life and death matters, and matters that cost us taxpayers a great deal of money.  Let's talk about some substantive wrongdoing, shall we?

Republicans have, three times in my lifetime, used trickery, and possibly treason, to gain the White House.  Richard Nixon appears to have, before he was president, negotiated with Thieu of Vietnam to keep Thieu from the bargaining table before the 1968 election.
Christopher Hitchens, The Trial of Henry Kissinger (2001, Verso)

Ronald Reagan is accused of having negotiated, before he was president, with Iranian terrorists holding U.S. embassy employees hostage.  Reagan promised to sell arms to Iran in exchange for the terrorists’ waiting until after Reagan’s inauguration to release the hostages.
Robert Parry, Trick or Treason: The October Surprise Mystery (1993, Sheridan Square Press)

It is against U.S. law, in fact it is considered treason, for private citizens to negotiate with foreign governments or, presumably, terrorists.

George W. Bush, of course, used every means at his disposal to stop legal vote counts in Florida, thereby gaining, with the help of the U.S. Supreme Court, that state’s electoral votes.  Bush asked for and was granted recounts in New Mexico that he fought against in Florida.

Richard Nixon inaugurated “dirty tricks” in politics.  He used government agencies, such as the Internal Revenue Service, to harass people on his “enemies” list.  He created the kind of environment in his administration that made his minions think he would approve of a burglary of the opposition party’s campaign offices.  Nixon and many members of his administration lied and obstructed justice in attempts to hide responsibility for that burglary.

Ronald Reagan approved and encouraged the sale of arms to Iran, as he promised the terrorists holding our hostages, against the express will of Congress.  He approved and encouraged the use of profits from those illegal sales to support Nicaraguan rebels, also against the express will of Congress.
Lawrence E. Walsh, Firewall: The Iran-Contra Conspiracy and Cover-up (1997, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

Reagan deregulated savings and loans without implementing proper safeguards for federally insured deposits, an oversight that cost us taxpayers more than $500 billion.  Reagan’s contributors helped themselves to HUD funds, costing us taxpayers more billions of dollars.  According to Haynes Johnson, “By the end of his term, 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations. In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his administration was the worst ever.”
Haynes Johnson, Sleep-Walking Through History: America in the Reagan Years (1991, Doubleday), p. 184.

George H.W. Bush was involved in Iran/Contra, but we will never know the full measure of his participation because he pardoned those who could have implicated him before they could be tried.  Never was there such a QUID PRO QUO for a presidential pardon.
Lawrence Walsh, op. cit.  Also, the original New York Times article is archived on

Just before he left the presidency, Bush père sold the rights to a U.S. taxpayer owned mine to a Canadian company.  The company paid the U.S. $10,000 for the rights to more than $10 billion worth of gold.  Bush went to work for this company immediately after leaving office.
Gregory Palast, “Poppy Strikes Gold”, UTNE Reader, April, 2003.  Archived at

The persecution of Bill Clinton was a cynical attempt to do several things.  It was an attempt to unseat a legitimately elected president.  It was an attempt to smear the leader of the Democratic party so forcefully that he would have to either resign or hide.  A more dangerous objective was to sour all Americans except the most right-wing party faithful on all things political, so that we would stay away from the polls, allowing Republicans to win by default.

The demonization and persecution of Democrats continues because the Republicans' policies fail on all counts.  As the ancient Chinese proverb says, "Strong and bitter words indicate a WEAK CAUSE."

We can thank Bill Clinton for eight years of peace and prosperity.  We can thank the current Bush administration for deficits, the loss of millions of jobs, and never-ending war.

How many people can you send THIS to?

Carolyn Kay
April 2003

 Series Page


Last changed: December 13, 2009