Not a bad answer, actually. We are living in a different world.
I’m in two minds about this actually. It was a good answer and I believe him but I still think he could have done more to try and get public opinion on his side. If DOMA was a compromise to stop amendments banning gay marriage completely, why wasn’t any protection at all given or simply state recognition of cohabitation? Ok it was a different time but, hell it’s not the 1950s he’s talking about. I still quite like Bill Clinton though.
Bill is still the best President we never had. If only he had kept his dick in his pants and gone a second term, the world might be a very different place today.
RobN: he did 2 terms, it’s just unfortunate that he spent so much time dealing with the impeachment issue.
And least he had a degree of substance unlike Blair (who would do anything to advance himself!)
This article really needs to be read carefully by all those who are currently giving Obama such a hard time on DADT and DOMA. American presidents have huge power but it is naive to think that they can just declare the end of DODT and DOMA just like that when there are so many forces railed against them.
I agree with RobN about Clinton. Had he kept his pants zipped things could have been so much different in USA. Strange to think that with all those women who changed the course of history – Helen of Troy, Maggie Thatcher(?), Golda Meyer, Marie Curie etc there is also Monika Lewinsky!!
Clinton’s policies on LGBT issues are part and parcel of his generally very right wing administration and they hurt a lot more people than just our communities. But I can understand why right-wingers like him.
After a few years listening to the Democrats Bush haul over the coals for basically continuing Clintons policies, people began to forget just all the awful thing the Clintons did.
Clinton’s cowardice in surrendering at once and totally when it came to GLBT rights is legendary. He, and no one else, formalized and legalized military bigotry by signing DADT. He didn’t have to but he did to pander to the bigot vote. He and no one else championed DOMA, signed it into law and then boasted about it to get reelected. His cruelty towards us will never be forgotten or forgiven. He lit the fuse that led to an explosion of 40 or so state DOMAs. Both DOMA and DADT will be identified, and properly so, as brutal and unnecessary attacks on us by Clinton.
But bad as that was he was even worse to others. He bravely stepped up to defend NAFTA and fought against unions and environmentalists. That was payback for Hillary Clinton’s years on the Board of Directors of Wal-Mart where she learned the basics of union busting and consumer fraud. NAFTA eliminated hundreds of thousands of union jobs with good benefits. No wonder Hillary Clinton called it a “boon to the economy…” by which she meant that it made the rich richer and that was OK as long as the Clintons got theirs in the process.
In return for a few hundred high priced speaking engagements after leaving office Clinton bravely signed the 1999 Republican authored bill deregulating corporate predators. His act relentlessly led to the current recession which threatens to become a depression. He signed all the tax breaks for the rich presented to him. “Bill Clinton as president gave the super rich a larger tax break than George Bush’s tax cuts…” Bill Moyers Journal January 18, 2008
But here’s the worst thing Clinton did. He ordered the deaths of 567,000 Iraqi children by instituting an embargo on food and medical and sanitary supplies. The BBC warned “In the parts of the country most affected by both, infant mortality has more than doubled, rising well beyond 100 per 1,000 live births.” UNICEF said substantially the same: “Wednesday, 12 August 1999: The first surveys since 1991 of child and maternal mortality in Iraq reveal that in the heavily-populated southern and central parts of the country, children under five are dying at more than twice the rate they were ten years ago. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said the findings reveal an ongoing humanitarian emergency.” A year late The Nation reported that “Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) study in Iraq wrote to The Lancet, the journal of the British Medical Society, asserting that sanctions were responsible for the deaths of 567,000 Iraqi children.”
Clinton’s bravery is legendary. He’s an exemplar of the Crusaders of old. Who else could smite 567,000 foes and live to tell the tale? Who else could put the queers in their place and who else could face down public opinion with NAFTA, tax breaks for the rich and letting corporate predators wreck the economy?