Breaking news - - Bill and Hillary Clinton are nasty, frequently inauthentic, and dishonest.
Actually this is not “news” at all. But many Liberal Americans have just begun to discover this painful reality, and it’s an arduous process for them to stumble out of their denial.
My concerns about Bill’s relationship with the truth date back to his now-famous “I experimented with marijuana a time or two“ and I “didn‘t inhale” shtick of 1992. So many others seemed to revel in the entertainment value that then-Governor Clinton provided with those remarks. I, on the other hand, was horrified that a serious candidate for the presidency would utter such absurdities, and expect, as he apparently did, to be taken seriously.
My anxiety got worse after the Clintons stormed the White House. I watched Bill renege on his campaign promise of a middle class tax cut with the “gosh this federal deficit is worse than I thought” routine, and then usher in the largest tax increase in the history of our country. I also observed Hillary’s healthcare “task force” that was supposedly responding to a mandate of “the people,” yet operated clandestinely and could not be bothered by questions from “the people” (or the Congress, for that matter); I read of the mysterious and abrupt firing of the career staffers at the White House travel office; a steady stream of rumors and anecdotes about Hillary’s berating of Secret Service and military personnel at the White House; a steady stream of rumors and anecdotes about Bill and “other women;” the Clinton Administration’s proposed expansion of welfare spending by about $35 billion, despite Bill’s campaign pledge to “end welfare as we know it;” and allegations about the Clintons’ possibly having broken the law with some unscrupulous real estate dealings “back home” in Arkansas.
Then, after leading Democrats to the embarrassing end of forty years of control over the House and the Senate in less than two years on the job (in the historic mid-term elections of November 1994), Bill had the audacity to stand before the nation in his 1995 State of the Union address and announce that “the era of big government is over.”
Yes, long before the “I did not have sexual relations with that woman / it’s a vast rightwing conspiracy / it depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is / it’s nobody’s business but ours” psychodrama; long before Bill took the oath of office for the second time; long before the world knew the name “Monica Lewinsky,“ I had grave concerns about the Clintons and their abilities at being authentic, honest people.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.