Phyllis Schlafly

Bush appointed a commission to study the distortions of Title IX, but he foolishly gave some of the commission seats to feminists.

They used the media to grandstand for their side of the controversy. Secretary of Education Rod Paige then announced he would not implement changes that were not unanimously recommended, so Clinton's anti-male policies about college athletics will continue under Bush.

5. The Clinton administration persuaded Congress to ban semi-automatic assault rifles in 1994. The ban will sunset next year. Senate Democrats have introduced a bill to continue the ban and, to the shock of the National Rifle Association, Bush announced that he supports the Democrats' bill.

Bush seems to have forgotten that his steadfast support of Second Amendment rights was the main reason he carried the Democratic states of Arkansas, Tennessee and West Virginia in November 2000. If he had lost any one of those, Al Gore would be president.

6. Then there is the matter of Clinton sending U.S. troops to Bosnia and its relation to the International Criminal Court Treaty that Clinton's emissaries enthusiastically helped to write and Clinton signed as one of his last official acts. Bush had a wonderful opportunity to withdraw our troops from Bosnia when the International Criminal Court impudently asserted jurisdiction over Americans even though Bush had "unsigned" the ICC treaty.

For a brief few days, Bush stood tall for the protection of American service personnel by threatening to pull our troops out of Bosnia unless the United Nations promised us immunity from the ICC.

But then he wobbled, accepting a lame compromise that left the United States with the almost impossible task of trying to negotiate separate immunity agreements with the 139 ICC countries.

This while at the same time keeping our troops on duty in Bosnia as a fig leaf to cover the ethnic hostility that is still as bitter and dangerous as ever.

7. Another Clinton policy, Executive Order 13166, requires all government agencies and all entities receiving federal funds, such as doctors and hospitals, to provide their services in any foreign language demanded by a client. The perfect opportunity to rescind this costly unfunded mandate was served up when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled two years ago that no one has a right to demand government services in languages other than English.

But Bush chose to continue Clinton's pandering to non-English speaking minorities. Regrettably, Bush breathed new life into Clinton's executive order with all its follies and costs.

We're still hoping for a repudiation of these Clinton policies.


Phyllis Schlafly

Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
 
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