Many people despise the Clintons so much that they will irrationally
throw away their vote. Here's how that works:
Imagine that Smith and Jones are running against a Clinton. Smith
claims to be against Clinton, but Smith continually votes for bigger
government, more taxes, and does nothing to protect innocent life and
family values. But Smith really complains about Clinton. Jones is a
libertarian. He complains about Clinton, but not as much as Smith,
because Jones also has to complain about Smith, whose policies are not
significantly different from Clintons. So Smith sounds more anti-Clinton
that Jones, but Jones is in fact far more unlike Clinton than Smith.
- What's really wrong with Clinton?
- What's wrong with complaining about Clinton?
Kevin Craig is a libertarian who doesn't want us to lose sight of the
real issues. As we prepare to finish the first decade
of the 21st century, what are the most pressing issues of the day? If we
were to judge by media coverage of the Clinton Administration, the most
pressing issue was whether the President should be removed from office
for lying about his "sexual indiscretions."
||The fact that this President was
elected due in part to financial
support from Communist China, which has been bought with
access to nuclear
weapons technology, is apparently not the most pressing
issue of the day.
||The fact that this President has
admitted on national television that he
has been in possession of illegal drugs (which his Press
Secretary described in a press conference as "no big
deal"), that his
government in Arkansas oversaw the smuggling of millions of
dollars in cocaine (which was sold
on American streets), and that he has probably ordered
the murder of as many people as your average organized
crime "godfather" is
also not the most pressing issue.
||The fact that the U.S. Supreme
Court struck down a Kentucky law permitting the posting of a
of the Ten Commandments in each school classroom with a
plaque attached which read, "The
secular application of the Ten Commandments is clearly seen in
its adoption as the fundamental legal code of Western
Civilization and the Common Law of the United States,"
and that the overwhelming majority of public school students cannot
list three or more of the Ten Commandments, and that the
rate of sexually
transmitted diseases among 14 year olds has been
skyrocketing, is not the most pressing issue of our day.
||The fact that Supreme Court
decisions removing virtue, morality, and Christianity from
schools are based on a systematic
distortion of American history and American legal precedents
is no big deal. The suppression of the
universal belief of the Founding Fathers in the importance of
Christian morality and virtue is of no concern to most
||The fact that most politicians who
have taken an oath to "support the Constitution"
have never even read the Constituiton, and that the Professors
of Constitutional Law in the most prestigious law schools in
the nation urge
their students not to read the Constitution because it is
apt to "confuse their minds," is a fact of no more
significance to most Americans than your average "lawyer
||The fact that atheistic governments
have murdered an
average of 10,000 people per day throughout this century
is no big deal. The fact that the murder of 1,000 pre-born
human beings per hour is either
legalized or coerced by atheistic governments elicits little
more than a yawn.
||The fact that a small group of
wealthy, highly-educated Secular Humanists known as "The
Council on Foreign Relations" always occupies the
highest offices in the land (both political and corporate)
regardless of whether the Democrats or the Republicans are in
power, is of no interest to most people.
||The fact that this group of
powerful people believes that an
additional 15,000 people per hour
must be put to death in order to preserve their way of
life, and that this policy has been put forth in official
publications of the United Nations, is of no interest to most
Americans unless news of this fact pre-empts their favorite
sitcom, in which event they will immediately rush en masse
to complain about this interruption in Internet
Kevin Craig's campaign receives no media coverage for the same reason
these issues have received no media coverage.
What's wrong with this picture?
Would you like to change it?
You won't change it by complaining about the Clintons and voting for
Politics is dominated today by partisanship.
"Negative ads" reflect the reality that many voters vote against
a candidate, rather than for one they can and should
trust. Voters complain of the misdeeds of the opposing party but forgive
identical forms of corruption in their own party. In his "Farewell
Address," George Washington warned against excessive allegiance to
any political party:
Let me now . . . warn you in the most solemn manner against the
baneful effects of the spirit of party. . . . The common and continual
mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the
interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrict it. It
serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public
administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies
and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another .
. . . In governments purely elective, it [the spirit of party] is a
spirit not to be encouraged.
Democrats have claimed that the "vast right-wing
conspiracy" was out to get Bill Clinton, and that he really did no
significant wrongs, and they might agree with Washington against the
partisan spirit of the Republicans. But in fact we saw a far different
manifestation of the Party Spirit. Had Clinton been a right-wing
fundamentalist, Democrats and feminists would have been all over him for
his reprehensible behavior. Instead of agitating and inventing
false-alarms, Party Spirit, as Democrat
David Shippers has argued, now covers up. (And high-ranking
Republicans, Shippers says, covered up as much as Democrats.)
Both major political parties are as bureaucratic and unreformable as
the government they both promise to "re-invent." Both
Democrats and Republicans belong to the party of Big Government.
Benjamin Rush signed the
Declaration of Independence and served in the Presidential
administrations of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison --
each of whom came from a different political party. And of what party
I have been alternately called an aristocrat and a democrat. I am
now neither. I am a Christocrat. I believe all power. . . will always
fail of producing order and happiness in the hands of man. He alone
Who created and redeemed man is qualified to govern him.
Had Hillary Clinton been elected President in 2008, we might have seen 32 continuous years of Bush/Clinton control of the United States
(counting the years after Reagan learned who was really in charge
through an assassination attempt). Only a few paleoconservatives
seem to realize that there are no significant core differences
Bushes and the