Sunday, January 25, 2009

Memory Lane

Eight years ago, the news stories of the week were a bit different.

There was a controversy about the $20,000 of vandalism the Clinton staffers had done before handing over the White House to the Bush Administration. Though it was substantiated, Bush forbade his staff to mention it and did not pursue prosecutions.

George Bush renominated many of Clinton's nominees for federal judgeships, an unusual gesture with little precedent in American history.

Senator Jim Jeffords, after campaigning as a Republican and talking campaign money from the RNC, left the party to prevent the "wrong kind" of Republicans from assuming power.

Democrats insisted that the rules of the Senate distributing power on the committees be changed because of the closeness of the election and the evenness of distribution of the parties' Senators. The Republicans go along with this voluntarily.

The "audacity" (guess which Dem senator said that) of Bill Clinton's last-minute pardons stirs controversy even among loyal Democrats.

In a move that angered many Republicans, George Bush declines to override President Clinton's claims of executive privilege on documents related to the pardons and earlier scandals.

The US attacks and removes Iraqi air defense systems which they have illegally built up over the previous few years.

Sure, I'm being one-sided here. You might think of other things less amicable that Bush did in the first weeks of his presidency that you'd like to mention. Go right ahead.


Ben Wyman said...

This always bothers me because the vast consensus of people I talk to someone have a strong idea somehow that Clinton was a really good president. I cannot fathom it.

Can you at least convince Ryan that he wasn't? It's killing me.

OBloodyHell said...

> have a strong idea somehow that Clinton was a really good president.

Well, that's in contrast to the PotUS for the last 8 years. After all, Clinton was a Democrat.

By definition, to libtards, that's a vast improvement.

Reason and rational thinking don't enter into it. There's libtards involved. That goes without saying (yes, even though I said it).

This, I believe, is the source of your frustration. You think you can reason with them, or expect them to listen to reason. They don't want that. They want to "feel" their way to "the right answers".

I recommend Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Once you grasp that Persig's companions on the early part of the road trip are clearly libtards (though this is unstated), you start to see how mental processes work for them.

Donna B. said...

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance may be on or the reasons I am a conservative today.