Bill (”The Meaning Of Is”) Clinton lectures us on language

Sometimes the ironies that manifest themselves in the behavior of current and former government officials are just too delicious to ignore.  Thus it is with remarks made last Friday by former President Bill Clinton.  Appearing before the Center for American Progress Action Fund in the nation’s capital, the former president echoed the time-worn theme employed regularly by liberals, that when “conservatives” publicly criticize the government they indirectly encourage exremist violence, such as that perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh in blowing up the Oklahoma City federal building 15 years ago this week.  Clinton, as do other critics of conservatives who argue against the big government programs liberals so love, try to blunt their criticism by claiming that they are not trying to “restrict free speech”; but that’s precisely what they are subtly trying to do by linking conservatives to violent extremists such as McVeigh.

The special irony in the case of Clinton lies in the fact that a dozen years ago, during the impeachment proceedings against him, Clinton repeatedly and rather masterfully wordsmithed his way around admitting any wrondgoing; at one point famously declaring in answer to a simple question, that ”it depends on what the meaning of  the word ‘is,’ is.” 

Thus, when Clinton lectures conservatives on the words they use, they’re learning from the master of obfuscational wordsmithing himself, William Jefferson Clinton.

115 comments Add your comment

Stick to the FACTS

April 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

You Clinton haters must cry yourself to sleep every night.

Newt, Bob Barr and Ken Star spend $60 million dollars of taxpayer money, wasted 5 years of the FBI time, forced witnesses to commit perjury and all they could come up with was lying about a BJ.

I agree with exteapartymember!

Come on admit you’re made because Bill was with a girl, you’re not in corporate America making six-figures, you’re in the freshman dorm typing real fast with one hand.

Mrs. White&Black

April 21st, 2010
3:28 pm

@Calhoun-couldn’t have said it better myself. That’s what happens when kids use their parents computers and try to pretend they are intelligent adults.
@billclinton-considering your posts, you deserve everything that has come your way. Grow up.

Mrs. White&Black

April 21st, 2010
3:33 pm

@sticktothefacts-HILARIOUS post…you just made my day and………..it’s my Birthday! I’ve gotta leave this blog now before I let the negativity get to me and enjoy this day!.”..typing real fast with one hand”lololololol….Adios people!

yeswecan

April 21st, 2010
3:36 pm

BTW Bill Clinton-at least the tea party member was honest enough to admit it, unlike you.

Bill Clinton was disbarred for lying

April 21st, 2010
3:37 pm

“BTW Bill Clinton-at least the tea party member was honest enough to admit it, unlike you.”

Admit that she is a racist troglodyte?

Home School Dropout

April 21st, 2010
5:57 pm

While we are Dissing President Clinton. I would like to say that I miss his sixty nine cents a gallon gasoline. The two percent unemployment. The Low Interest rates;

The Tar and Feathers Party

April 21st, 2010
5:59 pm

Zipper boy has no credibility with anyone these days. Clinton is ancient history, of no importance whatsoever.

No More Progressives!

April 21st, 2010
6:03 pm

Stick to the FACTS

April 21st, 2010
3:27 pm

Newt, Bob Barr and Ken Star spend $60 million dollars of taxpayer money, wasted 5 years of the FBI time, forced witnesses to commit perjury and all they could come up with was lying about a BJ.

How much money did Lawrence Walsh spend on Iran-Contra? How long did it take, and what, if any, objective gains came as a result of the investigation?

Exactly how do you “force a witness to commit perjury?”

Lied under oath. The Nation’s Number One Law Enforcement Officer, also a lawyer.

saywhat?

April 21st, 2010
6:04 pm

Hey Congressman Barr, let’s just ignore all the killings that took place the last two years (Berkeley California, a church in Kentucky (I think)and Pennsylvania come to mind) where the perpetrators parroted the exact same idiotic rhetoric being spewed over the airwaves/vomited onto paper by the right wing media noise machine. Perhaps we can discount the memo from the Bush administration re: veterans susceptible to recruitment by right wing radicals too.Specific to Oklahoma City, let’s pretend it was never preluded by the right repeatedly referring to American government workers as “jack-booted thugs”.

If we bury our heads in the sand, shut our eyes tight, cover our ears, shout “la la la la” very loudly and use our imaginations really, really hard, and picture a place where 24/7 media bombardment of right wing crazy talk by supposedly “mainstream” authority figures will have no effect on their fans and supporters, THEN we can all agree with you that President Clinton made a baseless observation. Until then, not so much.

Gerald West

April 21st, 2010
6:18 pm

Clinton was lecturing us on domestic terrorism; and he’s dead right! Just look at history: the rise of Nazism started with a charismatic leader spouting lies and stirring hatred toward minorities.

Does a little hanky-panky with the office trollope cloud one’s experience, damage one’s character, or invalidate one’s judgment? I doubt it! It sure does get one in trouble with one’s wife.

Clinton will go down in history as the President who presided over the most prosperous period in American history. Anyone who doesn’t long for a return to Clinton-era prosperity over Reagan-era false dawns and Bush-era economic disasters is a fool!

RF

April 21st, 2010
8:41 pm

Gerald- my point exactly. It’s easy to bring up his past and attack his character over a sexual affair as “proof” of his lack of credibility. In all the shouting about it, the hecklers, as usual, miss the very obvious fact that pointing out his word skills in the impeachment hearings only proves that he clearly knows how powerful words can be. Ridiculing his past does little more than provide a momentary distraction from the very clear truth he stated which needs to be heard and understood. And I hope the extremists on both sides will hear him.

Acer706

April 21st, 2010
11:05 pm

Non-issue.

We have a right to voice (not act) in this country as of… 200 years ago. Partiers, Gays, Black, White, Clinton, Orange…. WHATEVER! The recognition that individuals have come together to create should make us proud. Whether you agree or not… Tuff. Don’t listen, speak against or whine to yourself.

Also, we do not stereotype. Pointing a finger is weak. We do not link Pres. Obama to the D.C. sniper bc of their backgrounds, I know that Tea-Partiers are not violent for simply speaking out, and I know that President Clinton fancies interns and gets impeached…. not all Democratic presidents.

LJ

April 22nd, 2010
8:00 am

“Bob, there’s just something downright disturbing about people taking firearms to political rallies. The fact that these are right-wingers and not left-wingers is something you may want to investigate further.”

Really? I’ve never seen it as disturbing. What is radical or disturbing about assembling peacefully, speaking freely, and bearing arms?

Eric

April 22nd, 2010
9:28 am

Why don’t you just admit that you were a moron for your role in the Clinton Crucifixion. And then shut up.

No More Progressives!

April 22nd, 2010
12:02 pm

Eric

April 22nd, 2010
9:28 am
Why don’t you just admit that you were a moron for your role in the Clinton Crucifixion. And then shut up.

You clearly have a lot to offer.