Bill Clinton Demands People Tell The Truth? That’s Rich.
Yesterday, Bill Clinton pointed his finger at Black Lives Matter protesters and shouted at them “Tell the truth!”
Instantly, it all came flooding back to me. I remembered why, way back in the 1990s, I spent a good deal of my time protesting against the policies of the Clinton Administration.
Bill Clinton’s face yesterday, framed with his pointing finger, was the same one that he showed when he insisted at a press conference, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky!”
Now, Bill Clinton is demanding that other people, rank and file African-American protesters, tell the truth. Oh, what a great paragon of truth telling Bill Clinton has been.
Okay, Mr. Clinton, let’s tell the truth.
Truth: As President, you were happy to target minority populations in order to satisfy your political strategy of triangulation. It wasn’t just African-Americans you went after. You loved kicking around gays and lesbians with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Hillary Clinton applauded it.
But, those protesters yesterday were asserting that Black Lives Matter when you jabbed your finger at them, so let’s talk about that.
Truth: As President, you went along with the Welfare Queen mythology of the Republicans – a racist meme that blamed America’s problems on lazy African-Americans. You promised to “End welfare as we know it,” and you did. Did you lift people out of poverty in doing so? No. Income inequality continued to widen. You only took support away from impoverished families, adding a work requirement to temporary government assistance that ended up forcing large numbers of Americans to take minimum wage jobs, driving real wages for other jobs down – and those Americans in minimum wage jobs included a lot of young single mothers who ended up using most of their wages to pay for child care so that they could go to work.
Hillary Clinton applauded it.
Truth: As President, you continued Ronald Reagan’s War On Drugs, which was a terrible failure, but was built upon the racist idea that “super predator” African-Americans were inflicting drugs upon everyone else, and had to be stopped. So, Mr. Clinton, you approved new laws that created harsh sentences for possession of forms of cocaine disproportionately used by African-Americans, while leaving relatively soft sentences in place for possession of forms of cocaine disproportionately used by European-Americans. Drug use remains high. So does the rate of imprisonment of African-Americans. Now, when you learn that large numbers of European-Americans are getting hooked on opiates by irresponsible physicians and pharmaceuticals companies telling Americans that they don’t need to worry about addiction, you counsel understanding rather than criminalization.
Hillary Clinton applauded it, and has tracked right along with your hypocrisy on this issue.
There. I told the truth. Now you can jab your finger at me too, Mr. Clinton.