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Bill Clinton: 1992 and Tonight

I was curious about how what Bill Clinton said when he accepted the 1992 Democratic nomination might compare to what he says tonight -- and to what Barack Obama will say tomorrow.

A few lines: "The thing that makes me angriest about what has gone wrong in the last 12 years is that our government has lost touch with our values, while our politicians continue to shout about them. . . . we have seen the folks of Washington turn the American ethic on its head.For too long those who play by the rules and keep the faith have gotten the shaft, and those who cut corners and cut deals have been rewarded. People are working harder than ever, spending less time with their children, working nights and weekends at their jobs instead of going to PTA and Little League or Scouts. And their incomes are still going down. Their taxes are still going up. And the costs of health care, housing and education are going through the roof. Meanwhile, more and more of our best people are falling into poverty even though they work 40 hours a week."

It sounds a lot like today, don't you think?

If you're interested, here's the whole of Clinton's 1992 speech.

By E.J. Dionne  | August 27, 2008; 8:46 PM ET
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Out of Respect for the Public . . .


Democrats have suddenly developed a keen sense of morality.

John Edwards has been banned from making a speech at the Democratic convention
for having an affair and lying about it.

In his place Bill Clinton will be speaking.

Posted by: John | August 27, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, you're right again, Dionne! We were in heaven from 1992 until 2000. Then a dictator took over the country and destroyed it. You are so smart!

Posted by: EJ lover | August 27, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey, uh, John:

That may--nay, might--be a salient point, as long as you recognize that John McCain pulled a Newt Gingrich on wifey #1. Because John McCain--the Republican(!) nominee--is an admitted adulterer. And wifey #2 STOLE DRUGS. SHE STOLE DRUGS! FROM A NON-PROFIT! THAT SHE RAN! EVEN THOUGH SHE COULD BUY MERCK!!! Double-you, tee, eff?!?

But Billie C did hit it out of the park tonight, and i don't think it was because of the rarefied air.

Posted by: anthony | August 27, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE GETTING OUT OF COLLEGE DURING THE CLINTON YEARS. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO LIVE DURING A TIME WHEN PRESIDENT CLINTON TOOK AN AMERICA THAT HAD BEEN RUN TO THE GROUND BY SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS THAT WERE OPERATED FOR THE FEW AND FIND A WAY TO SUPPORT A FAMILY. THANKS PRESIDENT CLINTON FOR THOSE YEARS. LATLY MONEY IS TIGHT AND WARS HAVE BEEN LONG. RELIEF IS IN SIGHT. JOHN MCCAIN MAY BE A GOOD MAN, BUT HOW CAN ANYONE PUT ANY FAITH IN A PERSON THAT IS TOO OLD AND OUT OF TOUCH WITH MY GENERATION. I MIGHT RESPECT SOMEONE THAT IS AS OLD AS MY WIFES GRANDFATHER BUT I DON'T WANT HIM RUNNING THE SHOW. OUT OF TOUCH WITH US HE IS. WHAT DOES HE REMEMBER OF STRUGGLE? RICH HE IS. A LIFE LONG POLITICIAN HE IS. LIVING OFF THE TIT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HIS WHOLE LIFE. HOW DOES ONE WHO SERVES THE PEOPLE HIS WHOLE LIFE HAVE SO MUCH? WHEN DID WE LOSE THE PROSPECTIVE OF PUBLIC SERVICE? WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON WITH THE MIDDLE CLASS, WHO THE PRETEND TO SERVE? I MUST OF MISSED THAT IN CIVICS CLASS.

Posted by: JASON H | August 28, 2008 3:13 AM | Report abuse

E.J. - As a starting point, Clinton's 1992 speech sounds just like today. Then you must add the price of gas, the war we were lied into and our dead soldiers, the fact that we are a torturing nation, our government spying on us ... God willing, we won't let the Republicans continue to add to our woes.

Posted by: Mary | August 28, 2008 7:46 AM | Report abuse

I think it's interesting how soon people forget the Whitewater scandals, Vince Foster and Bill Clinton's sexual addictions during a time we should have been taking our enemies serious. Bush is a disappointment too. We need a different kind of leader that doesn't let the presidency go to his head and will support the constitution. We are becoming a collective society which will ensure less freedom and national sovereignty because we are trying to please too many people. It's all a deadly game. Wake up America.

Posted by: Anna | August 28, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"How long is the Beast allowed to have authority in Revelations? "

Revelations Chapter 13 tells us that it is 42 months...

... Almost a four-year term of a Presidency...

According to The Book of Revelations the anti-Christ is:


"...a man, in his 40's, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal....the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, he will destroy everything..."

Do we recognize this description?

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Even if you don't believe in the Bible or it's teachings, how can we ignore the fact that this man has such close ties to the Muslim faith and it's beliefs?
And that the Pastor from his church preached hate against America?--No matter how much he may denounce him now, this was his spiritual leader for many years.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In a recent news broadcast, Barack Obama made this statement with pride, 'We are no longer a Christian nation; we are now a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, . .." To think our forefathers fought and died for the right for our nation to be a Christian nation--then to have this man say with pride that we are no longer that.


How far has this nation come from what our founding fathers intended it to be!

Posted by: Shayna Arnold | August 29, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

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