Bill Clinton and Sexual Abuse

There are ways that we do things that have withstood changes in social relationships, economics, war, hatred, and surprisingly, and love. But suddenly we are in a period of adjustment. What were once seminal actions no longer are so. So much is new; so much is being tested out. Politicians that represent the status quo have suddenly had a tough time of it and to be an outsider is no longer an election killer. Various generations have reacted positively to these changes but none so agreeably and as radically as that slice known as millennial. Especially with this group it is no longer verboten to be labeled as a socialist. Rights for those disadvantaged economically or racially or socially have become more important than the labels that once defined so many of us.

 

The media, as is their wont, has been slow to recognize the change. The media still can’t adjust to the surge of Trump and have only begun to adjust their dismissal of Bernie. This same leaden footed media has been slow to understand the change in how we look at Bill Clinton and in doing so, erratically portray his importance to his wife’s presidential election team.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

I am not here to debate how as President Bill Clinton began a process that led to the long term incarceration of millions of Americans, most of them African American or Latino, ruining their lives and severely affecting their families, all over some petty crime(s). I am not here to debate how that same President, Bill Clinton, helped destroy Glass-Steagall, which had been enacted by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and which has withstood the financial community’s attacks on it since that time. Nor am I here to debate how the support of DOMA by Bill Clinton did immense harm to the LGBT.

 

And I am not here to make any claim about the alleged sexual abuse claimed by about a dozen women against Bill Clinton over the years of his governorship or Presidency.

 

After all, especially in the minority communities, Bill Clinton is still revered. But what has happened with the that slice of our community known as the millennials is that many years have passed since Bill Clinton’s Presidency, and in that group he is not revered so much.

 

Millennials also look at situations pertaining to sexual abuse somewhat differently than their parents and grandparents. They understand something the media has failed to grasp and that is the victim of sexual abuse should not be blamed for being abused. This truth so piercingly right, has taken a long time to being understood in America.

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

Donald Trump, no matter what else he is in this campaign, understands this change. Added to the animosity of some groups including Republicans and the Religious Right toward the Clintons, and it is not hard to see how Bill Clinton is not the formidable advocate that he once was.

 

“Hillary and Bill Clinton dodged questions Thursday about the former president’s alleged and admitted sexual misconduct. But nearly two decades after Bill Clinton’s administration was rocked by sexual scandal, the stories are back in the news.”
“Clinton himself wouldn’t address his transgressions when a reporter asked the former president about Trump’s comments as he campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Iowa on Thursday.”
“Hillary Clinton’s campaign also declined to comment on Trump’s use of Bill Clinton’s sex life on the campaign trail.”
“Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, has repeatedly used Clinton’s sex allegations to hit Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.” http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/07/politics/bill-clinton-history-2016-election/

 

“Watch Hillary Clinton in the debates or in interviews, and she’s confident, focused, and seems ready to be president. But a long-building wave may be cresting, and it could do real damage to Clinton’s chances. A new New York Times story describes Lena Dunham – who enjoys a heavy following from both Millennials and Gen X voters – going back and forth on the issue of Hillary Clinton’s behavior during her husband’s sex scandals in the ‘90s. The whole thing, which turns on what sounds like ambivalent behavior by Dunham, has the potential to go radioactive. It’s also, at the very least, troubling no matter where you sit politically.”

 

“The conversation, relayed by several people with knowledge of the discussion who would speak about it only anonymously, captures the deeper debate unfolding among liberal-leaning women about how to reconcile Mrs. Clinton’s leadership on women’s issues with her past involvement in her husband’s efforts to fend off accusations of sexual misconduct.”

 
“The ‘90s, in a lot of ways, was another era when it comes to gender and sexual harassment. The voters born around that time see things differently than Boomer and even Gen X women did at the time — and even, in some cases, still do. The idea of a woman president sounds nice to young voters, but does not cover a the full multitude of sins: They define “progressive” differently.” http://www.salon.com/2016/01/20/hillary_needs_to_face_this_the_90s_clinton_sex_scandals_are_about_more_than_affair_rumors/
“Hillary and Bill Clinton dodged questions Thursday about the former president’s alleged and admitted sexual misconduct. But nearly two decades after Bill Clinton’s administration was rocked by sexual scandal, the stories are back in the news.”

“Clinton himself wouldn’t address his transgressions when a reporter asked the former president about Trump’s comments as he campaigned for Hillary Clinton in Iowa on Thursday.”

“Hillary Clinton’s campaign also declined to comment on Trump’s use of Bill Clinton’s sex life on the campaign trail.”

“Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, has repeatedly used Clinton’s sex allegations to hit Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.” http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/07/politics/bill-clinton-history-2016-election/

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I've published an E-book (Neurotic Man), a hard copy book, (Dworb), produced movies (Woman of the Port and Liberty and Bash), and worked as a writer for Demand Media writing those ehow tidbits you've most undoubtedly seen. For many years I wrote business and marketing plans for service, retail and manufacturing businesses. Along the way I've also prepared tax returns, taught accounting, been a business start-up consultant, licensed arbiter, federal analyst, busboy, waiter, safety clerk, lighting salesman, restaurant manager, parking lot attendant, construction foreman, and cook.
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