Bill Does Seattle
I saw Bill Clinton last night at a fundraiser for my Congressman Jim McDermott. As always, he was charming, extemporaneous and the best partisan speaker the Democrats have. He knows how to rally the troops to the cause and refocus our attention on the broad strokes of the Party platform and the inherent differences between the philosophy of the Left and the ideology of the Right. And like he said last night, “There are no ideological solutions to the problems we face.” We must first analyze the facts before we can chart the proper course. This is the value of having a thinking person in the White House.
His main message as he travels around helping Democrats raise money is that there is a big difference between Republicans and Democrats. Even if we disagree on the details of the issue, he says, we all agree that the greatness of our country is found in its working people, and not in industry and those made rich by ownership of it, as the Republicans do. There certainly is truth in that.
I read Bill Clinton’s book when it came out a few years back, have seen him speak twice and I have to say, I like the man. Whatever problems I have with some of the choices he made in his effort to build a strong economy that would benefit all working people, I always felt that his heart was in the right place. There have been few Presidents with the kind of working class background that Clinton had, and growing up watching your parents struggle has a profound affect on how you view the world. Justice and equity are important to Clinton. If you doubt that there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats, just take a comparative look at the last two residents of the White House. They and their philosophy of the purpose of government and how it should function couldn’t be more different.