Aristotle Called the 2016 Election
, by Martin Cothran, 17 Nov 2016
Argues that, as per Aristotle in Rhetoric
, in an election contest between a candidate with an inspiring personality (pathos
) vs. another with good character (ethos
) or intellect (logos
), the former is more likely to win
"In the 1996 election, Bob Dole was the Republican nominee and Bill Clinton the Democrat. Dole was known for his personal stability and practical midwestern values. He was also a war hero. His strength was his ethos. Clinton, on the other hand, had a personal charm Dole didn't have. He felt your pain. And although he was a bit of a policy wonk (logos), his primary appeal to the voter was pathos. Clinton won the election."
Big-Spending Republicans Can Learn from Ireland's Reforms
, by Benjamin Powell, 17 Sep 2003
Contrasts U.S. government spending in the 1990's and early 2000's with the approach taken in Ireland from the late 1980's
"Under the Republican Congress during Clinton's years in office, spending jumped from $1.46 trillion to approximately $1.74 trillion — an increase of just under $300 billion. Most of the 300 agencies that the House Budget Committee listed as 'unnecessary' in 1995 — those that were supposed to be 'zeroed out' — actually received increases in federal funding by 2000. Some, such as the Department of Commerce, saw budgets increase more than 41 percent."
Clinton in Africa
, by Thomas Sowell
, 15 Apr 1998
Crititcizes Bill Clinton for his "apology for slavery" and suggests he was playing the "race card ... to escape the consequences of his own actions"
"President Clinton in Africa was like Clinton in the United States — as phony as a three-dollar bill. ... None of what happened on Clinton's Africa trip was really about history, geography or morality. It was about Clinton's appeal to his political supporters back home in the United States, especially black politicians, whom he will need if special prosecutor Kenneth Starr starts indictments or the House of Representatives starts impeachment. In a more subtle way, Clinton was playing the race card as surely as O.J. Simpson's lawyers. And for the same reason — to escape the consequences of his own actions."
Machiavelli and U.S. Politics, Part 3: Lies and Appearances
, by Lawrence M. Ludlow, 19 Aug 2005
"Clinton's supporters ... say nothing about the Waco conflagration and subsequent whitewash investigation. ... Similarly, they do not mention the vast increase in surveillance against American citizens that he authorized or his continuation of Middle East interventions that contributed to the terrorist attacks of 2001."
The Democrats Are Doomed
, by Lew Rockwell
, 9 Feb 2007
Comments on the slate of Democratic Party presidential candidates for the 2008 election and the general ideology and outlook for the Democrats
"Sadly, it seems that Bill Clinton ... was the last of a kind: a fairly normal and plausibly electable Democrat. In retrospect, he seems like the model of the moderate social democrat. Hey, he signed off on welfare reform, a capital gain tax cut, and decentralized speed limit control. Also, he at least had the wisdom to pull out of wars gone wrong (are there any other kind?). He cut government payrolls and reduced the deficit dramatically."
The Liberty Manifesto
, by P. J. O'Rourke
, Jul 1993
Remarks at May 6 dinner celebrating Cato Institute new headquarters
"We're being governed by dorm room bull session. The Clinton administration is over there right now pulling an all-nighter in the West Wing. They think that, if they can just stay up late enough, they can create a healthy economy and bring peace to former Yugoslavia. The Clinton administration is going to decrease government spending by increasing the amount of money we give to the government to spend. "
The Menace of the Religious Left
, by Murray Rothbard
, The Irrepressible Rothbard
, Oct 1994
Details various socialist-communist religious or quasi-religious movements from the 12th through the 20th century, concluding with the Clintonians (Bill and Hillary) as the latest exponents of these trends
"And Slick Willie, too, Hillary's co-president and ideological puppet, ... is deeply committed to the very same goal. ... to reverse his House defeat on the crime bill [he] gave a speech in Maryland before the grandiosely named Full Gospel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. ... He said that the goal of his 'ministry' was to bring about no less than the 'Kingdom of God on Earth'! Yes, he said it, he actually said it!"
Under the Shadow of Inflationomics
, by Hans Sennholz
, Mises Daily
, 1 Jun 2006
"... Bill Clinton managed to obtain Congressional approval of a North American Free Trade Agreement that was designed to make the United states, Canada, and Mexico more competitive in the world marketplace. But he failed to realize his campaign promise to reform the nation's health-care system, which critics likened to socialized medicine."