Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Congressional Issues 2012
Scandals in the Clinton Administration

Many people despise the Clintons so much that they will irrationally throw away their vote. Here's how that works:

Imagine that Smith and Jones are running against a Clinton. Smith claims to be against Clinton, but Smith continually votes for bigger government, more taxes, and does nothing to protect innocent life and family values. But Smith really complains about Clinton. Jones is a libertarian. He complains about Clinton, but not as much as Smith, because Jones also has to complain about Smith, whose policies are not significantly different from Clintons. So Smith sounds more anti-Clinton that Jones, but Jones is in fact far more unlike Clinton than Smith.

What's really wrong with Clinton?
What's wrong with complaining about Clinton?

Kevin Craig is a libertarian who doesn't want us to lose sight of the real issues. As we prepare to finish the first decade of the 21st century, what are the most pressing issues of the day? If we were to judge by media coverage of the Clinton Administration, the most pressing issue was whether the President should be removed from office for lying about his "sexual indiscretions."

Treason The fact that this President was elected due in part to financial support from Communist China, which has been bought with access to nuclear weapons technology, is apparently not the most pressing issue of the day.
Corruption The fact that this President has admitted on national television that he has been in possession of illegal drugs (which his Press Secretary described in a press conference as "no big deal"), that his government in Arkansas oversaw the smuggling of millions of dollars in cocaine (which was sold on American streets), and that he has probably ordered the murder of as many people as your average organized crime "godfather" is also not the most pressing issue.
Immorality The fact that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Kentucky law permitting the posting of a privately-funded copy of the Ten Commandments in each school classroom with a plaque attached which read, "The secular application of the Ten Commandments is clearly seen in its adoption as the fundamental legal code of Western Civilization and the Common Law of the United States," and that the overwhelming majority of public school students cannot list three or more of the Ten Commandments, and that the rate of sexually transmitted diseases among 14 year olds has been skyrocketing, is not the most pressing issue of our day.
"Orwellian Memory Hole" The fact that Supreme Court decisions removing virtue, morality, and Christianity from schools are based on a systematic distortion of American history and American legal precedents is no big deal. The suppression of the universal belief of the Founding Fathers in the importance of Christian morality and virtue is of no concern to most people.
Political Duplicity The fact that most politicians who have taken an oath to "support the Constitution" have never even read the Constituiton, and that the Professors of Constitutional Law in the most prestigious law schools in the nation urge their students not to read the Constitution because it is apt to "confuse their minds," is a fact of no more significance to most Americans than your average "lawyer joke."
Mass Murder The fact that atheistic governments have murdered an average of 10,000 people per day throughout this century is no big deal. The fact that the murder of 1,000 pre-born human beings per hour is either legalized or coerced by atheistic governments elicits little more than a yawn.
Conspiracy The fact that a small group of wealthy, highly-educated Secular Humanists known as "The Council on Foreign Relations" always occupies the highest offices in the land (both political and corporate) regardless of whether the Democrats or the Republicans are in power, is of no interest to most people.
Global Genocide The fact that this group of powerful people believes that an additional 15,000 people per hour must be put to death in order to preserve their way of life, and that this policy has been put forth in official publications of the United Nations, is of no interest to most Americans unless news of this fact pre-empts their favorite sitcom, in which event they will immediately rush en masse to complain about this interruption in Internet "chat rooms."

Kevin Craig's campaign receives no media coverage for the same reason these issues have received no media coverage.

What's wrong with this picture?

Would you like to change it?

You won't change it by complaining about the Clintons and voting for Republicans.

Politics is dominated today by partisanship. "Negative ads" reflect the reality that many voters vote against a candidate, rather than for one they can and should trust. Voters complain of the misdeeds of the opposing party but forgive identical forms of corruption in their own party. In his "Farewell Address," George Washington warned against excessive allegiance to any political party:

Let me now . . . warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party. . . . The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrict it. It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another . . . . In governments purely elective, it [the spirit of party] is a spirit not to be encouraged.

Democrats have claimed that the "vast right-wing conspiracy" was out to get Bill Clinton, and that he really did no significant wrongs, and they might agree with Washington against the partisan spirit of the Republicans. But in fact we saw a far different manifestation of the Party Spirit. Had Clinton been a right-wing fundamentalist, Democrats and feminists would have been all over him for his reprehensible behavior. Instead of agitating and inventing false-alarms, Party Spirit, as Democrat David Shippers has argued, now covers up. (And high-ranking Republicans, Shippers says, covered up as much as Democrats.)

Both major political parties are as bureaucratic and unreformable as the government they both promise to "re-invent." Both Democrats and Republicans belong to the party of Big Government.

Benjamin Rush signed the Declaration of Independence and served in the Presidential administrations of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison -- each of whom came from a different political party. And of what party was Rush?

I have been alternately called an aristocrat and a democrat. I am now neither. I am a Christocrat. I believe all power. . . will always fail of producing order and happiness in the hands of man. He alone Who created and redeemed man is qualified to govern him.


Had Hillary Clinton been elected President in 2008, we might have seen 32 continuous years of Bush/Clinton control of the United States (counting the years after Reagan learned who was really in charge through an assassination attempt). Only a few paleoconservatives seem to realize that there are no significant core differences between the Bushes and the Clintons.

Rule of Law in the Wake of Clinton
Source: The Cato Institute
Author: Roger Pilon
Edited by Cato Vice President for Legal Affairs Roger Pilon, this book includes 15 essays by scholars, lawyers, lawmakers and cultural critics that chronicle Clinton's utter disregard for 'a nation of laws, not of men.'
Feeling Your Pain
Source: St. Martin's Press/Laissez Faire
Author: James Bovard
The explosion of government power -- and abuse of that power -- under the Clinton-Gore administration, and what that presages in coming years. St. Martin's Press 2000, hardcover, 426 p., $18.50 from Laissez Faire.

The Left-Right distinction is virtually meaningless.

The Clinton Surplus?

The Myth of the Clinton Surplus

The '$5 Trillion Surplus' - The Myth that Refuses to Die - The New Editor

Ten Deceptive Myths About Social Security, the Budget and the Economy | The Heritage Foundation

Non-Existent Budget Surpluses

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David Ramsay, An Eulogium Upon Benjamin Rush, M.D. Phila: Bradford and Inskeep (1813) p. 103.