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I re-watched Bill Clinton’s 1992 convention speech

I re-watched Bill Clinton’s 1992 convention speech, and these are the notes I took:

  • expanding entreprneurial economy
  • hardworking Americans
  • forgotten middle-class
  • freedom, democracy, free enterprise
  • “now that we have changed the world it’s time to change America” [sounds like Trump’s America first]
  • 10 million out of work [nothing about their race or sex]
  • I want to lead America
  • I’ll fight to create high paying jobs
  • healthcare for every American
  • I love my mother
  • my wife is awesome “I love you” [he didn’t say “awesome”]
  • [criticizes the other side for using the term “values” and then says a lot of stuff aimed at Christians to let them know he shares their Christian values]
  • [praises] “hard work”
  • incomes are going down, taxes going up, healthcare education going through the roof, best people falling into poverty [but no one critized Bill for being “dark” or even negative]
  • I will use the power of the presidency to “help America” [a paraphrase]
  • wages have gone down under Reagan/Bush [but no one critized Bill for being “dark” or even negative]
  • “our country has fallen so far so fast” [but no one critized Bill for being “dark” or even negative]
  • when I am president, the rest of the world will respect us [sounds like Trump]
  • government debt out of control [sounds like a Republican; you can be sure Hillary won’t say anything about government debt]
  • “we can make our country the country it was mean to be” [sounds like Trump’s “make America great again” slogan]
  • “compete and win again in the global economy” [sounds like Trump who has often said “we don’t win anymore”]
  • I will put more police officers on the streets of American cities [opposite of what Democrats want today; note that middle-class white people love the idea of more policing]
  • I balanced 11 budgets [you won’t hear Hillary talk about balanced budgets]
  • break the stranglehold of lobbyists and special interests [you won’t hear Hillary talk about that]
  • wage war on drugs and crime [Trump talks a lot about crime also]
  • “jobs, education, healthcare”
  • “we will put our people first again” [sounds like Trump’s “America first”]
  • “there is not a program in government for every problem” [sounds like a Republican]
  • more choices in schools [sounds like a Republican]
  • leaner government [sounds like a Republican]
  • jobs must come from growth and free enterprise [sounds like a Republican]
  • quotes “scripture” [we will see if Hillary will quote the Bible in her speech]
  • give incentives for entrepreneurs [sounds like a Republican]
  • “American companies must act like American companies again, exporting products, not jobs” [sounds like what Trump says]
  • welfare should be a second chance, not a way of life [sounds like a Republican]
  • “America should have the world’s strongest defense, willing and ready to use force when necessary” [sounds like a Republican]
  • “one nation under God indivisible with liberty and justice for all” [I doubt Hillary will say part of the pledge of allegiance]
  • “we can seize this moment, make it exciting and energizing and heroic to be American again” [sounds like Trump’s “make America greate again” slogan]
  • quotes “scripture” again
  • “America was the greatest nation in history” [contrast to the new left-wing slogan that “America was never great”]
  • about Chelsea: “God has given me a blessing”

I also noticed the complete absence of:

  • nothing about global warming
  • nothing about immigration
  • nothing about Hispanics and hardly anything about blacks

We see that this was a speech very much aimed at middle-class and working-class white Americans. Most of this speech could have come right out of the mouth of Mitt Romney or some other Republican, except that Bill Clinton did make a case for choice (with respect to abortion) and for “affordable healthcare” (which Republicans hate, hate hate). There is very little, if anything, in Bill Clinton’s speech to turn off a blue-collar white guy in the Midwest. Just the opposite, he’s mostly talking to their concerns, and even sprinkles in some Biblical quotes plus many other allusions designed to appeal to religious white Christian Americans.

If you want to know where Trump got the inspiration for his slogan “make America great again,” look no further than Bill Clinton’s speech! Although truth be told, it’s a platitude that’s similar sounding to a lot of political speeches of the past. It only demonstrates the stranglehold of the extreme left on the mainstream media that “make America great again” is now considered “fascist.”

I predict we will see a vastly different speech from Hillary, one focused on minorities and left-wing causes, with lots to turn off and alienate working-class whites. It will be a speech that you could never imagine coming from a Republican. That’s what I predict.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 27, 2016 at 12:49 PM

Posted in Politics

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  1. Great summary. And totally agree with your prediction.


    July 27, 2016 at 12:59 PM

  2. If anything, what this shows is how America as a whole has drifted to the left (though of course the left thinks it’s been taken over by extreme right-wingers) and how much our demographics have changed in the past 24 years. Even though the demographic transformation was well underway, it still seemed like America was basically a white, Western country that believed in self-reliance, hard work, individual liberty, etc.


    July 27, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    • “(though of course the left thinks it’s been taken over by extreme right-wingers)”

      Each side thinks the other side won because they’re both right. The left won on culture, the right won on economics. Of course, it should have been the other way around.


      July 27, 2016 at 5:28 PM

      • In some ways the right completely lost on economics. The welfare state is bigger than ever, especially food stamps. In 1980 Reagan criticized “welfare queens” during a debate and it worked. Today, Republicans wouldn’t dare bash the welfare poor or do anything to cut their benefits.

        Jay Fink

        July 28, 2016 at 3:54 AM

      • Also, many leftists think the country has gone right on the social/cultural issues as well.


        July 28, 2016 at 1:28 PM

  3. You have to remember the context of the ’92 election though. This was the height of the “culture war” and Pat Buchanan had a strong showing in the primaries and was very popular. Buchanan appealed directly to middle and working class whites and ran on the immigration, trade, and populism and nationalism issues that Trump is now running on. Also Ross Perot was running and he was quite popular, running on a populist and anti-elite platform.


    July 27, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    • I voted for Pat Buchanan.

      E. Rekshun

      July 28, 2016 at 11:49 AM

    • Ross Perot was a spoiler. Without Perot in the race, we would have had another four years of George H.W. Bush and probably would have invaded more countries.

      E. Rekshun

      July 28, 2016 at 11:51 AM

  4. Nice work, Lion.


    July 27, 2016 at 2:44 PM

  5. “It will be a speech that you could never imagine coming from a Republican”



    July 27, 2016 at 2:58 PM

  6. Trump morphed from fussy old queer to Andrew Dice Clay within a half hour at Scranton. Interesting to watch.


    July 27, 2016 at 5:22 PM

  7. I didn’t vote for him, but my career, salary, and investment returns were better under Clinton than under any other President. And, under Clinton, the US was less engaged in unending wars in foreign countries; Muslim terrorists had yet to attack; BLM and Knockout Game hadn’t yet been invented; and race relations seemed better under the first black president.

    E. Rekshun

    July 27, 2016 at 5:44 PM

    • Bill Clinton was actually the first black president.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 27, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    • RE: Muslim attacks during Bill Clinton Admin

      You forget the World Trade Center, African embassies, and USS Cole. Maybe you didn’t live or work in NYC or with U S Navy during this time, but some of us did.


      July 27, 2016 at 7:01 PM

      • True. My bad.

        E. Rekshun

        July 28, 2016 at 4:48 AM

    • Didn’t watch the embed, but do remember it when it happened, particularly the finish in which he did the Pledge of Allegiance. Just in case anyone forgot, that was inoculating against Bush 41’s attack on Michael Dukakis in the 1988 campaign for vetoing (while governor of Mass.) a state bill to require the Pledge in public schools.

      I too never voted for him, and like E. Rekshun, I did better career and salary-wise when Clinton was president–but only in his first term. In his second term I experienced a three-month period of unemployment and wound up taking a new job with a pay cut.


      July 27, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    • Correction on knockout game. I was a victim in July ’97.


      July 28, 2016 at 12:25 AM

  8. this speech is actually an example of how dumb mainstream republicans are. if they hadn’t agreed to the ’86 amnesty (and/or made immigration restriction a condition of doing anything clinton wanted) the demographics of the country would be very different.

    therefore, the democrats would’ve been forced to move right (the median dnc pol would be like clinton/gore in ’92, not sanders/blm ’16) on almost everything in order to remain relevant.


    July 28, 2016 at 12:48 PM

  9. “America was never great” is the motto of the left wing? Since when exactly? Because one person on Twitter wore a shirt that said that one it?

    And the media doesn’t call him fascist, and surely not because of his dumb generic slogan. The criticism that he’s fascist is the fact that he bans critical media organizations from covering him. The fact that he incites violence at rallies and says he’ll pay for the lawsuits. The fact that he wants to track and monitor an entire religion. The fact that he and Putin love each other. The fact that he wants to round up millions of people and send them to another country. I could go on.

    Why do you make such stupid strawman arguments? You’re such an intellectually dishonest partisan. Sad!


    July 30, 2016 at 7:19 AM

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