WASHINGTON – Former President Bill Clinton warned of a slippery slope from angry anti-government rhetoric to violence like the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, saying "the words we use really do matter."
The two-term Democratic president insisted he wasn't trying to restrict free speech, but in remarks Friday he said incendiary language can be taken the wrong way by some Americans. He drew parallels to words demonizing the government before Oklahoma City.
On April 19, 1995, an anti-government conspiracy led by Army veteran Timothy McVeigh exploded a truck bomb outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people. (Z: any purpose to identifying McVeigh the murderer as an ARMY VETERAN? Isn't that like when some nasty person kills an abortion doctor and they identify him immediately as "Christian" even if he only taught Sunday school once thirty years ago? But, we're silly if we complain, right? "No bias here..move on" )
"What we learned from Oklahoma City is not that we should gag each other or that we should reduce our passion for the positions we hold — but that the words we use really do matter, because there's this vast echo chamber, and they go across space and they fall on the serious and the delirious alike. They fall on the connected and the unhinged alike," he said.
"One of the things that the conservatives have always brought to the table in America is a reminder that no law can replace personal responsibility. And the more power you have and the more influence you have, the more responsibility you have." (Z: don't look now, Mr. Clinton, but a lot of very good, smart constitution-loving Conservatives are feeling a little impotent in influencing the hideous stances of your party lately...'the more influence you have.....'? WHAT influence? You finally admitting that the Tea Partiers ARE wielding more influence than you like people to think?)
Clinton made the remarks at events sponsored by the Center for American Progress Action Fund on the upcoming anniversary of the bombing.
He mentioned the rancorous fight over President Barack Obama's . Passage of the law elicited threats against some lawmakers. (Z: Has anybody seen hundreds of people looking to kill Obama, or calling him Hitler like they did Bush?... or wishing Biden dead like they did Dick Cheney? Anybody seen conservative celebrities going to Europe and trashing our country and president to large crowds? NO? Hmmm....and Clinton thinks what's happening now is 'rancorous?', 'threatening?')
"I'm glad they're fighting over health care and everything else. Let them have at it. But I think that all you have to do is read the paper every day to see how many people there are who are deeply, deeply troubled," he said. (Z: I give up! WHO? "MANY PEOPLE who are DEEPLY DEEPLY TROUBLED?" What, for not agreeing with OBAMA?)
He also alluded to the anti-government , which held protests in several states Thursday. At the Washington rally, of Minnesota railed against "gangster government." (Z: they're not anti all government, they're against THIS government's actions)
Clinton argued that the Boston Tea Party was in response to taxation without representation. The current protesters, he said, are challenging taxation by elected officials, and the demonstrators have the power to vote them out of office.
"By all means keep fighting, by all means, keep arguing," he said. "But remember, words have consequences as much as actions do, and what we advocate, commensurate with our position and responsibility, we have to take responsibility for. We owe that to Oklahoma City."
Z: SO, now we are slammed for peaceful protests, right? If there are really only "dozens" of protesters at the Tea Parties, as CNN put it early this week, why are they so worried? Oh, I remember, because they're thousands, not "dozens"....And, those are 'protests', yes, but what about when liberals destroy buildings and have to get locked up by the hundreds after smashing the areas around political conventions, etc etc etc., Bill Ayers, the Black Panthers, the SEIU beating up Black Republicans, the guy who shot at Eric Cantor's offices........
Clinton's disingenuous...you all see that. BUT, it's very effective! Americans who don't question his words think "Oh, man, those AWFUL DEEPLY DEEPLY TROUBLED nuts have to be stopped....it's CLINTON, after all...and HE'S RIGHT!" Don't think for a second this kind of talk isn't aimed at those American voters.........It's very effective...very cunning............very disgustingly biased and as hate-mongering as any tea partier could dream of being, in my opinion.
Please let me know what you think of Clinton's words....then, do yourself a favor and watch the video below this post, a very short answer from a Black Tea Partier, AND, then go over to Beamish's CRANK FILES and catch Andrew Breitbart's AMAZING, ROUSING, PATRIOTIC, and TRUE SPEECH.............I PROMISE, you will NOT be sorry. CLICK HERE.
Maybe there are some really GREAT THINGS happening in America? Maybe THAT's why Clinton's so 'fearful'? :-)