Friday, September 19, 2014
Bill Clinton, Had He Done the Right Thing Back Then...
...how would history be different now?
What got me thinking about this question again and ole' Slick Willy was the way former Texas Ranger Ron Washington handled his infidelity the past couple of weeks. And also how my Governor Mark Dayton reacted to the Adrian Peterson situation with these remarks:
"It is an awful situation. Yes, Mr. Peterson is entitled to due process and should be 'innocent until proven guilty.' However, he is a public figure, and his actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota,"
Back in 1998, I was adamant that the only proper thing for Bill Clinton to do in light of the whole Monica Lewinsky scandal was for him to resign his office in disgrace. That was clearly the right thing for him to do. Yet for reasons that may forever be beyond me Bill wouldn't do it and the Democrats wouldn't make him do it. It's not like the Democrats wouldn't still hold the Presidency and I believe it's the only reason why GWB even had a shot at beating Al Gore in 2000.
Would 9/11 have happened? I think probably so and the War in Afghanistan would have gone pretty much as it has.
Would the Iraq War have happened? I think the chances are better than 50/50 that it would have. A little later than 2003 probably, but I believe Al Gore wanted Saddam gone.
Would Gore have gotten a 2nd term? I'm 98% positive he would have.
Would the financial collapse of 2008 happened? Pretty much 100% sure nothing would have happened to stop that. But I believe the nation would have been in better financial shape thanks to no Bush tax cuts for the top 2%. Yes, I believe the Bush tax cuts were clearly a mistake.
Who wins the 2008 election? In light of that, a Republican obviously. I don't even know if we would know Barak Obama's name right now had Bill Clinton resigned.
Would we have gotten Osama at the exact same time we eventually did? Pretty much.
Who wins in 2012? No idea, but what I'm sure of is we would be in a lot better shape in the "Long War" than we are now.
Why didn't that SOB Bill resign?