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Building Presidential Consensus

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Twenty-four years ago I had written a few letters concerning some of the issues of the day to our new President at the time – Bill Clinton.  I actually received a letter back from him.  I guess he got tired of all of my letters.  It was kind of him to actually acknowledge my concerns.

His first few months of office were very busy after being inaugurated as the 42nd President of the United States on January 20, 1993 three months prior to the time I wrote my letter to him.

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On January 25, 1993 Bill Clinton announced that Hillary Clinton would lead the task force on National Health Care Reform.  The President hoped to reform the National Health Care system so that all Americans had health insurance. It would ensure what he called “Universal Coverage” which would hopefully control health care costs which were continuing to rise out of control.

On February 5, 1993 President Bill Clinton signed the Family Medical Leave Act that requires companies to provide workers with up to 3 months of unpaid leave for family and medical emergencies.

Then on January 26, 1993, six people were killed and more than one thousand suffered from injuries after a bomb was placed under the World Trade Center in New York City. This explosion marked the beginning of threats against the United States by both domestic and foreign terrorists.  Who could foretell the dark days ahead relating to terrorism?

April 19, 1993 the day my letter was postmarked – In Waco, Texas Federal Law officers under the orders of Attorney General – Janet Reno fought a 51 day stand-off with a religious cult led by David Koresh.  The battles resulted in terrible fires that destroyed the cults compound and killed 75 people.

Our country faces issues today, just like we did during Bill Clinton’s presidency 24 years ago. Although there are many things I did not agree with President Bill Clinton on, I can agree that we need to have a consensus to work together as a country and a people.  After all, we are all in it together and we need each other.

Admiration

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Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood and has said some astonishing things you may not know about.

“We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the negro population.”

“I accepted an invitation to talk to the women’s branch of the Klu Klux Klan.”

“They are human weeds, reckless breeders, spawning human beings who never should have been born”  Those words were penned by her in “Pivot of Civilization” regarding immigrants, the poor, and the error of philanthropy.  “Organized charity itself is the symptom of malignant social disease instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks of people that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant”

“Knowledge of birth control is essentially moral.  Its general, though prudent practice must lead to a higher individuality and ultimately to a cleaner race.”

“Birth control is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or those who will become defective.”

“I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world that have disease from their parents that have no chance in the world to be a human being practically. delinquents, prisoners, all sorts of things just marked when they’re born.  That to me is the greatest sin people can commit.”

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And these are the words of Hillary Clinton in 2009 at the Planned Parenthood Honors Gala in Houston, Texas where she accepted the “Margaret Sanger” award for her contributions to the advancement of women’s healthcare.

“It was a great privilege when I was told that I would receive this award.  I admire Margaret Sanger enormously.  Her courage, her tenacity, her vision.  When I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I’m really in awe of her.  There are a lot of lessons we can learn from her life, from the causes she launched and fought for and sacrificed so greatly.”

I suppose we all need to draw our own conclusions about what and who we admire,don’t we?

Sensible Women

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There are no sensible and responsible women left in the United States today!  Yes it is a fact according to one of our former Presidents who served not one, but two terms.  Grover Cleveland served as the 22nd and 24th President of the United States so he must have known what he was talking about when he said back in 1905 ” Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.”

What a difference a hundred years makes.  Now we even have a woman who wants to not only vote, but be president of the United States. I’m wondering if Grover had it right all along??  Just kidding ladies!!!

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