It's Time The Democratic Party Stopped Embracing Bill Clinton
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

It's Time The Democratic Party Stopped Embracing Bill Clinton

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Clinton's problems go beyond policy.

242
It's Time The Democratic Party Stopped Embracing Bill Clinton
https://az616578.vo.msecnd.net/files/2017/10/17/636438527099319429-1094212687_bill-clinton-356132_1920.jpg
This article contains a graphic description of an alleged sexual assault and may be upsetting to victims.

For some reason, Americans seem to love the Presidency of Bill Clinton. In a 2015 survey, Clinton was ranked as a better president than JFK. While Americans may idolize his presidency, many of his policy ideas are now rebuked as racist homophobic and wealth-centric—especially by Democrats. With all this considered, it’s time for a re-examination of the Clinton presidency—and of Clinton as a human being. In this examination, I think it should soon become evident to Democrats that Clinton is not worthy of their support. It is time for the Democratic Party to distance itself from Clinton—both in policy and as a political figure.

One of Clinton's signature pieces of legislation—the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act—has become infamous as a cause of mass incarceration and recidivism in American prisons. The bill gave more funding for prisons and police officers—encouraging harsher punishments, removed higher education options for prisoners, and enacted a “three strikes” policy—mandating life in prison for 3-time offenders. All of these policies are generally understood to have led to prison overcrowding.

Clinton Era Policies have also systematically hurt the poor and middle class. Clinton's 1996 block-grant Welfare Reform made it easier for states to wipe out welfare altogether—leading to more food insecure families and an elimination of the safety net in the south. Additionally, his 1999 repeal of Glass-Steagall, a piece of legislation that separated commercial banks from investment banks, caused banks to distribute false loans, and fund corporations like Lehman Brothers, leading to the 2008 financial crisis, which cost middle class jobs.

Finally, Clinton has had a checkered past on LGBTQ issues—having (begrudgingly) signed a federal ban on same-sex marriage, and enacting the infamous “don’t ask don’t tell” policy concerning Lesbian and Gay service members. Luckily, neither of these policies stand.

However, Clinton has apologized for most of these bills. The most disgusting part of his legacy is also the most trivialized. Clinton’s romantic and sexual life is often dominated by jokes about his infamous affair with staffer Monica Lewinsky—and his famous line “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Unfortunately, these jokes cover up a deeper problem in Clinton’s character. Clinton has been accused of both sexual harassment and rape. Paula Jones claims that Clinton called her to meet with him in 1991. When she entered his hotel room, Clinton allegedly took off his pants and demanded that Jones “kiss it.” Jones quickly fled the scene. The most disturbing allegation against Clinton, though, comes from nursing home worker Juanita Broderick. She alleges that Clinton raped her in 1978. According to her report, she went to Clinton’s hotel room to talk about his campaign. However, after a couple minutes of campaign talk, Clinton allegedly began to kiss her. She allegedly told him she was married and wasn’t interested in him, but he was persistent and continued to kiss her and bite her lip. He then, according to Broderick, forced her onto the bed, and proceeded to rape her, bruising her lip in the process. Then, he disgustingly left the room with his sunglasses on, saying to her “you might want to get some ice for that [lip],” showing an appalling lack of remorse. Clinton has denied these allegations, writing them off as a political witch hunt against him, and often refusing to comment. He did settle a complaint with Jones for $800,000, but only to protect his public image. But on the whole, he has refused to publicly engage with these women’s allegations, and has often been accused of systematically silencing them. He refuses to allow possible victim’s voices to be heard—which, even if he is innocent, is a terribly destructive act in and of itself, as it contributes to a rape culture which systematically silences victims.

From the Access Hollywood tape and the Harvey Weinstein scandal, society has learned how little consequences there often are for men in power who commit sexual assault and rape. Unfortunately, Bill Clinton has been sorely lacking from this discussion. Clinton’s flaws as a democratic icon go far beyond policy—they indicate at the very least someone who massively contributed to rape culture, and at worst an alleged rapist. The left is in the process of reconsidering how it values and upholds sexual assaulters—and in doing so it needs to re-examine the checkered legacy and personal values of a former democratic president who is far too large a force in the modern party. It’s time Bill Clinton is seen for who he really is.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Swoon

23 Pandemic-Approved Date Ideas That'll Send Sparks Flying From Six Feet Apart

There's a safe way to date right now and yes, it includes masks.

146018

While some people would rather opt out of dating altogether during the pandemic so they don't have to wear a mask on a first date, others are choosing to listen to both guidelines and their heart in order to find love during the time of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Should you be one of the individuals welcoming romance right now, there are pandemic-approved dates you can go on that still adhere to guidelines (and yes, you'll have to wear a mask).

Keep Reading... Show less

I didn't believe the notification when it came through to my phone: Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died from complications due to cancer.

Keep Reading... Show less

In our patriarchal society, men hide from their feelings, but toxic masculinity is literally killing men. They swallow the pain and move on so that they can look, feel, and act "tough."

But, strength is derived from asking for help and voicing your struggle and, trust me, working on your mental health is one hell of a struggle. The real way to "man up" is to acknowledge the downfalls in unjust societal norms. Mental health problems do not mean that a man is weak, they are neurologically-based disorders that require professional treatment.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

11 Things Your Boyfriend Should Do Before He Drops $499 On A PS5

Let's start with spending less time gaming and more time with you.

8613

Scrolling through Twitter this week had me rolling on the floor laughing as I read some of the hilarious tweets from ladies who, whether in a relationship or not, shared reactions to the news that PlayStation 5 is on its way

As this "buy your boyfriend a PS5" joke takes off across the internet, let's just say, there are a few things your BF should be doing before dropping $499 on the new gaming system — or, if the tweets are real for some, before you buy it for him as a gift.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

Sorry, But 'I Don’t Care About Politics' Is Not A Valid Excuse For NOT Voting

The younger generation of voters is so crucial to the upcoming election because our vote is going to shape the world that we are about to enter as adults.

31385

When I ask my friends if they are voting this term most of them respond with "no" followed by an explanation of "I don't care enough," "It doesn't affect me," or "I don't keep up with politics," etc. I get it, as a college student I know that there are many other things to be concerned about like school, relationships, work, and friends. I also understand that keeping up with politics can seem like trying to keep up with an over-exaggerated reality show that has way too many seasons. Not to mention most news stations and websites are biased so it's hard to decipher if what you hear is true or fake.

However, despite all of this annoyance, as the next generation of Americans, we have to remember that we owe it to ourselves, our families, and to our futures to care.

Keep Reading... Show less
Tasia Sli

Tasia Sli and Anna Yang met in quintessential New York fashion at a chic rooftop event, inquisitive Yale grad Anna gravitating towards model/entrepreneur Tasia.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Anna Hernández-Buces

"Do you have big parties on Cinco de Mayo?"

Keep Reading... Show less

Two of my favorite things in life are reading and books. Obviously, they go hand-in-hand. In my life, I've realized that there is nothing better than learning about the current world or getting fully immersed in another world. Reading can inspire, teach, and entertain you.

For me, the feeling of opening a book and smelling that fresh book smell can't compete with anything else.

Keep Reading... Show less

Expecting mother and wife to singer/songwriter John Legend may have accidentally slipped up and revealed the gender of her and Legend's third baby today on her Instagram story.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

20 Books About Latin And Hispanic Heritage Absolutely Everyone Should Have On Their Bookshelf

Any ally of the community needs to be reading these incredible reads.

9801

I go through phases when it comes to what I like to read. I am typically reading two books at any given time: one serious nonfiction and one escapist fiction novel to have on hand and open up depending on my mood.

What remains consistent, however, amongst most of my fellow bibliophiles is a desire to try new and different authors and genres. I, as an Indian woman, have been partial to reading books written by fellow Indian and Desi writers since I first got a library card.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Asked 46 Women What They Thought About The Term 'Plus-Size', And Here's What They Had To Say

It's 2020, where change is inevitable and norms are not only questioned, but challenged.

5259

We live in a world where it's become customary to push boundaries, break rules, and question standards upheld by society. Though try as we might, some of these standards are harder to conquer than others — body image is one of the top contenders.

For years, the body positivity movement has pushed for the acceptance of all marginalized body types not represented or celebrated in the media. Recently, we've gotten better at appreciating and accepting all body types, but one thing that's still lingering is the stigma of body image in the fashion industry — more specifically, the term "plus-size."

Keep Reading... Show less
Netflix

Many popular TV shows are holding off premiers until spring, so most people are relying on their television subscriptions to get them through a socially distant fall semester.

Thankfully, Netflix was busy filming this past year because there is a ton of new original content coming in the near future. From mysteries to romances, here are some of the best new shows you have to check out this year:

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Taylor Swift Sang 'betty' At The ACMs And It Was The Perfect First Live 'folklore' Performance

I guarantee that Inez is spreading rumors about how fire this performance was.

4287
CBS

The Academy of Country Music Awards were last night and the performances were wonderful, but Taylor Swift's live version of "betty" from her newest album "folklore" really took the cake for me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

9 Reasons I Unfollowed All The Fitness Influencers On My Instagram Feed

I don't need to feel bad about myself because of who I follow on social media.

2980

Throughout quarantine, something that a lot of us picked up on was working out. With all the free time, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to work on that "dream bod" you've been wanting for years, or to just feel good about yourself.

A common way to stay motivated and keep yourself on-task is to follow fitness influencers on various platforms. For some people, yes, this can be a healthy and helpful way to keep your drive. In other cases, however, this can do more harm than good.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments