"And then I thing this, this 30-year anti-government rant that America's been on, something no other country in the world is doing, including all the ones that have predominately been governed by conservatives..."
- Bill Clinton, at 1:23 in this Yahoo video interview
Note the time frame. He's not just talking about the recent Tea Party movement. Thirty years goes back to the dawn of the Reagan administration. Clinton is claiming that the American conservative movement as a whole is a "rant" unique to America.
What would Lech Walesa, Vaclav Havel, and East German-born Angela Merkel say to that?
Okay, Clinton specifically said "something no other country in the world is doing
," not "something no other country in the world has done
," so maybe Walesa, Havel and Merkel shouldn't feel slighted.
But what about
today? Is there no "anti-government rant" in Western Europe? Or the Islamic Republic of Iran? Egypt? Tunisia?
We know there hasn't been such a rant in Cuba or North Korea. Not publicly. That's not a good thing.
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