WASHINGTON — History is full of surprises. While looking back on history, never have I found it to go precisely as I had anticipated. Always, the reality of history’s progress plays tricks on us. It now appears that the sexual revolution that began in the late 1960s is ending. Would it not be spectacular if one or two of its most famous products were done in by this historic turn of events?
I am not talking about Donald Trump. I am talking about Hillary and Bill Clinton. They flourished in the sexual revolution and all the excesses and nihilism of the 1960s and ’70s. Would it not be justice to see them unhorsed and abandoned as history takes a new path? “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow” was Bill’s anthem in 1992. Well, we now have our tomorrow, and it is not what the Clintons expected. They anticipated an endless 1968, but history has played another surprise.
Last week, an echo of Trump’s former life came back to haunt him. Yet it was clearly an episode from his former life as an entertainer. Moreover, it was just talk, locker room banter, braggadocio uttered over a decade ago. In the last few years Trump has been thinking about more important things. Now he is in the last stages of a presidential race. Such language is unthinkable from him today, and he has apologized for it. What he talks about today is tax cuts, job creation and securing America’s place in the world. During the debate Sunday night he once again convinced voters of how serious he is in this new phase of his life. He won the debate.
He also convinced Americans, many of whom were not even born in the late 1960s and ’70s, that the sexual revolution was not so nice for some women. On Sunday before the debate, he reintroduced America to Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton, who were victims of the sexual excesses of the past. More specifically, three of them were among the scores of women who have been abused by Bill Clinton’s actions, not by the coarse words uttered by Trump in the back of a bus years ago. What makes Clinton’s actions all the more relevant is that his wife has enabled him for 40 years. Hillary Clinton did not walk out on him when he allegedly raped Broaddrick or fondled Willey in the White House or propositioned Jones or carried on such actions from the 1970s to the present. In many instances, she hired private investigators to hound these women, a matter I wrote about here last week.
When Bill Clinton was caught lying about not having sex with Monica Lewinsky in the White House, Hillary Clinton sent her close aide, Sidney Blumenthal, to vilify Lewinsky as a “stalker.” When Blumenthal asked journalist Christopher Hitchens to lie about this, Hitchens appeared before Congress and said that Blumenthal was lying. It began Hitchens’ fitful journey towards conservatism.
What struck me Sunday night when Trump sat with the Clintons’ victims is how the Clintons could have gotten away with this abuse of women in the 1990s. They and the mainstream media had no interest in these women’s stories or in any of the other women who threatened to come forward with their stories during Bill’s impeachment. Back then the widely accepted palliative of America’s elites was “it’s only sex.”
Now, history has entered a new phase. Americans do not dismiss a woman when she complains of unwanted advances from a man, much less unwanted advances from a governor or president. And when his wife covers up for him, I think there will be consequences. Let us see how the events of last Sunday play out. My guess is they will be serious.
I believe the charges against Hillary Clinton have attained a critical mass. All her lies, deceits and negligence captured by her high-tech server remind me of Bill Clinton’s DNA captured on Lewinsky’s blue dress. Both constitute high-tech evidence that the Clintons have been lying to America for decades, and furthermore that Hillary Clinton is untrustworthy and incompetent. She should not have been secretary of state, and she will not be president. Trump’s focused presentation the other night contrasted starkly with Clinton. He beat her badly in the debate with very sound policies to her tired policies from the past. Now he has to beat her in the election.