Jewish World Review June 23, 1999 /9 Tamuz 5759
Politicians think we're fools -- they're right
IF POLITICS DOESN'T make you cynical, nothing will.
Prepping for a Senate race next year, New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman is parading in pro-family drag.
Whitman, a Republican who's dogmatically pro-abortion and slavishly devoted to gay rights, has indicated she'll sign a
modified parental-consent law for minors seeking abortions, pending before the state legislature.
The governor also looks with favor on a gay-marriage ban.
Whitman has been elected governor twice, in off years, by margins of less than 1 percent. She'll be running for the
Senate in a presidential year, which brings out a large urban Democratic vote.
So the darling of GOP moderates needs conservative support. Hence the cynical charade -- just how cynical may be
glimpsed in her recent nomination of a pro-busing liberal to the state's highest court.
Other politicians have played Whitman's game, with varying degrees of success. If there were such a thing as a political
transvestites' ball, they'd be the band.
Running against Ronald Reagan for the GOP nomination in 1980, George Bush sneered at supply-side principles as
"voodoo economics." The very idea that tax cuts would lead to a rise in productivity was comparable to astrology, Bush
As a candidate in 1988, Bush was eager to reassure conservatives who had always distrusted him -- with good cause, it
transpired. To demonstrate his conversion to the supply side, the president urged us to read his lips. The about-face lasted
about three years, until his 1991 tax hike.
In 1996, Bob Dole, who made a career of helping Democrats to raise taxes, reluctantly took Americans for Tax
Reform's no-new-taxes pledge.
Dole also developed a keen interest in issues that had never concerned him in the past, like the depravity marketed by
the movie industry. All in all, it was the least credible transformation yet, as that year's presidential election demonstrated.
But the virtuoso of chameleon-like performances is our 42nd president. For his entire career, Bill Clinton has alternated
between moderate Democrat and Hillary's husband.
In Arkansas, he governed as a liberal until about six months before his term expired, when he suddenly discovered more
wholesome principles. After the inauguration, it was back to basics.
How far Clinton carried this may be seen in a letter to Arkansas Right-to-
Life (dated Sept. 26, 1986) wherein the man who would become our most pro-
abortion president declared, "I am opposed to abortion and government funding of abortions."
Would you be shocked to learn that the governor was up for re-election that year?
Clinton brought to national politics the technique he perfected in Little Rock. In 1992, he criticized Bush for "kowtowing
to tyrants" in Beijing, hit Sister Souljah for condoning the Los Angeles riot and rushed back to Arkansas from the campaign
trail to preside over an execution.
As president, he set up a commission that blamed white racism for all minority problems, appointed judges who thought
punishment was a crime and had a foreign policy that made the Chinese politburo cheer.
Not to be outdone, in announcing for the presidency, Al Gore (who months ago praised Clinton as "one of our greatest
presidents") now says he wants to "strengthen family life in America."
Why do voters buy this fraud?
In part, it's because the media do an abysmal job of publicizing contradictions and opportunistic transmutations. When
they do, says Paul Jacob of U.S. Term Limits, "they play the conversion as a Madison Avenue thing, not a character defect."
It's a mystery why more voters don't examine motivations.
We should question Whitman's consistency as well as her sincerity. If she does support a ban on same-sex marriage,
we should ask if homosexual nuptials isn't the logical extension of the gay-rights policies she's pushed from the getgo.
If she backs some form of parental notification for abortion, she should be required to explain what it is about the
procedure that necessitates family involvement.
If abortion is a fundamental right whose exercise does incalculable good
for women, as Whitman's past support would suggest, why limit it at all?
A colleague whose daughter is involved in a bitter divorce said he isn't sure if his son-in-law is a schizophrenic or a
compulsive liar. I asked if the young man has considered a career in
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©1999, Creators Syndicate