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A Matter of Dates

Treason, as the saying goes, is a matter of dates. The same words and actions that are seen as the mark of a patriot under one regime can get you labeled “enemy of the state” under another. With all of the righties pointing fingers and yelling “Traitor!” these days, I often wonder if they really have forgotten the Clinton years or are faking it. Let’s review.

All of these quotes are from elected Republican officials or people who worked for them, and are from or about the Clinton years.

Your president is just not that important to us.

- Dick Armey (R-TX), 1994

When the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms thugs come to kill your wife and children... use that Gerand [M-1 rifle]. That thing is 30-06, and it'll take 'em right out.

- G. Gordon Liddy (R-Nixon), 1994

On Sunday, Giuliani again referred to the agents [who seized Elian Gonzalez] as "storm troopers, saying that he "couldn't imagine that something like this could happen in America."

-CNN quoting Rudy Giuliani, 2000

Virtually identical to Dick Durbin's words on Gitmo.

I heard a dear friend of mine, a great Republican, say, "I trust Hamas more than I trust my own government." Those words hurt.

-Henry Hyde (R-IL), 4/23/1996

In case you missed it, that's: Terrorists > USA.

We should say today that no one service man or woman should be placed in harm's way based on the President's empty threats or hollow promises.

-Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), 4/23/99

This pretty much epitomizes the schizophrenic GOP view of military intervention during the Clinton presidency: Diplomacy is a sign of the weak ("empty threats"), but military action (putting troops "in harm's way") is wrong, too.

Mr. Clinton better watch it if he comes down here. He'd better have a body guard.

-Jesse Helms (R-NC), 11/13/94

Fitting words about the "first Black president".

In the event of the result everyone thought more likely, Bush winning the popular vote and Gore taking the Electoral College, the Bushies said they would mount a massive propaganda war about the will of the people being thwarted. "The one thing we don't do is roll over," an anonymous Bush aide told New York Daily News columnist Michael Kramer. "We fight."

-Source: Slate quoting New York Daily News story from 11/1/2000

The veteran republican [Henry Hyde] is also admitting for the first time that the impeachment of Clinton may have been in part political revenge against the democrats for the impeachment proceedings against GOP President Richard Nixon 25 years earlier.

"Was this pay back?" asked Andy Shaw.

"I can't say it wasn't..."

-Chicago's channel 7 (ABC), quoting Henry Hyde interview, 2005 (

So there we have it. While OBL was plotting to attack the World Trade Center, the GOP was looking for payback for Watergate. Thanks, guys!

Posted by Woody Mena at July 6, 2005 7:30 AM