Look and See Who is Waiting Under the Bridge
August 30, 1996
Richard Brian McCarty
"We are the bridge to the Twenty-first Century," Bill Clinton told
America Thursday night. The line is witty. It is a speech writer's delight. The
President's speech was so long, I wondered if it (the speech) was going to be the bridge
to the Twenty-first century. But, when the speech was over, I could not get the word
"we" out of my head. I kept wondering who the President will have as part of his
When he said "we," it is given he means to include the
Vice-President, Hillary, his cabinet, his fellow Democrats, and his White House staff.
Let's take a look at those people and let's just see who plans to be our bridge to the
Twenty-first century village.
I wonder if "we" includes the likes of Dick Morris. Morris is
Clinton's dear friend, and until Thursday morning, he was the President's political guru.
Morris is the consummate political worker, the modern day "have gun will travel"
type of American politics. And, he is the man that reportedly told a prostitute various
White House secrets. It was bad enough Morris was with a prostitute, but telling White
House happenings to the prostitute shows no respect for the Presidency or for the American
people. Yet, Bill Clinton calls Dick Morris his dear friend, and surely, his dear friends
are part of Clinton's bridge to the Twenty-first century Clinton village.
Perhaps "we" includes the likes of former White House security chief
Craig Livingstone. Livingstone held a high security clearance job. His qualifications were
bar bouncing and political hacking. He is a man who prided himself with organizing people
dressed as chickens to show up at Bush events. And, for that, Clinton gave him the power
to access FBI background files.
I wonder what the reasoning was in the White House's hiring of Livingstone.
Just imagine the conversations. An aide had to turn to Clinton and say , "Mr.
President, Craig here is the perfect White House security chief. He has no previous
experience in security and he can dress a mean chicken. He is perfect to protect our
village. Well, if any trouble comes up with anyone, he will just make them wear a chicken
costume to work and that will fix that. And, get this, Mr. President, he hates
And, one of those lists of background files Livingstone's office requested was
made up of Republican workers. Whether a mistake or intentional act, he invaded the
privacy of those people and it brought up feelings of big brother looking down upon us.
One wonders if a self-proclaimed political hack like Livingstone could resist the
temptation of knowing the private issues of his opponents. Even worse, one wonders if
Livingstone wanted to know those issues.
Livingstone resigned when the files scandal became public. This came after
Clinton refused to fire him as his Village Bridge security chief.
Perhaps Americans do not mind if those with lesser moral character and
competence are part of the bridge. But, there is little doubt the President will include
his cabinet and members of his party. And, those folks give us a lot to worry about.
Take Hazel O'Leary for example, the Secretary of Energy. She is not in the
headlines, but her actions are notable. O'Leary obviously thinks the Twenty-first century
village will be best ushered in by her taking expensive foreign trips at taxpayer expense.
At a time when the President was telling Americans he was streamlining government, O'Leary
was padding her expense and travel accounts. Her idea of cutting costs seems to be
traveling first class instead of chartering a plane. It apparently does not cross her mind
that her trips may be for just personal reasons.
The President picked O'Leary. Further, he stood by her and kept her in his
cabinet when her expensive tastes were found out. I suppose once you cross the bridge over
the Potomac River, you need not worry about the taxpayer money you are spending.
The President will keep O'Leary, and others hidden, much like the mythical
trolls under the bridge, until the American public choose to take the Clinton bridge to
the Twenty-first Century Village. Once they are on that bridge, they will find the bridge
is a toll one. And, the toll will be higher taxes and more invasion of average Americans'
lives by people who think they know best.
The likes of Jesse Jackson, Mario Cuomo, Teddy Kennedy, Donna Shalala, Richard
Gephardt, Dick Riley, and Robert B. Reich will spring back in front of the American people
to collect the Village Bridge toll. Those Clinton villagers have gone on record time and
time again to claim government is the answer to problems. They embrace money from labor
unions and every liberal group supporting issues, from homosexual rights to spotted owls
are people too claims. They are full of more government plans and more government actions.
They think the village can best raise our children. They think the individual can not run
his own life without them.
Yes, those, and others are certain to be part of the Clinton bridge that leads
to the village he speaks so highly of. The American people stand now at the edge of that
bridge. They face the choice of whether the individual can excel in America, or if the
village will hold him back. The bridge painted by Clinton is big and glittery. It will be
tempting. Now it is Bob Dole and Jack Kemp's challenge to show America what is under the
Clinton Village Bridge. Hopefully, they will. If so, January will find Bill Clinton saying
"we are looking for a bridge to a village in Arkansas."
Richard Brian McCarty has worked on several political campaigns of conservatives. He
holds a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina and a BS degree from Lander
University. An experienced writer, McCarty's columns are written from a distinctly
Southern point of view. He is sometimes Southern, sometimes conservative, sometimes
humorous, and sometimes all three.
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