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Thursday, October 27, 2016

In avoidance of the political conventions, I turned to a character named Ernie Brown Jr. who is known to his millions of fans as the Turtleman.

Described as a Kentucky woodsman, the Turtleman has his own show on cable TV. In exchange for a fresh-baked pie or a jar of homemade jam, he’ll come to your home and remove unwanted opossums, snakes, skunks, raccoons or snapping turtles (his specialty).

In one unforgettable episode, the ceiling of a crawl space gives way, dumping a nest of squirming rats on the Turtleman’s head. On another show he submerges in a pond of reeking manure to grab a rogue turtle that’s been biting cows on the ankles.

You can understand why the Turtleman is a superstar.

Personally — and I speak for many Americans — I’d rather watch a man flop around with wild rodents in his hair than listen to another political speech.

Unfortunately, the Turtleman’s time slot is early in the evening, so while flipping channels late, I occasionally stumbled into convention coverage. Usually, I paused to see who was speaking and hear what they were saying.

Then, when my gums began to bleed, I moved on.

Last week, something unexpected happened when I came across the Democratic National Convention on CNN. Bill Clinton was talking on stage, and he was every bit as compelling as Ernie Brown Jr.

I put down the remote and watched. It was intriguing not just because of Clinton’s obvious gifts as a speaker, but also because of what it says about the American heart.

Remember that this was a guy whose horndog ways almost torpedoed his second term of office, handing the Republicans enough ammunition to stage an impeachment trial that derailed his agenda and sapped the nation’s energy for many long, infuriating months.

Who knows what else Clinton might have accomplished if he’d been content with just a peck on the cheek from Monica Lewinsky, or at least hadn’t lied about what happened.

Yet even after the scandal he walked out of the White House as one of the most popular presidents ever, and he’s even more popular now. The most recent Gallup poll, conducted before last week’s convention, put his favorability rating at 69 percent — much higher than either of the presidential candidates.

  • Because he is the best President this country had since FDR.

      GDP–rose from 6300 to 11,600
      NATIONAL INCOME-5,000 to 8,000 Billion–took 20 years to grow 2500B before Clinton
      JOBS CREATED–over 22 million–record by far
      AVERAGE WEEKLY EARNINGS–$360 to $478
      AVERAGE WEEKLY HOURS WORKED–never hit 35.0–hit that  mark 4 times in 80’s
      UNEMPLOYMENT–from 7.2% down down down to 3.9%
      WELFARE TO WORK—11,533,710 on federal roll in 1996 and 3,880,321 in 2007.
      MINIMUM WAGE–$4.25 to $5.15
      MINORITIES–did exceedingly well
      HOME OWNERSHIP–hit all time high
      DEFICIT–290 Billion to whoopee a SURPLUS
      DEBT—-+28%—300% increase over prior12 years
      FEDERAL SPENDING–+28%—80% under Reagan- who da true conservative?
      DOW JONES AVERAGE–3,500 to 11,800  all it’s history to get to 3500 and Clinton zooms it
      NASDAQ–700 to 5,000—all of it’s history to get to 700 and Clinton zooms it
      VALUES INDEXES– almost all bad went down–good went up in zoom zoom zoom
      FOREIGN AFFAIRS–Peace on Earth good will toward each other—Mark of a true Christian–what has Bush done to Peace on Earth?
      POPULARITY—highest poll ratings  in history during peacetime in  AFRICA, ASIA AND EUROPE even 98.5% in Moscow–left office with highest gallup rating since it was started in 1920’s.
      STAND UP FOR JUSTICE–evil conservatives spent $110,000,000 on hearings and investigations and caught— ONE— very evil man who took a few plane rides to events.
      BOW YOUR HEADS–Thank you God for sending us a man of Bill Clinton’s character, intelligence, knowledge of governance, ability to face up to crises without whimpering and a great leader of the world.

      • Need to make a copy of this and send it to Mitt so he can see what definds a true president 😉

    • onedonewong

      No his presidency did well for 1 reason Newt.
      FDR was a absolute disaster caused WW2, overlooked the Russian holocaust of Poles and caused the recession to last 10 years longer than any other country

      • Newt, and all the Republicans in Congress fought Clinton tooth and nail when he raised taxes in 1993 to eliminate our budget deficits and reduce our national debt.

        • onedonewong

          Yea raising the gas tax a nickle PS the dems controlled congress then so their wasn’t a fight sure was a good idea look at all the improvements that were made.

      • ralphkr

        onedonewong, you really must start learning history from something more valid than your comic books. Where we lived we went from plowing under crops because it cost more to harvest and haul into town than what we would get paid while Hoover was in office to getting good money for our crops and our beeves by 1934. As far as we were concerned the depression was over although FDR did make a huge error by then trying to balance the budget and caused a recession (there is a world of difference between depression and recession) but FDR corrected his error and had cut unemployment to less then half what it had been in 1932 and had doubled GDP in less than 8 years and this was before we cranked up our factories to supply war materials to the allies.

        Actually, Wilson caused WW2 by getting us into WW1. We should have kept our neutrality and Europe would have just drawn new lines on the map (again), Germany would have been reasonably prosperous (there would have been no Hitler), and Germany would not have sent the Communists from Switzerland to Russia in a sealed train to mess up the Czar. I am betting that if we had kept out of WW1 that Germany and Great Britain would have joined forces to wipe out the Communists and put the Czar back in power. After all, the Czar, Der Kaiser, und King of England were all members of the same family and they all hated Communism.

        • onedonewong

          Sorry the WHOLE world was affected in the Depression including Britain. They suffered just as much as the US but didn’t institute the give aways that FDR did and were out by 1938. The US wasn’t out of the depression until 1948.
          We got into WW2 because FDR thought that was the only way to exist the recession, another guy who thought marrying his 1st cousin was a good idea.
          Hitler came to power thanks to his Socialist beliefs him and Barak are ardent Socialists and Barak views Hitler as his saviour

          • ralphkr

            That is fascinating, onedonewong, that you think the US was in a depression until 1948 while Britain was booming by 1938 considering that the only reason Britain was able to feed the people at near starvation rations until well after WW2 was because the US was supporting them with our booming economy. Oddly enough, even during WW2 when a big chunk of our labor force was otherwise occupied (making sure that Britain and France would not have to speak German) and a lot of women had left their homes to help fill the labor void there were considerable men still unemployed here (we called them hobos then but now they are called disadvantaged). Our GDP had was just shy of having tripled by 1945 from when FDR started his “giveaways” (Now that is the kind of “depression” we can all cheer for) even with the recession caused by FDR’s pullback from spending in 37 & 38 and after WW2 unemployment rate was 13% of what it had been when FDR started digging the US out of the Republican hole. By the way, the depression hit the US far harder than it did Britain and our unemployment percentage was twice yours.

          • onedonewong

            You obviously have never read any economic books on the depression. Britain’s economy had recovered and then went to heck during the war, but I’m sure as th good socialist that you are you agreed with Hitler’s actions just like you do our socialist messiah Barak.
            The robust GDP that you claim happened was based on DEBT. The US debt due to FDR was 10 times our GDP

  • howa4x

    Clinton presented a mixed bag of the great and not so great as president. Nafta, and derivatives are two of the not so great decisions made during his term in office, but the economy soared and people remember that. He was a very common person who battled personal demons like a fling with Jenifer Flowers that made him the comback kid, or face accusations by Paula Jones who had trouble alfabetising, but could describe is testicles to a tee, all with his smile. He was us, very fallable, no great false morality, but had a way to feel your pain or show empathy that other political leaders couldn’t. He was the type of person you would have invited into your home, folksy, funny and incredibly smart. He was a Rhodes Scholar, and Alan Greenspan said he was the only president to really understand the bond market, and global finance. This is why he was invitited to give the nomination speech for Obama and George Bush was asked to stay away from the republican convention. One remembered with nostalgia, and the other with distain. Obama policy wise is decended from Clinton and Romney is decended from Bush. Need we say more?

    • What I see is a man that can rise from the ashes quite well and still stand ane deliver. He is by definition resillent. Oh what a wonderful thing to be especially when your a president.

  • Monica ruined Clinton and she did not care the fat pig who would want her maybe a male escort, he must not been thinking or seeing right he can have any woman Amen

  • onedonewong

    Might be because he runs arund smelling al the female dogs asses

  • ralphkr

    Well, onedonewong, I am unable to decide if you have no conception of mathematics, are unable to process information, or are getting your “facts” from comic books. The US debt has NEVER been 10 times US GDP in 20th Century. US debt was equal to US GDP because of paying for WW2 in 1946. Perhaps you meant that the UK owed 10 times their GDP to the US after WW2. You claim that UK recovered rapidly from the depression without noting that UK at the depth of its depression was in far better shape (probably because of their many socialist actions) than the US because its unemployment rate was less than half of ours. I have read many economic and history books and survived the depression along with my parents and grandparents in an agricultural state. I would add that many economists feel that the reason the US has been so successful is because we became the US while being in debt and have been a debtor nation our entire history (some historians consider that we had no debt for 2 years in the 1800s because we owed less than a million dollars).

    You also show that you have no conception as to what a socialist is from your statement. Hitler was not a socialist but a Fascist. There is a huge difference. Nazis believed that the be all and end all was big business and every thing must be done in aid of the success of big business (sounds very much like the US Republican party) while Socialism believes that people are the most important part of a nation and may or may not nationalize businesses to achieve that aim. If you really think that Obama is a Socialist than you must also believe that every US President since Hoover is socialist because Obama is somewhat to the right of center in the US political field.

  • mkzp

    Yeah, the man has charisma that’s for sure. I wonder, did he ever give an apology to the American people for lying about the whole Monica thing?

  • I think people have VERY short memories – do you and the rest of our citizens remember what lies Big Dog told us when he was President of our country? Denied accusations several times and lied to us and to his wife about his affair(s). Why are people flocking to him now and your newscasters talk about him as though he is a king and the best thing ever???? I am really sick of the media in general, you all, too, of trying so hard to lead the public into who they should vote for by continuing to put certain candidates in the news as often as possible and always (most) showing them in the best light possible. Are we so dumb that we cannot figure out for ourselves who we want to vote for without the newscasters leading us by the noses???
    As you can tell, I am very fed up with this type of reporting and it happens on all stations, not just NBC which happens to be my favorite Phoenix station.