The Clinton Legacy

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The Partisan Legacy: Are there any New Democrats? (And by the way, was there a Republican Revolution?)

BYRON E. SHAFER

We offer our people a new choice based on old values. We offer opportunity. We demand responsibility. We will build an American community again. The choice we offer is not conservative or liberal. In many ways it's not even Republican or Democratic. It's different. It's new. And it will work.

-- Bill Clinton, Acceptance Speech, Democratic Convention, 16 July 1992

What is ultimately at stake in our current environment is literally the future of American civilization as it has existed for the last several hundred years. I'm a history teacher by background, and I would assert and defend on any campus in this country that it is impossible to maintain civilization with twelve-year-olds having babies, fifteen-year-olds killing each other, with seventeen-year-olds dying of AIDS, and with eighteen-year-olds ending up with diplomas they can't even read. What is at issue is literally not Republican or Democrat or liberal or conservative, but the question of whether or not our civilization will survive. . . .

-- Newt Gingrich, Washington Research Group Symposium, 11 November 1994

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