Today, the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) and the UT College Republicans announced they will protest a lecture by former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The lecture, which is cosponsored by the UT College of Liberal Arts, will be held at the Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River St. at 6:45 p.m. Protestors will gather beginning at 6:00 pm on the northwest side of the Erwin Center holding highly visible signs.
UT YCT and College Republicans members will participate, as well as members of the YCT chapters at Texas A&M and SMU. Community groups such as the Heart of Texas chapter of Free Republic and activists in the Williamson County Republican Party will also take part in the protest. YCT is inviting all students and concerned citizens to join us at the protest and bring a sign letting Clinton "feel their pain," as we will have special prizes for the best signs.
UT YCT Protest Coordinator Brendan Steinhauser stated, "There are many good reasons to protest impeached former President Clinton, but clearly the most compelling at this time is his administration's dereliction of its constitutional duty to protect U.S. national security. Clinton allowed Saddam Hussein to rebuild his military and violate U.N. resolutions with impunity, signed a non-proliferation agreement with North Korea with no enforcement mechanism and then stood idly by while this rogue regime violated its terms, and, perhaps worst of all, did virtually nothing in the wake of Al-Qaeda's terrorist attacks on the U.S. preceding 9/11."
Steinhauser continued, "The Clinton administration was grossly negligent in failing to respond to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, on the World Trade Center in 1993, and on the USS Cole in Yemen. A war on terror should have been declared and prosecuted long before President Bush entered the White House."
Steinhauser explained, "Clinton's shameful record of impotence and appeasement in the face of attacks on America has and will continue to exact a heavy toll on Americans. The Bush administration is now being forced to clean up the international mess of terror and weapons of mass destruction that eight years of a spineless and gutless administration has left behind. Moreover, it must do so with a military that is still recovering from Clinton's irresponsible cuts."
One former Clinton administration official told reporter Joe Klein, "Clinton spent less concentrated attention on national defense than any other president in recent memory." Clinton's former political advisor Dick Morris charged, "Clinton's failure to mobilize America to confront foreign terror after the 1993 attack [on the World Trade Center] led directly to the 9/11 disaster." According to Morris, "Clinton was removed, uninvolved, and distant where the war on terror was concerned."
Brian Bodine, Membership Director of the UT College Republicans, noted, "The Washington Post reported that the Sudan proffered a deal to extradite Osama bin Laden to the United States in 1996, but the Clinton administration declined because it did not think it had enough evidence to prosecute bin Laden in a U.S. court of law. Perhaps that is true due to the bleeding-heart liberals Clinton appointed to the federal judiciary. However, based on bin Laden's war crimes against the U.S. even at that time, a military tribunal would have been appropriate and, in retrospect, could have saved the lives of 3,000 innocent Americans."
By Clinton's own account, Monica Lewinsky was able to visit him privately more than a dozen times in the Oval Office. But according to a USA Today investigative report, the head of the CIA could not get a single private meeting with the President, despite the Trade Center bombing of February 26, 1993, or the Al-Qaeda killing of 18 American soldiers in Mogadishu on October 3 of the same year." James Woolsey, Clinton's first CIA director, says he never met privately with Clinton after their initial interview. When a small plane crashed on the White House grounds in 1994, the joke inside the White House was, "that must be Woolsey, still trying to get an appointment."
Protestors outside the Erwin Center will distribute hundreds of copies of a pamphlet authored by commentator David Horowitz entitled "How the Left Undermined U.S. National Security" to attendees as they enter the building. This powerful broadside provides a detailed account of the Clinton administration's abject failure to respond to the terrorist attacks on America that preceded 9/11.
Additionally, protestors will point out how Clinton's environmental policies have endangered national security. Steinhauser noted, "Clinton's radical environmental agenda stymied domestic energy production, a partial cause of the rising gas prices we are paying now. If Clinton hadn't stood in the way, we could be drilling in the desolate Alaskan tundra right now instead of being held over a barrel by a cabal of totalitarian Middle East regimes. Clinton failed to recognize that domestic energy production is critical to national security."
YCT State Vice Chairman David Rushing stated, "Our nation is still healing from the scars of the Clinton era. President Clinton never carried Texas and Texas has not forgotten the serious damage that he has done to our nation. President George W. Bush has been Texas' gift to the country, restoring to the Presidency basic integrity and a commitment to national defense."
Bodine concluded, "Perhaps the only positive aspect of Clinton's visit is that it will give students an opportunity to compare him with the current occupant of the White House, who has far surpassed his predecessor in both integrity and leadership. We are confident that Clinton's lecture will remind those in attendance why Texans and Americans rejected the failed Clinton-Gore agenda in 2000."
The Young Conservatives of Texas, a non-partisan conservative youth organization, has been fighting for conservative values for more than two decades in the Lone Star State and publishes the most respected ratings of the Texas Legislature. YCT has chapters at Texas A&M University, West Texas A&M, Baylor University, the University of Texas, Texas Tech, Southern Methodist University, and in the Houston and Washington, D.C., areas.