President Bill Clinton – Global Citizenship: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Action

President Bill Clinton – Global Citizenship: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Action


Good afternoon, I’m Robert Birgeneau, Chancellor of UC Berkeley,
[applause] thank you, and Professor of Physics and Material Science
and Engineering. It’s my very great pleasure and privilege to
welcome you to this very special event. I warmly welcome both those
who have filled Zellerbach Hall today and the very many others who
are watching this event by webcast. Today we have the distinct honor of welcoming
back to the Berkeley campus one of our nation’s great leaders,
the 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.
[applause] His visit to Berkeley in 2002 is still remembered by those
who heard him speak as one of the great highlights and most inspiring
moments of their campus careers. Most of you are students who
are here today were pre-teens during his Presidency. Nonetheless,
within five minutes of the tickets for today’s events becoming available
to students, they were snapped up by you.
Clearly Bill Clinton’s charisma and ability to motivate has extended
way beyond his Presidency to attract and inspire the next generation.
President Clinton is a leader by whom I was personally very inspired.
His two-term, eight-year administration from 1993 through the year
2000 was marked by achievement as a time of peace and economic
wellbeing for America. The United States enjoyed a strong economy
and a period of real social progress. Levels of unemployment,
poverty and crime were low and college enrollment rates were high.
His efforts for health care reform laid the groundwork for President
Obama’s initiative on this critical issue. His accomplishments include promoting peace
and strengthening democracy throughout the world. He showed
an unrelenting commitment to equity and inclusion, values we hold very
deeply here at Berkeley. Since leaving the White House President Clinton
has dedicated himself philanthropy and continue public service through
the William J. Clinton Foundation. The state goal of the
foundation is strengthening the capacity of people throughout
the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.
Most recently he was invited by President Obama to lead, together
with former President George W. Bush, an effort to help the Haitian
people reclaim their country and rebuild their lives. He has been
working tirelessly. You cannot help but be inspired by his
dedication. It is the mission of a great public teaching and
research university like Berkeley to serve the public good. We take
special pride in public service which is exemplified by our
historically by having the greatest number of Peace Corps volunteers.
President Clinton’s call to global citizenship by turning good
intentions into positive actions resonates deeply in our campus DNA.
President Clinton has returned to campus at the invitation of the
Blum Center for Developing Economies. The Blum Center’s goals for
serving the poor of the world in a practical way are completely
synonymous with the Clinton Foundation’s focus on issues that demand
urgent action, solutions and measurable results. The Blum Center was
established March 2006, the end result of a conversation I had with
Richard Blum a Berkeley alumnus, UC Regent and philanthropist, a man
deeply committed to alleviating human suffering. Dick’s innovative idea driven by his passion
for alleviating poverty in the developing world was to combine the
knowledge and multidisciplinary expertise of our faculty
with education and real-life experience for our students in the
struggle against global poverty. Our deans and faculty responded enthusiastically.
Dick’s idea and personal generosity attracted other
wonderful supporters and the center was formed.
The interest and eagerness of our students and faculty have been
tremendous. Berkeley’s commitment to public service to making an
impact on the world and helping those less fortunate has made the
center a remarkable and resounding success. Under the center’s
faculty director, S. Shankar Sastry, who is also our dean of the
College of Engineering, the center also spans UC Berkeley, UC Davis,
UC San Francisco and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It is
inspiring a new generation of global citizens to improve the
wellbeing of the poor in developing countries in practical and
engaging ways. We’re most grateful to the Blum Center for
Developing Economies for giving us this wonderful opportunity today
to hear from President Clinton. And it’s now my great pleasure to
invite to the podium Richard Blum who will introduce President
Clinton. [applause]
Thank you, Bob, for your kind, thoughtful and generous remarks.
Before I introduce President Clinton, I think many of you know or may
know that I served as Chairman of the Board of Regents for UC for
three years. When I became Chairman, I was quite outspoken about the
need to restructure the University, to downsize the bureaucracy, to
make it strategically dynamic in order to advance its academic
mission. I was then very surprised to receive in the
mail a handwritten note from Bill Clinton that said the following,
“Dick, I really liked your speech to the California Regents. It is important
to make these changes because most of the universities have
too much administrative overhead and too little strategic investment
and because what most Americans don’t know is that our universities
are one area where we still have a great competitive advantage.
It is vital to our future.” When he spoke of competitive advantage
he was talking about all of you.
President Clinton last spoke here on January 29, 2002. He talked
most articulately that day about the challenges of creating a world
where people in the poorest countries could strive toward making
their lives better through education, innovation and opportunity. He
said that as Americans we could all help by being good ambassadors
and by committing human capital as well as our funds and helping
emerging nations grow, prosper and embrace democratic values and
human rights. On that same evening George Bush gave his
State of the Union Address but Bill Clinton here at Berkeley went on
to give a State of the World Address as eloquently as any speech
I’ve ever heard. You will probably hear the same here today. President
Clinton has certainly proven that he not only walks his talk, he
in fact runs it. Since President Clinton was last here, he started
the Clinton Global Initiative, which has raised tens of billions
of dollars for projects all over the world.
Since its inception CGI has received 1700 commitments valued at $57
billion, and it’s already impacted 220 million lives in 170 different
countries. [applause] His CGI meetings in September in New York
each year bring people from all over the world together who are
committed to solving as we are the surrounding poverty, health care
and environmental and human rights issues. Some say the Clinton
Global Initiative is a little bit like Davos. I think it’s
different. CGI is not a think tank. It’s an action machine. We are
all aware that President Clinton and President George H. W. Bush
tirelessly brought about help to the victims of the Tsunami in the
Indian Ocean. He has worked on Hurricane Katrina issues. President
Clinton is currently the UN special envoy to help Haiti in the
aftermath of the earthquake. And despite not feeling perfectly well
he has been down there two times since it happened. We at Berkeley
have been up and running for three years, making great progress at
the Blum Center for Developing Economies. Thanks to many of you 2500 students have been
through our classes. 220 Berkeley kids went to 38 countries last
summer. And we are finding ways to work with the Clinton Global
Initiative. I just returned from Ghana and Sudan. I was in Darfur
last week. Our Darfur stoves burn one-third as much wood
as the traditional ones do. And the women, therefore, don’t have to leave
the villages to seek something to burn and be at risk. Our ultraviolet
water filters are now bringing literally clean water to hundreds
of thousands of people in Asia and Africa, particularly India.
Mr. President, we hope we can become your West Coast cousins. Of all the
relationships my wife Diane Feinstein and I in Washington over the
last 17 years, there are no two people that we admire more than Bill
and Hillary Clinton, a great Secretary of State I might add.
[applause] I would now like to introduce my good friend,
the 42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton.
Thank you. [applause]
Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much,
first, to my good friend Dick Blum for the introduction and the great
work that the Blum Center does to improve the lives of people who
live on less than on $2 a day all over the world, about half the
world’s population. I thank Chancellor Birgeneau for welcoming me
back to Berkeley. I’m glad to be here. I was shocked to be reminded
that it was 8 years ago that I last spoke on this stage. You will
find that as you get older the years fly faster, and you remember
things that you did with absolute clarity. It’s just that you can’t
remember the year in which you did them. [laughter] But I’m glad to
be back. I remember well that day 8 years ago. I tried
to speak about what I thought the nature of the 21st century world
was and what the challenges facing America were. Today I want
to build on that and repeat very briefly some of the points I made
then, but updated to this new decade.
The Blum Center and the work it does around the world, the work my
foundation does in America and around the world, reflect two of the
most hopeful developments of the early 21st century. First is the
rise of what I would call “communitarianism.” Not necessarily a more
leftwing philosophy but a more embracing one. The idea that we are in
an interdependent world, and we will either make a community of
shared opportunities and shared responsibilities or we will pay the
price because we’re interdependent. Divorce is not an option. What
we do affects others, what others do affects us.
There is a deeper understanding of this, I think, than ever before.
Not just in places with a level of diversity you can see if you look
around this crowd but in every nook and cranny of our country.
Accompanying that has been the rise of non-governmental organizations. NGOs are groups that do all
different kinds of things, but America has a million of them,
not counting the 355,000 religious institutions from all faiths that
do community-based work. They are an old tradition in America, and
I’ll say more about that in a moment. But it is fascinating that we do.
Now you see them everywhere. India has a million, more than
a million now NGOs working in India, about half of them Indian-based,
half of them international. China has a few hundred thousand,
Russian, notwithstanding the opposition of the government,
has a couple hundred thousand. There are fabulous NGOs
mostly concentrating in microcredit in the rest of the Indian subcontinent,
especially in Bangladesh. You see them in Southeast Asia.
You see them in Africa. You see them in Latin America. This explosion
of non-governmental activity. And I think that on balance this
is a very, very good thing. But I do not want to imply by extolling
the virtues of non-governmental citizen action that I think
governments and policies of governments are not important. I’ll come
back to that in a moment. But let’s just begin with where we are. We
live in an interdependent world. We need a communitarian mentality,
we need more non-government action because this world, for all of its
joys, and there’s lots of them, the increasing diversity, the increasing
ways of communicating because of the internet, the increasing way
of getting information in a nanosecond, all the advances. This is a
pretty interesting time to be alive. When I was elected back in 1993,
which hardly qualifies as the Dark Ages, when I took office, there were
a grand total of 50, five-oh, sites on the world wide web. There’ve
been more than that added since I’ve been talking. The day I took
the Oath of Office, the average cell phone weighed 5 pounds. Now I
have to get one of the wider models for my big hands and I still
misdial about one in every three numbers.
There’s a lot of great stuff going on here. But there are three
really profound problems for the modern world that are persistent,
that have to be met with a communitarian response. The first is that
the world is entirely too unequal, both between rich and poor
countries and within countries. Half the world’s people live on less
than two bucks a day, a billion people live on less than a dollar a
day. 75% of the people in Haiti where I’m working now lived on less
than $2 a day, lived on it before the earthquake. A billion people
never have access to clean water. Two and half billion people have no
access to sanitation. Think of all the things you take for granted
here. You would be shocked if the air control system
here malfunctioned, if all the lights went out and we couldn’t see
each other, or if the sound system failed and you couldn’t hear
anything. I spend most of my time now working in places where people
can’t take any of this for granted because of the inequality of opportunity.
And it has enormous consequences. The number one public
health problem we have in Haiti today, after the immediate emergency
is over and people were performing amputations in the middle of the
night with vodka and hack saws, and there were no supplies, the number
one problem we have now is sanitation because everybody’s moved somewhere
else, living in makeshift settlements. And I learned much
to my distress when I started trying to help after the earthquake
even though I’d been working in Haiti a year before then that none
of the people who make latrines in the world, including compost toilets,
ever developed any residual production capacity to account for
a natural disaster. I learned that a lot of most gifted NGOs in
the world think they know how to dig big latrines and don’t. I learned
all kinds of things because of the gap between rich and poor.
We think we know what other people need some times and we don’t.
This is unsustainable. You see it in healthcare. One fourth of all
the deaths on planet Earth last year, including those from natural
disasters, from wars, from traditional heart disease and cancers,
from violence and accidents, one quarter of all deaths from AIDS,
tuberculosis, malaria, and diseases were related to dirty water,
cholera, dysentery, diarrhea. 80% of the deaths in that last
category are children under five which should tell you why I’m
worried about the sanitation conditions in Haiti. Little children
walking in makeshift settlements with one cut on their feet stepping
in wrong puddle of water could lead to unbelievably dire
consequences. By and large these diseases are diseases of the poor.
You may know someone who dies of AIDS, but that’s because they’re
among the few for whom medicine doesn’t work anymore in America or
because they get off their treatment regime. By and large these are
the diseases of the poor and a manifestation of global inequality.
We are trying to get the schools back up in Haiti again. 130 million
people never go to school at all, and at least that many do go to
schools but they do so nominally. That is, their teachers aren’t
trained and they have no access to learning materials. Yet we know in
the poorest countries just one year of schooling adds 10% per year to
earning capacity for life. And it’s something to think about when —
and I’ll say more about this in a minute, but here you are in the
crown jewel of the finest system of public higher education ever
developed by anybody, anywhere, under assault because of the economic
conditions of our time. But you think about how many people there
are who were born with the same mental capacity you do — you have
that never even got to spend a day in school. So the world is
entirely too unequal. The second problem the world has is it is
highly unstable. The interdependence mean, among other things,
that not only divorce is not an option but that borders don’t count
for as much anymore. And it’s great if you’re sending something over
the internet, unless it’s how to make a bomb. Look at the interdependence
as manifested by the financial crisis. It begins in the United
States. Then all of a sudden people think, maybe we should look
at our bankbooks. Turns out in the U.K. and Ireland, they are more
leveraged than we are. So it spreads there. Then these little pension
funds in small English towns start failing. Turns out it’s because
they all invested in Iceland in financial instruments that promised
even higher rates of return than were being promised by the highly
leveraged institutions in the U.K, in Ireland, or the U.S. So Iceland
collapses, the whole government got wiped out and the reputation
of that wonderful little place was badly damaged, even though before
this happened it was largely known as the European country that
had produced the largest percentage of self-made millionaires of any
European country, not through finance but through starting, by and
large, information technology and marketing enterprises. Then
China, which had more money than it new what to do with because
we bought so much stuff from them, [laughter] but had no financial
crisis, all of a sudden winds up with 35 million unemployed workers
because we and the Europeans don’t buy so much of their production
anymore. That is a manifestation of interdependence just as much
as any kind of pen pal you have halfway around the world is.
Before 9-11 the Al Qaeda proves itself able to conduct operations in
Tanzania and Kenya where most of its victims were Africans even
though the targets were American embassies. To blow up a ship in
Yemen, then to mount operations in Spain, and the United Kingdom, in
Bali and Indonesia. And that’s why, whether you agree with it or not,
there’s been an emphasis on sending the drones into the borderless
area between Afghanistan and Pakistan to try to constrain the
instability of a clever adversary which has proved itself over and
over again able to inspire people, to organize them and to use
information technology to conduct operations a long way from the
base. So it’s a highly unstable world. And finally, it’s unsustainable because of
the way we produce and consume energy. We are all dependent or affecting
each other in that pattern. For example, the United States and
China are the biggest emitters of green house gases, but Australia
is the first place to be truly hit hard by climate change. You can
see it in the dramatic increase in wildfires and their reduced ability
to grow crops and feed livestock and all kinds of other areas.
A few months ago a study came out saying most cruelly the next
group of countries to be hard hit by climate change are the poorest
countries that are making the smallest contribution to it, the equatorial
African countries. Places like Afghanistan and Haiti. So that
too is a form of interdependence. And I take it I don’t have
to make the case here, that notwithstanding the new energy given
by the deniers of climate change, that the fundamental subtle science
has not changed. Then somebody steals a few e-mails out of the University
of East Anglia and commits a crime. If they had been trying
to prove that climate change was real, the same crowd that’s extolling
this theft would be asking that they be put in jail. But they
steal the e-mails and doctor them up a little bit and make it look
like this is a case that climate change doesn’t exist. A relatively
minor mistake is made by The International Panel on Climate Change
by the United Nations, but it’s a glaring one, acting as if there is
a fixed date which we will know the Himalayan glacier will melt, and
all of a sudden people say, oh, it’s not real, as if the Himalayan glaciers
weren’t melting. Oh, it’s not 2035, it’s 2039. Let’s go back to
sleep. So I personally believe that, and I want to
say more about that in a minute. Hold that thought because I think
that one of the problems with the way information is communicated in
the modern world is if we’re not careful we all start majoring in
the minors when we should be majoring in the majors. I don’t think anything
that I have seen or read has called into serious question the
fact that the ten hottest years onrecord have occurred since 1995.
I notice one of the climate change opponents in the Senate the other
day said obviously this whole global warming thing was a hoax because
they had a record snow in Washington. [laughter] I think our friends
in China and India and elsewhere would tell us that you cannot
extrapolate from what is happening in Washington, DC a general rule
for the world. [laughter and applause] You can’t even extrapolate a
general rule for America. And we have had a real cold February, but
January was the warmest January ever recorded. They always kind of
forget. They always leave that out. And while we were worried about
how cold Washington DC was, when the Olympics opened in Vancouver, if
you’ll remember, in the first week one of the big problems was they
didn’t have enough snow and it was too slushy and they were worried
that some of the events would be dangerous because their weather was
too warm. So I want you to keep that framework in mind. The world’s
pretty great or you wouldn’t be sitting here today for a lot of
us. But it is far too unequal, too unstable and too unsustainable
for this pattern to continue throughout your lifetime. Therefore,
the major job you will have is to build up the positive and reduce
the negative forces of interdependence.
If you ask me what my position is on anything, I may not give you the
correct answer, but I’m sure I have the correct filter. That is,
whatever your question is, my mind will immediately go to the
following question: Will this build up the positive or reduce
negative forces of interdependence? If it will, I’m for it. If it
won’t, I’m against it. And I spend my life now trying to think about
that. So that’s the first point. Now, what is the role of the private citizen,
the university student in building the positive and reducing the
negative forces of interdependence? I believe it is to participate
in some way, according to your interest, ability, and capacity,
in the non-governmental revolution sweeping the world.
I already said America had a million NGOs here. This tradition
in America of citizen organizations is actually older than our country.
Benjamin Franklin organized the first volunteer fire department
in the United States before the Constitution was ratified, and
he did it in our founding city of Philadelphia. When de Tocqueville
wrote, “Democracy in America”, he observed in the early 19th century
that the difference in the U.S. and what the previous administration
disparagingly referred to as “Old Europe”, I kind of like
Old Europe myself. He said the difference is at that time if the
government had not met some need in Europe, people would complain
about it and keep complaining about it until the government
either did something or didn’t. In America, he said, they tend to
complain about it a day or two and then they just go home and organize
and fix the problem. Now, I like that but it shouldn’t be a virtue
that you apply so broadly as to say government doesn’t matter.
I want to come back to that. The point is we’ve always been into
doing for ourselves with each other, and it’s now become a global phenomenon.
I told you at the outset of the talk how this whole non-governmental
movement is sweeping the world. One of the biggest challenges
we have in Haiti is how to coordinate all the NGOs that are there
now so that we at least meet certain standards for public health and
good education in dealing with all the great things they’re
trying to do. And that to whatever extent we can we harmonize their
work with the World Food Program, with UNICEF and all these multinational
agencies, as well as the work that the US and others are doing.
But this is exploding across the world. In my foundation, we now
sell the world’s least expensive AIDS medicine in 70 countries. And
we work on building health care systems in about 30 and we have
economic projects in Latin America and Africa and in the United
States. We have health care projects in America, the most important
of which is the campaign against childhood obesity, which the First
Lady Michelle Obama has just taken on and I applaud her for that.
I just left Los Angeles where Governor Schwarzenegger and I and a
number of other people from schools all over California talked about what
is being done on that. That’s a number one public health problem
in America, and that should tell you something about rich and poor. In
America our biggest problem is childhood obesity. In earthquake-ravaged
Haiti their biggest public health problem is basic sanitation.
And that illustrates a point I will come back to, but I might as well
make it now. In poor countries the biggest problem is lack of
capacity. People are just as smart as we are, and they work hard.
Sometimes they work harder just to keep body and soul together. They
don’t have the organized structures that we take for granted that
give predictability to our lives make a connection between the
ability we have and the effort we exert and the result we get.
Therefore, life is so chaotic it’s almost impossible to build a
harmonious, coherent society in which everybody has a chance to live
their dreams and develop their abilities, and you’re continuously
taking down the forces of inequality and instability. In rich countries the problem is just the
reverse. There is great capacity and enormous strength in institutions,
otherwise we could not have risen to the point we are, not just
the U.S., anywhere. The problem in wealthy countries is rigidity,
where institutions have grown so used to their position in society,
their power, their influence, their wealth that they resist making
the changes necessary to allow them to pursue the thing they were
set up to do in the first place. So we have rigidity problems
which have affected our economic system, our financial regulation
system, our health care system, our education system and the way we
produce and consume energy and governance in general.
So when you think about these things and building the positive and
reducing the negative forces, I think it will help when you analyze
America if you say, is this a rigidity problem, why are we resisting
change? You don’t have to demonize the institutions against change
for they did something good in the past, otherwise we wouldn’t be
where we are, but they’ve lost the capacity to change. They would
rather preserve their piece of the present pie than pursue the
purposes for which they were established in the first place. This is,
I would remind you, a tendency as old as government itself, but it is
a profound challenge in America today, complicated by human
psychology. In the 15th century Nicolo Machiavelli said, “There is
nothing so difficult in all of human affairs, as to change the
established order of things.” Now I’ll revert to colloquial English
to finish the quote. He didn’t exactly say it like this, but this is
the point he made. The reason that is so is that when any change is
proposed, those who will lose are certain of their loss, while those
who will gain are uncertain of their advantage, and you saw it all
play out in this health care thing. So we have rigidity problems.
Haiti, they got capacity problems; in Africa, capacity problems; in
all poor countries, capacity problems. In both areas, citizens can
make a difference working through non-governmental organizations, as
well as advocating the right kind of public policy changes. Just for
example, I’ll give you a couple of examples in terms of what we try
to do. When I started working in this AIDS area there was not very
much money being spent on AIDS medicine. President Bush’s PEPFAR
program had not been stood up, the global fund on HTB and malaria had
not been funded, and we were charging $10,000 a year to the American
tax payers for AIDS medicine for poor people on Medicaid who got it
or people who were otherwise Medicaid-eligible. Generic drugs were
only $500 a year, produced largely in India and South Africa. Now
that sounds cheap, but if you live in a country with a per capita
income of under a dollar a day that’s still a lot of money. If your
government doesn’t have the capacity to raise revenues brought from a
broad spectrum of its earners. That’s a lot of money. So when we
looked at it, this is something that a non-governmental group can do
that a governmental group wouldn’t normally do. We found out that
even at $500 dosage a year, this business was run on the following
model: low volume, uncertain payment, because these countries didn’t
have a lot of money, therefore high profit margin so they could stay
in business. So we took a different proposal to them. This is what a
non-governmental organization can do. We said, hey, how about
changing your business model? We have, beginning with Ireland and
Canada, countries that will give you money to buy this medicine, or
we’ll give poor countries money. So we asked the manufacturers in
India and South Afreica, we said, how about changing your business
model from low volume to high volume, from uncertain payment to
certain payment, and therefore from high profit margins to low profit
margins? In other words, stop running the AIDS drugs business as if
it were a small town jewelry store and start running it as if it were
a huge grocery store. That’s all we did. But the price went from
$500 a person a year to $140 to 120. The children’s AIDS drugs went
from $600 a year down to 120, down to 90, down to 60. And half of all
the people in the world who get medicines in poor countries get it
off these contracts; two-thirds of all the children who get medicines
get them off this contract. That’s something a non-governmental
organization can do, to figure out how to do something faster or
cheaper or better. We try to do that in the way we do building
retrofits to fight climate change. And whether we can work out the
financing so we can do large solar-thermal projects that will help to
offset the effects of climate change and still give poor people and
people in rich countries a source of clean power. We’ve tried to do
that in fighting childhood obesity, negotiating with soft drink
companies, for example, to reduce the caloric content of vending
machine drinks in schools by 58%. We found that we could get them all
do it, that they’d all jump off together. Now 80 percent of the
schools in America are doing that. So, that’s one of the things a
non-governmental organization can do. And it represents the
traditional role of the NGO to this extent. All these
non-governmental groups started the same way the volunteer fire
department in Philadelphia started. Because in any given moment in
history, even if the time comes when the economy is rocking along and
everyone you vote for wins and they do everything you think they
ought to do, there will always be some gaps in the social fabric,
some gaps between what the private economy will produce and the
government can provide. And historically, the role of
non-governmental groups has been to fill that space.
Now, in addition to that, however, there are other things being done
today. Innovation, the AIDS drug examples, and integration. I never
ask people to lose money who work with me. I ask them to make money
in a different way. That’s what the AIDS manufacturers did. I don’t
go to a country unless the government asks me in with the
understanding that we have a 100% no corruption policy. If I catch
anybody stealing money and having kids die over it, we’re out of
there. So as a result, we’re building government capacity and helping
the private sector to make money in a more socially beneficial way
rather than a less beneficial way. All of these things can be done.
And now the most important thing I can say is, everybody can do
this. Look at what happened after the Haiti earthquake occurred.
First you had George Clooney and others putting together this amazing
concert, “Hope for Haiti”, in no time. They put it together in a week
and it raised $66 million. A lot of it in $10 pops because you could
text “Haiti” into your phone at one number and automatically $10
would be transferred here or 5 bucks in Canada. Amazing! Most of
the rest of the money was given over the internet. So very few
people gave $100,000 or more in that $66 millionfigure. Most people
gave a hundred dollars or less. And these massive amounts of money
were given by people who wanted to make a difference.
By the same token, you have people who are able to give some time.
All of a sudden I had teams of doctors from New York where I live
calling me, saying, I can only stay five days but send me down there.
And a group of two or three who were particular friends of mine and
who work with Dr. Paul Farmer who runs Partners in Health and is my
U.N. deputy. A lot of you know who he is. They were down there and
they called me back and said, here are 36 antibiotics and other
medicines we need, and by the way, get us some standing lamps, even
if you have to go to Walmart to get them and bring me a generator to
run them so we can operate 24-hours a day. Otherwise babies are
going to die in throes because of infection from sepsis. So, I did
it. All non-governmental groups. What I want to say to you is that
there is something all of you can do in this way, whatever your
politics, whatever else is going on. I’ll give you just a couple of examples. Dick
talked about the Clinton global initiative. It is true. Every
year at the opening of the UN we have a two-and-a-half day meeting
where we invite philanthropists, business people, non-governmental
organizations and the world leaders that show up for the UN,
and we talk about how to meet the major challenges facing the world.
No one gets to give a speech except for the Secretary General of
the UN or the President of the United States if they show up, and they
can’t talk more than 10 minutes. Everything else is a conversation
focused on what I believe to be the most important question facing the
21st century world. Most of the time in politics we debated three
things: what are you going to do, who’s going to do it, public
or private sector, how much money are you going to spend on it? What we
do at the Global Initiative is we focus on the fourth question.
However much money you have, whatever it is you propose to do,
how are you going to do it so that you turn your good intentions to
positive changes. In other words, in the climate change area what’s
the analogue that we did with AIDS drugs? In the health area, what’s
the analogue in setting up health care systems? How can you
use technology to democratize education and get the 100 plus
million people who aren’t in school the level of learning they need
to function and to grow their countries? How? The “how” question,
I think, may well turn out to be the most important question in the
21st century. And if you’re in the non-governmental area what you’re
always trying to do is to answer the “how” question in a way that
puts yourself out of business because then the government changes
its policy and the private sector does what it can do, and then
you go on to another challenge. That’s how I see what I am doing.
And the Global Initiative has literally raised 10-year commitments
worth over $55 billion and already more than 220 million
people have been helped. So a couple of years ago we decided we ought
to do one just for university students. And we had the first
one in Tulane in New Orleans because it was the site of Katrina,
and it was beginning to come back, and because we wanted to highlight
what could be done to bring it back. Last year we met at the University
of Texas at Austin. We have increasing numbers of young people
come from other countries. Fourteen young students came all the way from
China last year, and we always do community service projects. If you
go to New Orleans now in the Lower Ninth Ward there are set up houses
that are green houses extremely energy efficient and hurricane and
flood resistant built by Brad Pitt’s foundation, Make It Right, on
a plot of land that was cleared by our students at our CGI University
meeting. So last year we were in East Austin in a predominantly
Hispanic neighborhood working at a community center. And I was going
around shaking hands with the students and I asked this young man
where he was from and he said, “I’m from Myanmar, I’m from Burma.”
You probably know we don’t have many relations with them. And I said,
“How in the living daylights did you get here?” He said, “You
invited me.” And I said, “From Burma?” and he said, “No, I was in school
in London.” I said, “Did we help you come?” Because we give sometimes
40% of the students, we help pay their way. He said,
“Nope, I raised the money myself.” And I said, “So you go from Burma
to London and you’re standing in a Hispanic community center in
Austin, Texas. Why did you do this?” He said, “Because my country’s got
a lot of trouble and I know it, but you’re not going to fix it. People
like me have to fix it. And this is one way we’ll fix it by proving
we can help real people and make the government work for people
instead of for the people who are in power.” It was an amazing
encounter. About 50 students from Berkeley have come
to one of these two meetings. And they made some fascinating commitments.
Everybody has to make some commitment at the college meetings
just like at the regular CGI. A pilot program for vegetable
gardens in California’s public schools, a health worker training program
for a region of Honduras and several others. Every student
whose come from Berkeley has made an interesting commitment. And together
they have made a real difference. So the next one is in April
at the University of Miami and it’s April 16th to 18th. There will
be a lot of focus there on Haiti if you’re interested in it,
and we’re still taking applications. So if you want to come you can
apply between now and March 1st. You got another week to apply.
I would urge you to do that. If you don’t want to come, we webcast
this and I urge you to follow it over the internet. And one of the
things we’ve done is to raise money from companies, including Walmart
or the Pat Tillman Foundation. You all know who Pat Tillman was?
The professional football player who was killed by friendly
fire in Iraq? His wife is a remarkable woman who has opened a foundation
and raised money to try to help young people who are survivors,
who are not going to be killed in the war to make more of their lives.
That’s the way she thinks she can best honor her husband’s life.
So she and several others have given us the money to help fund
student projects. So this year because there is a limit to the
number of students who can actually physically come to Miami, if you
don’t want to come or you can’t come, you can follow it on the internet
and also apply for support for some project you have even if
you’re not physically present at the Clinton Global Initiative University
meeting. The website is CGIU.org. And I would urge you
to check it out. Now, let me just say a word on politics. Politics
are important but not an excuse not to do this kind of work.
Because remember what I said, even if there comes a day when everybody
you vote for wins and the economy’s humming along again and the
people in office do everything you want them to do, there will
still be gaps in the social fabric that have to be filled by citizens.
And we have more power to do that than ever before, partly
because of the internet and partly because of information sharing and
networking which enables us to empower other people to do what they want
to do. I really believe, in spite of this horrible earthquake,
that the people of Haiti, where Hillary and I have been going
since 1975, have the best chance in my lifetime and perhaps in their
206-year history since they became the first and to date the only
successful nation established by a slave revolt to escape the
darker parts of their heritage. And I really believe that America
has a chance, in spite of the frustrations of the moment, 50 years
from now to still be a world’s leading force for peace and prosperity
and social justice. But we have to change. And the one thing I
would say to you, we don’t have time to go through all these policy
differences, but you are at a university. We have to stop majoring
in the minors. You look at this healthcare debate is bewildering
to me. And part of it is the way news is disseminated today.
You know you see the big headline today, one of the major networks
has got to cut their whole news staff by 25% because old guys like me
don’t watch the evening news anymore, we just turn on movies and sports.
And because there’s a great sorting going on in America because
we have more and more choices over satellite television and over
the internet. We don’t have to read newspapers. With Kindles we may
never have to read another book. We can read 25 blog sites everyday
that agree with us. And there is a great tendency among those
that are left viewing only to look at what agrees with us. There is a
fascinating book, by the way, written by a liberal Democrat named Bill
Bishop, called “The Big Sort.” He lived in a neighborhood that voted
for John Kerry more than 4 to 1 over President Bush in Austin,
Texas. But the neighborhood lost it’s only Republican who
then moved to a neighborhood that voted for Bush 5 to 1 over
Kerry. And it got him to thinking about how people are being sorted
out. And that’s happening to all of us. We tend to cluster
and listen to and learn from people that agree with us. And it tends
to create these really churning sites like on television where people
are trying to keep us upset all the time. And news is delivered
in a way designed to increase the likelihood that you will have
Attention Deficit Disorder. And the problem is that makes you
vulnerable to majoring in the minors and minoring in the majors.
I can tell you in my long life, going way beyond politics, anytime I
made a very important decision when I was frustrated or angry or
scared, there was about a 75% chance I’d make a mistake. And particularly
a lot of these cable channels they’re trying to keep us frustrated,
angry or scared all the time. And so I think it’s quite important
that we get back to the basics. In healthcare the basic fact is
this: We’re spending 17.2% of our income on health care. Nobody
else in a rich country spends more than 11 and a half and that’s
Switzerland, where the delivery system’s more expensive because so
many people are in alpine villages and the country’s even older than
we are. Canada spends 10 and a half. All of the other countries, including
the two consistently most highly rated, France and
Germany, spend 10. The difference in 10% of GDP and 17.2 is approximately
$1 trillion. So what do we get for the $1 trillion? That is,
if we adopted their systems we’d save $1 trillion. What do we
get from that? You think about Berkeley’s budget needs, think about
what’s happened to tuition at California’s universities, think about
what happened when the kids are coming out of the two-year system don’t
automatically get in to one of the Cal State schools anymore. Think
about everything that’s happened here, okay? So, our first priority
was to write a check for a trillion dollars for a system that is 39th
in infant mortality and 42nd in adult life expectancy and never ranks
better than 35th in overall end products of health care. And even
if you make allowances for how many poor people we have for first
generation immigrants, there is no way you can make this look pretty.
We insure 84% of our people. Everybody else insures 100 and that
understates the problem. At some point every year 30% of the American
people will be without health insurance coverage. And we seem to
think we have nothing to learn from anyone else. And the people that
are trying to keep us torn up are really shameless. I saw one guy
wrote an article after I had my little stent put in last week, said,
“Boy, I’ll bet Bill Clinton’s glad his health care plan failed.
I’ll bet he’s glad President Obama’s healthcare plan failed otherwise
he’d be dead.” Needless to say our friends in the United
Kingdom and France and Germany were appalled. And see, it’s designed
to keep you upset. You. Forget about the public interest. You
might have to give something up if, God forbid, we save the American
economy and had a competitive and actually better health care
system. We got to get over that and we need to get this done. I’m
telling you I cannot see a scenario where the United States will be
able to maintain its higher education system and improve its public
education system and diversify its economy if we keep writing a
hot check for a trillion dollars to our competitors at the start of
every year to keep ourselves sicker. So we need to think.
Same thing’s true in education. I’ll tell you an interesting thing
about American higher education. I wouldn’t have become president
if I hadn’t had a chance to go college, go to law school, get a loan,
a government-backed loan [laughter] and pay it back [laughter] with
honor. I wouldn’t. From the end of World War II until 2001 till I
left office, through Republican and Democratic administrations alike,
through good and bad economies alike, the United States always ranked
first in the world in one category, the percentage of our young
adults with four-year college degrees. We were always first. In
one decade we fell to tenth. Now, part of that to be fair is a lot
of our competitors saw what it did for us and they started sending
more kids to school in their own countries. And more power to them.
You should never want anyone else to be poor. Never begrudge another
nation’s success. You should want them to be more successful. No
way in the world a country with only 330 million people can be the
only economic, political and military superpower throughout the 21st
century the way we were briefly at the end of the Cold War. But we
should be a leading force and we should be a beacon of opportunity
and change. And we allowed this to happen in part because our
delivery system got whacked out. After inflation college costs went
up 75% in the last decade while median income after inflation
declined $2,000. We could have handled the increase in costs if
people’s incomes had been going up and we’d created more jobs. It
doesn’t serve any purpose to deny these facts. We have to figure out
what should be done about the economic delivery system and the
education delivery system. There are a hundred countries that are more
energy efficient than we are. Look, I’m all for solar and wind and
geothermal and all of that, but America needs jobs today. You get
870 jobs for every billion dollars you put into coal plants.
You put it into a nuclear plant you get 1,000 to 1,500. You put it into
solar power you get 1,900. You put it into wind if you make and
assemble the windmills and you put them up, you get 3300 jobs. Every
billion dollars you spend retrofitting buildings gets you 7,000
jobs. Unemployment in the construction industry is 17%. Why are
we pretending that it’s the end of economic life on our planet if
we change the way we produce and consume energy? The truth is it’s
the number one ticket to a prosperous, broad-based economy in America
and throughout the world in the 21st century. [applause] Why
did nobody say — in Copenhagen I noticed nobody said and all the
people who were telling how us how terrible it was and who were doing
handstands when nobody signed an agreement in Copenhagen. Everybody
forgot to point out some inconvenient facts. Forget now about
climate change. Just be nakedly selfish. [laughter] When Al Gore and
I finished the Kyoto Treaty we helped to finish it, and he went
to Japan and actually closed the deal. We had no support in the
Congress for doing something about climate change. It is the
only bill I ever lost in the Congress before I sent it to them. The
Senate voted 98 to nothing against Kyoto before Al got off the
airplane coming home. Why? Because then there was no consensus that
climate change was real and people believed that there’s no way
we could get rich or get richer or even keep our standard of living
if we didn’t keep spewing more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.
Now, we know better now. Kyoto, of the countries that signed it, the
44 wealthiest were required to reduce their greenhouse gases by very
specific targets by 2012. Okay? Today we can only be sure that four
countries will do it. What are they? Denmark, Sweden, the United
Kingdom and Germany. We know they will meet their Kyoto target. Now,
before the economic meltdown which began on September 15, 2008, all
four of those countries had lower unemployment rates than we did,
higher growth rates than we did, less income inequality than we have
because of the dramatic increase in the number of jobs and new
businesses spawned by making a commitment to change the way they
produce and consume energy. Now the UK was hurt very badly because
for other reasons. They were more leveraged and even less regulated
than we were financially. But even today Denmark, Sweden and Germany
have considerably lower unemployment rates than we do.
Deutsche Bank recently did a study on the impact of Germany’s solar
policies. Now this is not Greenpeace, this is Deutsche Bank. Okay?
And they said, even making allowances for the cost of the subsidies
to make Germany the number one user of solar power in the world, when
average sunlight in the whole country is the same as it is in London,
England, they had netted 300,000 new jobs. Which if we just had a
per capita extrapolation to America would be 1.2 million from solar
alone. But last year there was a scientific survey published which
assessed the relative capacity of various countries to accommodate a
transition to solar and to wind. The United States was ranked first
in solar capacity and third in wind capacity. We need to have the
right sorts of debates. But meanwhile that what I’m pleading with
you today is therefore don’t give up your citizenship, don’t give up
advocating, don’t give up working and for God’s sake don’t give up
voting because that’s the biggest pattern in the last three
elections, the two governorships and senate race in Massachusetts has
not been party differences in voting, it’s been drop off of young
people. Don’t do that. But just realize that one of the best ways
to change other people’s minds is to demonstrate with something they
can see that what you are for works. That you have answered the
“how” question, that the fear that we can’t change the way we produce
and consume energy without wrecking the economy can best be answered
by a physical manifestation that proves it’s not so, that the fear
that we can’t change healthcare without somehow taking wonderful
treatments away from people like me who want to live forever is to
demonstrate it’s not so, that the fear that you can’t help poor
people because there is just something wrong and they don’t have it
can best be refuted by demonstrating that it is not so. In Haiti and
Africa and Latin America and Southeast Asia, anywhere. And so, for
all of your frustrations I have to tell you, you are living at the
time in human history when the individual citizen, if he or she is a
genuine communitarian, that is willing to make common cause with
like-minded people and willing to look at the facts and not to major
in the minors can have more influence over the outcome of affairs
than ever before. The future is in your hands. You got to be able
to answer the “how” question and you have to be willing to put
yourselves in the line. Thank you and good luck. [applause] Thank
you. [applause] Is that for me? What can I say? I’m corruptible.
I love having this. It’s beautiful. Thank you. And I will
wear them both with pride and given how cold it is at home in
need. Thank you. [applause] Thank you. Bless you. Thank you.
I enjoyed it. Thank you. [applause] Thanks.

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    cottoncandicane

    @Xrayballer88 Thank you for pointing that out. However, misspelling ( by missing one e)does not destroy the veracity of an opinion. It is still an opinion and you better not ever misspell anything because your whole little world in your mind may fall apart. I still stand by the opinion that Berkeley is the land of the brainwashed. So credibility has been established and we can move on.

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    Griffith Harland

    "The Bilge outside north America destroyed our world, and YouTube allowed an insurgent of influx of Muslim Bacteria to invade our right to exist."

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    shakysyxx

    @robertbrz bullshit,he works for a higher power….just like iran…hes not the supreme leader

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    residentzombie

    @robertbrz The United Nation's agenda is to form a one world government, one world currency, and one world religion. To get everyone on board, they are slowly and methodically tearing down the current system so that their New World Order can be formed. This is only good if you are in the global government as you can control the world. This is no humanitarian project, but the End Game as mentioned in the Bible. These 'elitests' want to rebuild Babylon.

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    residentzombie

    @GenerationPoof Look into the New World Order and it's agenda before you praise one of these globalist scum bags.

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    residentzombie

    @FKTHPOPE Amen brother, Amen. We need more folks educated to the real puppet masters in this world.

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    residentzombie

    @azaroch Long live Adolf Hitler as well since he had the same vision for the world as well. You need to learn macro economics and then geo politics before you promote a sysytem which will destroy American freedom and civil liberties.

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    catndryer

    Clinton did two things of note during his TWO presidential terms.

    1. Monica Lewinsky
    2. He dismantled the Welfare State that was out of control.

    He did literally nothing for world health or prosperity.

    It was a good economic cycle for the U.S.. He didn't create that…he enjoyed it.

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    bmustiata

    25:25 "…the smallest contribution to it, the equatorial African countries. Places like Afganistan and Haiti. So that too…"

    I LOLed so hard… Bill, Bill, you crack me up.

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    Jai666666666

    So how did Monsanto manage to get there GMO products on the market without ever putting their name on the products while they own the genes of the food-like entity? Why is Monsanto buying up all seed companies in the world? Is a seed that becomes non-fertile after the first crop legal? If so, who made it possible for mercinaries to own every edible plant by the end of this decade? Genetic Ownership is a crima against humanity.

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    Being hacked is a terrible thing, I spell just fine…, does the devil make us do it? Just correcting the first word, so we can be watched that much? Go ahead, retype the whole fucken texte why don't you. Your President is making the world dependant for their crops on one filthy, fucken, worthless, sick, monstrous american company Monsanto, this is an act of war!!! You have a slave ownership mind and you will lose that company or this means war.

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    Stratoleft

    @patnais102 .. and most of the libs who follow this imported Kenyan/indonesian anti-American John Kerry version II, only worse, socialist surrogate president around, as werll as the freak judges he appoints to the Supreme Court, like lap dogs, don't seem to get the fact that this is what "redistribution of the wealth" actually means.

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    All of this has nothing to do with what people want. The freedom is nearly gone folks. Please remember this mess at the voting booth.

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    Global Citizenship?

    you've got to be fucking kidding me…. how could anyone be in support of globalism and still call themselves an American? It doesn't work that way….

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    khatack

    A great speech befitting a great man. I hope everyone who watches this gives the subjects he brought up some serious thought.

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    Gaiaseyeforbeauty

    Ever considered championing the green cause Mr Clinton!
    Your missing an awesome opportunity to show the world were not going to appease the Saudis spread of intollerant Islam just to keep them and OPEC happy and selling their oil in US dollars allowing us a free pass to print money endlessly and dilute this otherwise inflationary practice globaly.

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    Cont:
    Islams violent intolerant political agenda is staring us right in the face where
    ever it takes root day in and day out and we choose to ignore it at freedom and liberties peril.

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    How are Serbs doing Bill? And, how about NAFTA Bill? And your bill to war against IRAQ? You konw the one your wife voted for too.

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    @uhhuhcheckit Hes a nwo goone! he advocates killing americans and hes a pervert why is he being honored. Yeah his accomplishmensts enclude lude acts in the the oval office!

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    President's made celebrity icons…Wrong. Just wrong.

    Hey America, this guy lied to you in your face! He cheated on his wife! He stuck a cigar in a woman's vagina.

    But you think that's cool don't you? Yeah President got laid. badass…..

    You don't think they're capable of lying about everything else?

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    OCSnowBoarder

    Walk the walk… does he talk the talk…

    Teach/live/love Independence as an advisory role. Let People fail and pick themselves up. The punishment and reward system doesn't work on all people. Globalization is bad…

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    Ahmed ahmed

    I believe in this person.
    and I believe that he is the only person who can change the world's future into a peaqceful direction.
    all others are Bouchers .
    I think he must be given a sole responsibility to direct world into a direction of peace.
    arranging natural resources equally.
    I would love to work with this person.
    Clinton family as a whole is a nice family.i believe.
    if he need my help.
    I have certain solutions for treat the system's aliment.

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    Light Bearer

    Watch the "Clinton Chronicles" – Please!! Bill Clinton is a criminal drug running, over-paid swine. He will be remembered for nothing good.

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    The sad thing is by seeing this man speak I was transported to a time where things were much better…the good thing is by hearing him speak again, I believe that things can again get better, and that he still has hope in the great country that we can be, and the people that back it up. Concern for people and not for profit is the next evolution of man, leaving the industrial age and entering the "humanitarian prosperity" age is the future…fight it or not, you cannot stop progresion…

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    mrawe somehero

    All the government does is talk and talk never walk the walk . They keep saying that 3rd world countries are screwed yet they still exploit them for their sources . They talk against greenhouse gasses and yet they refuse to chase down the industries which produce these toxic wastes. The Government is bought by the big industries… The Government is CORRUPT

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    I really Miss the Clinton years – I,m for the poor like Jesus was / is and the Democrats help the poor = so voting Democrat is Christ Like 🙂 QC

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    Lorenzo Torres

    Clinton was a terrible president who arguably caused the 9/11 attacks by bombing Iraq for no reason a decade previous. He should have been found guilty in his impeachment trial, not because of any thing to do with Monica Lewinsky, but because of his war crimes and unconstitutional acts.

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    I was a democrat(now a socialist) and I am proud to say that I never voted for Bill Clinton. I voted for Perot in 1992, and Nader in 1996. I read about Clinton's record in Arkansas. And I knew he was going to continue the Reagan cut backs on the gains the working class worked for the past hundred years or so. And he continued the bush 1 murderous policy in Iraq. And of course he is lieing s of chit. And now he is making millions for himself via the nonprofit/entrepreneurial sector. f bc

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    kmraimo0908

    I laugh at the fact that many considered him one of the "greatest Presidents." Bill Clinton refused to find those responsible and strike those for the USS Cole bombing before he left office. He let many nations push us around because he was not about military force. Bill Clinton had screwed around in the tax payers Oval Office. If I sleep with someone at work, I will be fired on the spot and arrested for indecent acts in public and indecent exposure.

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    Why do most leaders try and do good AFTER they have wasted their greatest opportunity to make a real difference?

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    jonny15584

    EVERYONE, please support a World Wide Endorsement of HUMAN RIGHTS?!!! President Bill Clinton is currently fighting for these rights in Russia! These rights, define our Culture's perception of Freedom; in knowledge, in community resources, and in the due process of Liberty itself!!!
    We MUST eradicate the existence of Socialism, and all of it's crimes against the basic voices of humanity!

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    assistme

    why will no one ever ask this clown… "How was it possible that ***SEVERAL*** , ***HIGHER*** yield bombs were found ***INSIDE*** the Murrah ***FEDERAL*** Building in Oklahoma?" [/watch?v=qCNloTPLg-U]

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    Lorenzo Torres

    The only reason anybody likes clinton is because "things were good and people were happy back then" but what you fail to realize is that people were just not aware of how bad the government was actually screwing them over. What you don't realize is that the plan for global destruction hadn't yet reached it's pinnacle. Now things are moving at a faster paste and they are preparing to destroy our country and the rest of the world.

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    Indeed, it was under Clinton that the Dow Jones moved from an average of 3.500 to over 14.000 trades per day… Why? Because it was under Clinton that the Derivatives market reached its pinnacle… Criminals were getting rich, and the average American was kissing his liberty goodbye! Clinton is the bastard son of a Rockefeller. Look it up! This too… watch?v=vinhMISjvAc

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    joe smith

    "the world is entirely to unequal" bingo! checkmate you isolationist info warriors. i used to support ron pauls political opinions but after thinking about it I stopped putting the interests of the american people above those who live in third world countries, it's nothing short of insanity to build a big wall and exploit diferential advantage until we have a garden of eden in some parts of the world and just forget everyone else. I support the demise of america in favor of all humans

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    bazpoze88

    if the explosion of NGOs is such a very very good thing, then why is not booming in the US and Europe? Clinton is the ultimate corrupt George Bush and biggest liar of all time in human history. he is a liar he cannot stop lying to the American people and the rest of the world.
    I used to believe the cliche, he is one of the most influential person, most corrupt, yes! biggest liar, yes, to the core

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    Soap Dish

    Clinton is a documented drug smuggler and pedophile. Do you think this is just a right winger comment? It's not. I'm not right or left but I know his past and I stand ready to prove my statement. Prove me wrong. I'm very ready to to supply the pertinent info which supports my view.

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    Soap Dish

    Search YT for "….watch?v=w2dQJ51vDeY" and "….watch?v=hPAHBaQfBs4" Where the dots are you need the ww-dot-youtube-dot-com added. Understand there are many other videos covering this so begin your own search to see how pervasive this is. Welcome to the New World Order.

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    occupynewparadigm

    i was going to post the exact same thing. dude sold us down the river with nafta and gatt and glass stegal. fuck that turkey.

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    occupynewparadigm

    i don't know about child pedophile but he has been linked to iran-contra and cia cocaine trade by gary webb "dark alliance".

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    Erico Dixon

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    Soap Dish

    Search YT for video titled "Presidential Secrets" with Chip Tatum. Watch the whole thing then get back with me concerning my mom. Have fun learning reality.

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    77lherman

    Ms & Mr Clinton,I can't believe in your honest charity,this is a new trick from you to get money from the naive people.

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    Eduardo Rivera

    Trying not to get sick..eating bull could do that to one's stomach..Sheep cheap here and a cheap sheep there here a sheep there a cheap everywhere GLOBALLY.

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    moseybear

    Charisma and ability to motivate describes many despots.We don't need another hero…beyond Thunderdome.Clinton is a globalist and puppet of Wall Street.Continues the lies of 911.Global citizenship? LOL! Orwellian psyops…more like "problem-reaction-solution".Clinton increased poverty and slavery in U.S.Unbelievable b.s. here.Where does U.C. Berkeley enginnering stand on the NIST conclusions surrounding 911?Lets discuss those facts and not the psycho babble b.s. here

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    Venky v

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    TheJojovani

    I never went to college or uc! it's said that in order to attend a uc you must have a brilliant mind!!!
    why would the students invite this clinton dumb ass to talk in graduation day?! after all he has done and not to mention his dumb ass wife?! i would have booo/ed him off the stage!!!!

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    Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS

    with 33 deaths following this man closely, that is inspirational, that you would not see the good in it like he does.

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    T.B.A.R.R.O.

    Quick… Check the news. The left is admitting just what kind'a guy BillyBob is.

    Might want to revise some of the hero worship and mention the new info. Well… Old info newly admitted.

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    Lucky Lui

    The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. -Groucho Marx

    This man (and his wife for that matter) are vile, corrupt, psychopaths but he can sure work a crowd… no doubt.

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    Ken W. Simpson

    It's hard to imagine this dreadful reptilian example of humanity lecturing anyone on anything let alone listening to him – but Bill fucking Clinton always had the media on his side, even when he was dealing in cocaine while governor of Arkansas where the only law and order was death or bashings to witnesses of crime, and where Bill, helped by Tyson Foods, served two inglorious terms as governor getting high on cocaine and using his trooper escort to pimp girls for him to sexually abuse. He was elected president with the media as usual always on his side. He could do no wrong, except with Paula Jones Monica Lewinsky and numerous others. He used NATO to bomb a thriving and affluent Yugoslavia to rubble because it was successful socialist nation. Now this low life turd is acting as a statesman. God save us.

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