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Clinton Calls For More Monogamy
Posted by: MichaelW on Thursday, August 07, 2008

Bill Clinton. As in William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd President of the United States. That Bill Clinton. Really.
Bill Clinton made a plea yesterday for a new emphasis on monogamy as a key element in the battle against Aids.

The former US president, not noted for his ability to keep his own marriage vows, said it was very important to change people's attitudes to sex.

In an interview with the BBC recorded in Africa, Mr Clinton said that increasing support for monogamy was not just a problem for the continent worst hit by Aids but for the world.

"To pretend we can ever get hold of this without dealing with that – the idea of unprotected sexual relations with unlimited numbers of partners – I think would be naïve," he said.

This is the sort of thing that makes me miss Bubba sometimes. The jokes just write themselves. In fact, when Jon Stewart tackles this tonight on the Daily Show, the program should be required to pay royalties to the ex-Pres.

Of course, as James Taranto points out, it's not the message, it's the messenger:
Wait, wait, stop laughing! There is a serious point here. It's easy to dismiss Clinton as a hypocrite, but his failure to practice what he preaches has no bearing on the hygienic merits of his statement. Even if he had put his argument in moral terms, it would be equally valid regardless of his own behavior.

That said, Clinton's hypocrisy does make him a problematic advocate for monogamy, simply because it makes him so hard to take seriously. Even the Independent, a left-wing paper doubtless sympathetic to the ex-president, can't resist a little dig to the effect that Clinton is "not noted for his ability to keep his own marriage vows." Maybe AIDS advocates should find a better spokesman for monogamy.
Bill Clinton and monogamy. I'm sorry, I just can't stop laughing at that.
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You made my evening, Michael
Written By: Joel C.
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To quote the inimitable Inigo Montoya, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Maybe Bill thinks "monogamy" means everyone only having sex with one person, but that HE is that one person :)
Written By: Augustus
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Maybe Bill thinks "monogamy" means everyone only having sex with one person, but that HE is that one person :)

Augustus just moved up the ’quote of the year’ chart. THAT was funny ;-)
Written By: meagain
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but that HE is that one person :)
Again, it depends on what your definition of is is.
Written By: Is
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Perhaps he has had his tube tied.
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This is priceless. Don’t miss the ads and links.
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Wow- this story totally just made my day.
Written By: Josie
A challenge to "card check" from an unlikely source ...
Voting is an immense privilege.

That is why I am concerned about a new development that could deny this freedom to many Americans. As a longtime friend of labor unions, I must raise my voice against pending legislation I see as a disturbing and undemocratic overreach not in the interest of either management or labor.

The legislation is called the Employee Free Choice Act, and I am sad to say it runs counter to ideals that were once at the core of the labor movement. Instead of providing a voice for the unheard, EFCA risks silencing those who would speak.

The key provision of EFCA is a change in the mechanism by which unions are formed and recognized. Instead of a private election with a secret ballot overseen by an impartial federal board, union organizers would simply need to gather signatures from more than 50% of the employees in a workplace or bargaining unit, a system known as "card-check." There are many documented cases where workers have been pressured, harassed, tricked and intimidated into signing cards that have led to mandatory payment of dues.
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Appropos....Edwards admitted to his affair....
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