Conservative hate speech and intolerancesays, "If combat means living in a ditch, females have biological problems staying in a ditch for 30 days because they get infections.... On the other hand, if combat means being on an Aegis-class cruiser, managing the computer controls for twelve ships, a female may be again dramatically better than a male, who gets very, very frustrated sitting in a chair all the time because males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffe." -- Al Franken
NAFTAa comprehensive free trade agreement linking the US, Canada, and Mexico in a free trade sphere, goes into effect, one of the crowning achievements of the Clinton economic policy. Support and opposition for the agreement crossed all party and ideological lines, with Clinton, the conservative Canadian government of Brian Mulroney, the Council on Foreign Relations, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Heritage Foundation, the Brookings Institute, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal all giving NAFTA their support, and the AFL-CIO, Ralph Nader, Ross Perot, the National Review, and the New Republic in opposition. Largely because of the devaluation of the Mexican peso, the US almost immediately begins to incur large and ever-growing trade deficits with Mexico. Tens of thousands of middle- and lower-end manufacturing jobs shift from the US to Mexico; the textile, auto, and aerospace industries have been particularly hard hit. Most observers now feel that NAFTA was a mixed blessing at best, and some see it as an unmitigated disaster for the US economy. (Wikipedia, Pat Buchanan)
Religious conservativesFalwell is accompanied by Ronald Godwin, a Washington Times executive and the former director of Falwell's Moral Majority, and Daniel Reber, a conservative direct-mail entrepeneur. The trip is a follow-up to an earlier meeting between the three and Dong Moon Joo, the Times's president, at Falwell's Liberty University. Joo is Moon's chief American representative. The trip seems to be primarily over financing of anti-Clinton efforts by Falwell and other conservative elements, as well as possibly securing money to bail out Falwell's foundering financial empire. Liberty University was, in 1993, in danger of defaulting on a $73 million debt, and his entire financial structure was threatening to topple under a wave of institutional debts of various kinds.
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"Susan McDougal writes, "...I thought the investigation would be a good thing. The rumors about Whitewater had been simmering for a couple of years already, and a true investigation would quickly reveal that no one, including the Clintons, had done anything wrong."
Conservative smear campaigns"Why I Feel Guilty Being White." Limbaugh claims his source is CBS News. The story is proven false upon checking with Miss Clinton's school, which has a population of 28% non-white students. CBS disclaims any connection with Limbaugh's fabrication. (FAIR)
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"Fiske, a Republican and a former judge and US attorney with a reputation for bipartisanship and integrity, is hailed by conservatives as a fine choice for investigating Whitewater. Senator Bob Dole says of Fiske, "people who know him think he is extremely well-qualified [and] independent." Senator Alfonse D'Amato, who received $3000 in campaign donations from Fiske, calls him "one of the most honorable and skilled lawyers" in the country. "He is a man of enormous integrity. He's fine, he's talented, he's a man of great loyalty." Fiske takes an immediate leave of absence from his law firm to begin assembling his staff. (CNN, H.R. Clinton, James Carville, Joe Conason and Gene Lyons)
Domestic terrorismpartially in response to the 1993 murder of abortion doctor David Gunn, rules unanimously that protesters who block access to abortion clinics or in other ways conspire to stop women from having abortions may be sued as racketeers, under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). (CBS)