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[excerpt from my wife's blog travelswithchildren.com, in which she blogs her experiences in driving across the country with two children]

Having never been to a presidential library, I didn't have any idea what it was going to contain. The galleries were massive including a mock-up of the oval office and the cabinet room. In the largest gallery, there is a timeline of all his years in office including comprehensive video and artifacts on several areas of effort the administration worked on while he was in office.

The interviews with the cabinet members and the public brought back a real feel of that time. I was a young adult then, and totally uninterested in politics. It was with curiosity and some chagrin that I slowly tried to take in the massive amount of information presented. I realized just how little I had paid attention at the time. Other than the triumphant recording of the speech where he announced a balanced budget, a lot of what I saw were things I had never registered when they were happening.

There were many concepts in my mind after I had spent time thinking about what I had seen. The one that has captured my imagination, by far, is the concept of globalization. President Clinton had at the time, and probably still does have, a vision of how the world interconnects that I really appreciate. My focus as a homeschool parent and, indeed, the focus of our present journey is the idea of how my family fits in this world and making my children ready for it in the best way I know how.

What my husband and I have discussed since is how we are going to incorporate the idea of more public service into our family life. I hope President Clinton would be pleased to know that.

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Originally posted to herdsire on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 08:57 PM PST.

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  •  I really, really miss Bill Clinton. (4.00)
    Ah, for the days of budgets that actually balanced...
  •  Ah, but did you also go (none)
    to the Counter Clintion Library

    LeBoutillier sees the authorized Clinton Library, which he calls "the Clinton Lie-brary," as "a campaign vehicle to elect Hillary as the next president and to have Bill Clinton back living in the White House."

    You, the American taxpayer, are expected to pay the bill for Clinton's Lie-brary/Hillary propaganda sounding board, along with donations from "rich foreigners, including Red Chinese and Saudis," says LeBoutillier. The Counter Clinton Library will not depend on taxpayer appropriations, but instead will rely on private donations

    Oh, these people would be HILARIOUS if they weren't running the country.

    On a serious note, I appreciate the diary. The Clinton years were my transition from Republican (not really, just sort of default from growing up) to thinking on my own and eventually coming around to progressive/Democrat. But, like you, I was also very distracted. The Monica story broke my freshman year of college and I didn't even hear about it for quite some time, since I was spending much more time on ICQ, "hanging out" and whatever else, than reading news. So I can really relate to your thoughts. You've inspired me to add that to my list of places to visit someday when I do my drive-all-over-the-US thing. Thanks.

  •  God Bill Clinton (none)
    Is funny if he hadn't been so smart I think he would be the male version of Jenna Jameson.  He would of actually made porn mainstream in this country which is an acommplishment which would be as tough as ended the current Islamic and Jewish conflict in the middle east.  
    •  Porn? PORN? (3.50)
      What in Hell are you talking about?  Bill Clinton didn't engage in porn...his intern activities are already mainstream but hardly porn.  What was pornographic was the Republican insistance on making it a detailed public discussion over our dinner tables and on every newscast and forcing him to lie about his sex life so they could impeach him and humiliate Hilary and the Democrats.

      Bill Clinton is only moderately funny but he is immoderately smart...brilliant, even...but just another careless guy when it comes to extramarital sex.

      Are you advocating mainstreaming of pornography? I hope you're joshing. Few women will join you in that advocacy, as they are largely victimized by it and rarely find it as compelling as many men.  Then too (Lolita aside) we are appalled at the sexualizing of children in pornography.  I'm no prude but surely there are better goals in life and in civilization.  I can think of a thousand.

      Tell me how you spend your time and how you spend your money -- I'll tell you what your values are.

      by oldpro on Sun Jan 08, 2006 at 11:21:42 PM PST

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  •  Just curious (none)
    why do you homeschool your children?
    •  We blong to a secular charter home school (none)
      We live in an area that has no gifted education program.  My daughter is 7 and reads at the level of a high school senior.  We can't afford private school, so this was really the best option we could find.

      Gifted children who go to public schools without gifted programs become bored, and usually fail academically as a result.  It is actually as difficult to teach someone two standard deviations above a normal IQ as it is someone two standard deviations below, the problems involved are just very different.

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