“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Most people have heard of that saying, particularly when it comes to politics. Many politicians are accused of failing to learn from past mistakes, only to repeat them with just as bad of results as when the mistake was made the first time.
I wonder, then, if the same holds true for our successes. Do politicians take the opportunity to learn from things that actually went well?
I ask with one man in mind.
President Bill Clinton
History has been very kind to the former president. When he was in office, it seemed that more attention went to things like his philandering, his weight, a referendum on his presidency that led to the biggest Republican sweep in the House and Senate than had been seen in decades, and even his potential impeachment. Things did settle down as his presidency went on, but now that he’s been out of office for roughly twelve years, most of his sins are behind him, and he seems to command respect from Democrats, Republicans, and foreign leaders alike. He has become somewhat of a statesman.