Bill Clinton Makes A Compelling Case For Why America Needs To Be More Inclusive

"We have to create inclusive economics, inclusive societies, and we need an inclusive culture."

November 3, 2017 marked 25 years since Bill Clinton was first elected president of the United States. Though it has been years since he's occupied the White House, the former president has stayed involved in politics and public service. Be it through his work with the Clinton Foundation or accompanying former secretary of state Hillary Clinton on the 2016 campaign trail, Clinton has frequently found ways to stay in touch with the American people.

During a November 8 appearance on Conan, the 71-year-old was asked whether America had changed a lot since his presidency. "Yes and no," Clinton began, citing America's increased diversity as a positive change. "Since the birthrate of native born Americans of all races is just barely at replacement level, we need immigrants to come in and keep diversifying the country and helping us grow."


After an uproarious applause from the studio audience, Clinton delved into some less encouraging changes he's seen throughout the country in recent years. For Clinton, the pattern of economic growth favoring those in and around cities regardless of their level of education is something that desperately needs to be improved upon. 

"We have to remember that the founders told us our job was to create a more perfect union, so we have to bridge these economic divides," he explained. "We have to create inclusive economics, inclusive societies, and we need an inclusive culture." 

Clinton's talk of inclusivity strongly contrasts the variety of isolationist, anti-immigrant policies championed by the current administration. Said policies include the Muslim ban, the much-discussed end of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the call to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces.

After taking a swipe at spread of disinformation, the former president stressed the importance of knowledge and thought in this digital age, especially when electing people to public office. 

"It matters what you know, and even more importantly, it matters how you think," he said. "You've got to decide which is more important; our interesting differences or our common humanity."

In an effort to offer some tips on how America can overcome the current overwhelming sense of divisiveness and change for the better, Clinton again brought it back to the idea of inclusivity. "We need to just go out and start going up to people who are mad at us and say, 'Let's get over it. We've got to live together, we've got to share this together, and if we work together we'll have better economics, we'll have better societies, and we'll have a culture that we can all be a part of.'" 


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