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Bill Clinton Calls For Return of 'Decency and Trust' in Politics

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 05:36 PM

Former President Bill Clinton wants to see "personal decency and trust" return to politics, and he warned in a speech that changes in society have led to an "identity crisis."

Clinton was the keynote speaker at a Brookings Institution event in honor of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 at age 73.

"People who claim to want the nation-state are actually trying to have a pan-national movement to institutionalize separatism and division within borders all over the world," Clinton said, reports Politico.

"It’s like we're all having an identity crisis at once — and it is an inevitable consequence of the economic and social changes that have occurred at an increasingly rapid pace."

Later in the speech, Clinton said, "We have to find a way to bring simple, personal decency and trust back to our politics."

The speech was Clinton's first major public appearance since last November's election, when his wife Hillary lost to Donald Trump.

Clinton also gave a dire warning about the current state of politics. When talking about Rabin's tactic of getting people of different beliefs together, he said, "If you got that, in every age and time, the challenges we face can be resolved in a way to keep us going forward, instead of taking us to the edge of our destruction."

Clinton has been in the news recently on the heels of Trump's executive actions on immigration reform. During his 1995 State of the Union, Clinton called for similar measures to what Trump and the GOP are talking about now.

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