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Interesting, isn’t it, that not one member of Congress has come forward to call for the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton for moral turpitude in light of the accusations of Juanita Broaddrick?
So, let the chorus begin here: It’s way past time to throw this bum out of office. He’s a disgrace to his office. He’s a detriment to his country. And he’s an embarrassment to the human race.
I believe Juanita. And, I would dare say, 95 percent of Americans in their heart of hearts do as well. There’s just no reason not to find her credible. In a he-said-she-said contest, Clinton’s got to lose. He’s played all his cards. He’s denied the undeniable one-too-many times.
It’s time to recall the arguments against impeachment and conviction the last time around.
“It’s about consensual sex,” we heard over and over again ad nauseam. Well, folks, this isn’t. This is about force, about coercion, about violence, about rape.
“It doesn’t rise to the level of a high crime or misdemeanor,” we heard repeated on every talking head show night after night, week after week. Well, how about rape? Does that rise to the level of a high crime or misdemeanor, Barney Frank?
It’s time to put on trial those clowns who stood by their man despite overwhelming evidence of perjury and obstruction of justice. What are they going to say about Juanita Broaddrick? That the statute of limitations has run out? What’s a little rape between friends? I’d love to hear the rationalizations this time.
But, of course, there’s no sign we will ever hear any explanations from Clinton’s chorus in Congress or from the commander-in-cheat himself. There’s only one thing that can force them to defend the indefensible — a spontaneous uprising by the American people. They’ve got to say it loud and say it clear: We’ve had enough. It’s time for abuser-in-chief to go.
I don’t care about “political realities.” I don’t care that it may be impossible to get 67 votes in the Senate if this guy murdered a saint on live television. I don’t care that another impeachment case would be a distraction.
Let me tell you about realpolitick. The Congress of the United States and the court of public opinion are the only avenues left for justice — for Juanita Broaddrick and for the rest of America.
America cannot tolerate a rapist in the White House. And Bill Clinton is not denying Juanita Broaddrick’s charges. He won’t even acknowledge them. He sends his lawyers out to make parsed denials. He’s betting that Americans have so lost their moral bearings that they won’t demand accountability.
If feminists and the religious right can’t get together on this one, they will never agree on anything again. If this doesn’t bridge the gender gap, it’s unbridgeable. If Clinton gets away with this one, add another felony to the list of offenses — perjury, abuse of power and now rape — that have been effectively decriminalized by Clinton’s blind partisan supporters.
There is no middle ground on this one. If you believe Juanita Broaddrick, then you have to act to remove Clinton. Rape cannot be tolerated. We cannot be apathetic about sexual predators in high office.
On the other hand, for those true believers who continue to stand by their man, why are you not demanding that Clinton explain himself, tell where he was at the time of the alleged attack, present his alibis, clear the air?
When was the last time you heard of a man accused of rape issuing a “no comment”? Put yourself in that position: If you were unjustly accused of such a heinous crime, how would you react? Would you casually dismiss questions when the entire country is talking about it? Does that sound logical?
Remember how Clinton reacted so angrily and publicly about the far less serious charge of adultery with Monica Lewinsky.
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky,” he exhorted emphatically. Of course, it was a lie. But he behaved in a reasonable way for a man pretending to be falsely accused. Let’s at least demand to see another show, another lie. We deserve that much.
Or maybe we don’t. Maybe America is getting just what it deserves in Bill Clinton. Maybe he’s our curse, our judgment, for not being able to determine the difference between right and wrong.