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In this Clintonian age of political expediency, there are few
“professional” politicians on either side of the congressional aisle
that are, shall I say, “clean.” While some innocents may actually still
exist on Capitol Hill, they are few and far between.
That said, there can no longer be any doubt that those occupying the
highest point in the Ivory Tower — President Clinton and Vice President
Al Gore — are the masterminds behind most of the corruption Americans
have had to endure since 1993. The facts are too well established and
the proof is too embedded in the public record to deny this any longer.
The latest scandal fad bears this out. This time, however, the
scandal involves Gore, Russia, and American taxpayer dollars.
Though millions of Americans continue to see no problem in feeding
the gargantuan federal machine with endless troves of their hard-earned
money, I wonder what they’d say if they knew that some $4 billion of it
had been stolen by top Russian officials, denied to the Russian people
the money was intended to help, and then laundered through U.S. banks.
My guess is, most people would find that offensive.
I expect neither recompense nor punishment to be meted out for this
latest ill-gotten gain, mostly because the federal government — with
congressional duplicity — is too inept and corrupt to do much except
expel hot air. But it’s important to note for the voting public that
the top Democrat running for president in 2000 is the most responsible
for this latest scam.
Gore, in cahoots with Russian leaders via bilateral commissions and
high-level foreign policy contacts since early on in the Clinton
administration, was informed by several U.S. intelligence sources some
time ago that key Russian officials he was dealing with were likely
looting International Monetary Funds provided by the U.S. So
antagonistic was Gore towards negative U.S. intelligence agency
assessments of Russia, though, that at one point his people even
returned a CIA assessment folder to the agency with a vulgar epithet
scrawled across the cover. Then again, this sort of contempt for the
professionals at our intelligence agencies has been present since 1993
— especially when intelligence reports painted administration favorites
like Russia, China, or Pakistan in an unfavorable light.
With any luck this newest scandal will cause more would-be “Friends
of Al” to become even more reluctant to say “yes” to his candidacy. The
amazing thing, as this scandal continues to unfold, is that notable
propaganda rags like The New York Times and The Washington Post have
begun to openly question what Gore knew about this illegal laundering of
U.S. taxpayer money and when he knew it.
As usual, however, nobody is getting any answers from the Gore team,
even though everybody in the mainstream media and in Washington, D.C.,
knows how touchy-feely the vice president has been with these allegedly
corrupt Russian leaders for years. Does that surprise you?
Sacrificing Freeh over Waco
Last week President Clinton, in his never-ending quest to keep a
scandal-friendly attorney general in power, openly backed Janet Reno’s
handling of the Waco debacle while casting doubt on FBI Director Louis
Freeh. That’s typical of this president, to be sure, but his cowardice
seems to know no bounds, considering Freeh was nowhere near the FBI
director’s office when the Davidian community burned to the ground six
Since Reno’s been able to thwart any serious investigations into the
numerous scandal allegations against Clinton — such as the Chinese
espionage scandal and the campaign finance scandal — it was predictable
for Clinton to wrap his Teflon coat around her once again. What is
shameful, however, is the behavior of so-called “political opponents” in
the Republican camp who are well aware of this tactic, but still seem
willing to let Reno’s Justice Department handle the manner in which the
investigation will be conducted into new allegations of illegality
Freeh, who inherited the FBI’s reins after Waco, has no culpability
in what happened there — unless it is discovered that he found out the
truth and refused to act on it. Barring that discovery, common sense
(and decency) dictates that if Clinton is angry at anyone, it ought to
be those people who were around for Waco and actually handling the
operation. That means, among other people, Reno.
On the other hand, the most recent evidence allegedly suggests that
Clinton himself not only knew about the deadly plan to assault the
Davidians, but may have approved it personally and may even have signed
waivers allowing elements of the U.S. military to become involved,
though they ought to have been prohibited by the Posse Comitatus Act.
Clinton’s modus operandi is to sacrifice anyone who threatens
to expose him. And it’s a known fact that Freeh has often opposed
Reno’s handling of key Clinton investigations. Furthermore, it’s not a
leap of faith to assume that the positions Freeh has taken against Reno
have invariably angered Clinton.
Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, on CNN last weekend, said it
was “very regrettable that people up to and including the president are
now being asked to choose sides. This is unprecedented. I have never
seen a situation like this where there has been this split between the
My only question now, is, how long will it take for Freeh to be
relinquished at the altar of the innumerable Clinton scandals? It’s a
sure bet that Reno isn’t going anywhere.
What your kids should know
With public education what it is and American mainstream society
teaching our children that mediocrity is king, here are a few rules that
you might consider relaying to your kids, in order to combat the
destructive nature of today’s PC environment:
- Rule 1: Life is not fair; get used to it.
- Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will
expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about
- Rule 3: You will not make 40,000 dollars a year right out of
high school. You won’t be a vice president with a car phone until you
- Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
He doesn’t have tenure.
- Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your
grandparents had a different word for burger flipping — they called it
- Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine
about your mistakes. Learn from them.
- Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they
are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your
clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you
save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try
delousing the closet in your own room.
- Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers but
life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades;
they’ll give you as many opportunities as you want to get the right
answer. This, of course, doesn’t bear
the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.
- Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers
off, and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.
Do that on your own time.
- Rule 10: Television is not real life. In real life people
actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
- Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for
*From the book, “Dumbing Down Our Kids,”,
by Charles Sykes; © 1996 St. Martin’s Press.