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State of the Union: 'Scandalous'
Posted By Larry Klayman On 01/29/2000 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Thursday evening, President William Jefferson Clinton gave his seventh
and final State of the Union speech. In so doing, he not only set a new
indoor record for length of oratory (one hour and 29 minutes to be precise);
he shamelessly overlooked the real State of the Union — the damage he and
others have caused to our legal system by the unethical, immoral, and
illegal conduct of his administration since its inception on Jan. 20, 1993.
This, of course, did not stop him from proposing new victim’s rights
legislation for abused women, conveniently overlooking his own criminal
conduct in the purported rape of Juanita Broaddrick, and his threats and
smear campaigns against other Judicial
Watch clients — Dolly Kyle Browning,
Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones. Amidst the pomp and circumstance of the
speech, Mr. Clinton was ever again seen blowing kisses to the first lady and
actually mouthing the words, for millions to see, “I love you.”
However, while the president’s conduct and shameless self-denial are
reprehensible, what is most troubling is the state of the U.S. legal system.
Perhaps this is underscored by the fact that not one Supreme Court Justice
showed up for the president’s State of the Union message. Was this snub
because he had made a mockery of our legal system, or were they all simply
ill with the flu?
The state of the U.S. legal system and its failure to prosecute or
adequately address the Clinton scandals, ranging from threats to women, to
Filegate, to Chinagate, to IRSgate, to name just a few, are perhaps even
more dire than Americans are willing to admit. From grade school onward,
Americans are bombarded with propaganda that “ours is the best legal system
in the world.” The implication is that in no other country, including
western European democracies, can full justice be meted out. Unfortunately,
this is not true. The American legal system has indeed fallen behind those
in many other countries where judges and public officials are making a real
effort to investigate and root out government corruption.
In Mexico and Italy, for instance, it is not taboo to investigate
allegations that presidents, prime ministers and their relatives may have
been involved in conspiracies to murder people for political purposes.
Specifically, the brother of former Mexican president Salinas remains under
indictment and incarceration for such a crime. In Italy, former Prime
Minister Giulio Andreotti was tried and later acquitted for allegations that
he had participated in Mafia-style killings. Here in the United States, it
is politically incorrect even to raise questions about the death of Vincent
Foster, who mysteriously died after participating in schemes to illegally
review FBI files, and other improper activities on behalf of the Clintons.
(This is despite a poll recently commissioned by Accuracy in Media showing
that most Americans want a serious investigation of Foster’s death.)
Recent campaign fundraising scandals in Germany and Israel involving
former Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak –
scandals which are shockingly similar to the American campaign finance and
Chinagate scandals of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Al Gore — are not being
covered up, as has occurred with the Reno Justice Department and before the
U.S. Congress, but are being seriously investigated. Indeed, the No. 2
leader of the Christian Democratic Party in Germany recently hanged himself
over the humiliation of being caught in a political money-laundering scheme.
Who in our government has a conscience anymore even to willingly answer
questions over their corrupt behavior?
We Americans should be ashamed not only of the president and his State of
the Union address, and the wholesale government corruption which has grown
like a cancer during his administration, but also the “State of the Legal
System,” which now is “first to none.”
Unless the courts in Judicial Watch’s and other ongoing cases hold
dishonest politicians accountable for their illegal actions against the
people of the United States, our legal system will be reduced to being the
laughing stock of the world.
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