Today, America, indeed, the world, will be subjected to over fourhours of ponderous, embarrassing, lurid and "inappropriate" legalposturing which will subsequently be regurgitated, edited, re-run,analyzed and apologized for weeks to come.
Florida Rep. Bill McCollum, member of the House Judiciary Committeenoted: "Some of the material is sexually explicit and I think that'sunfortunate. But we have to do that because of the president'sinsistence that he told the truth and Ken Starr said he did not. Thereis no way to reveal this to the public without giving a full context inwhich all of that is being said."
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There are several points about this disappointing episode which needto highlighted, and remembered. We are about to be deluged withpontificating, equivocation, and disingenuous duplicity ad nauseam ...perhaps for months to follow, unless Bill Clinton does the improbable,but honorable thing, and resigns.
This grand jury deposition of the president is about to be put ontelevision, radio and in print. The whole magilla, from the boring andponderous, to the lurid and explicit will be put out there not just forAmerica to see, hear, and cringe over, but the global audience willrival the Oscars and Garth Brooks.
The world will get to see the president of the United Statesof America ask, "... what do you mean by the whole truth?" Theworld, all those world leaders who have been allies of the president,critics of the president, and enemies of the president ... they all willsee as we do the Shakespearean tragic flaws of the man both blatant andsubtle.
The world will gain an up front and personal insight into the manwho some say is a sociopath, some say is a narcissist, some callmisogynist, and everyone recognizes as a liar, and a hypocrite.
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Even the mainstream networks are repeating the now infamous 1974Clinton quote when he said "Yes, the president should resign. He haslied to the American people, time and time again, and betrayed theirtrust. Since he has admitted guilt, there is no reason to put theAmerican people through an impeachment. He will serve absolutely nopurpose in finishing out his term, the only possible solution is for thepresident to save some dignity and resign."
The White House Standing Operating Procedure of "deny, delay,destroy" has sparked the "scorched earth" scenario which has alreadysullied the reputations of other tainted presidential critics. Thepolitical blowback has hit both parties. Congressman Dan Burton,Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth, and Congressman Henry Hyde have all beenouted for past infidelities: Burton has been paying child support ever since he learned of hisillegitimate child, and has tried to protect both the boy, and hismother from suffering because of his position and political enemies. Chenoweth has admitted her indiscretion and repented. Hyde has not only acknowledged his infidelity and rebuked would-beblackmailers, he offered to resign from the Judiciary committee afterthe disclosure of his 30-year old affair. The offer was tendered toHouse Speaker Newt Gingrich, who rejected it. What has the President done?
Bill Clinton is more than just a reprehensible, contemptible,hypocritical liar who uses anyone and everyone for his own immediateneeds, only to discard them like used tissues. He is morally bankruptand so flushed with hubris he is incapable of understanding or followingthe surprisingly sage and reasonable advice he offered to PresidentNixon. Even a broken clock is right twice a day."Yes, the president should resign." I'm reluctant to note thenumber of newspapers calling for the president to resign since it keepsincreasing ... last count was around 170."He has lied to the American people, time and time again, andbetrayed their trust." Bill Clinton has lied routinely andconsistently, even when he didn't have to do so. "Since he has admitted guilt," Well, he has kinda sortaadmitted to something, although even his lawyer is p.o.-ed he insists onclinging to the fiction of "legally correct" b.s. "... there is no reason to put the American people thorough animpeachment." Well, actually, there are several, both serious andvenial. Impeachment should happen because it is the right thing to do.Meanwhile, several media types are salivating over the potential impactof Impeachment hearings on the all important fall ratings. "He will serve absolutely no purpose in finishing out histerm," Not exactly true in this case. The longer he can delay andobfuscate, the better for him personally (in the short term). The otherpurpose his continued masochism would serve is to radio, television, andprint pundits. "... the only possible solution is for the president to savesome dignity and resign." It may not be the only solution for thisPresident, but it is the most reasonable and logical.
Meanwhile, to those who didn't want to believe me that this 445-pageStarr report is mere prelude, maybe you'll accept the word of MattDrudge, or Jack Nelson of the Los Angeles Times. According to Nelson,Starr is "white hot angry over what he regards as a broad pattern ofdeception and cover-up that goes beyond the Lewinsky case that has beenled by the president himself. Reportedly, it is a foregoneconclusion that Starr will cite Clinton as an unindicted co-conspiratorand any indictment the grand jury might return alleging a conspiracy toobstruct."
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