I just finished re-reading Kenneth R. Becht's book "Just the Facts." In it he documents over 200 lies, misrepresentations and blatantly contradictory statements made by Bill Clinton. Many of the quotes which follow you can find in his excellent compendium of presidential prevarications.
Prior to his first election as president, I cautioned my radio listeners that Bill Clinton was a remarkably skilled and accomplished liar, an observation subsequently shared by certain Democrats. I noted then that Clinton could speak to an audience in the morning with unbridled sincerity, commitment, and enthusiasm, and apparently believe everything he said. Later (sometimes the same day) he could again speak to an audience, diametrically opposed philosophically with his earlier audience, and share the antithesis of his previous speech, again, with unbridled sincerity, commitment and enthusiasm, and again, apparently believe everything he said. Bill Clinton has mastered the art of faking sincerity.
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There is a line in a country song which notes: "If you don't stand for something ... you will fall for anything."
President Harry Truman (a Democrat) once said: "You've got to be able to count on a man's word, and if you can't, forget it. ... I've had experience with the other kind as well, and that's the worst thing there is. A liar in public life is a lot more dangerous than a full, paid up Communist, and I don't care who he is." Give 'em hell Harry despite his abrasiveness, and curmudgeon demeanor, was often damn near prophetic.
Thomas Jefferson said: "The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest."
Becht does a superb job of making a solid case for impeachment. Frankly, Henry Hyde and the Judiciary committee could flush the entire Monica mess, and embrace Larry Klayman's Judicial watch referral to Congress and Becht's book, and slam dunk an impeachment on a litany of clear specific facts. Here's a list from Becht's book:
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- Tariff Act of 1930 prohibits the importation of goods into the United States which are made in the slightest part by convicts or forced labor.
- Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Section 1007 specifically states the President cannot use government lawyers to handle his personal affairs.
- Article 1, Section 9.3 of the United States Constitution states "No bill of attainder or expost facto law shall be passed."
- Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (Hell-o!!!) prohibits federal employees from taking official action with respect to particular matters in which the employee has a financial interest.
- Article 1, Section 8.14 of the United States Constitution says "The Congress shall have the power to make rules for the government and regulation of land and naval forces." Not the President.
- Article IV, Section 4 of the United States Constitution says "The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the legislative, or of the executive against domestic violence."
- Article 1, Section 9.7 of the United States Constitution says "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law."
- Proposed violating the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. This act specifically prohibits military involvement in domestic law enforcement. "Whoever, except in cases under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Acts of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws, shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than two years or both."
- Article II, Section 2.1 of the United States Constitution says "The President shall be Commander-in-Chief of the army and navy of the United States." Yet he violated the Constitution to which he swore an oath when he relinquished control of U.S. troops in Somalia to a foreign commander.
- Article 1, Section 9.7 of the United States Constitution says "No money shall be drawn from the Treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law." Yet Bill and Bob Rubin did illegally remove funds from the Federal Retirees Pension Fund.
- Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution says "Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises and to regulate commerce with foreign nations."
- Title 18, Section 607 of the U.S. Code states "It shall be unlawful for any person to solicit or receive any contribution in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties . ... Any person who violates this section shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years or both." This is a felony, as is not taking action when one learns/sees a violation of this criminal statute.
Space prohibits more, but add to this the Judicial Watch referral to Congress which you can find on the WorldNetDaily archive, and Congress could (if they had the will) conclude the Articles of Impeachment portion of their work before Thanksgiving. The Senate could (hopefully) find 67 statesmen capable of setting aside partisan pettiness, and rid the Republic of the Scoundrel who taints the "office of the Presidency" with his mere existence. That would be a wonderful Christmas present for an anxious country.
Meanwhile, I received an e-mail from a woman with a splendid reminder/caution. As Americans prepare to go to the polls Nov. 3 to vote, please remember this: as Bill and Hillary are burning up aviation fuel and rubber chickens focusing their efforts and energies fund raising/campaigning, they are also helping select the jury pool who will sit in judgment of the president during any Impeachment proceedings. Think about it!