- "Let it simply be asked where is the security for prosperity, forreputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert theoaths, which are the instruments of investigation in the Courts ofJustice?" --George Washington, in his Farewell Speech 19 September 1796.
Without drafting a single piece of legislation, the UnitedStates Senate is finalizing the most fundamental overhaul of justice inAmerican history. Forty-five Democratic senators -- and some as yetundetermined number of Republicans -- are going to strip the nation'scourts of their ability to place people under oath and demand a trueaccount of those called as witnesses in civil and criminal cases.Regardless of what the statute books say, the crime of perjury will die,that Bill Clinton's presidency might live.
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Every senatorial juror knows full well the depths of the president'sguilt. This explains their sudden appetite for delicacies like "findingof fact" and "adjournment," rather than the steaming hot dish ofimpeachment served up by the House. Like three blind monkeys, ChiefJustice William Rehnquist, majority leader Trent Lott, and minorityleader Tom Daschle have closed the Senate's eyes to witnesses againstthe president. See no witnesses. Hear no testimony. Vote no evidence.
When the United States Senate finishes rewriting the laws of perjuryand obstruction of justice for America's courts, no person who comes totrial in this nation will have an expectation that those testifying foror against him will be bound to tell the truth, or that the machinery ofgovernment can not and will not be used to tamper with the jury torender "justice" as required by those in power to decide the case athand. Every sitting judge will have lost the ability to punish those wholie or obstruct justice in his or her courtroom. The heart will havebeen ripped from two thousand years of Western law. The blood shed byordinary people -- the martyrs who were imprisoned, beaten, tortured,and murdered at the hands of corrupt judges, lying witnesses, and theking's thugs -- is about to be drunk in a perverse, unrighteouscommunion administered by the United States chief justice to thenation's greatest deliberative body.
Perhaps Sen. Robert Byrd, that great custodian of Senate history andtradition, can tell us: What is the grand occasion that you and ourother great Senators find to discard so casually your own oath ofoffice, and more immediately your oath as jurors? Is the Republic'ssurvival at stake? Do you do this to preserve our national honor in theworld? Is there some overreaching necessity of the citizenry thatrequires such a sacrifice?
It is none of these, as you well know. Rather, you will preserve thepower of a corrupt, immoral, godless national whore whose influence youworship, and upon his altar will you sacrifice your lives, the dignityof your office and institution, and the fabric of trust that binds ournation in business, government, and all other institutions. Compared toyou, senators, Bill Clinton, upon whom you sit in judgment, is a beaconof morality for the ship of state in the eye of the storm.
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Do not imagine that future generations will be persuaded from theirjudgment by the lies and dissemblings you utter today. Will you, likeJudas, betray us with a kiss as you bestow your traitorous blessing? SirWilliam Blackstone (1723-1780), the father of American jurisprudence,said of the importance of defending the oath:
- "The belief of a future state of rewards and punishments, theentertaining just ideas of the main attributes of the Supreme Being, anda firm persuasion that He superintends and will finally compensate everyaction in human life (all revealed in the doctrines of our Savior,Christ), these are the grand foundations of all judicial oaths, whichcall God to witness the truth of those facts which perhaps may only beknown to Him and the party attesting; all moral evidences, therefore,all confidence in human veracity, must be weakened by apostasy, andoverthrown by total infidelity."
Tomorrow's senators will never be able to undo the nefariouslegislation you are about to cast with your impeachment vote today.History will bestow upon you the crown of infamy for what you have done.Generations as yet unborn will hunt down your name in an effort to purgeit from the nation's memory. They will hang your legacy outside the citygates among the tyrants, despots and thieves who have robbed generationsas yet unborn of their lawful heritage of life, liberty, and happiness.
You will live to see treachery, with whom you have whored, overtakethis nation that you swore an oath to God Almighty to protect, yet inyour lust for personal power deserted in her hour of need. And when yourwretched, stinking carcass is consigned finally to the grave, you willstand before the God whom you sought to deceive with your lying oath. Hewill be your judge, juror, and executioner. Perhaps then you willfinally have the wisdom to understand what the Father of our Countrymeant when he asked, "where is the security ... when the sense ofreligious obligation desert the oaths?"