If one is looking at the Middle East to find the Clinton legacy, he
is looking in the wrong place. Instead, he should look no further than
at America's classrooms. Unfortunately, Clinton's depravity will leave
an impact on this nation for many years to come.
This is borne out by a recent survey of American high school
students. The survey was conducted by the nonprofit Joseph and Edna
Josephson Institute of Ethics, based in Marina Del Rey, Calif. The
results were reported by the Associated Press. The survey included
8,600 students from all across the country in grades 9 through 12, in
both private and public schools. Remember that this survey reflects the
character of tomorrow's leaders.
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According to the report:
- 70 percent admitted cheating on a test at least once in the
- Nearly half said they had cheated more than once.
- 78 percent said they lie to teachers.
- 92 percent said they lie to their parents.
- More than 25 percent said they would lie to get a job.
Should these figures really surprise us? For years Bill Clinton
and his army of spinmeisters have told America's youth that character
doesn't matter. They told us that honesty is relevant (or even
irrelevant), that morals are a state of mind and that the only thing
that matters is "job performance." We've even been told that oral sex
isn't sex and that we can't even define the word "is." No wonder over 90
percent of today's youth admits to lying to their parents. After all, if
the president of the United States can perjure himself and lie to
everyone he talks to, why can't they?
Obviously, Bill Clinton didn't invent duplicity; he merely took the
word to heights (or depths) never before known. The Clinton legacy will
be felt for decades. He taught a nation how to lie, cheat, and steal and
get by with it.
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Bill Clinton taught us something else, too. He taught us more than we
wanted to know about ourselves. He revealed the moral bankruptcy of his
own party and the utter cowardice of the party opposite. He revealed the
chicanery of the national press corps as well as the lack of integrity
in a notable percentage of the American people.
In short, Bill Clinton brought out the very worst in us.
The ghost of Mr. Clinton could haunt our nation for years to come. It
haunts the current political campaign. It haunts our international
relations. It haunts our national security. It haunts our entertainment
industry as well as our public school classrooms. It haunts the
relationships between parents and children. The tentacles of Bill
Clinton's corruption reach into every crack and crevice of our society.
We must somehow find the backbone to begin being honest with ourselves
and, yes, with God, or the country may never completely recover.
We should begin by holding our elected representatives accountable to
the Constitution. After all, they do take an oath to uphold and defend
the Constitution, not party bosses or big money contributors. We should
tell the truth about abortion, that it is the killing of an unborn baby
and that only depraved people would find it socially acceptable. We
should warn our young people about the "death-style" of homosexuality,
which is far more dangerous to their life and liberty than tobacco will
ever be. We should stop revising and demonizing our nation's history and
let our children experience the pride of being an American once again.
We should stop telling minorities that they are incapable of being
successful without governmental assistance and help them understand that
with God and hard work the possibilities for success in this free land
are endless. We should encourage people to petition and glorify God
freely and openly because He alone is the Author of our liberty and
The ghost of Mr. Clinton haunts us today. How long it will be allowed
to inflict its ghastly influence within our nation is up to us. Will we
conjure up the spirit of the American patriot or the ghost of Mr.