April 2, 1998
Now he can do the job Americans hired him do, so states William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States of America. What a relief (at least for him and the sycophantic beltway press corps)!
Scanning the news reports of Arkansas Judge Susan Wright's dismissal of Paula Jones sexual harassment case against the President of the United States, one would perhaps begin to think that Mr. Clinton has put this all behind him now.
All that seems left to do is shut down Kenneth Starr's operation and we can all go back to keeping ourselves happy. Clinton can go back to, well, whatever makes him happy, too, and with less legal restraint.
Examining the slant of many media reports suggests that Paula Jones was the cause of Mr. Clinton's travails. If she just understood that he meant nothing negative by his hotel-room antics, and had she accepted the fact that he took "no" for an answer, none of this would have mattered much. More importantly, the affairs of state (no pun intended) could have gone on unimpaired.
Mr. Clinton, in the most popular media scenario, is the victim here. Because of these misguided attacks on his behavior, so goes the thought, he has been held back from becoming the greatest president in history - or some other such nonsense.
The truth of this sordid and salacious turn of events in the history of the United States turns on one simple principle. If Bill Clinton were a moral person, he never would have presented himself lewdly nor practiced sexual license with any of the bimbos who have erupted on the contemporary scene. And had he not been guilty of these sexual sins, he never would have been bothered by the claims of Paula Jones, Gennifer Flowers, Sally Purdue, Monica Lewinsky, Elizabeth Gracen, Kathleen Willey or the others who have yet to come forward.
If the President of the United States is a person of high moral character, character which permeates every cubbyhole of his life-patterns and world view, he is never going to have to face the kind of charges hounding Bill Clinton. And if he never has to face these kinds of charges, he is not going to be distracted from the work the people elected him to do.
It is not the charges of licentious behavior by Bill Clinton that are the problem. It is the acts of licentious behavior. And this provides a frightening clue to the inner man of Mr. Clinton.
A man is known by his fruit. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Shall I go on?
A man who lies to his wife, lies to his country. A man who lies to his country is a disgrace to his citizenship. A President of the United States who lies to his country is treacherous and dangerous. He is weakened. He cannot possibly do the job he was sent to do.
Republicans in Congress may have Clinton right where they want him; weakened and searching for historic redemption. Vain men, after all, are constantly worried about how posterity perceives them. This is not good for America.
America needs strong leadership from its Chief Executive Officer, not a political patsy at the mercy of his foes. Bill Clinton, by his own behavior, not by his accusers, has made this impossible.
The office of the Presidency has suffered greatly because of Bill Clinton. So has America, and let us never forget who are the real victims of Clinton's charade. We The People.
Clinton is guilty, not Paula
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