The Clinton impeachment. Proof positive that all the world's a stage. We all knew it was going to happen, just as we all know he won't be removed from office. We can only hope that the Senate will vote immediately to end this morality play. I don't doubt that there are a few misguided moralists genuinely disturbed and outraged by Clinton's free love and free lies. But don't kid yourselves people- this is politics, partisan politics. And it can get ugly. Just as when President Johnson was impeached; we all know the platitude about history and it's recurring nature. High crime? I'd sooner have him impeached for his pot smoking. And the misrepresentation of truth which tainted his now notorious denial of "I didn't inhale."
To be sure, our President never did
inhale truth serum. He is a liar and a lecher. But it does matter
what he lied about. Which is why the majority of Americans disapprove
of the current legal proceedings. Let's talk truth. Is that not
what this entire melodrama is about? Clinton's nose is constantly
growing. So is Paula's proboscis only she had hers clipped. Jones
is about the money and it was always about the money for her.
To the Republicans championing her cause, it was about playing
partisan politics, ugly style. What useful truth has emerged from
the Jones' case? That our President is far from feminist. Inviting
an unsuspecting subordinate employee to your room to streak her
is de clase and borderline harassing. But we've seen just how
harassed Paula Jones felt. Let her 15 minutes be up.
Why won't the Monica-Bill affair go
gentle into that good night? Because the details are juicy and
better than anything I get on cable. Here is a guy engaging in
an extramarital menage a trois with an intern and a roll of tobacco.
And he has the audacity to lie about it and thereafter to try
to redefine sex in the most unreal terms. Useful truth #2: President
Clinton has no shame. Lament that he is too swamped with scandal
whitewashing to concentrate on important matters. But otherwise
do not feel sorry that his head is buried in the sand. It is actually
some small consolation to know that he isn't focused on seducing
the next fresh young thing on Capitol Hill.
We can only hope that bad apple politicians
will be more discreet in their future libidinous romps at notell
motels. Useful Truth #3: Enough politicians, like many Civilian
Americans, do have trysts and often sordid ones at that. It is
widespread news that porn peddler Larry Flynt has offered(successfully)
up to 1 million dollars to any women who can offer proof of an
affair with a high level politician. One has to wonder if he is
trying to highlight hypocrisy or solicit new spicy material for
his publications. It is not wrong for Americans to expect that
their leaders adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior,
both private and public. Because leadership implies something
above and beyond the norm. Because the private and public lives
of leaders are difficult, often impossible, to separate. We should
encourage and support our Congress drafting a code of decorum
for our politicians, particularly regarding their behavior in
the workplace. Notwithstanding, liars and cheaters of all levels
and sorts usually end up paying the piper. A $1,000,000 payoff
to a parasitic partisan pawn named Paula. The entire world knowing
the markings on your member. A trashed reputation. Seems like
a high enough price to pay. Early on, we failed to substantially
prove sexual harassment (certainly an impeachable charge) and
it clearly became a soap opera of private life lies. Timeless
truth #4: Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Let he with a ravenous appetite for
sleazy theatre get a satellite dish.