SEPTEMBER 21, 1998
© 1998

Today, America, indeed, the world, will be subjected to over four hours of ponderous, embarrassing, lurid and "inappropriate" legal posturing which will subsequently be regurgitated, edited, re-run, analyzed and apologized for weeks to come. Florida Rep. Bill McCollum, member of the House Judiciary Committee noted: "Some of the material is sexually explicit and I think that's unfortunate. But we have to do that because of the president's insistence that he told the truth and Ken Starr said he did not. There is no way to reveal this to the public without giving a full context in which all of that is being said." There are several points about this disappointing episode which need to highlighted, and remembered. We are about to be deluged with pontificating, equivocation, and disingenuous duplicity ad nauseam ... perhaps for months to follow, unless Bill Clinton does the improbable, but honorable thing, and resigns. This grand jury deposition of the president is about to be put on television, radio and in print. The whole magilla, from the boring and ponderous, to the lurid and explicit will be put out there not just for America to see, hear, and cringe over, but the global audience will rival the Oscars and Garth Brooks. The world will get to see the president of the United States of America ask, "... what do you mean by the whole truth?" The world, all those world leaders who have been allies of the president, critics of the president, and enemies of the president ... they all will see as we do the Shakespearean tragic flaws of the man both blatant and subtle. The world will gain an up front and personal insight into the man who some say is a sociopath, some say is a narcissist, some call misogynist, and everyone recognizes as a liar, and a hypocrite. Even the mainstream networks are repeating the now infamous 1974 Clinton quote when he said "Yes, the president should resign. He has lied to the American people, time and time again, and betrayed their trust. Since he has admitted guilt, there is no reason to put the American people through an impeachment. He will serve absolutely no purpose in finishing out his term, the only possible solution is for the president to save some dignity and resign." The White House Standing Operating Procedure of "deny, delay, destroy" has sparked the "scorched earth" scenario which has already sullied the reputations of other tainted presidential critics. The political blowback has hit both parties. Congressman Dan Burton, Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth, and Congressman Henry Hyde have all been outed for past infidelities: Burton has been paying child support ever since he learned of his illegitimate child, and has tried to protect both the boy, and his mother from suffering because of his position and political enemies. Chenoweth has admitted her indiscretion and repented. Hyde has not only acknowledged his infidelity and rebuked would-be blackmailers, he offered to resign from the Judiciary committee after the disclosure of his 30-year old affair. The offer was tendered to House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who rejected it. What has the President done? Bill Clinton is more than just a reprehensible, contemptible, hypocritical liar who uses anyone and everyone for his own immediate needs, only to discard them like used tissues. He is morally bankrupt and so flushed with hubris he is incapable of understanding or following the surprisingly sage and reasonable advice he offered to President Nixon. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. "Yes, the president should resign." I'm reluctant to note the number of newspapers calling for the president to resign since it keeps increasing ... last count was around 170. "He has lied to the American people, time and time again, and betrayed their trust." Bill Clinton has lied routinely and consistently, even when he didn't have to do so. "Since he has admitted guilt," Well, he has kinda sorta admitted to something, although even his lawyer is p.o.-ed he insists on clinging to the fiction of "legally correct" b.s. "... there is no reason to put the American people thorough an impeachment." Well, actually, there are several, both serious and venial. Impeachment should happen because it is the right thing to do. Meanwhile, several media types are salivating over the potential impact of Impeachment hearings on the all important fall ratings. "He will serve absolutely no purpose in finishing out his term," Not exactly true in this case. The longer he can delay and obfuscate, the better for him personally (in the short term). The other purpose his continued masochism would serve is to radio, television, and print pundits. "... the only possible solution is for the president to save some dignity and resign." It may not be the only solution for this President, but it is the most reasonable and logical. Meanwhile, to those who didn't want to believe me that this 445-page Starr report is mere prelude, maybe you'll accept the word of Matt Drudge, or Jack Nelson of the Los Angeles Times. According to Nelson, Starr is "white hot angry over what he regards as a broad pattern of deception and cover-up that goes beyond the Lewinsky case that has been led by the president himself. Reportedly, it is a foregone conclusion that Starr will cite Clinton as an unindicted co-conspirator and any indictment the grand jury might return alleging a conspiracy to obstruct."