Clinton Knows Evil
Elder, Frontpage Magazine
December 31, 1998
© Copyright 1998 Laurence A. Elder
censure over impeachment, one newspaper editorial described the
President's conduct this way: "odious," "contemptible,"
"shameful," "reckless," "indefensible,"
"despicable," "dishonest," "stupid."
the President's lawyer, Gregory Craig, in testifying before the
House Judiciary Committee, called the President's behavior "evasive,"
"incomplete," "misleading," "maddening."
the President's defense attorney, Charles Ruff, said to the House
Judiciary Committee that "reasonable people could believe
the President lied under oath."
from the President's friends! Why, then, do Clinton defenders
treat those in favor of impeachment like the devil incarnate?
Exaggeration, you say?
Alan Dershowitz's recent appearance on Rivera Live: "
A vote against impeachment is not a vote for Bill Clinton. It
is a vote against bigotry. It's a vote against fundamentalism.
It's a vote against anti-environmentalism. It's a vote against
the right-to-life movement. It's a vote against the radical right.
This is truly the first battle in a great culture war. And if
this president is impeached, it will be a great victory for the
forces of evil, evil, genuine evil. People like Congressman Barr,
Sen. Trent Lott, Sen. Jesse Helms, who support white supremacist
organizations, will claim victory over decency and decent people.
And I hope that moderates out there realize, even if they don't
like Bill Clinton, to vote for impeachment is to vote to give
their party over to the mad dogs of radicalism." Mad dogs
about Alec Baldwin on The Conan O'Brien Show? "As
we speak right now, the Judiciary Committee, the President has
an approval rating of 68 percent. I mean, the President is very
popular, things are going pretty good, and they're voting to impeach
the President. They voted on one article of impeachment already.
And . . . I come back from Africa to stained dresses and cigars
and impeachment, and I'm thinking to myself, in other countries
they are laughing at us 24 hours a day. And I'm thinking to myself,
if we were in other countries, we would, all of us together, would
go down to Washington and we would stone Henry Hyde to death.
[cheers] Then, we'd go to their homes, and we'd kill their wives
and their children." Kill their wives and children?
Betty Friedan: "To have our will overthrown by a bunch of
dirty, old white men trying to use sexual issues wrongly . . .
to impeach a president, this is really a disgrace." Dirty,
old white men?
during the committee hearing, Rep. Maxine Waters (D, Ca.) began
one speech with: "I am here in the name of my slave ancestors
to insist that the President be afforded the constitutional protections
that should be available to every citizen in this country."
it's ugly out there. Unabashed Clinton supporter and Hustler
publisher Larry Flynt put an ad in the Washington Post,
offering $1 million for information about adultery on any member
of Congress or high-ranking public official. Flynt claims to have
the goods on about a dozen pols; all but one are Republicans.
(He's not sure whether to "out" the Democrat.) His impending
story on the House Speaker-elect Bob Livingston prompted Livingston
to publicly admit multiple extramarital affairs.
the frothing? After all, should Congress expel Clinton from office,
Al Gore stands ready to take over. Gore, ideologically compatible
with Clinton, possesses an even stronger "pro-environment"
record. His stands on affirmative action and "diversity"
mirror Clinton's. His close personal relationship with the President
suggests little reason for the pro-Clinton crowd to fear a switch
in priorities, ideology, or commitment to their issues.
the hysteria? Simple. Many Democrats plainly and quite deeply
find Republicans irredeemably, irretrievably evil. Yes, evil.
the way Dick Morris said the President described his 1996 campaign
opponent, Bob Dole, a World War II veteran who nearly lost his
life defending the country. According to Morris, Clinton said:
" . . . Bob Dole is not a nice man. Bob Dole is evil. The
things he wants to do to children are evil. The things he wants
to do to poor people and old people and sick people are evil.
Let's get that straight."
the ever-intriguing mind of the emotional, liberal Democrat, impeachment
turns not on the facts, the law, or the Constitution. No, this
is, as Clinton attack dog James Carville put it, "war."
This is Us vs. Them, Rightness vs. Meanness, Good vs. Evil. Fortunately,
in this fight, we do have a referee. It's called the Constitution.
And the founders established a procedure for impeachment and trial
in the Senate for a president who becomes "odious,"
"contemptible," "shameful," "reckless,"
"indefensible," "despicable," "dishonest,"
quote the founders of the Constitution, others quote the founder