As Impeachment Looms, Clinton Attack Dogs
Conduct High Level Smear Campaign
"It's a Sad Day When Members
of Congress Can't Speak Before Groups..."
By Mary Mostert
December 14, 1998
Congressman Bob Barr, Republican of Georgia, in
a statement Friday, December 11, blasted President Clinton's defenders
for conducting a scorched-earth campaign to smear members of the
House Judiciary Committee with false allegations.
The statement followed an attempt by trial lawyer
Alan Dershowitz to call Barr a racist, based on his appearance
before a group in South Carolina called the Council of Conservative
Citizens. In another case, White House operative Sidney Blumenthal
has attacked Committee Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The National
Enquirer, which is represented by Clinton Attorney David Kendall,
also reportedly published an article today alleging an affair
involving Committee Member Mary Bono (R-CA).
Barr also noted a report in the New York Daily
News today that White House Chief of Staff John Podesta is ordering
prominent businessmen to pressure Members of Congress on the upcoming
"It is a sad day in our country when a Member
of Congress cannot speak before a group without subjecting them
to an exhaustive investigation to determine if one of their members
has ever written an offensive or ridiculous column." Barr
said, "Sadly, there appears to be no despicable conduct the
President's defenders will not stoop to in order to protect him."
The mad-dog attack defense from the Clinton supporters
will get more vicious in the days ahead. At this point an overwhelming
majority of Americans, 71%, believe, according to the most recent
Gallup Poll (December 10) that "The charge that Clinton committed
perjury by providing false and misleading testimony to Ken Starrs
grand jury" is true. Almost two-thirds, 63%, of those polled
believe that Clinton "misused and abused his office and impaired
the administration of justice by making false and misleading statements
to the public, his aides and Congress. And, in spite of years
of media bashing of Paula Jones, now 50% believe that "Clinton
obstructed justice by trying to influence the testimony of Monica
Lewinsky, his secretary, and others in the Paula Jones lawsuit.
It gets worse. A mere 8% of those polled still cling to the notion
that Clinton did nothing illegal. When people like Clinton, who
have no personal integrity, is in that bad a shape, the only thing
they can to is to find someone else to attack. While that kind
of attack can be dangerous, since its hard to tell sometimes
just how unbalanced the attackers are, generally their game plan
is to try to frighten their targets into silence. And, it appears
it has worked pretty well for Clinton.
I find an occasional attack e-mail in my computer
these days, among the hundreds of e-mail urging members of Congress
to vote for impeachment. Several such e-mail, from someone who
never signs his name, has used the attack on Bob Barr to also
try to attack me. Ive been around a long time. In fact,
I was writing back in the McCarthy era when I amused myself by
quoting the Declaration of Independence to people and asking them
if they agreed with it. Few people recognized my quotes and, convinced
I was quoting from the Communist Manifesto, (since they disagreed
with my politics), would angrily declare that they would NEVER
believe such nonsense.
We seem to be going through a very similar period.
This time the scare word that people in public life much avoid
being labeled at all cost is "racist" or "right-wing
extremist." My e-mail correspondent thought that Dershowitz
was "right" about Rep. Barrs willingness to speak
to the Council of Conservative Citizens "proving" he
was a "racist." This is the same Dershowitz who said
a few weeks ago on nationwide TV that "all 435 members of
the House of Representatives" - also are sexually unfaithful
to their spouses, and therefore they shouldnt criticize
I responded to the e-mail writer, much as Barr
himself did, that that most of us in public life often talk to
people with whom we dont agree. He wrote back saying that
his mother had told him "people judge you by the company
you keep" - so, he is convinced, anyone who would speak to
a group like the Council of Conservative Citizens must be a racist.
While he doesnt seem to have a very clear idea of what the
word "racist" means, in his feeble mind "racists"
should be eliminated. Sort of the same notion that the Ku Klux
Klan once espoused about "negroes."
So, here I am, having spoken by e-mail on several
occasions with this apparent mad-dog anti-white person. With his
philosophy, I guess I am now forever branded as a pro-Clinton
nut case, because Ive spoken to him on not one, but on at
least three occasions. In fact, I even pointed out that many groups
ask for permission to print my column. Since I have never been
one to support censorship, I dont demand a loyalty oath
or a list of all the books they have read or written before allowing
them to reprint my column. If people want to reprint my column,
I let them, whether they are conservatives, liberals, moderates,
or undecideds. I observed that with his view, he would never have
anything to do with Jesus Christ, since he was always hanging
out with sinners and even would talk to hypocrites.
His response was, "As usual you display one
of the many phony and sanctimonious characteristics of the fanatical
element of the Christian right. Daring to compare our wonderful
Jesus works and deeds with the likes of Bobby Barr, Trent
(Lott), Jessie (Helms), Mike Reagan and yourself et al as they
bed down with race baiters and haters is an outrage beyond belief."
I havent a clue as to how Trent Lott, Jessie Helms and Mike
Reagan (whose newsletter I edit) got into that sentence, but I
am honored to find myself in such august and distinguished company.
Rep. Barr was speaking to the group about the
impeachment process. Everyone in America, even if they are unbalanced,
as my e-mail correspondent appears to be, ought to learn about
the impeachment process, especially the many TV talking heads
who seem to believe that impeachment is a verdict, rather than
an accusation. Barr noted in his press release that, "I strongly
disagree with many of this group's (Council of Conservative Citizens)
ridiculous views, and have said so publicly.
It is no coincidence
that, days before a vote on impeachment, one of President Clinton's
most ardent supporters is falsely accusing me of harboring racist
views. The President's operatives have already proven their willingness
to try to destroy the reputations of others who have dared stand
up to this Administration, including Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky
and Linda Tripp. Need we remember the abuses represented in Filegate?
"All Americans should be outraged that they
are now directing the same machinery at Members of Congress working
to fulfill their Constitutional responsibilities. This is exactly
the conduct that led to President Nixon's impeachment. This is
truly a sad, sad day for America."
What we have here with Dershowitz is a Harvard
professor who is basically attacking Rep. Barrs right to
speak. This is a timeworn tactic of tyranny - of both the right
and the left. It makes me wonder just what kind of education young
people are getting for that incredibly high tuition their parents
are paying to get them into Harvard. From what I have heard and
read of Alan Dershowitz, he is teaching his own brand of anarchy.
This is the same person who used his appearance before the House
Judiciary Committee as a Democrat witness, to condemn every police
force and prosecutor in the country by claiming "they all
routinely commit perjury." That is a time-honored position
of anarchists, who believe that governments can and should be
overthrown. They begin, as has Dershowitz, by making extreme accusations
and it usually ends in violence. What exactly is Dershowitz advocating
as the "solution" to his charge that every police force
and prosecutor in the country "routinely commits felonies?"
The tactic is supposed to get you so mad that
you dont notice who it is that is full of hate. It isnt
Bob Barr. If you would like to let Alan Dershowitz know that his
hate-mongering, name calling and scare tactics against Bob Barr,
the nations police force and the United States Constitution
are not appreciated, he can be reached by phone at 617-495-4617
or by fax at 617-495-7855.