IBD: How Low Can We Go?
doug at NETWRX.NET
Tue Feb 3 21:10:36 MST 1998
At 07:00 PM 2/3/98 -0800, you wrote:
>E D I T O R I A L S
>How Low Can We Go?
>Date: 2/4/98. Investors Business Daily
>The economy's humming, so who cares if Clinton . . . ?
>That's the argument we keep hearing. But who's going to
>explain that over the past five years, our standards for
>leadership in government have sunk to frightening lows?
>Nearly two-thirds of Americans like the job the president's
>doing right now. That's his biggest thumbs up yet.
>Apparently, they don't care that there's strong evidence he
>may have told an ex-White House intern to lie under oath
>about their alleged affair - an impeachable abuse of power. Or
>that he himself may have lied under oath - another
>impeachable ''high crime.''
>Second of two parts
>The average person on the street invariably explains it so:
>''The president isn't my clergy or my father. I don't care what
>he does behind closed doors, just as long as he does a good
>A big part of the president's job is setting high moral
>standards for the country. After all, he swore - not once, but
>twice - to uphold the Constitution - the highest legal, ethical
>and civil standard in the land.
>Indeed, America is No. 1 because it was built on high
>standards. Look at our economy. It's the biggest because it
>rewards the inventor of the best mousetrap. Our military is
>the mightiest because it demands maximum speed and
>And our government is the strongest because its architects
>wouldn't stand for even a whiff of corruption.
>Enter Bill Clinton.
>For the past five years, Clinton has systematically
>transplanted to the nation's capital the Third World fiefdom
>he built in Arkansas. All its parts are now in place: a
>ward-style political machine, control of law-enforcement
>agencies and rampant cronyism and corruption - Little Rock
>on the Potomac.
>In '92, a plurality of us gave the keys to the White House - the
>most hallowed office in the land - to a draft- dodger, a
>pot-smoker and a wife-cheater under the assumption he
>would clean up his act. He'd ''grow'' in office, the pundits
>But the only thing that grew was his thirst for power. And
>now we're paying the price.
>Point is, we lowered our standards for who can be president.
>Who will pass the test in 2000? A felon? A tax cheat? A
>cokehead? How about a polygamist? Or a wife-beater?
>How low can we go?
>In office, Clinton has proved his shallow character. And yet
>our forbearance goes on. If you believe the polls, we now
>Spying on political enemies.
>Siccing the Internal Revenue Service on citizens.
>Hiring druggies for White House jobs.
>Tampering with witnesses.
>Peddling foreign influence.
>Offering jobs for favors (like silence).
>Hiding subpoenaed documents.
>Summarily firing all U.S. attorneys and an FBI director.
>Firing and persecuting White House workers.
>Selling the Lincoln Bedroom and trade junkets.
>And entertaining Communist arms merchants, drug lords and
>mafia bosses in the West Wing.
>We've even become numb to scandal-related suicides.
>President Harding and his ''Ohio gang'' would blush at such a
>screed of sleaze. Tom Clancy and John Grisham couldn't
>have teamed up to spin a more tangled web of deceit.
>What White House behavior will be acceptable in the future?
>And look how the dignity of our national discourse has
>suffered under Clinton. We are now debating - right out there
>in serious public forums - whether extramarital oral sex is
>somehow sanctioned by the Bible, and whether
>''distinguishing characteristics'' lurk in the president's nether
>What next? What other perversions will become part of our
>national dialogue? Peep shows? Sadomasochism? Bestiality?
>How low can we go?
"If no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us is
capable of governing someone else" -Ronald Reagan
There are very few problems in the world that cant be cured by the
appropriate amount of high explosives... -unknown
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