If I make one New Year's resolution, it will be to rededicate myself to the education of the alleged 70 plus percent of the population who "approves of the job Mr. Clinton is doing." Either these people have been asleep for some time or suffer serious disconnects in logic and learning.
Approval of Clinton's job performance in the polls has little or nothing to do with Clinton. What the 70 plus percent are really saying is: "I'm comfortable working, and have a high degree of stability in my life, so I'm not willing to rock the boat in the name of principle or moral values. Up the status quo." This is one of the shortfalls of an otherwise brilliantly conceived form of government with which we have been blessed. It is precisely the reason our forefathers carefully crafted the republican model, as opposed to a form purely democratic in nature.
Moreover, the publicized 70 plus percent reasons (if I may take the liberty) that there is a cause and effect relationship between Clinton's presidency and the excellence of the state of our economy. Wrong. Although Clinton's White House has had the watch, the state of the economy manifests itself in a multitude of complex forces, one of the strongest of which is a balance of political influences in government, e.g., a Democrat presidency and a Republican Congress.
I should add that the Clinton White House has characterized itself as one of history's notable "do-little" presidencies. Check it out. And while you're at it, perform a survey of Wall Street. They could give a feather or a fig for Clinton's White House. You can hardly ascribe our bull market and full employment to Clinton. He just happened to be hanging around while failing to lead, inspire and provide the vision we desperately seek in a president.
As a teacher, I cannot approach the brilliance of George Will's Dec. 20 Arizona Republic editorial, "Public Approval Not Needed to Oust Clinton". Everyone, please read it. He quotes Alexander Hamilton's Federalist 71, and I quote Mr. Wills, "... public opinion is the starting point of popular government, but opinion should be refined by deliberative processes." Further, "By leaning against the wind of opinion regarding impeachment, the reflective Republicans are exercising leadership."
Notice the word "leadership." The Democratic party understands little about this concept. In all that has transpired in the House of Representatives in recent weeks, strong, unified Republican leadership has been labeled "partisan politics" or "politics of personal destruction."
I suppose I should not expect that "my friends across the aisle" will come around easily. Some day, perhaps, but only after they indulge themselves in the benefits of education and cast off the weighty burden of passion, emotion and creature comforts. And then you will have earned the right to become a Republican.
Lawrence Dudley Farrington