It's time for the U.S. Senate to end the charade and find a face-saving way to wrap up its impeachment trial of President Clinton and move on to managing the nation's real business.
Though he doesn't deserve to continue to be president, President Clinton is not going to be found guilty and removed from office. The Senate needs to read the writing that has long been on the wall and heed its message. To continue to pursue prosecution in the face of this is folly. It will only further damage the Senate's credibility in the eyes of the public -- if that is possible.
This has been a sad affair from the get-go, flavored too strongly by partisan politics on the part of both Democrats and Republicans. That is a measure of the integrity of the process. Where are the Republicans who think Clinton should be acquitted? Where are the Democrats who say, "Get him out!"? The truth should know no party lines.
One of the few senators who appears to have risen from the muck of party politics is Robert Byrd of West Virginia. The long-serving Democrat has been a harsh critic of Clinton's behavior. Now he has weighed in on the impeachment process; it's time to call it quits. Let's hope his 99 colleagues see the light -- today.
Bill Clinton is no role model, but he is a gifted and effective politician and a whole lot of people in the United States like the way he is handling the business of government. Still, a message needs to be sent that his personal behavior is not appropriate.
It's been said that if past presidents had been held to the same standards of personal behavior as Clinton, our nation would have lost some of its greatest leaders. That doesn't excuse the behavior, and it is up to parents, churches, schools -- each one of us -- to make sure that our children are getting the message that honesty and integrity count.
A vote of censure is a clear way for the U.S. Senate to make that same point.
-- Brian Beck, editor