The trial of William Jefferson Clinton evokes certain observations:
- Democrats in Congress cry "foul" when Republicans want to extend the investigation of Clinton for impeachment - yet Democrats are united to close down the hearings - even though the president lied under oath. Both the president and the senators, when they took their oath of office, swore to uphold the Constitution.
- Wimpy Republicans now are talking of concession because if they vote for impeachment they may not be re-elected at the next election because of public backlash.
- This great land under the Constitution is a land of law. Major legal decisions should not be affected by public opinion.
- The issue at hand is not sexual encounters, but "lying under oath," which is perjury and a crime.
- The irresponsible senators, both Republicans and Democrats, make Patrick Henry look like a saint with his ringing words - "Give me liberty or give me death" - while our senators seem to be saying, "I'm giving in because I may not be re-elected".
- The phrase, "There is not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans," is becoming quite evident.
- There is an equal and opposite reaction to all things. This is the basic law of physics. Any time the government can give all things that President Clinton proposed in his State of the Union address, something must be taken away to pay for it.
The Federal Government has no money of its own - the only money it can spend is money taken from the citizens by taxation. Fiscal responsibility should be balanced between major needs vs. wants.
- Public opinion, which is supposed to reflect that the people think President Clinton is doing a good job, is irrelevant. He is being tried in Congress for impeachment because he lied under oath, a criminal offense of perjury, even though he states that as president, this is his privilege. Hitler brought Germany out of depression into prosperity, and was "doing a good job" until Germany was destroyed.
- The price of individual freedom is personal responsibility, courage, honesty and morality. Otherwise it will be lost.
- Thomas Jefferson said, "Our constitutional republic with its checks and balances of the judicial, legislative and executive branches is the finest form of government ever devised in the world, if they can keep it."
- Bill Clinton's mentor at Georgetown University, Professor Quigley, who is best known for his authorship of the exposTragedy and Hope," stated, "The arguments that two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies -- one perhaps of the right, the other of the left -- is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical so that the American people can 'throw the rascals out' at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy."
- Proverbs 29:2 - When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice. But when wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Politicians should do what is best for the country, not what is best for their careers.
Robert F. Cuthbertson, M.D. ABFP