ROCKS OLYMPIC CAMP: PRESIDENT CHARMS YOUNG HOPEFUL
EXCLUSIVE: Administration officials watched nervously as
President Bill Clinton worked his charm on a sexy young
Olympic hopeful this weekend in southern
Slick is at it again Michael. You can kiss algore's
hinny bye-bye! hehehe
Yours is a thoughtful post. We agree that all
this is merely our respective opinions, hopefully
tempered by experience. I understand our leaders are human
and therefore always flawed to some degree. Some
weaknesses in our leaders should not be acceptable, even
when the same leaders have an excellent intellect or
Michael's post in reaction to
yours seems to be too common; i.e., all politicians are
[choose your pejorative], so why are we picking on
Clinton. Several years back, a popular mayor in
Washington, DC was convicted of cocaine use. Even though
cocaine use was epidemic, and officials should have been
doing everything possible to eliminate it, the top
person was clearly part of the problem. Without
overwhelming evidence, including videotapes played extensively
on local TV, he would have been cleared of all
charges by a jury selected from his liberal constituency.
Upon his release from prison, his supporters met him
with a bus caravan which reportedly partied back to
DC. He was re-elected mayor shortly thereafter. As
with the former DC mayor, I don't see Clinton's
transgressions as a private matter, created by dogged enemies.
Even with the certainty of DNA results, no punishment
ensued. My continuing thoughts are: Is this the best we
can do, or has the electorate become as cynical as
Michael, and see it as necessary to simply choose one of
their own without regard to the greater
Bad things happen when good people become too
complacent about such things.
The leaders of other
countries tend to react to our president based on their own
interests, which may not coincide with ours. I realize this
is often used to defend our president, but don't see
their views as relevant. U.S. law was
The lying and stonewalling that took place prolonged
the work of Starr and others. It has not been a proud
part of our history.
I am sure we are both
tiring of this topic. Take care.
"Bush Sr. was a jerk, Quayle an idiot, Clinton
was atrocious and disgusting, most of those who
persecuted him were hypocritical, Gore is shallow and weak,
Bradley is an idealist, Bush Jr. a fool, and all of the
independent candidates act like they're on
-Quote by David Borenstein, on the politics of the
I, too, agree with much of what you have said, in
theory. The problem for out society seems to be one of
practicing the ethics we preach.
Looking at history,
our country's mores originated from a more
Puritanical background. European cultures in many cases seem
to have much less problem with what we consider to
be a breach of professional ethics -- look at
Clinton's reception by the European leaders during the
Our country suffers from schizoid behavior. We preach
morality, yet our political leaders, and in some cases our
religious leaders, have quietly practiced behind closed
doors behavior which would have landed others on the
street or in jail.
Do I think the country was
hurt by the scandal? -- Of course. It was hurt by
Clinton's poor role model, it was hurt by the incessant
hounding of the press, and it was hurt by the relentless
witch hunt conducted by Ken Starr and those who
promoted his efforts. History will probably not record any
of the details of this debacle kindly. And the scars
may take some time to heal.
those who think government largesse will always
come from the other guy are kidding themselves. As
Michael matures, and if he makes any reasonable attempt
to understand the substantial differences between
the two major political parties, he may start to
understand many of the freedoms he prizes (e.g., more
independence of thought and action, more freedom to take risks
with some assurance of garnering any resultant
rewards)are better protected by republicans.
begin to understand why the "all politicians are alike"
defense is a poor substitute for in-depth
"he/she" refers to the universe of those you
support, some male, and some female perhaps, but all
democrats and liberals.
Maybe you should re-consult
those who have so hopelessly brainwashed you to see if
they can provide better arguments for you to parrot.
Those you persist in using now are stale and falling
flat. They make me a bit embarrassed for