Clinton's Troubles: More Of Your Reactions
A lot of people may be sick of the Lewinsky saga, but not
AllPolitics readers. We're still getting more e-mail than normal, most of it about President Bill Clinton's woes.
Here's some of the latest, and if you'd like to comment on any news of the day, drop us an e-mail, too. Please include your name and home town.
'The Supposed Friend Of Women'
I've been fascinated by the reaction to Mr. Clinton's admission, apology etc. I
have noted with sadness and anger that the fact that Mr. Clinton sexually
harassed/assaulted a 22-year-old has not been a major focus. Mr. Clinton abused
his position of power and authority over Ms. Lewinsky. Many other employees of
the government would be fired for such behaviors. Despite the increasing
awareness of the abuse of power for sexual purposes, we clearly have a long way
to go. I'm afraid Mr. Clinton, the supposed friend of women, has done a grave
disservice to the issue of sexual harassment.
-- Carolyn Munro, M.D., Denver, Colo., Sept. 3
Grotesque but not surprising.
I lived in "Dogpatch" for three years, and I say without hesitation that
lies, dirty tricks, patronage, cronyism, and similar corruptions are
standard tactics in the political and educational arenas.
We need a statesman, not a hillbilly.
-- Dan Lettieri, Baltimore Md., Sept. 3
'Support Democrats In November'
Even as someone who has been a strong supporter of Clinton (look at the
only choice we had....Bob Dole, for goodness sake), I have to admit his
behavior on the Lewinsky matter has been deplorable.
Like many others,
I have had to face up to the fact that my respect for him personally is
very low indeed, but I agree with his social/political goals, as do many
Therefore, it is very important that all of us who
agree with Clinton's goals support Democrats in November. Don't turn
against those in Clinton's party who may be able to get some of his good
policies enacted. We need those OTHER Democrats more than ever if
Clinton is wounded. Ignore the media pundits who keep telling us how we
are going to think ("people annoyed with Clinton may take it out on
other members of his party...") Let's think for ourselves and keep
pursuing the important goals of better and broader health insurance
policy, anti-tobacco legislation, better social programs.
-- Maureen Arrigo, Fresno, Calif., Sept. 2
My neighbor's six-year-old son asked his mother, after being punished for lying
and told he was to apologize to the offended party, "Why do I get punished for
lying when President Clinton lies and doesn't have to apologize?" His mother
did not have a response.
Do we ask less of our leaders than six-year-old
boys? Aren't our leaders, especially our president supposed to be held
accountable for lying under oath, and aren't they supposed to be responsible
for integrity and an example what democracy stands for to the rest of the
world? Instead we are the laughingstock of the world regarding our morals and
law! Don't our future generations count for anything?
-- Jean Grube, Anaheim, Calif., Sept. 2
Now that Imperial Bill has made his narcissistic pseudo-apology,
his spinners are in full swing again.
If Hitler had had this bunch of unscrupulous liars we would all be
goose-stepping and speaking German. Joseph Goebbels was a rank amateur.
What scares me is how it works on the American public.
-- Hugh A. Dame, M.D., Camino, Calif., Sept. 2