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More on the Senate's verdict

Move on? Not AllPolitics readers ... Most of the e-mail we're getting is still about President Bill Clinton's acquittal by the Senate on perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

Here's some of the latest, and if you'd like to comment on the verdict or other events in the news for our next installment of Voter's Voice, drop us an e-mail message. Be sure to include your name and home town.

'A criminal'

I do not understand how a person, president or not, can lie under oath and get away with it. I do not care what the subject is about; we are not to lie under oath. How can we keep people currently in prison for that reason or convict them of lying under oath in the future? Lawyers will certainly use this in their defense. Lying is now permitted or we have two separate sets of laws, one for the elite and one for the common. I have never seen so many people defend a criminal so hard in my entire life, even if he is our president.

-- David Pace, Springfield, Ohio, February 16

'A crook and a traitor'

Anyone with half a brain knows that the only time Clinton isn't lying is when his mouth is otherwise occupied. But now that his willingness to lie about little things, like sex, and something that everyone already knew about, isn't it time for someone to ask the American people, if he would lie and perjure himself over something we already knew about, and which couldn't possibly hurt him, what chance do you think there exists that he told the truth when asked about Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate or Chinagate?

Get a clue, America! This guy is a crook and a traitor! As for his popularity, I would point out literacy rates in this country, and to the fact that Americans must rely almost totally on a corrupt and slanted media for their window on news and politics, and further point out that Hitler, Stalin and Mao were all popular dudes, and probably had no trouble getting a little action with the women either.

-- Eric Robinson, Newport Beach, California, February 16

'Democrats defended the indefensible'

Democrats defended the indefensible and now are disappointed that Republicans did not share the responsibility for keeping the scoundrel in our White House by supporting a bipartisan censure which would eventually be expunged from the record. I never understood before this that bipartisan meant that the majority must surrender to the minority or be labeled unfair, radical and obsessive. Get a grip.

-- Jean Daly, Long Island, New York, February 15

'The most disgusting example of a human being'

I think that the Senate needs to have its collective head examined. This president is the most disgusting example of a human being ever to step in the White House. He needs to be removed immediately. He should have resigned months ago, like certain other people who were driven to destruction by Clinton's own brand of the "politics of personal destruction." I will never ever vote Democrat -- not if the Democrat's the better candidate by a far margin. The way that they shamelessly dropped their beliefs and followed that evil man (finger-wagging) shows me, and should show the entire world, that the Democrats are not worthy of holding office.

-- Douglas Nickels, February 15

'Strange comic relief'

It is amazing to me that the real issue that caused many Americans such distress -- the invasion of privacy -- was never really discussed!

However, I would like to comment on the camera appearance of many senators and representatives. They surely did not resemble the television icons that we are so used to seeing when we turn on our set! They appear to look just like the rest of America, and in many cases, not as good as the rest of America. What's with the bad wigs, haircuts and toupees? Washington, D.C., must have better hair care facilities than that! We really got a charge out of some of them! Strange comic relief for such a bizarre, somber time in our history. Now, please, let's move on. I feel American citizens are not in "awe" of our leaders any longer. We just want THEM to work as hard as we all do. That is what we are paying them to do.

-- Vickie Schulz, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, February 15

'Used by their boss and then tossed aside'

I watched with interest your piece on winners and losers Friday. I would like to add my thoughts.

There are no winners in this entire affair (no pun intended). There are two major groups of losers -- women and the American people.

Women are losers because the actions of the president demonstrate that women can be used by their boss and then tossed aside. And, if they dare to confront or challenge the boss about sexual harassment, any and all means can be used to destroy their reputations and trash their lives. The Paula Jones trial demonstrated that a woman cannot successfully conclude charges of sexual harassment unless she can prove that her job potential was damaged by her refusal to provide sexual favors to her boss. All a boss has to do is to see to it that the woman gets merit raises and promotions as earned and she has no case. Clinton participated fully and even took a leadership role in the process of setting back women's rights.

The American people are losers because we now have to accept that the Congress and the administration are followers rather than leaders. Politicians and White House staffers pointed out over and over again that 66 percent of the people did not want Clinton removed from office. The polls were offered as instructions to the Senate to vote not guilty. We do not elect politicians nor provide them with large staffs to wait for polls to tell them what to do. We have an historic precedent that demonstrates that a Congress can and sometimes should go against popular opinion. The Second Continental Congress in 1776 voted for the Declaration of Independence in spite of the opposition or indifference of most American colonists.

Some historians state that over 60 percent of the people were against independence from Great Britain. Others say that only 10 percent actively supported it. It is not hard to understand the sentiment of the colonists. They were members of the strongest and most prosperous empire in the world. The British army and navy provided protection for them from the designs of France and Spain. Life was generally very good and they knew a war for independence would devastate their economy and severely disrupt their lives. When the shooting began at Lexington and Concord, colonists were fighting for liberty, not independence from England. They had been promised that they would enjoy all the liberties that people living in England enjoyed but that promise was not kept. They meant to fight to regain those liberties. Even when that Congress established an "Army of the United Colonies" and appointed George Washington commander in chief, they made clear that independence was not their goal. They issued a statement declaring, "We mean not to dissolve that union which has so long and so happily subsisted between us ..."

Polls were not being taken then but the members of the Second Continental Congress knew how the folks back home felt. Fortunately for us today, they had the courage to go against popular opinion and sign and publish the Declaration of Independence. This Congress is seriously lacking in such courage. And the Clinton Administration is seriously lacking in honor, integrity and character. Clinton lied to the American people, lied under oath and obstructed justice and this country could easily have survived his removal from office.

By the way, I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. Neither political party is worth supporting. I have been registered as an Independent for years and intend to remain so.


-- Bob Fisher, Pagosa Springs, Colorado, February 15

'Bad for the country'

The Senate's decision to acquit Bill Clinton may well be the great watershed event in American history. I'm confident that history will show that the acquittal was bad for the country. When the guilty start getting away with crimes, logic suggests that the innocent will start being convicted of them. I'm very concerned for the future of this nation.

-- Randy Michna, Houston, Texas, February 15

'Soft on crime'

The vote rendered from the Senate trial to me showed just how soft on crime our government has become.

I see no serious damage to any institution or citizen rights for its leaders and citizens to demand that the truth and oaths given in a court of law be enforced and upheld.

The concerted effort to drum into the citizens' mind that this was a partisan issue and should not concern anyone who was not of the president's party went more towards his defense then any truth found in the hearings.

The party and the presidency would have survived just fine should William Jefferson Clinton have been found guilty of the crimes he committed.

He had a choice, he made the wrong choice, no one should be let off of the repercussions of their decisions.

It was about the rule of law, and the rule of law did not get the justice it deserved.


-- Donna Sprague, Barstow, California, February 15

'Only mistake'

A comment especially for Greta (Van Susteran) of "Burden of Proof:"

The only mistake the House Republicans made was to assume that there would be at least a few Democrats who would believe that perjury and witness tampering are high enough crimes that no president should be allowed to get away with them.

Obviously they were wrong.

-- A.H. Story, Coden, Alabama, February 15

'First coup attempt'

Well, my fellow Americans, round one of the Culture War is over. The first coup attempt in the history of the United States was lost by the instigators. The question remains, however, "What will the Republicans do next?"

It's quite simple, really. The enemy of the ultra right-wing in America has always been democracy. This damnable practice allows the majority of voters to decide who is elected to office. How revolting! Someone from the GOP needs, of course, to introduce legislation to limit voting to those with a good moral stance: white, wealthy males. There is no other way the values of good, God-fearing Christian radicals will ever decide policy in this morally bankrupt country.

Recently, however, some Republicans who still have some sense about them have begun to realize that sometimes large campaign contributions are not in their best interest. A larger group of Republicans will soon distance themselves from the "Tinky-Winky is Gay" crowd and go back to what the GOP has always done best: make MONEY -- the true religion in America.

To this end, I would like to make a prediction. Within a few short years, a new political party will arise in the U.S.A.: The American Conservative Party, the ACP. All the Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells will flock to this new organization with the enthusiasm reserved normally for suicidal lemmings. And maybe there, they won't cause us any more trouble.

-- Fred Ramsey, Columbus, Ohio, February 15


Voter's Voice: Clinton's acquittal (2-15-99)

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Clinton impeachment


Tuesday, February 16, 1999

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