The Starr Chamber
and the Future of American Democracy The Starr Report
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The dimpled darling
of the Religious Right and Big Tobacco released his X-rated report
to Congress. In his zeal to "get" the President, he did
not allow Clinton or his attorneys any of the due process afforded
Nixon and Reagan when they were being investigated for genuine abuses
of power. (No opportunity to preview the Report before its release---
even Gingrich was given a week to examine the ethics charges leveled
Next Congress---- all
the Republicans and some of the Democrats---- voted to dump this
one-sided material onto the internet before they had a chance to
read it themselves, much less digest and evaluate it. (Just curious:
I wonder how many of those voting YES on this also voted YES for
that dreadful "Communications Decency Act" a few years
So now we all know the
tawdry--- and frankly, boring--- details of Bill Clinton's latest
Zipper Problem---- from Monica's come-on display of her thong underwear
to the two-minute blow jobs in the presidential bathroom to . .
The ONLY reason for
the release of this report with its many gratuitous pornographic
details was POLITICAL. The Republicans hoped the American public
would have such a collective knee-jerk reaction that we would fail
to analyze those eleven counts for impeachment and would then----
a) demand Clinton's departure by resignation or impeachment
b) stay home from the polls in November or vote Republican.
So far it's not working!
The polls indicate that 62-66% want Clinton to remain in office
at the same time that they certainly do not condone his personal
behavior. (Nor do I.)
What happens if we
allow the Republicans to get a landslide in November?
God help what's left
of our democracy if we allow the Republicans to keep their majority
in the House and expand to a veto-proof majority in the Senate.
In that case we can expect:
---- tax cuts for the wealthy
---- welfare cuts for the poor
---- increased spending for the military ----- Hello, Star Wars!
---- less money for education
---- more money for prisons
---- privatization of Social Security
---- curtailment of Medicare
---- repeal of Roe v. Wade (recommended by Barbara Boxer's opponent)
---- defeat of the handgun bill
---- school vouchers
---- death and burial of campaign finance reform
---- reinstatement of offshore oil drilling (and other threats to
---- abolition of birth control clinics
---- the Istook Amendment or another threat to the separation of
church and state
---- a green light for the Tobacco interests
Remedy: GET OUT THE VOTE
IN NOVEMBER . . . . . . VOTE DEMOCRATIC Californians: Keep Barbara
Boxer in the Senate!
Does the Starr Report
contain grounds for impeachment?
Not for anybody who
can read Standard English!
Sure Clinton lied to the American people. (Not good, I don't approve.)
BUT lying to cover up a consensual sexual encounter is NOT in the
same class as Eisenhower's lie about the U-2, or Johnson's lie about
Tonkin Gulf (which precipitated our commitment to the Vietnam War
with the resulting death of 58,000 Americans, many times that number
of Vietnamese and the expenditure of $120 billion) or Nixon's lies
about _____________________ (not enough space to enumerate), or
the Reagan-Bush lies about mining the Nicaraguan harbor, aid to
the contras (in violation of the Boland Amendment), arms to Iran,