Thursday, November 18, 2004

Arkansas trailer trash

That's what the Clintons are, and more specifically, Bill Clinton. He defined his legacy with a stained blue dress, cop-a-feels on women he wasn't married to, and name but a scant few.

So now he has his own presidential library, and he's using it not for historical purposes...but for petty, childish, and myopic purposes. Specifically, for settling old scores.

This is not unexpected, of course. His memoirs (isn't it funny that a man who always testified that he didn't recall saying or doing anything can publish "memoirs"?) were nothing more than gratuitous PR work to try and rehab his disgraced image. So why shouldn't we expect the same when it comes to his library? For this man, it's always been about him!

Apparently the exhibits repeatedly take aim at Newt Gingrich, and one characterizes his impeachment this way: "The impeachment battle was not about the Constitution or the rule of law, but was instead a quest for power that the president's opponents could not win at the ballot box." Oh really? That sounds so neat and tidy, doesn't it? The problem is, it's a lie. The impeachment battle was about a sitting president of the United States lying under oath.

Here's the Cliff Notes version: Bill Clinton made a huge deal .. big ceremony and all .. out of signing a piece of legislation that gave women who were victims of sexual harassment on the job access to the federal courts. He then lied under oath in order to deny a women who was subjected to sexual harassment on the job her access to the courts under the very law he had signed with so much fanfare. If you believe that a president should be allowed to commit perjury in order to deny a citizen access to legal process, then you are beyond hope.

I think that Newt Gingrich's spokesperson pretty much got it right: "Why should anyone expect that a dishonest administration would produce an honest library? It looks like we have the first 'I pity me' presidential library." The library also has exhibits that attack Kenneth Starr, including one that says "Starr repeatedly expanded the scope of his investigation. Witnesses complained that Starr and his staff would threaten them with jail in an attempt to get them to change their stories. In January 1998, Starr began to look into the President's testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky." Another lie.... It was Janet Reno and a panel of judges repeatedly expanded the scope of his investigation, as the circle of corruption grew wider.

Our cursory look at the Clinton library hasn't yet revealed any exhibits about Clinton raping Juanita Broaderick, or the sexual harassment of Kathleen Willey or Paula Jones. Yeah...keep looking. After all, Clinton has never personally denied raping Broaderick, so why not make it a part of the library exhibits? Maybe a bloody pillowcase. No blue dress, either. The most corrupt presidency in the history of the United States now has a library that is being used to settle political scores.

Like I said...pure trailer trash. Note that damned near every person for whom he campaigned, that candidate lost. And though normal and decent America has since rejected him, Dems still treat him like a rock star...and wonder why they continue to lose elections!