Skip to comments.My ''Friend'' Bill Clinton
Posted on 05/08/2003 11:43:26 PM PDT by nickcarraway
I received the strangest letter the other day from James Carville, Bill Clinton's old attack dog and political strategist. Here's what it said:
"Dear Friend, [t]hroughout the eight years of his presidency, you've been one of President Clinton's most loyal supporters. And I had the honor of helping to elect the man twice. So we have much to be proud of."
The letter goes on to ask me to affirm the following statement:
"I'm proud to have supported Bill Clinton during the eight years of his presidency and deeply appreciate what he accomplished for America and the world. Now, I would like to play a personal role in preserving his legacy and ensuring that it lives on."
Call it a hunch, but I think if Clinton were asked his opinion on this statement, he might suggest that I've done enough to contribute to his legacy -- especially considering the fact that it was my involvement in the Paula Jones case that led to his impeachment by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998, and his subsequent trial in the Senate in 1999.
I first met Bill Clinton in the early '70s when I was a law student at the University of Arkansas and he was a law professor there. He was also on the verge of running for Congress. I worked part-time for a small newspaper and sought Clinton out for an interview (which became the first political interview he ever did). During the course of the interview, I got to know him and liked him. At that time, Clinton was idealistic, as I also was, and wanted to see some real change in the world. So it was with sadness that I watched the scandals gather around Clinton like a foreboding storm -- not knowing in the beginning that I would again be drawn face to face with him.
It's been six years since the Rutherford Institute agreed to assist Paula Jones in her sexual harassment and discrimination suit against Clinton. What followed was a precedent-setting case that received widespread coverage in the national and international media. Never before had a president's sexual misconduct come under such close scrutiny. Clinton's videotaped deposition during the discovery phase of the case constituted the first time that a sitting president was questioned as a defendant in a court case. And, of course, Clinton's false testimony about his extramarital relations with Monica Lewinsky during that deposition resulted in only the second presidential impeachment trial in American history.
When I first decided to help Paula Jones, critics on both the right and the left attacked me. Since taking on that case, I have been questioned, called a liar, accused of trying to "get" the president and painted as a political right-winger with an agenda no less ambitious than bringing down the president of the United States.
To the contrary, the Rutherford Institute's involvement in the Paula Jones case stemmed from the fundamental principle that no person-not even the president-is above the law. As I have said before, the Jones case was about principle, not politics. And it raised many important issues, such as the importance of protecting women from workplace harassment, the role of the rule of law in our highest offices and the need for leaders with strong moral character and discernment.
In the end, Bill Clinton agreed to settle the sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against him, Paula Jones went back to leading a relatively private life, and Monica Lewinsky signed on with Fox to host some sort of dating reality show called "Mr. Personality." As for me, I have continued my work as a human rights attorney, fighting to defend constitutional freedoms whenever they are endangered.
I rarely think about Clinton anymore. So I was especially surprised to receive the letter from Carville. Evidently, it was part of a fundraising campaign for Clinton's Presidential Library and my name being on the mailing list was some sort of fluke. But it left me wondering exactly what Clinton learned from the Jones case and his time in the White House.
When our children and grandchildren study about that time in history -- when the first sitting president was compelled to testify about possible wrongdoing and obstruction of justice -- we will not be able to hide the facts, nor should we, from these young minds. But it would be a tragedy if this were all they learned about the 42nd president of the United States of America.
As one of the youngest presidents to leave office (just two years younger than Jimmy Carter when he returned to his peanut farm), Clinton still has a chance to establish some sort of a legacy. But first he must recover his dignity enough so that he can be taken seriously again. For instance, it is customary for a president to seek out the advice of the former president during a time of crisis, such as war. But, to my knowledge, George W. Bush has not so much as invited Clinton to the White House for a briefing on the war with Iraq -- at a time when Bush is virtually holding hands, here and there, with former Clinton ally Tony Blair.
In his letter, Carville claims the man he "worked for in the White House is not about to retire. It's just not in his nature. He's going to do something significant that helps people." If Clinton is truly concerned about his legacy, as Carville claims, and these are not just empty words crafted for a slick fundraising campaign, then it's time to get down to brass tacks and stop spinning his wheels with semi-frivolous pursuits like talkshows or his latest venture, a 10-week series of point/counterpoint debates on current affairs with former presidential hopeful Bob Dole.
I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that Americans are sick and tired of talk, talk, talk. It's time for some action. With the world in such sad shape, "The possibilities," as writer Jeff Jacoby notes, "are limitless."
Clinton could speak out in defense of human rights, or campaign for better health care in the Third World. He could become a college professor and lecture on arms control, international politics, and environmental issues. He could travel to war zones and mediate cease-fires. He could support programs to make farming in stricken countries more productive. He could write books -- and they needn't all be political. He could write about aging, or try his hand at poetry, or even attempt a novel. He could monitor elections in fledgling democracies. He could teach Bible classes. He could work on his relationship with his wife. He could build furniture. Or make wine. Or take up skiing. Or climb Mount Fuji. Unrealistic? Not the sort of things ex-presidents do? Maybe not most ex-presidents. But Jimmy Carter has done them all.
If Clinton really intends his most important legacy to be, as Carville describes it, "something truly important that will help people and improve their lives," then there's no time to waste.
But I do think he could take up skiing. Perhaps one of the Kennedys can show him that "football on skis" thing they do.
Clinton could help people and improve their lives by slinking off into a cave in Arkinsaw and never showing his face nor uttering another word in public ever again.
His legacy is already established- one of corruption, treason and graft on a massive scale... Oh, and let's not forget the dereliction of duty, leading to 9/11....
May he live a long, miserable life... With the ultimate punishment a narcissist can suffer- insignificance.
Well, most people would have taken the hint and left it at that, snake-face.
No doubt, however, that Carville's legacy is preserved for all posterity.
Registered, I know your work is shown on strangecosmos.com. Could you please look into this and ask them to either correct the attribution and add the copyright or remove it? Thx.
"Free Republic is one of those groups obsessed with the Clinton era."
hillary clinton A SECURITY RISK: Removal Calls Begin
Utter-Failure clintons Concoct Left-Wing-Radio Scheme FIG LEAF
Flower Children Fall for the 2 Self-Evident Thugs & Opportunists Yet Again
(Liberals have always had problems figuring out causation)
THE CLINTONS--AMERICA'S BIGGEST BLUNDER: Hear Bush 41 Warn Us--October 19, 1992
Actually we'll have to get a ruling on that - but I believe it is stated clearly in the by-laws that a daily mention of Satan and her slime must be accomplished. Sorry.....
For the author of this article to think that Clinton cares about anybody else but himself is an awful stretch.
Some Topics There:
US INTEL STATUS
LIES & DECEPTIONS
ABUSE OF POWER
BREACH OF TRUST
REMEMBER THE DEAD
PROFILES FROM FR THE FREEREPUBLIC
If Mr. Whitehead or anyone else want this man's true legacy ... spend a couple of weeks there. He is an enemy of truth, liberty and everything we hold dear ... well beyond the insepid carryings on with Monica Lewinsky which were nothing more than a small outgrowth of his carnal, selfish, power mongering, perverted and traitorous nature.
|clin-ton (clint n) [after Bill Clinton, late 20th century disbarred U.S. president whose administration is remembered primarily for impeachment, corruption and scandals.
Commonly referred to as:
DIRTPOTUS Disbarred Impeached Rapist Treasonous President Of The United States]
and as Clinton bin Lyin
--n. 1. Any lewd advance towards a person of the opposite gender, usually involving touching
*The boss did a clinton on his defenseless secretary* 2. Any instance of speech or conduct involving calculated deception
*The press conference on Kosovo was a real clinton* 3. Clintonitis A virus enduring all immune-system countermeasures of rejection
*Clintonitis is like a case of a sexually transmitted disease that just won't go away. The full extent of the pernicious aliment politicus Clintonitis, long unmentionable in mixed company, has intruded in full disgusting conspicuousness upon the national consciousness. * 4. clintonoid To adhere to, defend and support blindly, regardless of evidence, to speak with guile and malice; possessing the worst attributes of the First Felon
.* The clintonoid presstitutes, Brokaw, Jennings, Rather, Rivera, continued to spike all news detrimental to the administration.* --vt. 1. To grope a person of the opposite gender in an unwelcome, unwanted manner
*He tried to clinton the mans wife* 2. To communicate in a manner which clouds the truth by omitting essential information, or by playing with the meaning of words, or by other such deceptive means
*He clintoned his answer so much that nobody understood it* 3. To shamelessly promote a falsehood as the truth
*"Ken Starr out of control," clintoned the media. President Bushs Economy was the worst in the last 50 years was largely clintoned by the mainstream press * --vi. 1. To act in a boorish manner while self- righteously maintaining the appearance of dignity
*He continued to clinton while the polls held up* --adj. 1.Characterized by sleaziness or deceptiveness, lacking moral guidance
*It was a classic clintonian response* or *Americas downfall was due to the clintonization of society* 2. To foster divisiveness among races, creeds, genders, generations, classes, occupations, political parties
*The clintonized warring factions were not willing to enter peace talks* 3. Clintonesque - adj. describing a deceptive use of language via careful parsing of words to render a sentence meaningless or intentionally opposite of it's obvious meaning. Eg. ("To answer the question "Is he having an affair?" with "No, he's having lunch."
Bill Clinton's letter to Col. Eugene Holmes, Director of the ROTC program at the University of Arkansas ..3 December 1969.
"Clinton's Somalia Fiasco" --Ranger's letter to WSJ
Source: Wall Street Journal; Published: August 16, 2002; Author John Belman
I love being with a bunch of people who are informed. Some of these gals are in their 80s and they know everything that is going on in the news, knew everything Clinton and Hill were up to.... Fascinating to talk to them, as compared to trying to carry on a converstaion about current events with people who pay no attention to what is going on in the world.
Had lunch with a dear friend Tuesday and when I talked about Sen. Byrd her eyes glazed over, she didn't have a clue whom I was talking about. sigh.... [That same friend had lunch with Clara Harris the day before Clara ran over her husband David - they were old friends - both from Columbia SA]
Oh well, off to the party now!!!!!!!!!See you guys later on the WWW
Barb in Texas
This is just sickening.
Well, I will give Mr. Whitehead credit for being an optimist. He seems to be concerned for Clinton as a person and I guess I can't fault him for that. But the first step on the road to individual redemption has to be the willingness to see one's faults and a desire to change so as to rectify (or at least try) those shortcomings. IOW, see it like it is and tell it like it is (to oneself, as a start). So far, I have not seen this in Bill Clinton. For one thing, he still thinks that everything is about him and for him. He (and Hillary, too) needs to realize that the world doesn't revolve around them, that there are other people out there of equal or better worth than they. A little humbleness of spirit would be the place to start.
I know (from personal experience) that this is a hard road to walk, especially for those (like me, and Clinton, and many others, if we're honest) who have outrageously large egos. But the old platitude, vincit que se vincit, I think is true. I'm not optimistic he can do it, but if he does, he'll be better off, and might attain some measure of personal (and public) redemption.
Extra special hugs to you, Jeff, for the new user interface on the DSL!
I'm sure you'll be refreshed after that luncheon, buffyt! It sounds exciting. Good for y'all!
Hari-Kari is a would be a good start.......
He probably thinks that Hari-Kari is a stripper he hasnt nailed yet.
That jumped out at me, too. Sometimes the jokes write themselves...
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