I opened this can of worms, and now I’m stuck with seeing it through to the end.
When I started this blog site, I looked at areas of discussion that would interest people and keep them engaged. These are generally the areas we are most passionate about. Politics is one of those areas. However, when I originally added politics, I was not necessarily thinking of political races for office. I was considering discussions that were political in nature. That is, discussions that revolved around the governance of society. Our laws, our freedoms, our methods of meeting needs as a society. This is the broader and, in my view, more important discussion. We all live in a society in one form or another. There are very few, if any, people on Earth today that are a society of one. And societies, by necessity, must have rules and regulations, and governance of those rules and regulations. And that is the important discussion.
However, given my previous post, I Am No Saint, and given the latest news reports, it would be disingenuous of me to leave things hanging as they are. So I will continue on down this path no matter how ugly it gets.
First of all, I actually did attend the portion of the President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton impeachment trial that was open to the general public, for the period of time I was allotted (and that was allotted to each person seeking to attend). I attended the trial for several reasons. First of all it was historical. President Bill Clinton is only the second U.S. President in history to be impeached. Neither of the two were removed from office (both were acquitted after Congress failed to gain the necessary two-thirds vote). Secondly, I was interested in the proceedings. It is not often in one’s lifetime that the opportunity affords itself to see government in motion in real-time. I was fascinated with the process and wanted a glimpse into the inner workings of the congressional process. And, as a bonus (if you can call it that), there were a lot of celebrities in the audience. We got to sit on the same row, about five or six people down from where Whoopi Goldberg sat (I’m pretty sure her views on the trial were the exact opposite of mine). Funny side story about that: We watched Whoopi come in and sit down. The person she sat next to greeted her when she arrived and they shook hands. After a couple of minutes she got up and left the chamber for a few minutes. While she was gone, the young man sitting next to the person that had shaken Whoopi Goldberg’s hand leaned over and whispered something to them. The person chuckled, nodded, and then shook the young man’s hand. I pointed it out to my wife at the time, commenting that obviously the young man wanted the opportunity to say that he had shaken the hand that shook Whoopi Goldberg’s hand (right after Whoopi had shook that hand).
So I was at the Bill Clinton impeachment trial (for a few minutes of it anyway) and know first hand, how seriously (or not so seriously) those proceedings play out. And it was serious. President Clinton was charged with perjury concerning his testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. And while he was acquitted of both charges (and thus not removed from office), the dividing vote (50 – 50 in the Senate on the Obstruction of Justice charge) speaks to the highly political nature of the proceedings.
It is a simple question. Did he willfully give false testimony while duly sworn before an appointed body concerning his relationship with a White House intern? I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, he did. And you can either agree or disagree with that, but the legal system spoke and we have our justice (or lack thereof) today.
The interesting thing to me is the political rhetoric at the time. The feminists who supported President Bill Clinton came out of the woodwork to decry the proceedings. They claimed that the President’s personal sex life was private, and of no concern to the people. They claimed it was consensual and that what two adults do is none of the business of the rest of us.
Today, Republican Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump is getting his own impeachment for perjury trial in the general media and free press of the United States of America. This stems from an answer he gave in the second Presidential debate with Former Secretary Hillary Clinton. When pressed by moderator Anderson Cooper about whether or not he had actually done the things referred to in his comments to Billy Bush, he replied “No, I have not.”
And, obviously in response to those words, several recent claims have been leveled against Mr. Trump that would seem to suggest that he was being somewhat less than honest (one such story here).
In effect, Mr. Trump is being tried in the media for perjury (interestingly enough, just like President Bill Clinton was tried before Congress for the same charge).
Now I personally find these charges to be ludicrous and comical in nature, but I will do my best to treat them as seriously as they possibly can be given the circumstances.
To begin with, I am actually shocked at the outrage over Donald Trump’s comments. I thought what a couple of guys talked about in private was between themselves and not any of the business of the rest of us, correct? Why is it that Mr. Trump’s talk concerning women is so far out of line as to be considered grounds for public persecution and Former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s words are not? And yes, I know, if it weren’t for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.
We allow flag burning in the United States of America. Protected by the courts (some of the highest in the land), as a right of free speech and expression. And flag burning means, the flag of the United States of America. The National Flag. Try that in North Korea, without getting shot.
And before the language police go to far, consider the fact that the inevitable outcome of limiting free speech, is to eventually restrict your own freedoms and liberties in the future.
And with that controversial thought, I’ve reached my self-imposed limit for a blog post. I purposefully set out to make my blog posts, readable, digestible, posts that one can read and contemplate in about five-minute sittings.
So ….. TO BE CONTINUED ……. In another post this afternoon.