For filing away in your For-What-It’s-Worth department, I recently received an email from someone who had either been directly invited to read my recent posting, “How Dare You, Mr. President,” or had come across it while surfing the net. He chose for some reason not to publish his comment for all to read, which was, “Clinton had oral sex in the White House. What a saint he was.”
I politely responded with a thank-you for this person’s message. In my response I said, “I hope that is an indication of your willingness to dialogue. I hope to hear back from you on this and that you will continue accepting the invitations that I send out to visit my blog.”
I’ve yet to hear back from this person and doubt now that I ever will. Oh well… The rest of my response was as follows:
Democracy in America, I believe, suffers by a polarization of political ideologies and a voting public that is unwilling to discuss their beliefs and opinions with those in the opposite camp. We, all of us, tend to listen only to those who reinforce our already-held persuasions and beliefs. So, over time, our reasoning becomes clouded. Overcoming this, if only in a small way, is the purpose of The World According to Opa. So, please consider posting future comments to my blog so that others might be able to respond as well.
Yes, Bill Clinton did this… “bad thing.” He has since acknowledged it. And though many Americans can find it in their hearts to forgive him (his wife certainly seems to have gotten over it — albeit perhaps for political reasons), many of us like yourself have not been able to. That, I think, is unfortunate. Regardless, I don’t quite understand how you think that it is relevant — how it ameliorates in any way what President Bush may or may not have done while he has been in the White House (a whole new subject of a future posting perhaps).
Remember, Clinton was not impeached by Congress for his extra-marital affair. He was impeached because there was a sufficient number of Representatives and Senators in the Congress at that time who wanted him embarrassed and discredited. He was impeached for partisan reasons. His crime was not adultery, which is not necessarily the same thing as a sin. His crime was lying about it under oath. This, though serious in my book, was not judged by the Congress to be serious enough to put him on trial. The original act, and the lie that followed, did not jeopardize national security, did not put any soldiers in harm’s way, did not cost the taxpayers any money (though it did distract Congress from the business they should have been tending to, and whose fault was that?), did not contribute to the National Debt, did not damage the environment, and did not break any international treaties. It did, however, destroy the reputation of a lovely, very bright young lady who, prior to the media coverage that ensued, nobody had ever heard of, and, since, nobody will ever be able to forget. This, I believe, was the Cardinal sin. And this sin was not Bill Clinton’s.
Recall the words of Jesus according to John 8:7 (NCV), “Anyone here who has never sinned can cast the first stone at her.” The message in this for me is that we are all human, therefore we are all sinners.
There was a time in America when, what went on in the White House stayed in the White House. Would that we could return to that time.
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