AN AUSSIE'S VIEW OF PRESIDENT CLINTON'S IMPEACHMENT - NOT (VIA THE INTERNET)

I am in almost terminal shock at the revelation by the Republican Party that a politician lied to the public. And it was such an important lie. So much more important than Jack Kennedy's firm statement that the U.S.A. was not involved in the Bay of pigs invasion. So much more important than Dwight Eisenhower's denial that U-2 spy planes were passing over Russia. So much more important thatn Lyndon Johnson's statement that a U.S. ship had been attacked by a North Vietnaese torpedo boat. So much more important than Richard Nixon's denial of any involvement with the Watergate burglary, and Ronald Reagan's lies about almost everything.

All of that is trivia. The Republicans have nailed Clinton on something that really matters: a sex act! An act that threatens the national security of the United States of America? I always thought a gentleman was supposed to lie about such things.

Surely you wonder what impression all this is creating in other countries. The whole thing has been summed up by a letter-to-the-editor in Australia.

In a letter to the Sidney Morning Herald, a writer nailed it in one line: "Thank God we got the convicts and they got the Puritans."


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