Commentary from a Sibling Nation
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 99 11:19:11 -0800
Subject: Commentary from a Sibling Nation
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(This comes from Australia...)
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 than Lyndon Johnson's statement that a U.S. ship had
been attacked by a North Vietnamese torpedo boat. So much more important
than Richard Nixon's denial of any involvement with the Watergate burglary,
and more important than 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."
© 1999 Peter Langston