(Bill Clinton, 1974, commenting on Watergate)
On August 17, 1998 the President of the United States confessed over national television that he had lied in regards to questions that had been asked him in a deposition, lied to his family and lied with respect to these matters in his communication with the American public. In recent months we have had our senses inundated with the Clinton scandals in media sources from ABC to Rush Limbaugh. The surface event seems clear enough. One side of the scandal says the president is lowlife or sleazy and ought to be removed from office. The other side says he didn't do as charged and, if he did, it is okay since he believes in family values and that was why he lied, to protect his family. Also, a little sex once in a while never hurt anyone. At least this is how the media paints the picture.
True to form, the president has charged that independent counsel Kenneth Starr has been going after him in regards to his private life and that should not be permitted. It is a wonder to behold how a president can make righteousness out of adultery. How a public employee can use a publically owned office on public time to fornicate with national volunteers and, yet, justify it on the basis that it is his private business, is beyond the comprehension of many people. The American public should be aware that this private scandal grew out of a lie on a court deposition. This is not a private matter but a legal one. The fallout of this lie was that it went into the president's private life.
The second thing that could be mentioned is that none of this would have gone anywhere if the president had simply told the truth early on. The decision was made to drag America through the mud and ruin her name internationally, all for the sake of personal pride. The president has shown that he will sacrifice even the whole nation for his own personal ambitions.
The issues on the surface concerning the president's morals seem like the primary issues, but they are not. Of course, some Americans would like to have those who represent them appear to have some sort of morality, but other Americans don't care. The president is one like unto themselves. They do the same things and to have a president who does those things, makes them feel pretty good about themselves. Great portions of the American public are in bed with just about anyone they can get in bed with, so this is not news neither is it new.
As I was writing this editorial I received a call from a young woman who shared with me how a minister in her church hypnotized her in a counseling session and used her sexually. She shared how she perceived that not only was she being used to satisfy his sexual desires, which were required of her from time to time, but she distinctly felt he was using her to destroy the church as well. This particular church I could mention prides itself as a commandment-keeping church. I have been around long enough to realize this is not an isolated case in this church or any other. This principle is clear. The immorality of leaders is not simply their own business. It not only destroys the integrity of the personal lives affected by it, it destroys the stability of the institution as well.
Our nation has become a nation of pretenders. We say, but we do not do what we say. The polls show that the nation as a whole seems not to be offended at this kind of behavior in its national leader. When our ministers of the gospel and our presidents who go listen to them with a Bible under the arm all corrupt themselves in lying hypocrisy and only admit it when they are forced to, how does one expect anything different from the people they lead and teach? But even though these things are horrible enough to those who consider them, the real issues are more far-reaching than this. American society hardly looks past this week's paycheck, so these cattle hardly know what is about to happen to them or what has happened to them.
Every society from the beginning of time has not been able to stand when its statements of ethics and its moral pronouncements have not been exibited in actual practice. Hypocrisy is the pin in the grenade. When the president walks into church each Sunday with a Bible under his arm, he is making a statement of moral stature. The Book under the president's arm says, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." When the president postures as a moral man but does not live as one, he, in effect, is working to collapse America into a heap of hypocritical ash. What will that collapse mean? It will mean that all of those wonderful little children he speaks about will fall with him. It means our families will be broken up. It means millions will be degraded and demoralized.
The attack near Waco is but a small token of what immoral men can do to people who offend their prideful positions. Our national infrastructure is replete with sleaze and corruption. Our national morals have hit rock bottom. It appears that John Gotti went to prison not because of his criminal activities, but because he was unfair competition and he was sent away so the real mob could look like it was protecting America.
This all begs the question, what about all of those honest folks doing their duty in government and keeping their lives circumspect? What of all the innocent little children who go to school every day with their lunches, recite their lessons and come home to Mom telling her of all the nice things that happened at school? What of those in the American armed forces who are as purposed as they can be with the best and most honest intentions in what they are doing? The answer is found in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It cannot be imagined that all of those hundreds and thousands of people, including little children in those cremated cities, were low and despicable people. They were not. They just followed low and despicable people and they reaped the effects of that.
So it is today. We may like to think that we are honest men who do not do bad things like the president. Some of us might like to think we are of a higher moral character. Nevertheless, if we place in office men who have no moral character or permit them to remain there, we are considered guilty along with them. The president is our national representative. He is implementing policies which will impact on the world, this nation, and each one of us particularly. We will not escape the results of the lies he tells and the effects of the morality he portrays.
Very recently we suffered as a nation the bombing of two of our embassies. Right away key national figures appeared before the television screens announcing they will find the perpetrators who committed this dastardly deed. They little consider that the perpetrators are they, themselves. Men do not blow up embassies for nothing. Blowing up embassies is not a national sport. Men are willing to die to exact revenge. That takes a measurable amount of commitment. They have a reason to blow up embassies and Washington's low moral state helps set the tone and purpose to get America out of their business. Immoral men can, without feeling, starve out the populations of other nations such as has happened in Iraq. These actions will have their backlash. So called "innocent" people will die because of it.
We are closer in proximity to Waco, Texas so some circumstances in regards to the Oklahoma bombing and its causes did not escape our notice, but we are much farther away from Africa and we do not understand all of the ramifications regarding violence against our country. There are people around the world who are outraged at American activities and some of this outrage is justified. Those honest, hardworking individuals within those bombed embassies did not escape the policies of their government. They paid with their lives for those policies. Do we for one moment consider that we will escape because the truly wicked are out there somewhere? We are responsible for this nation's activities. We bear the mark of support for them either in our foreheads (agreement) or in our hands (financial support or our vote). It does matter what we do. It does matter who we place in office and it does matter what they do in our name.
The Secretary of State and the President decried the terrorism of cowards. They openly mourned the death of our embassy employees with tears streaming down their faces. The president emotionally described the lives and purposes of the Americans who will no longer serve us. Why was no mention made of the thousands of Iraqi children starved to death because of American foreign policy which may have motivated the attack? Why were tears not shed for them? Why were their names not read? Why was American terrorism not decried as cowardly in regards to the suggestion as to the assassination of Saddam? Why was it forgotten that our president just recently requested funds from Congress to increase pressure to bring down the Iraqi government? Is that not state-sponsored terrorism? The self-righteousness of immoral men only guarantees the ever-increasing and escalating confrontation which finds no end until all are ruined by it.
Then again, all this is purposed. Men know only too well what causes confrontation and that purpose is being played out. This division and hatred perpetrated by those who rule this earth is purposed. Every side has their fires fanned. This serves the annihilation of them all. While we have smooth men ruling over us who speak smooth words in government and in the pulpits of the land, the true purposes of that smooth talk is to put the cattle to sleep until the slaughter. For it is written: "For they are a rebellious people, lying sons, sons who will not hear the instruction of the Lord; who say to the seers, 'See not'; and to the prophets, 'Prophesy not to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions'." Isa 30:9-10.
Recently the Russian ruble was devalued 30%. The international bankers gave the Russians permission for that. Most of us simply say, "ho hum". What happened was that the Russian people were just robbed of 30% of everything they had and American leadership supported that robbery. One moment the Russians had ten rubles in their pockets and the next moment they had seven. All this came at the stroke of a pen. How marvelous it is that the citizens of a nation roll over and play dead as easily as a dog when evil men play with their lives. So it is with our current situation in this country. Our money does not exist except on the ledgers and computers of the country. At any time any amount of money can be pirated from the people. We are led to believe we have money. In reality, we only have promises that national leaders break whenever they will. This is the reality of having immoral men and liars rule your country. It means that at the appropriate time you, yourself are expendable.
Immorality is far more involved than someone's bedroom. Sometimes it is simply portrayed in the feigned expressions of love and concern. Mike McCurry reported that the president was a little concerned because he hadn't had quite the time he needed to prepare for his appearance before the Grand Jury. Politics is surely sickening since nothing portrayed to the public is actual. Nothing is real. Everything is staged. Doesn't anyone know the truth anymore? What does he mean the president has not had time to prepare? How much preparation is needed to answer questions truthfully? If he needed more time, why did he go off and play golf over the weekend? Could he not have used that time to prepare? Ahhhhh, the wonder of lies! They just go deeper and deeper and get thicker and thicker.
NBC just hosted a poll that rated the president's approval rating at 70%. I think that says something of America if this poll is not a lie as well. If 70% approve of the president's White House policies, we are in a whopper of a jam. I sometimes wonder how these polls are padded to reflect the media bias. I just returned from reading the ABC News e-mails on the subject. Fully 90% of all respondents to their web site want the president out or impeached. 10% gave a weak or despairing "leave it alone." I have had no pollsters call me.
Just for a little reality check here, let us propose some reasonable questions based on these most recent events. The president has acknowledged his lie in the Lewinsky matter, but other subjects were not covered. Now that it is established that the president is a liar and he has acknowledged that fact, let us propose questions for him to answer in which he tells the rest of the story.
Has the president given us all the information concerning the Flight 800 disaster? How do we know that he has? We can never know since he is not a truthful man and neither are any of his lawyers or advisers. Everyone is working for political advantage and not for truth. Did a navy missile indeed blow up TWA Flight 800 and was it hidden because of the consequences that might come down if the American people knew about it? Was it a terrorist missile that destroyed the plane? Was the prospect of war not a politically desirable option at the time, therefore, a cover-up was used? Do these questions seem ridiculous and extreme? How can one know when men are not honest men? From now on our national foundation is sand. The flood will come and certainly there will be nothing to stand on.
What about the incineration near Waco? Is it true as the film Rules of Engagement show that the ATF used automatic weapons fire in the rear of the building, possibly cutting off a fire escape route even though government officials denied it? Was it the government agents who set off that fire as the film alleges? Did the president keep it quiet and lie about it to protect himself from the results of Americans knowing the facts about it?
Was the Oklahoma bombing a government sting gone wrong? Did the president hide that fact since it would reflect badly on him and his presidency if the people found out the full extent of it? How can we ever know if anything that comes from the White House is true now? We cannot know.
Are our national objectives and righteous pronouncements only to be relegated to the pile of wishful thinking and flattery? What we can know is that the nice men in government and in our churches say good words, but in their hearts there is all corruption and the bones of the dead.
What can be believed now? This is what has happened to America. It wasn't some sex act. It wasn't the president's private business. What happened is the wall of truth which has been this nation's protection has been torn down NEVER TO BE REBUILT!
Just try to believe anything again. See if you can ever do it. No, you cannot. You will always have a doubt. Is he telling me the truth or not? Here is a man who looked right into the camera, shaking his finger with a face full of righteous indignation claiming he never committed the act charged to him. Months later he reveals it was a lie and with the same righteous indignation said it was nobody's business. A minister preaches obedience to Christ on the Sabbath day and then uses his young ladies sexually the rest of the week. Does this not banish the monument of trust? While it is true cattle can be butchered and they seem to know what is coming when they are butchered, it is apparent that humans are far less able to register their fate.
The president is not an odd man out. This is the point. Our president is America. That is the shocking reality. That is the amazing revelation. The reason his popularity is so high is that most people are like him. He is not an apparition. He is normal for American society. He is the truth of America. That is why so many people, including the president ,blame Kenneth Starr for this terrible disaster rather than the man who commits the crime. It is like the murderer who blames the law or the court for his hanging rather than the fact that he murdered someone.
The people seem to be in a fog concerning the repercussions of dishonest men ruling their country. What it means is that nothing put out on the media can really be believed. It means your money only rests on the foundation of earthly liars and, at any time, your wealth and security will go out the window if it serves the purposes of those who wield the power of commerce. If they need to make a profit, it is you who will pay for it one way or another.
Our entire national infrastructure is based and founded on lies. National policies, our money and national goals are all based on pretense. No eyebrows go up when it can be seen that the stock market soars as Russians are robbed. We are a nation of thieves and we love to have it so.
Our armed government agents murder a church full of citizens and the president's popularity soars. Our national employee uses our money and time to seduce those under his care and lies about it under oath and his popularity soars. He starves a nation reducing its population 5% and his popularity soars. The nation lies at its lowest moral point in its history and his popularity soars. That is, the media is saying his popularity soars. Well, that little Book that Mr. Clinton carries under his arm when he attends church has something to say about that:
"And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her." (Revelation 18:1-8, KJV)
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