Sunday, June 29, 1997

Bill Clinton - The "v-chip" President?

By Richard Petersen

What will Clinton be remembered for?

As Bill Clinton moves toward the closing chapters of his presidency, what will he be remembered for? Some things come to mind ... a failed national medical insurance program, failure to stand up to the military over gays. Perhaps most significant is his vigorous attempt to kill first amendment freedoms in cyberspace [Clinton vs. the First Amendment] and an aborted attempt to assert special privilege for himself [Paula Jones]. To "v-chip" the world [Statement] and make conversation on the Internet "limited to that which would be suitable for a sandbox" [Supreme Court Opinion]. What will Mr. Clinton do in his remaining term? Continue to pander to an American population hysterical over sex and loss of "parental" control? He certainly will not get any points in the history books for continuing the failed "war on drugs". Perhaps Mr. Clinton suffers from a simple lack of courage which causes him to need approval [Shrinks] from others and prevents him assuming a leadership position.

"The incident itself, which is the first killing of an American civilian by troops since the armed forces were stationed along the border eight years ago, remains shrouded in extraordinary legal contention." ... "The marines left their observation post, they stalked him, they came onto private property," said the Rev. Mel LaFollette, a retired Episcopal priest and friend of the Hernandez family. "And then they killed him." --NY Times, June 29, 1997

The Story of a Man now in Prison for 93 years for growing marijuana to fight his chronic pain condition! Also $65,000.00 in Fines and Court Costs! This case cost $100,000.00 to defend --the story of Will Foster

Miscellaneous comments from previous versions of this page ...

Bill Clinton, will he be remembered as a great president or as a smalltime Arkansas politician who got in over his head? Many of the issues surrounding the President concern his leadership qualities. Does he have the guts to stand up to Jesse Helms over Cuba? Sometimes he seems to be lecturing Americans as if they were schoolkids and he was their teacher. He seems powerless to affect the Israeli treatment of Palestinians even though US taxpayers subsidize Israel to the tune of $2 billion dollars annually. His aids seem more interested in spin control than in truth. One wonders whether he associates with anyone not willing to slip him $10,000. Federal policies toward drugs and terrorism seem more fitting in Nazi Germany than in a Jeffersonian democracy. Building jails, arresting 1,000,000 citizens a year for marijuana possession and making everyone go through an hour long security check to board a plane seem the height of stupidity. While 40,000 people per year are dying in auto accidents, not many are affected by "terrorist" incidents. If you really want to protect us from "terrorists", a better policy might be to have the Federal Government act toward the world (and it's citizens) in a way in which people would not even think of wanting to attack this country.

As for China, it's time to stop lecturing them, work toward building better relations and look at abuses of human rights here in the United States.

Good luck on your new term, Bill, and hope you have the courage to do some of those things which people remember a great president for.

In a brief talk before putting me to work writing a draft for his victory statement that night, Clinton mentioned that he had just read a book I'd written urging the Democrats to return to their roots as economic populists. "I agree with you about populism," Clinton said. "But we can't lead with class struggle. We have to be pro-growth populists." --Feeling his Way - By David Kusnet

Clinton is at midcourse. Will there be a midcourse correction? A thing must first have a shape for the shape to be correctable. How does one "correct" a chaos? In last fall's election, though Clinton won 49 percent of the vote, according to a Time/CNN poll only 14 percent of those voting said they agreed with his positions -- and one wonders how even those few divined what those positions are. --The Clinton Principle - By GARRY WILLS, New York Times, January 19, 1997

The central claim of the case: that Clinton, while governor of Arkansas, exposed himself and made lewd advances to Paula Corbin Jones, then a state employee, in a Little Rock hotel suite on May 8, 1991... could compel Clinton to answer numerous embarrassing pretrial questions under oath. Such as: Did you expose yourself to Paula Jones and request oral sex, as she alleges? Did you regularly use state troopers to procure women for you? Who were those women? Do you have any distinctive genital characteristics, as Jones says you do? ... But to create a special personal privilege for a president, Davis says, would "violate the precept that no man in this country is so high that he is above the law." --At issue: Limits of the presidency January 11, 1997, By Aaron Epstein, Free Press Washington Staff (Full Text Of Paula Jones' Complaint)

In California, Proposition 215 (Medical Use of Marijuana) got 5,382,915 votes, while Bill Clinton got 5,119,835 votes in the Nov 6 election. One would think that Mr. Clinton would be a little more careful in so blatently using the power of the Federal Government against the will of the people in California. ... unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ...

The anxiety is bipartisan, ecumenical. "It's almost a cliché it's so pervasive," says Andrew Kohut, director of The Pew Research Center, an independent polling outfit in Washington, DC. "In general, people used to be hopeful about the future. They assumed things would get progressively better. Now, they worry intensely about everything related to the future. They sense a sort of Š unraveling." --The War Against the Future - By John Heilemann, Wired, 4.06

In an essay reprinted in the May 27th issue of The New York Times, Ari Shavit, an Israeli columnist, reflected sorrowfully on the wanton Israeli killing of more than 100 Lebanese civilians in April: "We killed them out of a certain naive hubris. Believing with absolute certitude that now, with the White House, the Senate, and much of the American media in our hands, the lives of others do not count as much as our own..." --CNS - June 13, 1996

He said that as a child he could hardly have imagined meeting the pope, adding that he was grateful he had been received in so "friendly" a fashion and the meeting had left him with "an unforgettable impression." --Pope accepts Castro invite - One wonders what Madeleine Albright thinks of this given her expressed dislike of Mr. Castro.

He suffers from chronic laryngitis, caused by allergies and the leaking of stomach acid into his throat... --Presidential Trivia - from the Detroit Free Press

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