Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Saturday, October 29, 2005

The False Moral Superiority of the Bush White House 

I feel justified giving this the first blue bar quote since before last year's election,

As a former Clinton aide, the indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby and the announcement that Karl Rove remains in the prosecutorial hot-seat gives me no schadenfreude. First because many of my fellow Texans in the Bush White House are friends of mine; others are acquaintances I've known for years. I feel their pain.

Second, because no one who loves the White House and reveres the presidency can take joy in seeing it besmirched. And third, because the ultimate result of the alleged criminal conduct was to march 2,000 young heroes off to die in an unjust, unwise, unprovoked and unwarranted war.

The plain fact is that after a seven year non-stop investigato-rama, no senior Clinton White House official was ever even charged with wrongdoing. Much less indicted. Much less convicted. In fact, the highest-ranking Clinton official to be convicted of wrongdoing in connection with his public duties was the chief of staff to the Agriculture Secretary. Betcha five bucks you can't even name the Clinton Agriculture Secretary in question, much less his chief of staff. Unlike Nixon (whose Watergate crimes were manifest), unlike Reagan (whose White House was corrupted by the Iran-Contra crimes), unlike Bush 41 (who pardoned White House aides and Cabinet officers before they could testify against him), Bill Clinton presided over the most ethical White House staff in decades.

... And yet George W. Bush campaigned on a pledge to "restore honor and decency to the Oval Office." He spoke of moms and dads on the campaign trail who showed him photos of their children and asked him to give them a president their kids could be proud of.

Now we learn that these Better People have turned the White House into a criminal enterprise. And that the purpose of that enterprise was to mislead the country into going to war. 2,000 Americans killed. 15,000 horribly wounded. $200 billion gone. And a Muslim world -- and a non-Muslim world, for that matter -- that hates our guts. Al Qaeda is recruiting terrorists faster than we can kill them. And there is no end in sight.

But thank God there were no blow jobs. They really are Better People.

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Erik, I always thought the Clinton "affair" bothered you moreso because Monica could have been a spy or could have blackmailed our Commander in Chief.

If you feel that way, I don't see how you can highlight this commentary as showing some kind of moral or even national security superior decisions by Clinton.
I think more of the possibility of Congressional Republicans blackmailing Clinton over the affair he was unwilling to be open about.

It's not debatable that that poor judgment pales in comparison to the institutionalized corruption of today's Republicans.
Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

What kind of Republican blackmailing would you be worried about? Hey, pass our tax cut proposals or we're gonna tell everyone about Monica!

She could have been a national security breech, which as you put pales in comparison to unproven allegations.
Are you trying to claim Democrats are just as corrupt as Republicans?
You think Democrats are saints? I've got a bridge to sell you!!


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