by Allen Snyder
July 27, 2003
First, they said it wasnt the sex, it was the lying.
Then they said it wasnt the lying, it was the lying under oath.
And with that pant-load of pseudo-logic, the right wingnuts excoriated, vilified, and tripped over each other impeaching Clinton for lying about his oral dalliances with that woman. Is became a word searching for meaning, Ken Starr made a fortune, but found nothing, and we learned way too much about Bill Clintons stamped package, secondary uses for cigars, and spunk-stained dresses.
Lately, considerable lefty press is comparing BushCos almost fully exposed lies about the Iraqi Oil Conquest to Clintons Monica-gate denials. You know, Clintons personal and potentially marriage-busting sex lies versus Bushs whoppers of death, destruction, intelligence failures, rosy economies, and trickle-down wealth (he swears its trickle down, not trickle on).
The outrage on the left is that while Clintons lies triggered a Pavlovian frothing at the mouth among Congressional wingnuts and Fox News losers, BushCos lies have created relatively little furor on The Hill, wingnut radio, mainstream TV news, or virtually anywhere else in this country. Although the situation is slowly improving, you can tell the rights heart just isnt in it. Hes one of theirs; warts, boff-o fund-raisers, and all.
The Clinton travesty serves as an excellent reference point for analyzing BushCos actions. The not-so-vast right wing conspiracys media and political machines maneuvered Clinton into committing perjury, a low-class felony, but a high crime for a sitting President. Whatever the case, it was Clintons lying under oath that had neocon veins popping and their collective skivvies in a twist.
On the surface, BushCos lies appear worse than Clintons, but BushCo spin-meisters imply theyre a different breed altogether. Technically, Bush is not under oath, not in court, not perjuring himself. National security, executive privilege, and a corral of convenient scapegoats are all he needs.
Ive said this before, Ill say it again. This is the most Constitutionally-deprived bunch that ever sat in the White House. They never saw an Constitutional Article they couldnt...well...they never saw a Constitutional Article. But if they did, theyd see theyre violating all sorts of them.
Bush isnt under oath, my ass!
An interesting passage in Article II, Section 1 reads:
"Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" (all emphasis added).
Dubya parroted this oath (with aid of cue cards, no doubt) when he received his cut from the 2000 presidential election heist. Too bad it didnt read I (state your name) do solemnly swear... so we could have all had a really good Animal House initiation belly-laugh.
Every time Bush opens his mouth, he does it under oath. Every time he opens his mouth, he lies. Therefore, every time he lies, he does so under oath. Such simple logic, even a conservative can understand it.
BushCo has made a mockery of the preserve, protect, and defend clause. Rather than actually do any of these things, Bush has turned a blind eye while the likes of Herr Ashcroft and Supreme Embarrassment Justices Scalia/Thomas (has anyone ever seen these two in the same room?) continually suck at it - slowly leeching our rights away.
In Dubyas favor, though, it does say to the best of my ability. Maybe the guy is just completely and utterly unable, incapable, incompetent, and the best of his ability amounts to what were seeing now. I have definitely gone to bed with happier thoughts.
Whatever the case, the wingnuts were compelled by whatever voices they hear to include lying about marital infidelity in their definition of high crimes and misdemeanors (see Article II, Section 4 of that document they never read for grounds for impeachment). Now they argue that BushCos lies dont fit the bill, dont live up to the basement-level impeachment standard they themselves set in their vendetta against Clinton, dont amount to high crimes and misdemeanors?!
To buy that crap, youd have to trick yourself into believing a handful of blow-jobs and the ensuing hoo-hah over them was worse (that could mean worse morally, practically, politically, ideologically or whatever you want it to mean) than lies that caused the deaths of tens of thousands of people, made the nation less safe, disrupted the world, perhaps beyond repair in some ways, and betrayed the trust of every American whether you voted for him or not. Quite the mouthful.
Or maybe theyre right. Maybe Bushs lying really isnt a high crime or misdemeanor after all.
Maybe its treason.
Allen Snyder is an instructor of Philosophy and Ethics. He can be reached at email@example.com This article is copyright by Allen Snyder and originally published by opednews.com but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media so long as this credit is attached.