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Congress: Give Back Our Country

Updated on December 11, 2017
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Graduated NYU in 1964. Worked in NYC for 2 years in public relations then as reporter and editor before retiring from The Hour newspaper.

Right Wing 'Gotcha' Politics

Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton
Monica Lewinsky and President Bill Clinton | Source

President Bill Clinton


Our country is in trouble -- and it's not because of the manufactured attack on the president variously referred to by the media as the Clinton Scandal, the White House Crisis or the (Monica) Lewinsky Affair.

Our country is in trouble -- not because President Clinton had an affair and lied about it, and not because Republicans and Democrats are at loggerheads over the whole question of impeachment.

Our country is in trouble -- because too many Americans have been hoodwinked by anti-Clinton, anti-Democratic extremists who are willing to discard the American way for their own agenda.

Right-wing Conspiracy

Ordinary citizens -- Democrats and Republicans alike -- understand as Hillary Clinton does, that the so-called scandal is nothing more than a politically inspired right-wing conspiracy to change the results of the presidential election. But the conspiracy does not involve the majority of honest, patriotic, right-thinking Republicans.

The idea was clearly developed with the presidential campaign of George Bush. Bush and his advisers, aware that Clinton is part of a generation that was brought up amid the flower people, free love, drugs and the Vietnam War, decided they could gain votes by attacking Clinton's character.

Right-wingers were devastated by Bush's defeat. They stepped up their rhetoric against Clinton and were obviously successful in promoting their strategy with Bob Dole. Dole fell for it hook, line and sinker, and made it the hallmark of his campaign.

Dole's campaign inspired right-wing efforts to investigate every aspect of Clinton's life, beginning in Arkansas, when Clinton was governor. People started coming out of the woodwork to provide the Republican Party with gossip, rumors or anything that might be used against Clinton.

They Got Lucky

They got lucky! Not surprisingly, they found something they could pursue relentlessly without seeming to be holier-than-thou. After all, sex outside of marriage is wrong, isn't it?

Right-wing extremists and some holier-than-thou Democrats are scratching their heads, however, wondering why average Americans show up in the polls in sympathy with Clinton. They don't understand that their all-out attack on a trumped up issue -- even if it is true -- is fundamentally unfair. It's overkill in the extreme and, more importantly, does not rise to the level of impeachment. Not even close.

Voters Had Enough!

More and more individuals and groups have had enough! They stood by for a while because it is not possible to defend some of Clinton's conduct. But it's now clear that Ken Starr took the issue to political extremes, and that the Republican leadership in Congress is trying to make political hay of private matters.

Each of us know that a well-funded 4- or 5-year investigation of our lives could easily come up with at least one transgression that would "impeach" us.

Right-thinking Americans everywhere would do well to demand that Congress drop any impeachment inquiry and give us back our country!

I wrote this column as a "My View" for The Hour newspaper of Norwalk, Conn., on Oct. 10, 1998. I now write my views on a wide variety of topics on HubPages.

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      William F Torpey 7 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I agree wholeheartedly, JamaGenee. Ken Starr and the majority of Republicans (some, like Sen. Barry Goldwater, had a little more wisdom in this case) went way overboard as usual in doing their darndest to force Bill Clinton out of office. Bill and Hillary were put through the mill, but came out shining like diamonds.

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      Joanna McKenna 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Ken Starr spent $50 million of OUR money on this witch hunt which, in fact, did result in Bill Clinton being impeached but NOT removed from office, the purpose of Starr's in-depth "investigations" in the first place. In spite of having every facet of their past and present lives minutely examined, both Clintons were able to get up every morning and perform their duties as President and First Lady. For that they earned my undying admiration. That they accomplished as much as they did while living under Starr's harassment 24/7 shows how badly he misjudged the mettle of his targets.

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I believe we do have a choice, gjcody. No one will ever find a candidate or a political party that agree 100 percent with one's positions and beliefs, but that's the nature of the two-party system that I believe made this country great. Today that translates into my full support for the Democratic Party and for Barack Obama in the November elections. Briefly, the warmongering and bull-headed "Bring 'em on" attitude of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney -- combined with downright incompetence (Katrina, Social Security) -- make the choice rather easy for me. I have watched the political scene closely since President Roosevelt defeated Tom Dewey in 1944. Theodore White's "The Making of a President" (1960) was a highly popular book and covered the Kennedy-Nixon campaigns that I observed very carefully and remember very well. I had supported Adlai Stevenson until Kennedy won the nomination at which time I became an ardernt Kennedy supporter. "They" are "us." Many of my hubs discuss these issues, but if you were to read only one I would say you might find this one most relevant to our discussion:

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      gjcody 9 years ago

      You got it ...Bill ..thank you for your response.  I will definitely read your hubs I love politics.  I am sure we do have differences ...that is why they make vanilla and chocolate.  Choices are great.  My concern is do we have a choice.  What is your take on that?  Do you know about the book "The Making of a President?"  It ia an old one ...I do think they give us what the majority are looking for and by the way ...who are "they?"  Have you addressed this in any of your hubs?

      Just wondering ...again ..thank you Bill, and look forward to a great connection.   My best to you and your health!

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      As you can tell, gjcody, I share your love of politics. In fact, the majority of my hubs are of a political nature. I don't expect everyone to agree with my political observations, but I'm happy if my views are read and considered. I see you are very interested in nutruition. If you were looking for a model of poor nutrition I would be perfect for that. Bill Clinton was far from perfect, but he gave us 8 years of prosperity despite the constant efforts of the GOP to bring him down. Please do call me Bill (I use William F. only because that was my byline at the newspaper for many years.)

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      gjcody 9 years ago

      William ..good hub.  I love politics.  I may not think exactly like you ...but I do agree that we do need to pay attention. 

      I really got interested in politics when it hit my business of nutrition.  Now I know we all are interested in oil at the present time ...but believe me when we are paying attention to surviving ...they (who ever they are) are up to no good.  You can bet on it.

      The nutrition is sort of like Dem and Rep either believe in it or you would rather go the route of medicine matter what the side effects are ...and that is a sad thing.

      I won't continue or this would turn into a hub ...but I myself do not believe we even have a choice put me on what ever side you think that belongs. I too, would like to be a king for a day.  I would certainly clean house.  And to really add some fuel to the fire ...I think the Monoca L. thing was just a slap on the hands because Bill was not doing what he was suppose to be doing for the big guys (who ever they are).  Just food for thought ...good hub

      My best to you and may I call you bill :-))))

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Naturally, Shadesbreath, I'd like everyone to agree with me. Aside from that, it's my hope that my columns will inspire people to give more thought to the topics I discuss. You couldn't do any worse as King than King George has done for the past seven and one-half years. The king is dead; long live the King.

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      Shadesbreath 9 years ago from California

      Frankly, they should just make me King for about six years and I could straighten it all out.  Probably won't happen though.  William F., I must confess to disagreeing with you on some of this, BUT, I am glad to see people who are involved.  I think if more people were digging into what went on, no matter what angle they approach it from, the whole system would be running far, far better than it is.  I'm assuming you'd feel the same if they tried to get Bush with any zeal as well?

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      William F Torpey 9 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      You don't need to comment, Bob, because I know exactly what you would say!

      ColdWarBaby, The way things are going today you're right, the Democrats, at least, apparently never heard of impeachment -- but the right wingers know all about it. I'll give you 10 to 5 that the next Democratic president will be fighting off impeachment efforts by the GOP (maybe for jaywalking!)

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      ColdWarBaby 9 years ago

      Impeachment? What's that? I don't think there's any such thing in America, is there?

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      Bob 9 years ago

      Bill , I dare not comment. You know my thoughts.