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Letter to President Clinton

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Taken from letter to "The Southern Star" (Ozark, AL) on 16 Sep 98 and "The

Dothan Eagle" (Dothan, AL) on 20 Sep 98. Written by Eric Jowers, a retired

Army officer living in Ozark, AL.

Dear Mr. President:

It's not about sex. If it were about sex, you would be long gone.  Just like a doctor, attorney or teacher who had sex with a patient, client or student half his age, you would have violated the ethics of your office and would be long gone. Just like a Sergeant Major of the Army, Gene McKinney, who, though found not guilty, was forced to resign amid accusations of sexual abuse.

Remember the Air Force General you wouldn't nominate to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff because he freely admitted to an affair almost15 years before, while he and his wife were separated?  Unlike you, he was never accused of having a starry‑eyed office assistant my daughter's age perform oral sex on him while he was on the phone and his wife and daughter were stairs. If it were about sex, you should be subjected to the same horrible hearings that Clarence Thomas was subjected to because of the accusations of Anita Hill. The only accusation then was that he talked dirty to her. He didn't even leave semen stains on her dress.

No, it's not about sex. It's about character. It's about lying. It's about arrogance. It's about abuse of power. It's about dodging the draft and lying about it. When caught in a lie by letters you wrote, you concocted a story that nobody believed. But we excused it and looked away.  It's about smoking dope, and lying about it, "I didn't inhale," you said.  Sure, and when I was 15 and my buddies and I swiped a beer  from an unwatched refrigerator, we drank from it, but we didn't swallow.  "I broke no laws of the United States," you said. That's right, you smoke dope in England or Norway or Moscow. where you were demonstrating against the U.S.A. You lied, but we excused it and looked away.  It's about you selling overnight stays in the White House to any foreigner or other contributor with untraceable cash. It's about Whitewater and Jim and Susan McDougal and Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and Vincent Foster and Gennifer Flowers and Paula Jones and Karen Willey and nearly countless others. It's about stealing records from Foster's office while his body was still warm and putting them in your bedroom and "not noticing them" for two years. It's about illegal political contributions.  it's about you and Al Gore soliciting contributions and selling influence at Buddhist temples and in the same Oval Office where Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt led their countries through the dark days of war that threatened the very existence of our nation.  But we excused you and looked away.  It's about hiding evidence from Ken Starr, refusing to testify, filing legal motions, coaching witnesses, obstructing justice and delaying Judge Starr's inquiry for months and years, and then complaining that it  has gone on too long.

The polls agree.  Thank goodness that Judge Starr didn't read the polls, play politics or excuse you and look away.  He held on to the evidence like a tenacious bulldog. Your supporters say that you've confessed your wrongdoings and asked for your forgiveness. Listen, what you said on TV the night you testified to the grand jury was not a confession. Confession in the face of overwhelming evidence is not a confession at all. Not that it would make a lot of difference. A murderer who contritely confesses his crime is still a murderer. When your "confession" didn't sell, even to your friends, you became more forthcoming. Maybe someday you'll confess more, but probably not. You've established such a pattern of lying that we can't believe you anymore.  Neither can your cabinet, the Congress or any of the leaders of the nations of the world. when a leader's actions defame and emasculate our country as profoundly as yours have, it's no longer a personal matter, as you claim. It's no longer a mater among you, your family and your God. By the way, I don't believe for a minute that Hillary was unaware of your sexual misadventures, abuses of power and pattern of lying.  She has been a party to your wrongdoings since Whitewater and Gennifer Flowers just as surely as she lied about the Rose law firm's billings and hid the Vincent Foster evidence in your bedroom for two years. Why? So she could share in the raw power that your office carries. The two of you probably lied to Chelsea, but that IS a matter among you, your family and your God.

Remember the sign over James Carville's desk during the 1992 campaign? It said, "It's the economy, stupid!" Place this sign over your desk: "It's about character, stupid!"

No, it's not about sex, Mr. President. If it were, you would be long gone. It's about character, but we have to live with your filth, lies and arrogance for a while longer. Your lies, amorality and lack of character have been as pervasive as they have been despicable, so we have no reason to believe that you will quietly resign and go away.  You'll count on half‑truths and spin doctors to see you through, the country be damned. It has always worked before. We excused you and  looked the other way. No more; we've had enough. You have betrayed us enough. You have made every elected official, minister, teacher, diplomat, parent and grandparent in the country apologize for you and explain away your actions. Now go away, and let us show them that our country was not without morals. It was just that your were. Let us show them that America was not the problem, William Jefferson Clinton was. Go away, Mr. President. Leave us alone. And when you leave, know that your legacy to the United States of America will be a stain on the Office of the President that is as filthy as the stain on Monica's dress. It will take a lot of scrubbing to make it clean again.

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