Letter to the Editor: Bill Clinton’s role in the decline of moral standards in politics

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OPINION — Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, must shoulder some of the blame for the current widespread sexual abuse of women by politicians in the nation’s capital.

Clinton’s sexual predation while serving as an elected official began when he was the Arkansas attorney general.

Later as governor, he sexually assaulted Paula Jones who went public. Clinton’s wife and the media underplayed his infidelity and his party backed him through his campaign for president.

While in the White House, Bill Clinton had multiple sexual encounters over two years in the Oval Office with an intern named Monica Lewinsky, a subordinate. She provided details and evidence of the affairs. Another woman, Kathleen Willey, a campaign worker, claims she was raped during Clinton’s first term as president in November 1993.

As a result of lying under oath and sexual criminal assault charges Bill Clinton was impeached (see Ed. note). During the impeachment proceedings, another woman Juanita Broaddrick came forward and reported that Clinton had raped and physically assaulted her in her hotel room causing injuries to her face. News services knew of the charges at the time but chose not to report it during the impeachment hearings.

Clinton’s own party failed to vote for his removal from office and Democrats went on later to nominate his wife for president. Had Hillary (Clinton) been elected it would have put Bill with her in the White House where he could prey on other women subordinates.

The criminal disregard for the rights of women by a sexual monster in high public office set a precedent of permissiveness for elected officials. Just this week Sen. Franken and Vice President Biden have been accused of inappropriate acts against women. Hollywood backer and friend of the Clintons, Harvey Weinstein, has recently been exposed as a sexual predator. An MSNBC host spoke out this week about Clinton’s complicity in the current sexual mess in Washington.

Had Bill Clinton been punished, the moral standard might have been set higher. A clear message would have been sent that sexual crimes against women will not be tolerated in our elected officials.

Clinton’s apologists must not say “Bill had sex with a lot of women, so what?” These were real women with names who had their lives changed forever by Clinton’s selfish acts. He walks free and they are victims of his crimes.

Written by CRAIG DAVIS, Washington City.

Ed. note: Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1998, acquitted by the Senate in 1999.

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24 Comments

  • comments November 21, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Yup, and now the leader of the free world is ol’ Mister “grab ’em by the p****” himself. I think craig davis in at least one of his many many many letters has stated he is a fan of the donald, so I wonder how in his little head does he rationalize that this donald… is really any different than ol’ slick willy in regards to this sort of thing?

  • bikeandfish November 21, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Cherry picking history doesn’t serve our country well. Clinton was clearly a predator but its also clear that it happened before him. George HW Bush, Clinton’s predecessor, has been accused and apologized. I would wager there has been more in the White House’s history.
    Clinton apologist have definitely tarnished the moral high ground democrats claim to possess but republicans chose to carry that torch even further by electing Trump who brags about his own sexual predation. Both parties have predators they need to purge right now.

    • dodgers November 21, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      When did our President Trump brag about sexual predation? While president or years ago?

    • mesaman November 21, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      I guess I have forgotten the bragging of the President, bikey. Maybe you could enlighten us a little and recall specific times and events you are claiming. You wouldn’t want to be known as a damn liar would you?

      • bikeandfish November 21, 2017 at 11:53 pm

        You know the video, you just likely call it “locker room talk”.

        His exact words, “I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
        Grab ’em by the p*%$#. You can do anything.”

        He bragged in 2005 with Howard Stern (the same place in which George Takei admitted his own predatory behavior) that he preyed on beauty contestants. ““Before a show, I’ll go backstage and everyone’s getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it,” he said. “You know, I’m inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good.” “You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’” he continued. “And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that.” One of those contestants was 15 and has admitted Trump walked in on them while naked.

        “Another who was 17 at the time recalled that it seemed Trump felt “it was his given right… because he owned the pageant.” “At the time, you’re a teenager, you’re intimidated — it’s Donald Trump, he runs the pageant,” she said.

        Read the language in his words and those of his victims. Predators are men who believe they can “get away with things like that” and “do anything” with impunity. The victims explicitly talk about the role of “intimidation”.

        Neither side really wants to hold their own accountable in most situations. Alabama is likely about to elect a known child molester. Democrats defended Bill Clinton for decades. But feigning ignorance on Trump’s predatory behavior is laughable.

        • ladybugavenger November 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm

          It is true, women will let a celebrity or a man with power or a man with money do things to them that they wouldn’t let a poor man do. Just a bunch of money seeking whores.

          Get it together women!

      • bikeandfish November 22, 2017 at 12:01 am

        You know the video, you just likely call it “locker room talk”.

        His exact words, “I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
        Grab ’em by the p*%$#. You can do anything.”

        He bragged in 2005 with Howard Stern (the same place in which George Takei admitted his own predatory behavior) that he preyed on beauty contestants. ““Before a show, I’ll go backstage and everyone’s getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it,” he said. “You know, I’m inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good.” “You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’” he continued. “And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that.” One of those contestants was 15 and has admitted Trump walked in on them while naked.

        “Another who was 17 at the time recalled that it seemed Trump felt “it was his given right… because he owned the pageant.” “At the time, you’re a teenager, you’re intimidated — it’s Donald Trump, he runs the pageant,” she said.

        Read the language in his words and those of his victims. Predators are men who believe they can “get away with things like that” and “do anything” with impunity. The victims explicitly talk about the role of “intimidation” and a hideous type of trespass.

        Neither side really wants to hold their own accountable in most situations. Alabama is likely about to elect a known child molester. Democrats defended Bill Clinton for decades. But feigning ignorance on Trump’s predatory behavior is laughable at best and reveals a rather dangerous set of values at worst. There are 16 women with explicit accounts of his predatory behavior, from rape to harassment.

      • comments November 22, 2017 at 3:29 am

        have you two dullards been living under a rock or what? Let me paraphrase the donald from memory here: “when you’re a celebrity you can do whatever you want (to women)””you can grab ’em by the p****.” This said by a guy well into his sixties. Could it be any clearer to you dullards?

        • mesaman November 22, 2017 at 10:11 am

          Gee, common person, maybe you and bikie can tell the difference between what a president said, when he was a president, and what he said when he was just an ordinary billionaire citizen. Your knee jerk liberalism is interfering with your logic, as lacking as it may be. Why don’t the two of you simply vocalize the fact that you are liberal, socialist, antifac, democrat loving dung beetles and be done with it. I question whether you can actually tell the difference between scat and shinola.

          • bikeandfish November 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm

            Swing and a miss.

            My original comment: “republicans chose to carry that torch even further by electing Trump”. Clearly the context was Trump even before the election, not the goal post you moved. And Trump’s character and sexual predation was well established before the election and any person, not living under a rock, who voted for him knew and accepted his behavior. The only question that remains unanswered is how long voters will justify or try to disguise that fact.

          • comments November 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

            “what he said when he was just an ordinary billionaire citizen”

            You’re an old lunatic, m&m. Your brain is turning to mush. I don’t know if it’s dementia or just brain rot. “just an ordinary billionaire citizen” hahahahaha. Bike, you know what’s scary is that not too long ago m&m was a “respected” teacher at dixie state–in the psych dept or something. just amazing

  • hiker75 November 21, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Why make this a political issue? For the most part, sexual misconduct is an issue that stems from a testerone ruled society. It happens across political and religious lines. Men and women need to join forces to fight the battle to stop it. Accusers should be allowed to disclose violators. Many settlements protect the violator with a disclosure clause.

  • theone November 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Oh Craig, doeth thee not understand human behaviour? Back in biblical times, it was rampant behaviour which was and still is condoned in the bible.
    This is nothing new so you squaring the blame on one individual for something that’s been around for thousands of years is dishonest and delusional.
    The good news is, we’re getting better at finding our moral compass because of lessons learned. Do we still need work, absolutely! This has nothing to do with politics or party (both have the same dirty laundry) and more to do with power and wealth. You republicans are some kind of nuts these days.

  • bikeandfish November 21, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Yep, for decades husbands could legally rape their wives because of biblical justifications.

    • dodgers November 21, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Where and When did this occur?

      • bikeandfish November 21, 2017 at 11:40 pm

        Marital rape was legal in the US until 1993, when North Carolina and Oklahoma finally removed the exemption from their books. Married women were not considered to be legally in control of their bodies until women challenged existing law in places like New York (People v Liberta; 1984) and Alabama (Merton v State; 1986). In fact, “The Model Penal Code” explicitly stated that rape was “A male who has sexual intercourse with a female not his wife”. The distinction was intentional and defended throughout history. Its been defended by biblical text in Corinthians that “The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does.” (It says the inverse as well).

        Nothing new with this critique.

        • ladybugavenger November 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm

          Your bible scripture is out of context. If the man was obeying God then he wouldn’t be raping his wife. And the wife would be submissive to him.

          But men follow themselves and not God and rape their wives so they had to make a law.

          Good thing I’m a strong woman and have a leg and a foot cuz I know how to kick 😉

          Geeeeze b&f for an agnostic you sure do talk alot about God…..good for you!

          • bikeandfish November 22, 2017 at 9:03 pm

            I have tremendous respect for many biblical teachings and much less respect for organized religion. I think i fit in well with saying along the lines “I’ve got nothing against God. It’s his Fan Club I can’t stand!”. Plenty of christians i respect but many i find problematic.

            Per quote…many christians, especially ones in power, who use scripture out of context to justify horrid behavior.

          • ladybugavenger November 23, 2017 at 6:49 am

            Reading for the day Luke 12:1-13:1

          • ladybugavenger November 23, 2017 at 7:08 am

            Fake christians…

            1. Matthew 15:8 These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

            2. Isaiah 29:13 And so the Lord says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.

            3. James 1:26 If a person thinks that he is religious but can’t control his tongue, he is fooling himself. That person’s religion is worthless.

            4 1 John 2:9 Those who say that they are in the light but hate other believers are still in the dark.

            5. Titus 1:16  They claim to know God, but they deny him by what they do. They are detestable, disobedient, and unfit to do anything good.

             6.1 John 2:4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.

            7. 1 John 3:6 Those who live in Christ don’t go on sinning. Those who go on sinning haven’t seen or known Christ.

            8. 1 John 3:8-10 The person who practices sin belongs to the evil one, because the Devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason that the Son of God was revealed was to destroy what the Devil has been doing. No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God’s seed abides in him.Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God. This is how God’s children and the Devil’s children are distinguished. No person who fails to practice righteousness and to love his brother is from God.

            9. 3 John 1:11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

            10. Luke 6:46 Why do you call me Lord but don’t do what I tell you?

            And many fake christians believe there is more than one way to heaven. Not true.

            11. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

            There’s a start. So the people you speak of b&f might not be christians at all, but are liars and deceivers.

            Have a blessed day!

            Happy Thanksgiving! May you eat so much, you’re pants don’t fit. 🤣

             

             

  • commonsense November 21, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    It’s ironic that the party of women’s rights has so many predators amongst its ranks. The most basic woman’s right is a safe environment at work.

    To say “it has always happened” or to blame “testosterone” just doesn’t cut it. The bible is pretty clear about adulatory and fornication so don’t play that card.

    Blatant sexual assault in Hollywood is epidemic and liberals turn a blind eye to their political bedfellows who spread their filth on film for profit.

    • bikeandfish November 21, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Hollywood was the first to be exposed and in the current situation. Don’t confuse the way in which the party and candidates cozy up to such predators with the average “liberal” (same goes for conservative). The democrats have some serious inventorying and work to do to be consistent with their values but its clearly not a partisan issue, ie Moore. Its just important to recognize the difference between the average citizen and the power players.

  • commonsense November 22, 2017 at 8:15 am

    The Moore allegations go back 38 years, about the time Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton were trolling for victims. Oh, and Moore’s issues have yet to be proven. Not saying some Republican haven’t had issues but the ratio seems very tilted. Liberals in politics seem to be liberal in following accepted behavior.

  • utahdiablo November 22, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Like Hillary Clinton said. “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?”

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