Bill Clinton put his finger in our faces and liedI read...

LETTERS

September 27, 1998

Bill Clinton put his finger in our faces and lied

I read with incredulity the headline over Michael Olesker's Sept. 15 column, "Clinton lied, but let's not throw him out over sex life."

Had he read his own paper, he would know about the generals who, under the Clinton regime, were forced out of the service -- even reduced in grade -- because of their relationships with consenting adults.

He would have read about the witch hunt of any number of congressional, civic and professional people chased from office because of their peccadilloes. Some of us still think our president should set a moral example for the country.

However, President Clinton isn't being persecuted for his sex life (though goodness knows there is enough to convict him in a moral court).

He is in deep trouble because he put his finger in the face of America and lied to us. He lied to a grand jury.

Maybe Mr. Olesker thinks that should be excused. I don't. I don't see how I can believe he's sorry.

I can't believe anything he says. Nor do I believe world leaders can accept his word if many of his countrymen cannot.

Mr. Olesker's column serves a useful purpose, though. What does he tell his children about this episode?

That it's OK to lie? Just admit it and say you're sorry?

That it's OK to cheat on your wife and put your daughter through embarrassment just so you can have kinky fun with cigars?

That morality and character don't matter, just avoid being caught?

Mr. Olesker can teach what he likes in his home, of course. But the rest of society must live with the result.

What a dismal future for us all.

Gene Edwards

Eldersburg

Pub Date: 9/27/98

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