Our nation moralizes about sexual conduct but not...


December 22, 1998

Our nation moralizes about sexual conduct but not violence

I wonder at the moral paradox at play in our nation. While on one hand the nation is said to be outraged by our president's sexual proclivities, on the other we are mute with regard to his taking human lives.

The bombing of Iraq last week represents a failure of morality by the president, his advisers and, indeed, this nation. Once again, we find the United States alarmingly willing to resort to violence as a resolution to Saddam Hussein's obstinate refusal to cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.

Once again, we find diplomacy taking a back seat to bullying tactics and violence so that one nation may prove its point to another. Diplomacy has worked and would continue to work, as long as our leaders are willing to take the more difficult road of reason.

We show the world a duplicitous face when we condemn a man's private sexual exploits while approving his decision to kill and maim innocent civilians.

We would do well to reflect on our leaders and their sanctimonious moralizing. It is unacceptable to me, as a citizen of this nation, to spend more time analyzing the ethics of sex than the sanctity of life.

David M. Baker


Clinton's motives suspect because of his scandals

I agree with President Clinton's decision to attack Iraq, but it puzzles me that he acts decisively only when beset by scandal, as he did when bombing Sudan and Afghanistan before the Starr report.

Mr. Clinton's scandals have so distracted us that even when he does take the correct action, we question the necessity of action or his motives. He has forfeited his moral authority; it is time to remove his constitutional authority.

Glenn F. Williams


We don't know if Livingston would have lied under oath

U.S. Rep. Robert L. Livingston of Louisiana had to admit that he had been involved in several illicit affairs during his marriage. He was quick to point out that he had not committed perjury concerning the affairs.

He failed to say that he had not been asked to testify under oath about the infidelities. None of us knows what we would do under that circumstance to save our marriages.

Stanley Oring


Pressing sexual disclosure brought forth Republican

We have a new Republican hero.

He is a congressman who has had extramarital affairs and confessed all just before the facts were to be made public in the press.

Miriam Zadek


On Dec. 19, everyone lost at a time of love and mercy

The president lost, Congress lost and, most of all, the American people lost on Dec. 19. The Constitution has been weakened and distorted.

This will, for years, weaken the presidency, whether it is held by a Democrat or Republican. Democrats lost, and the integrity of the Republican Party was lost.

Where are the angelic choruses of "peace on earth, good will toward all people"? Has that been lost as well?

The question now is: Will any of us -- citizens or politicians -- have the courage or the will to recapture the true spirit of Christmas and God's love and mercy? This seemed to be missing in Congress.

Ray Moreland


Clinton erred by equating Mideast victims of conflict

Political correctness is one thing. Moral equivalency is another.

President Clinton's statement equating the suffering of the children whose fathers were the victims of terrorism with those of their perpetrators was abhorrent ("Israelis angry as Clinton equates Mideast victims," Dec. 16).

Mr. Clinton's blunder of comparable compassion should serve as a warning that Israelis are not interested in high-minded eulogies.

Marty Schwartz


GOP ignored its 'principles' when dealing with Gingrich

Republican House members are claiming their vote for impeachment is proof of their principles. Perhaps.

Rewind to the recent past, when the Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich was found by his peers to have made false and misleading statements under oath.

Republican "principles" may be a bit one-sided: When it's a Democrat, impeach; when a Republican, elect him speaker.

Jim Power


Public figures who have lied commit perjury before us

Make every politician, media personality and those who claim to be moral take a lie detector test about their sex lives, their honesty and whether they have ever slanted the truth to benefit their position.

Anyone who fails the test or confesses to having done any of the above has perjured himself by misleading those who thought he was honest.

Jerry Rothal

Owings Mills

Majority, money, morality can bring down a president

The impeachment of President Clinton shows that with a majority in Congress, $50 million in money to conduct an investigation and many months of purer-than-thou moralizing, a president -- even a good one whom most people approve of -- can be impeached.

J. Rogers Conrad


Clinton and Saddam have common ground

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