BYE BYE BIPARTISANSHIP
Monday, September 21, 1998, will be remembered as the day America, by edict of the religious conservative majority, dumped its trash onto the internet and into the eyes and ears of every area of the world.
This would NEVER have been done on Christmas or Easter or Thanksgiving Day.
Monday, September 21, 1998 is the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
America's trash will contain a carefully contrived presentation of the age-old, "he said/she said" -- with extreme prejudice.
SHE will be unseen. We are given A TRANSCRIPT of her 3 day testimony before a Grand Jury where she was given complete immunity from prosecution.
HE will be seen. We are given a 6 hour VIDEO of his testimony before prosecutors who were determined to force him to commit perjury by demanding answers to extremely personal, sexually specific questions.
The Conservative hatchet squad call this "fair and balanced." We call it just another part of their continuing plan to embarrass the President and turn us against him.
When the House received the I.C.R., we were assured by the leadership that they would proceed in a BIPARTISAN manner.
Bipartisan means, of course, that our representatives would work together. Democrats and Republicans would consider the report and cooperate and compromise on decisions regarding it.
This is not what happened. Democrats soon realized that the proffered "branch," masquerading as OLIVE, was instead, THORN APPLE. It was not compromise and cooperation. Instead, it was inserted into their rectum.
Representative John Conyers, who had been a staunch advocate of bipartisanship, was dismayed by the House Judiciary Committee's dirty tricks.
Expressing his disappointment in the committee, he said, "It is making huge amounts of sexually explicit information available. It is offensive, it is obscene; it does not build up any kind of case one way or the other."
"It was truly 'a night of the long knives,' remarked another Representative.
Several observers called the proceedings, "sexual McCarthyism."
Pure-as-the-driven-snow, Chairperson of the committee, Henry Hyde, insisted that the meeting was bipartisan but he didn't fool anyone.
Egregious as it was, it has had a positive effect on House Democrats. Formerly several, even those in the leadership, had turned their backs on Clinton.
Now a vocal and energized group led by California's Zoe Lofgrem is making itself heard.
Fair is fair and they will no longer take part in the subversion of the impeachment process.
This intensity and spirit that has evolved must go out from these legislators and into all of us. We must nurture and expand it. We must expound it and spread it so November will bring winning candidates we can live with and who will let us live.
By the way, did you notice? Last Friday, the 18th, the Senate sustained our President's veto of the anti-abortion bill. It happened with few of the usual screams from the anti-choicers. They are so confident of their victory next November that they can wait. [liznote]
Friday also was when the Unchristian Coalition met. It was carried on C-Span. They are confident of their victory next November, and in their plans to dispose of this President who uses his veto power for us.
Their hate-filled speeches brought forth this comment from a reader:
"We're getting to be like Saudi Arabia, with the Hizbollah Imams running around throwing turds at anybody who they think has 'sinned.'
"America is becoming, at least in public, an extremely conservative and fundamentalist society (or, at least that's what they're TRYING to do to us. We must resist!) These Republican congressmen are the self-appointed enforcers of a hypocritical morality that says 'do what I say, not what I do/did....' and most of them have more sins in their closets than most of us!!!"
Copyright 1998 Renee T. Louise and Ruth M. Sprague, Ph.D. These articles may be republished for noncommercial use only, provided that they are copied intact, and that this copyright notice is attached. Address all queries to: twanda@ConnRiver.net.
G e n d e r G a p p e r s T M
[liznote: You might want to reread:
1997-015 The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth
1998-002 Much Ado About Nothing... or a Slippery Slope?
1998-003 No Zippers, No Velcro
1998-031 "One Nation Under (whose?) God . . ." ]