* 'TIS TIME, 'TIS TIME.
What a week it has been. All the sex and all the politics and all the polls blending together to stoke the media's fire.
"Impeach!" -- Republican leadership.
"No. Censure!" -- Democratic leadership.
"Fergitaboutit! Get back to work, Congress & President." -- Jane & John Q. Public.
- * Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn, and cauldron bubble.
The media told us that the President's testimony for the Grand Jury should not be missed. It would show us a man we had never seen before. "He gets mad, he swears, he stalks out of the room!"
It turned out to be a yawner. So what was the hype all about? Were we being set up to judge whatever we saw and heard in a negative light?
Didn't work. The polls showed a six point gain in popularity. This so distressed the media that they insisted that the real story was that the polls showed the President lost one point in believability.
- * Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake."
Also delivered last week was a huge book of porno ("no, it isn't about sex") which was made available to all via the Web. It contained the footnotes to the I.C.R., all of the verbatim testimony of Monica.
Columnist, Maureen Doud thought it showed that Kenneth Starr got off on Monica's frolics with Bill.
Larry Flint, of Hustler fame, turned over his crown to Starr declaring that Porno King Kenny had far out-distanced him.
- * Eye of newt and toe of frog. Wool of bat and tongue of dog.
And, like a lovely pearl in the guts of an oyster, one powerful sentence uttered by Monica stood out amid her verbatim testimony. It was NOT mentioned in Starr's I.C.R. which advocated impeachment.
A member of the Grand Jury asked Monica if she had anything she wished to add. She answered THAT NOBODY HAD ASKED HER TO LIE OR TRIED TO BUY HER SILENCE WITH A JOB.
That blew a hole in Kenny's obstruction of justice and suborning perjury charges. It also knocked the hell out of the Vernon Jordon connection.
It was this alleged connection that Starr had gone to A.G. Janet Reno with. Since Jordon was on his list of suspects in the Whitewater case, Starr claimed that he should extend his investigation into the Tripp tapes. And speaking of tapes, it seems that they were never authenticated by Starr before he went to Reno. Several are not originals and were not made on the famous Radio Shack tape recorder.
- * For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
And, on the day the tapes and porno book was released, the President of the United States was given a RARE standing ovation at the United Nations by all the world leaders.
The foreign leaders described Kennie's report and the House activities as, "Humiliation!" "Inquisition!" and "Electronic lynching!"
Nelson Mandela rose to Clinton's defense.
One South American leader told a reporter that Clinton was lucky. He said that in his country, they used bullets, not sex, when they wanted to dispose of a president.
- * Fair is foul, and foul is fair. Hover through the fog and filthy air.
There is no longer any pretense of bipartisanship in the Congress. It's politics, politics, politics. Republican leaders want to play this out to effect the November elections and those in the year 2000.
Democrats want to run on Clinton's record but most are worried that their voters will stay home. Hillary is rallying the troups behind the scenes.
We congratulate those of color who throughout all of this have remained loyal to the President. They remember all that he has done for them.
Will we WISE WOMEN, HAGS, WITCHES OR CRONES, who have the greatest number of members living below the poverty level, be as loyal, or will we refuse to vote because we feel betrayed?
There is a solution. We can ring doorbells, cast spells, send faxes, e-mail, snail-mail and vote TO KEEP HILLARY RODHAM IN THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THE REMAINDER OF HER TERM. We can do this by supporting her candidates this November.
- * When the hurly burly's done, When the battle's lost and won.
Will we be energized and proactive? One way to start is to check out your Senators and Representatives at a great site, "Contacting the Congress." It lets you click on ANY state and get all sorts of info as well as phone #'s, snail and e-mail addresses. For a petition to Congress to NOT impeach and lots of great information, see the Do Not Impeach President Clinton site.
* spoken by the Witches in MACBETH
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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[liznote: for information on the great witch hunts of the Middle Ages, read Witchcraze, by Anne Lewellyn Barstow. You can find a review here.]