By DOUG THOMPSON
Hillary Clinton’s campaign staffers, as well as the candidate herself, are up in arms because former supporter David Geffen called Ms. Clinton “a liar.”
Geffen, once a major contributor to the Clintons, now supports Brack Obama. The Clintonites claim he was put up by the Obama campaign to smear the carpetbagging Senator from New York.
As my lawyer likes to say, truth is always an absolute defense. Whatever Geffen’s reasons, he wasn’t fudging the truth when he said Hillary, and her skirt-chasing former President husband, lie like teenagers caught breaking curfew.
George W. Bush lies too. So did his daddy (remember: “Read my lips?”).
Truth be told, lying is a required trait for political life. Show me a politician who doesn’t lie and I’ll show you a politician who loses elections.
The faithful who defend Hillary and Bill’s lies claim that, unlike Bush, their lies did not result in a war where more than 3,100 Americans and thousands upon thousands of Iraqis died. The theory of relativity always works as a convenient political excuse.
True, Bush accomplished what many thought might be impossible: He made people long for the halcyon days of the Clintons. Now some point to the Clinton years with fond nostalgia and talk about balanced budgets, a booming economy and no wars…well, no long wars but we did have Somalia and the bombing of a pill factory to divert attention from Bill’s banging of White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The Clinton faithful claim Somalia doesn’t count because only a few Americans died. Sorry but the death of even a single American in a questionable military action is, in my opinion, just as serious as the deaths of 3100.
But the Clintons share a disturbing trait with Bush: An innate inability to tell the truth. From Watergate to Lewinskygate, the Clintons lied constantly. They got rich from shady land deals, blocked investigations into their actions and practiced the “politics of personal destruction” on anyone who questioned their ways.
They left behind a trail of broken friendships, abandoned loyalists and unpaid debts. Both Clintons, for example, still owe millions in unpaid legal bills but that didn’t stop them from buying a million-dollar manse in New York and living large while their creditors wait, in vain, for their money.
In testimony before a federal grand jury, young Lewinsky described in near-pornographic detail how she would crawl under the desk and nosh on he First Penis while President Clinton talked with heads of state on the phone. She told about how the President would stick cigars up her vagina and then smoke them during Oval Office meetings.
Clinton then lied about the affair in a deposition in a sexual harassment suit brought by another of his dalliances. Hillary Clinton went on national TV and swore she knew nothing about the affair and blamed the whole thing on the “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Sorry, but her husband has been a known whore-monger his entire life and her claim that she didn’t know doesn’t pass the smell test (maybe she should have smelled the cigars).
The Clintons deserved far more punishment than they received. Perjury is a crime and the Arkansas bar association stripped Bill Clinton of his right to practice law because he lied under oath. Hillary committed more than one act of obstruction of justice in covering up her role in Whitewater and other crimes.
I can think of several places where the Clintons belong: A pedestal ain’t one of them.
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