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It's time to impeach the President

Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette, 08-20-1998

To the editor:

As I sit here with the text of Bill Clinton's August 17 speech before me, I am once again confounded by the actions of our President. Yes, Clinton finally admitted to "a relationship with Ms. Lewinsky that was not appropriate."

Clinton should have stopped there. Instead, he lashed out at Ken Starr and Paula Jones. He said the Jones lawsuit was "politically inspired" and attacked Starr for the expansion of the Independent Counsel investigation into the Lewinsky matter.

It's hard to accept an apology from someone who then blames all of his problems on everyone but himself. The simple fact is Clinton brought all this on himself. This investigation has never been about sex. It is about perjury, suborning of perjury, and obstruction of justice. Clinton whines about how this investigation has distracted him from the business of the country, but if he had simply been honest about his indiscretions from the beginning, we would not be in this situation.

But even if this was "just about sex", it should still be of concern to the American people. The President is supposed to set the moral tone for the country. It is very difficult to speak from the "bully pulpit" while you carry on an affair with a woman young enough to be your daughter. As the most powerful person in the world, the President should be expected to hold himself to a higher standard than is expected of the masses.

By lashing out at Ken Starr and Paula Jones, Clinton negated my ability to take his apology seriously. Instead, he is just trying to pass the buck. This president has done nothing with this apology but prove once again that he is the most morally bankrupt president in American history. May impeachment hearings begin soon.

Scott Tibbs