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Our Boomer-In-Charge here at BBHQ, Hershel Chicowitz, writes frequently about current events... from a boomer perspective. He is sometimes funny, sometimes provocative, sometimes a little of each. We hope you get a kick out of our Boomer Essays.

You would not tolerate this behavior if he were your husband; you would not want him to date your sister; you would not let him babysit your kids. You would not accept this behavior from your high school principal. If it were your boss, you’d have him lynched in public; you wouldn’t say it is none of your business then. So why do you put up with it from the president of the United States, the leader of the country? I just don’t understand it.

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[Editor’s note: We posted this essay during the term of “the first boomer president.” He left the oval office 15 years ago. But today, for some bizarre reason, he is one of the most respected political “leaders” in the country. So we believe that this essay still bears serious consideration and comtemplation.]

This is a continuing dialog on “the mess in Washington.” The topic remains relevant even though Bill Clinton has left the building. This is about values and responsibilities as much as it is about Bill Clinton.

We have chosen to delve into politics here at BBHQ for two reasons: First, Bill Clinton is not just a former president, he was the first boomer president. That has special significance for our generation. And second, because this stuff is important. There was so much misinformation about his presidency; we want to try to clear some of it up. We’re not dealing with gossip, accusations or “emotional truths” here. We deal with facts, logic, and analysis — and reasoned commentary thereon. And we welcome your input. But if you have no interest in politics or political debate, please jump to one of the purely fun and entertaining pages on our site.

We begin with some observations from 1998:

OK, so we have established that the first boomer president is an immoral, sexual pig; he is a disgrace. What he did was horrible and disgusting.

So why do so many Americans continue to support him?

Many people do so simply because they are Democrats... they do not want to think for themselves; it is so much easier on the brain. That’s OK; but you should be aware of the price you are paying for such laziness and blind party loyalty. You will be paying that price for years to come. You went through months of saying, “He said he didn’t do it, and I believe him.” When the details began dribbling out, you said, “I want to wait for the facts to come out.” Come on, now; you were just sticking your head in the sand hoping it would all go away. Well, most of the facts are out now, and they are uglier than your worst nightmare. And now you are reduced to saying, “Well, we haven’t heard the president’s side of the story.” Oh, yes we have! Remember: he finally admitted he had an “inappropriate relationship” with her - that’s his side. He’s had eight months to tell us his side. You want to wait for all the facts to come out, but you didn’t want the tape of his grand jury appearance released. Your defense... is defenseless.

Bill Clinton let you climb out on a limb, and then he chopped it off, leaving you to take the fall. This is the man you think is worthy of your support. Well, at least you are not alone.

Last week I heard one Democrat say, “We still support his goals,” so we support him.

What a load... what an absolute crock! Just what are his goals? Low inflation, job creation, get tough on criminals, better education for our children, medical care for everybody, equal opportunity.... a-yada, yada, yada.

So who doesn’t support those goals? Name five people in the country who do not support those goals. So what does that mean?

It’s jive, that’s all it is. It’s nothing! It doesn’t mean crap!

So again I ask... why do so many people continue to support him?

“Well, look at what he has done for our country... the stock market is way up, unemployment is down, there are plenty of jobs, inflation is low, we have a balanced budget, and Saddam Hussein hasn’t invaded any country recently. Things are terrific! Gees, what else do you want? We have to keep Clinton in there. Look at all he has done. He is our savior. No one else could do what he has done.”

OK, I’ll agree that things are pretty good. But what has President Clinton got to any of that? Come on... tell me.

“Well, he brought down inflation... he balanced the budget... he did all these wonderful things. He is the sole reason for all our prosperity and happiness.”

I don’t think so. Name six specific things that President Clinton has done to balance the budget, raise the stock market, or lower unemployment. Be very specific. Heck, I’ll even take you half way there:

1. He re-appointed Alan Greenspan as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
2. He supported NAFTA.
3. He extended Most Favored Nation (MFN) trading status to China.

Never mind that he did not appoint Alan Greenspan in the first place; at least he had the good sense to let well enough alone. Never mind that NAFTA was on the table before he came into office, and that if it were not for the Republicans, it would not have passed. Never mind who knows how much the Chinese paid Clinton to assure the MFN status. He did all these things; and for this, he should be given credit for helping to pump up the economy. He has also perhaps helped the economy simply because he has just stayed out of the way. Of course, he has had to stay out of the way because Congress would not let him initiate any more huge spending plans. Don’t you think that if he thought he could get away with it, he would revive the failed health care takeover plan of 1994? In a heartbeat, he would. In a heartbeat! It would provide a great diversion from his present problems. But the legal spending limits and political realities preclude that.

So now it’s your turn... name three more specific things he has done.

...Come on...

That’s what I thought. And just about anyone, even Ross Perot, would have done the same things. So you like him because he has done such great things for the economy, but you can’t name anything specific he has done for the economy. It just makes no sense whatsoever! You are left with “he has such good intentions... he feels our pain.”

He balanced the budget? I don’t think so. I have a copy of every budget President Clinton has submitted to Congress. As recently as 1996, his budget projected hundred billion dollar deficits well into the next century. You can believe what you want, but those are the facts. The only thing President Clinton had to do with the balanced budget was that he went along with the spending limits initiated by the Republicans in Congress. And the only reason he did that was the same reason he finally apologized for the Monica Lewinsky affair... the polls told him he had to.

So now what have you got?

I have a close friend and Clinton supporter who tells me, “In times like these, I find I can ignore the facts and create my own reality.” Honestly; that what he says! Fine; good for you, Steve. But most of the rest of us have to live in the real world. And another supporter says that his problem is not that he lied; it’s that he didn’t lie enough!

Those of you who think that the president has a direct control over the stock market, the inflation rate, or the economy as a whole are also living in a fantasy world. It is simply not true. The Constitution says otherwise. Any tax plan the president may propose, and the annual budget he sends to Congress, may ultimately have an effect on the economy. But these proposals must be passed by Congress. The president cannot do it on his own. And president Clinton came up with a “plan” to balance the budget only after and only because the Republican majority in Congress did.

I don’t mean to beat up on the president here; I’ll beat up on him for other reasons. But honestly, the economy is not the president’s responsibility; he has very little to do with it. You need to understand that!

There is a form of government that does provide political leaders the power to control the economy. It’s called “communism.”

The truth is that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have much to do with the balanced budget. It is a product of restricted government spending and an enormous increase in revenue... which is due primarily to the normal business cycle and other factors totally out of the president’s control.

Here’s an example: If Saddam Hussein had succeeded in taking over Kuwait, he probably would have gone after Saudi Arabia next. And if he had succeeded there, the price of a gallon of gas would probably be $2.75 by now, and heading up. But that has not happened, primarily because of George Bush and the sanctions and restrictions placed on Hussein while Bill Clinton was still boffing Gennifer Flowers in Arkansas.

So now what have you got?

Well, fasten your seat belts, friends; it’s about to get ugly. The polls say that President Clinton’s support is still strong among women. I just don’t get that; you women amaze me! After all you have rightly done to focus attention on and stop atrocious behavior by men. Does Clinton get a pass on his despicable behavior because he is such a hunk? It would be different if he were a geek or if he were your husband, but since that is not the case, you want to look the other way? You should be ashamed! This is pathetic! I’m beggin’ you... explain this to me!

You would not tolerate this behavior if he were your husband; you would not want him to date your sister; you would not let him babysit your kids. You would not accept this behavior from your high school principal. If it were your boss, you’d have him lynched in public; you wouldn’t say it is none of your business then. So why do you put up with it from the president of the United States, the leader of the country? I just don’t understand it.

Many women support Bill Clinton because of his position on abortion rights, and because they think that Republicans want to do away with abortion. So you will support Clinton over anybody who does not fully support abortion rights. That’s OK; I don’t care about your position on abortion rights. It’s fine with me. But if that’s how you feel, you ought to have the guts to say so. You ought to say, “I don’t care who Bill Clinton screws or how often he screws her; I don’t care how much he embarrasses his wife or his country; I don’t care how much he hurts his daughter with his behavior; I don’t care what he does to his secretary and members of his cabinet; I don’t care how many times he lies to the American people. I don’t care what he says or what he does. I am going to support him as long as he vetoes any attempt to restrict abortions - as he did last week. Period.

You ought to have the guts to look in the mirror and say that; don’t hide behind some baseless notion that he means well, or that you support his goals. That is nothing but crap.

So what has this man done that warrants such a high approval rating? What has he done such that his removal from office would be so detrimental to this country?

He’s got a warm smile, and he feels our pain. That is all I can come up with.

So after all this, I’ll give you one more out. You can still support the president, even though he is a immoral, sexual pig. You can still support him even though he has almost nothing to do with the economic prosperity we enjoy today. You can still support him.... just because... just because you like him and he makes you feel good.

If so, you should know and accept and admit that that is the only reason you support him. Let’s not have any misconceptions about what he has done for the economy or what a savior he is.

So I guess we are left with “He is an immoral, sexual pig. But at least he is our immoral, sexual pig.

Does that about sum it up?

Funny how things can come back and bite, eh?

In 1974 a young female attorney helped draw up the rules under which Richard M. Nixon would be tried by the Congress for impeachment.

“Impeachment,” she wrote, “did not have to be for criminal offenses but only for a “course of conduct” that suggested an abuse of power or a disregard for the office of the President of the United States.”

She wrote, “that a person’s course of conduct, while not particularly criminal could be of such a nature that it destroys trust, discourages allegiance, and demands action by the Congress.”

She wrote that “the office of the President is such that it calls for a higher level of conduct than the average citizen in the United States.”

This young female attorney who helped write the standard under which Presidents are to be judged by the House of Representatives has a unique perspective about the present situation in the White House.

You see, that female attorney who said that an unethical “course of conduct” could overthrow a president is Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Boomers Respond

Clinton is human and so are we... I believe that Clinton has been a good president... Clinton will survive because he didn’t commit a crime, and hopefully it will be Starr who goes to jail!!

- Claire

That’s what she wrote, folks... I’m not making this up.

Actually, Bill Clinton did commit a crime: perjury. Though, I acknowledge that, in the mind of absolute Democrats, no Democrat ever lies — if he/she supports abortion on demand and has good intentions, a Democrat cannot lie. A republicans, however, lies any time he/she says something that makes a Democrat feel bad.

As for women supporting him, I am ashamed of my sex. Don’t they understand that at least the perception of morals influences our standing & confidence in the world theatre? H-e-l-l-o?

- Linda

Your ideas are dried out and boring, your thoughts on our President who I love dearly are disturbing.

- ML

As a young man, in an open letter, he trashed the military. Now he is commander in chief, and tried to use that excuse for dodging the Paula Jones mess. Which is it? If he is indeed the commander in chief, why isn’t his promiscuous behavior punished the same as any general or private. They would receive a dishonorable discharge and loose their pension. Of course, he redefines the English language to suit his own terms, so what do you expect?

- murmaid

Boomer Peggy writes (with a straight face, I believe) that our criticism of Bill Clinton “wouldn’t bother me if you were FOR President Clinton (as I obviously am). However, you seem to go a little overboard SEEKING ways to berate the man! For heavens sake man, just close your eyes and listen to his voice...PURE ELVIS!! How can that be wrong?”

“SEEKING ways to berate the man!” — ?? “For heavens sake,” Peggy, I do not have to “go a little overboard.” All I have to do is point out the indisputable truth! Though I do understand that it makes you feel bad.

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