Holder, Clyburn, and Sharpton silent at double-standard for Clinton and Burris.
Let’s take Attorney General Holder up on his advice. No cowards needed in discussing race.
So. The Democrats’ Illinois Senator Dick Durbin refused to vote to oust a white president from office when, as the whole world knew, said president had lied about his role in the federal crime of sexual harassment. Yet when a black U.S. Senator, Durbin’s Illinois colleague Roland Burris, is accused — with as yet unproven allegations — of lying to the Illinois House of Representatives, Durbin wants said black Senator’s resignation post-haste.
Well now. Isn’t that white of him.
And where, pray tell, is the ever vigilant Reverend Al Sharpton? Last seen protesting as racist a New York Post cartoon that portrayed the writer of the stimulus bill (that would be a white woman by the name of Nancy Pelosi) as the now infamous Travis the Chimp, Sharpton is curiously silent on the Durbin double standard.
So too is South Carolina Congressman and House Majority Whip James Clyburn silent about the stand taken by Durbin, Clymer’s Whip counterpart over in the Senate. Clymer, a former head of the Congressional Black Caucus, has only days ago made accusations that the Republican governors of Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Louisiana (the latter, Governor Bobby Jindal, is a son of Indian immigrants and thus a “person of color” as the liberal phrase goes) are racist. Why? Because they are considering refusing stimulus money and their states have a considerable number of African-American citizens. Notably, he ignored the same stance when it turned out to be taken by Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin. In the world of racial bean counting, apparently Eskimos aren’t worth the rhetorical effort.
Last but certainly not least, where is Eric Holder himself, the first African-American Attorney General of the United States?
What, specifically, is the Durbin standard on lying if you are a public official?
Back in the paleo-era known as the Clinton administration (for late comers Mr. Clinton is the spouse of the current Secretary of State), the President was on trial in the U.S. Senate after having received a vote to impeach him in the House. The charges against President Clinton in 1999 said, among other things, that he had “engaged personally, and through his subordinates and agents, in a course of conduct or scheme designed to delay, impede, cover up, and conceal the existence of evidence and testimony related to a Federal civil rights action brought against him in a duly instituted judicial proceeding.”
This was a charge that, in his own fashion, Clinton had confessed to when he had taken to the TV airwaves in August of 1998 (pre-YouTube) and confessed that yes, indeed, he had spent months lying about his relationship with a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. He had also be en, ah, less than truthful on the subject of his relationship as Governor of Arkansas with a young state employee named Paula Jones. Ms. Jones had sued in federal court for sexual harassment. All this, at the time of the Senate vote as to whether Clinton should be forced from office, was very much public knowledge. Indeed, in April of 1999, a mere two months after Durbin voted against taking any action that would remove Clinton, and opposing a resignation or even censure, a federal district judge cited Clinton for contempt of court for what the judge called a “willful failure” to testify truthfully in her courtroom on the Jones sexual harassment lawsuit. Said the judge of Clinton:
Simply put, the president’s deposition testimony regarding whether he had ever been alone with Ms. [Monica] Lewinsky was intentionally false, and his statements regarding whether he had ever engaged in sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky likewise were intentionally false.…
Clinton’s actions were so egregious that he was ordered to pay a $90,000 fine and his Arkansas law license was suspended for five years. The suspension automatically triggered a similar suspension from the bar of the United States Supreme Court, an action that caused Clinton to resign from the high court’s bar altogether.
Senator Burris, a black man and the only black in the U.S. Senate, stands accused of changing his story about how he came to be appointed to the Senate by the disgraced and now impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Testifying to the Illinois House of Representatives committee that recommended the governor’s impeachment, Burris claimed he had no contact with the Governor’s aides nor had he offered anything to the governor’s camp in return for the appointment. Like Clinton, however, Burris eventually changed his story, admitting in an affidavit that yes, indeed, he had not only spoken to several of the governor’s aides he had also spoken to the governor’s brother Robert in response to three contacts concerning fundraising. Whether Burris, like Clinton, did anything legally wrong — whether he lied under oath as did Clinton — is yet to be determined. A lawyer and former state attorney general (as was Bill Clinton), Burris, unlike Clinton, has not had his Illinois law license suspended nor has his ability to practice in front of the U.S. Supreme Court been questioned.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?