Our nation moralizes about sexual conduct but not violence
I wonder at the moral paradox at play in our nation. While on one hand the nation is said to be outraged by our president's sexual proclivities, on the other we are mute with regard to his taking human lives.
The bombing of Iraq last week represents a failure of morality by the president, his advisers and, indeed, this nation. Once again, we find the United States alarmingly willing to resort to violence as a resolution to Saddam Hussein's obstinate refusal to cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
Once again, we find diplomacy taking a back seat to bullying tactics and violence so that one nation may prove its point to another. Diplomacy has worked and would continue to work, as long as our leaders are willing to take the more difficult road of reason.
We show the world a duplicitous face when we condemn a man's private sexual exploits while approving his decision to kill and maim innocent civilians.
We would do well to reflect on our leaders and their sanctimonious moralizing. It is unacceptable to me, as a citizen of this nation, to spend more time analyzing the ethics of sex than the sanctity of life.
David M. Baker
Clinton's motives suspect because of his scandals
I agree with President Clinton's decision to attack Iraq, but it puzzles me that he acts decisively only when beset by scandal, as he did when bombing Sudan and Afghanistan before the Starr report.
Mr. Clinton's scandals have so distracted us that even when he does take the correct action, we question the necessity of action or his motives. He has forfeited his moral authority; it is time to remove his constitutional authority.
Glenn F. Williams
We don't know if Livingston would have lied under oath
U.S. Rep. Robert L. Livingston of Louisiana had to admit that he had been involved in several illicit affairs during his marriage. He was quick to point out that he had not committed perjury concerning the affairs.
He failed to say that he had not been asked to testify under oath about the infidelities. None of us knows what we would do under that circumstance to save our marriages.
Pressing sexual disclosure brought forth Republican
We have a new Republican hero.
He is a congressman who has had extramarital affairs and confessed all just before the facts were to be made public in the press.
On Dec. 19, everyone lost at a time of love and mercy
The president lost, Congress lost and, most of all, the American people lost on Dec. 19. The Constitution has been weakened and distorted.
This will, for years, weaken the presidency, whether it is held by a Democrat or Republican. Democrats lost, and the integrity of the Republican Party was lost.
Where are the angelic choruses of "peace on earth, good will toward all people"? Has that been lost as well?
The question now is: Will any of us -- citizens or politicians -- have the courage or the will to recapture the true spirit of Christmas and God's love and mercy? This seemed to be missing in Congress.
Clinton erred by equating Mideast victims of conflict
Political correctness is one thing. Moral equivalency is another.
President Clinton's statement equating the suffering of the children whose fathers were the victims of terrorism with those of their perpetrators was abhorrent ("Israelis angry as Clinton equates Mideast victims," Dec. 16).
Mr. Clinton's blunder of comparable compassion should serve as a warning that Israelis are not interested in high-minded eulogies.
GOP ignored its 'principles' when dealing with Gingrich
Republican House members are claiming their vote for impeachment is proof of their principles. Perhaps.
Rewind to the recent past, when the Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich was found by his peers to have made false and misleading statements under oath.
Republican "principles" may be a bit one-sided: When it's a Democrat, impeach; when a Republican, elect him speaker.
Public figures who have lied commit perjury before us
Make every politician, media personality and those who claim to be moral take a lie detector test about their sex lives, their honesty and whether they have ever slanted the truth to benefit their position.
Anyone who fails the test or confesses to having done any of the above has perjured himself by misleading those who thought he was honest.
Majority, money, morality can bring down a president
The impeachment of President Clinton shows that with a majority in Congress, $50 million in money to conduct an investigation and many months of purer-than-thou moralizing, a president -- even a good one whom most people approve of -- can be impeached.
J. Rogers Conrad
Clinton and Saddam have common ground
My 17-year-old son commented that he thought Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton were in cahoots. Reflecting on this observation, I see two immoral and unethical men who abuse power and repeatedly lie. We cannot control Saddam Hussein, but we have the power and the strength to rid ourselves of Mr. Clinton.
Barbara Anne Oehler
President unfairly attacked for statement on victims
Of course, if you pick your crimes carefully enough, you can make the Israelis look like innocent victims and the Palestinians like extremist aggressors in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
This is what The Sun does in its one-sided story ("Israelis angry as Clinton equates Mideast victims," Dec. 16), turning a well-meant remark into an excuse to portray Palestinians as bad guys again.
Perhaps if Mr. Clinton had referred instead to the hundreds of Palestinian children shot down during the Intifada or to the Palestinians tortured in Israeli prisons or to those made homeless by Israeli house demolitions or to those killed in random attacks by armed Israeli settlers or to those forced into poverty by Israeli border closings, he would have offered a smaller target for the article's rebuke.
The point Mr. Clinton was making is that neither side has a monopoly on crazies or peacemakers and that children on both sides have suffered.
Strange to support Pinochet while punishing Clinton
I take exception to George F. Will's views in "Return Pinochet to Chile" (Opinion Commentary, Dec. 10).
It's funny that in a country placing a president on trial for his sexual behavior and deposition in a civil suit (in which no one was harmed), people such as Mr. Will argue against holding a ruthless dictator who tortured and killed so many people accountable for his crimes.
I even go further. I think the United States should be on trial, too, for supporting and condoning what this man did in Chile. I hope that a lesson will be learned that the United States, this great democratic country, will not support people like Mr. Pinochet and their atrocities under any circumstances.
Marcio V. Pinheiro
Pub Date: 12/22/98