Shame on the president

I wonder how long it will take the American people to figure out what a facade President Clinton meticulously portrays. While speaking of the importance of the individual, his care for the people, he continues to demonstrate the difference between what he says and what he does.

The latest example: President Clinton visited Vietnam as the first American president to do so since the blood of our sons and daughters was spilled there.

How extremely insensitive it was to appear underneath a bust of Ho Chi Minh, the very man who aimed hundreds of thousands of guns through his dictatorship at so many peace-loving people. Since I know that President Clinton would never think of this, let me – as an American citizen who has never had to serve to protect our liberty and pray my children never will have to – apologize for him: I’m sorry. I’m sorry that so many of my fellow men and women will not even notice this story. I’m sorry that the values that compelled you to send your loved ones to death in a strange land are today replaced with the values of expediency, power and the selfishness of a very small, small man.

It just doesn’t matter what the character of our leaders is anymore. It’s only about if you can be effective, which seems to mean only making the stock market go up and creating enough social disharmony so that you can be re-elected based on fear rather than hope.

I wonder if he would have stepped so willingly in front of a bust of Hitler? Inexplicably, and to my disgust, I can’t say that the answer to that question is no.

Shame on you, President Clinton.

Everett

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