Innauguration Day has me reminiscing…Obama, Clinton, Hillary, Monica…it’s just a bit over ten years since the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Representative Henry Hyde led the charge in the House. He had his own dirty laundry to wash.
Riding the high horse of righteous indignation, along with the Grand Inquisitor, Ken Starr, Hyde was himself guilty of a “youthful indiscretion.” That is, he carried on an adulterous affair with a married mother of three over a period of four years. I am sure that this tangled relationship involved a lot of lying, so I wonder at his ability to sound the note of spiritual indignation:
What we are telling you today are not the ravings of some vast right-wing conspiracy, but a reaffirmation of a set of values that are tarnished and dim these days, but it is given to us to restore them so our Founding Fathers would be proud.
Sounds a lot like GWBush Jr. telling us he would “restore honor” to the Whitehouse. And of course, he had a flexible notion of sin and lying:
Granted, lies were told, he said, but it hardly makes sense to “label every untruth and every deception an outrage.”
He also condemned the “disconcerting and distasteful whiff of moralism and institutional self-righteousness” that led Congress to conduct hearings on the deceptions coming from the White House and he denounced the result as “a witch hunt.”
These pearls of wisdom were cast before us swine when he was defending Reagonzo’s lying and derogation of The Constitution during the Iran-Contra scandal. Yes, well politics is full of lies, we all know that. The real problem is zealous crusading partisans who don’t even seem to notice whey they are lying, or to understand why that might offend some people, yet who go on to savage others, with whom they disagree, over some perceived lie that offends them.