It is now official. President Clinton has been impeached by the House of Representatives. Therefore, his wish for a secure place in American history has been granted. Not the way he really wanted it, but that tends to be the nature of things for those who abandon all principle in their drive to further their own self-interest.
I have mixed emotions over this. Of course, I am glad that the Constitutional system of government that we know and love so well actually seems to be working the way it should. I am also somewhat nervous over what is really going to happen next. To all intents and purposes, Clinton will likely have to be dragged out of the White House kicking and screaming if he leaves it at all before his term is up. It is arguable that there will not be sufficient votes in the Senate to convict Clinton in any case.
What does not seem to be in doubt is that Clinton will try and use all means at his disposal, both fair and foul, in order to avoid conviction. Any doubts that anybody had over this matter should have been dispelled by the timing of President Clintonís relatively meaningless strike against Iraq and the litany of his defenders that impeachment should not be considered while the Commander in Chief was busy commanding troops in the field. The fact that Nixon was in almost exactly the same predicament (he resigned after the charges were approved by the Judiciary Committee, but before the entire House could vote on them) while we had troops on the ground being shot at in Vietnam is not mentioned. It is also not mentioned that in the middle of the Civil War, the northern states held a presidential election which Lincoln had to run in so that he could remain in office. Thus, the very argument used by Clintonís defenders confirms that the Presidentís decision to strike Iraq was in essence a political decision based on a desire to interfere with the impeachment vote and not a purely military decision based on the best interests of either America or Iraq.
The thing that I think we will have to watch for is how long the trial in the Senate will take. If it drags on long enough (and just about everything associated with Clinton drags on interminably) then we could be faced with a situation in which the trial is still ongoing in the Senate when some of the initial shudders of the Y2K problem hit in the middle of 1999. These initial Y2K problems will be based on major corporations having their fiscal year 2000 starting well before calendar year 2000. The most likely to be affected are large banking corporations.
So, anybody doubt that Clinton would have enough character not to proclaim
some sort of "National Emergency" and or "bank holiday" if the trial is
still ongoing? Or even if the trial is over and he has not been convicted?
We are still in perilous times. And Al Gore is no savior by any stretch
of the imagination. Therefore, the best advice is still to prepare for
the worst and to pray for the Lordís help to deal with all the things that
you couldnít foresee or prepare for. That way all the surprises that one
has in the New Year are likely to be pleasant ones.
|These are the personal views of Mike Johnson. He was the elected spokesman of the North Central Florida Regional Militia. They are neither endorsed nor supported by Citizens For Better Government. They are presented for informational purposes only.