Mood: on fire
Topic: "Sir A Gut" (3)
Although Frodo feels very strongly about many things, it is a rare event when he takes a moral stand on the motivations of an individual. He has always respected the fact that human behavior results from a multitude of factors which are barely discernible, much less predictable. There are however, as in many aspects of life, exceptions which merit assessment. The conduct of a President of the United States while serving in that capacity, and for all the days that follow, is subject to certain expectations.
William Jefferson Clinton lied to a Grand Jury. In the same situation, Frodo would also have probably lied. It was, and remains, Frodo's position that a Man was trying to cover up his mistakes in order to spare the feelings of his wife, and his daughter. Frodo will never stand to justify the action, but he understands that people make mistakes, and in the case of an elected official, he must pay the legal price.
William Jefferson Clinton holds a special position of prominence in the Democratic Party. It is expected that he would stand, if asked, on behalf of the nominee of the Party, and, in fact, to campaign on behalf of any contender for the nomination. It is improper, if nothing else, for the former President to campaign against any contender for that nomination, even if that contender was running against his wife.
Frodo has stood and cheered, on many occasions almost all alone, on behalf of William Jefferson Clinton. It may be argued that William Jefferson Clinton could have accomplished even more had he not offered his personal conduct as a distraction during his term in office. Regardless, much of what resulted from his leadership has benefited our country, and indeed, the world. Criticism of his post-Presidency behavior is not something that Frodo puts forth lightly.
It is disheartening, if not embarrassing, to sit and watch as ambition blinds the conduct of otherwise good and noble people. The candidacy of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) for the Office of the Presidency is besmirched, in Frodo's eye, by the surrogate role played by the former President in his zeal to support his wife. His presentations, both in method and in content, are what we came to expect from people named Segretti, Mitchell, Ehrlichman, and Colson.
Frodo formally requests that William Jefferson Clinton let us get back on the high ground. Let the battle be fought so that the inevitable wounds can be treated as badges of courage, and not left as seeping sores infecting all of the body politic.