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Clinton's lies a non-issue with Americans

To the Editor:
In his editorial, "Reality Pliable under Clinton" [The Technique], Assistant News Editor Scott Lange misses the point. I will certainly grant that the truth for Clinton is perfectly mutable. Yet, Clinton has one of the highest approval ratings of his presidency now, in the midst of what some see as the worst Presidential scandal since Watergate.
The reason is simple. America doesn't care.
After years of tenacious investigation of the President by independent counsel Kenneth Starr into alleged land deals the legality of which nobody really understands, America is tired of the endless string of allegations that never really go anywhere. For the most part, they agree with the President that this Jerry Springer sideshow is wholly irrelevant to the proper functioning of the country.
Starr's Whitewater investigation has so far proven nothing beyond the fact that some of Clinton's Arkansas partners got caught bending real estate laws. The current Lewinsky affair is likewise stalling as Lewinsky refuses to testify. If this was a simple case of Clinton breaking the law, it would be in the hands of the Judiciary Committee now.
Yes, reality does shift under Clinton. And the majority of America has responded with a tacit "Whatever." So leave Clinton alone and let the man do his job.

Brian H. Trammell
brian@altara.org


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