"They have sown the Wind..."


In the past week we have seen outrage expressed over the House decision to release the Starr Referral to the public. The White House and many Democrats objected to the immediate release of the documents on the basis of "fairness;" arguing that the President should have a chance to examine the Referral and prepare a response to its contents. In the midst of the outraged cries, one refrain kept running through my head: "They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind."

Just as it seemed that the outrage over the release was calming down to a mild roar, the House Judiciary Committee voted to release almost all of the evidence sent with the Starr Referral, including the videotaped Grand Jury Testimony of Mr. Clinton, to the public. Over the protests of many of the Democrats on the committee, and in spite of the concerns from the White House that certain parts of the Clinton Grand Jury testimony would be edited to show Mr. Clinton in the worst possible light, the evidence will be released. "They sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind."

In the past six years, no one has been more adept at manipulating the news and information coming out of Washington than the Clinton administration. We have traveled from "Spin Controllers" to "Spinmeisters" to "Spin Doctors" under the leadership of Bill Clinton. "Spinning" the truth has become such an art form that truth no longer has any meaning. Democratic ideas that are defeated in votes of Congress and are spun in the court of public opinion as just another example of (take your pick) Republican greed, selfishness, self-righteousness, and/or hypocrisy. Republican ideas that prevail are spun to make them seem as if Mr. Clinton had been proclaiming them all along. When these spins succeed, they become the basis for the "pass" the president is getting when confronted with his crimes: "But he's doing such a good job." "They sow to the wind of the court of Public Opinion..."

Throughout the Starr investigation the Clinton administration has attacked Judge Starr with the feistiness such as a cornered rat might show. They have sent their attack dogs such as James Carville and Sidney Blumenthal to vilify witnesses and even Judge Starr himself. They have sought to confuse, obfuscate and delay Judge Starr's work at every possible instance, and then blame the judge for the inordinate delays and rising expenses of the investigation. The Clinton clan has unlawfully refused to testify, then claimed that there was nothing to learn from the investigation. "They sow to the wind of the court of Public Opinion...."

For too long they have attacked, vilified, and ridiculed Republicans, their ideas and the Starr investigation with the most unfair claims and outrageous charges that Republicans finally decided that they had enough. In the eyes of Republicans, if Mr. Clinton and his fellow Democrats are going to the court of Public Opinion with spin doctored truth, then the only way to be sure that the American people have the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is to allow them to be the ultimate Grand Jury. "...and they have reaped the whirlwind."




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