Are tobacco interests behind the persection of Clinton?
Ken Starr's longtime employment as a tobacco lobbyist shows that far from being at all "independent", he is owned by that drug-dealing death industry. When the Clinton administration nearly succeeded last year in leading reforms which would have placed appropriate regulations on tobacco dealers, placing brakes on the seduction of our youth into nicotine dependence and death by cancer, Republicans backed by tobacco interests began the process of airing the President's sexual dirty laundry involving a student intern.
One of the reasons that sexual activities of politicians has generally escaped wide exposure in the past may be that no one has ever come so close to regulating tobacco as the dangerous drug that it is. Something about Clinton must produce a deep fear when his opponents are induced to resort to what some have aptly called sexual McCarthyism. Unlike many predecessors, Clinton came to office as a relatively young man. With Bob Dole's recent announcement that he himself takes Viagra, even an old guy like Ronald Reagan might in the future be taking off more than his tie and jacket in the Oval Office. So what?
"Follow the money," Watergate informant Deep Throat urged reporters. No domestic interest has benefited more from the weakening of this president than the tobacco industry, which employs Starr as a legal hit man. Except perhaps the managed care industry, but that's a topic for another time. Like Clinton, Andrew Johnson (the only American president ever impeached by the House) was nearly brought down as a result of his efforts to bring about needed reforms. Then, as now, Congress listened closer to those with money than to those without it. That hasn't changed. Americans should vote next month as though they are voting on a referendum over the Republican Congress's public use of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair. Clinton's private behavior was shameful, but men do such things. The preponderance of evidence made public by Starr thus far shows that while Clinton gave misleading answers under oath in a civil suit (stemming from alleged acts before he was President) he took great pains not to commit perjury by intentionally parsing his words.
Yet the powerful tobacco lobbyist turned prosecutor still accuses Clinton of crimes against the State.
Which state? The Marlboro Nation?
A majority of Americans do not want this President impeached, but some big money interests do. It is always important to exercise one's right to vote, but in this election it seems particular civic duty. Congress' first duties, next term, will be to pass meaningful and effective campaign finance reform, followed by the type of measures to regulate nicotine as a dangerous drug as were brought forth by the Clinton administration last year and then narrowly rejected by Congress.

Ask your Congressional representative to pass meaningful and effective campaign finance reform, followed by the type of measures to regulate nicotine as a dangerous drug as were brought forth by the Clinton administration.

Related commentaries
National leaders as psychological containers, Dec. 13, 1998
Clinton's lies strain integrity of the legal system, Sept. 12, 1998

Related external links
The "Bill of Rights" under siege: The case against Kenneth W. Starr
Censure and Move On, on-line petition and community organizaing drive. "Enough is enough."
The Top Ten Reasons Kenneth Starr is a Partisan Fraud, Michael Turpen, Slate Magazine, January 25-27, 1997.
Compromised counsel, editorial in The Nation, May 6, 1996.
Opinion: Who'll probe Ken Starr?, by Ernest Dumas, Arkansas Times, March 8, 1996.
Tobacco BBS, free resource center focusing on tobacco and smoking issues.
ABC News: Investigating the President

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