Have Liberals Abandoned the “Clinton Standard”?

Image courtesy: Andrew Burton/ Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

Image courtesy: Andrew Burton/ Kevin Winter/ Getty Images

When President Bill Clinton was busted for having oral sex with an intern in the Oval Office, liberals and the mainstream media were mostly okay with it.  Remember the comments like these, printed in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1998?

“We all know the President has done a great job.”

“Call off the vultures.”

“I don’t care if the president is sleeping with a cow!”

“Whether the president had an affair or affairs, whether while president or prior to his becoming president, is of concern only to him and to his family.”

“Before we become obsessed with the legal aspects of the case, we should examine the politics of it, starting with the principles, agendas, motives and supporters of Mr. Starr and the Misses Lewinsky, Tripp and Goldberg. What a gang!”

“Should Clinton be removed from office? No, definitely not!”

“Under his leadership the United States has become strong economically and respectable all over the world.”

“No, President Clinton should not be removed from office. He is entitled to his own personal life and it is not interfering with his job.”

“Who cares about who Clinton is or was sleeping with? I am interested in letting Clinton do the job he was hired to do.”

To this day, Bill Clinton is worshiped by the left, and most Americans either forgot or never knew the details of his impeachment hearings, the rape allegations, and the admitted affairs.  The Lewinsky debacle is common knowledge, but still Clinton is acceptable to liberals, because “he’s our guy.”

So why, now, all the righteous indignation about Democrat Anthony Weiner’s exhibitionist fetish?  The press is on the former congressman and NYC mayoral candidate like piranhas on pepperoni.  Is sending photos of one’s private parts to a dozen or so women worse than rape?  More perverse than getting a “BJ” under the desk while discussing policy on the phone with world leaders?

texas abortion protestIt’s hard to understand the liberal morality.  Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was convicted of “fetal homicide” for punching a pregnant victim until her in utero baby was miscarried.  But abortions are legal in Ohio, and liberals nation-wide are vocal and hostile in defense of their right to kill unborn babies.  Is punching a baby to death somehow worse than “suction aspiration” by which a hollow tube with a knife-edged tip is inserted into the womb and tears the fetus into small pieces?

I guess since laws no longer matter, and the president and courts can decide which ones they want to enforce, morality can be equally squishy in today’s society.

At least in the good old days right and wrong were pretty clearly defined.  Bad was bad.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On the Right Side

Rockin' On the Right Side

Sometimes,
Sometimes bad is bad
I say cool is the rule, but,
Sometimes, bad is bad.

Bad is Bad – Huey Lewis and the News

Don’t Tell Me That 20-Week Abortion Isn’t Murder!

Jeff Balek from Caution Blind DriverThis is the hardest post I have written.  I have delayed this for a long time, but can’t hold back any longer.

You who have rocked with me on the “Right Side” know that I stick pretty much to fiscal issues.  I believe that our failure to accept economic reality will be the downfall of our nation, and it is our duty to fight the fight against national economic suicide.  I pretty much avoid social issues, because when the economic s**t hits the fan, it’s over anyway.  But this is a social issue that I just have to address.

Abortion is a topic that hits people in the gut.  It is a polarizing issue – it seems that you are all for abortion or completely against it, and there is no middle ground.

I have never had personal experience with abortion.  I imagine it is a pretty scary situation to be a young woman, pregnant without intention, and facing a life-changing event.  I have immense sympathy for anybody in that situation.  And here is what I want you all to know.

A fetus is a person.

Not an “unviable mass of tissue”.  Not an embarrassment.  Not a roadblock to success.  Not a woman’s “choice”.  It’s a person.

This week there has been considerable talk about personhood and abortion.  The US House of Representatives recently passed a law, with fierce opposition from the secular left, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation.   Texas has led the charge on the state level, and others are following suit.

My twin sons, Jeffrey and Mathew, were born at 26 weeks.  Each weighed barely two pounds, and they fought for every breath.  Fraternal twins, they weren’t anything alike.  Mathew was smaller – fair and handsome, dark hair and fine features.  Jeffrey was bigger, stronger – red hair and stocky build.  Mathew held on for a week, but just didn’t have the strength to win the fight.  Jeff, on the other hand, showed a toughness – a will to survive – that could not be denied.

Jeff is now 33.  Totally blind, but he is the center of our family and we – his mother, father, and sister – would not have a complete life without him.  He is our drummer, our anchor, and he keeps us honest and straight up every day.

Try to tell me that a 20-week old fetus is not a person.  Just try.

Abortion at twenty weeks is murder.  Period.  My son is proof positive.

Tom Balek – Rockin’ On The Right Side

Rockin' On the Right Side

Oh, no, not I, I will survive
Oh, as long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive
I’ve got all my life to live, I’ve got all my love to give
And I’ll survive, I will survive, hey, hey