OF CLINTON AND SEX; WHO BENEFITS?*
*Editor’s Note: With all the hoopla that is going on about adultery, William Larsha, Sr. decided to bring out one of his columns from the 1999 archives of The Mid-South Tribune and the Black Information Highway.
By William Larsha, Sr., Political Analyst
The Mid-South Tribune and Black Information Highway
Please note. To illustrate certain points in this article, there are certain ‘‘lines’’ from books, ‘‘titles,’’ from songs or movies, or ‘‘sayings’’ from other mainstream writings. Example: ‘‘My Way’’ - the song. ‘‘This case deserves a place in Black History.’’
The President Bill Clinton impeachment efforts should have never been prosecuted in the manner in which U.S. House managers deliberately conveyed fabricated accusations that sex crime greatly threatened the national security of the country.
For the sake of We-The-People, always expressed in national polls; for the sake of the Presidency; and for the sake of fait accompli, the case of President Clinton and his sex life should have concluded before it got started. But the principle agitators in this case were super obsessed - like they were on a mission to huff and puff and blow the House down.
What these players did do, however, is bring forth a new implicit sex language for both youth and adults, and at the same time introduced a new inquisition (witch hunting) period for avenging icons to rub out – for the purpose of doing away with sex sins.
The big question really was, "Who benefits?" The audio, print, visual media? The top principle players? Or the chief prosecutor, Kenneth Starr, who turned the case over to the U. S. Congress after so obstinately being “all that he can be” while singing, I did it my way.
To begin, the media, of course, did benefit: more primetime advertising spots; an increase in listeners, readers, viewers and higher communicative ratings. In the visual media, new TV stars were born on the spot. None however were African American.
But be that as it may (was), the media did well in following and covering the Clinton/Lewinsky case. It made some folk sad, some glad, and others mad. Yes, the media. And it should be cheeringly commended for showing and for telling the general public what is, what was, and Que Sera Sera. (Whatever Will Be, Will Be - song)
But first, members in the clergy should seriously initiate action that will surely Christianize Christians and de-hypocrisize hypocrites.
One would think that the Clergy, which was armed with a repertoire of concerns, should have greatly benefited. But the Clergy guardians, seeking the President’s doom, seemed to have been slickly using the Clinton/Lewinsky case to ease on down the yellow brick road and advance their fundamentalist advocacy; and at the same time, dreaming of a forthcoming theocracy - Governance of the Clergy, by the Clergy and for the Clergy.
Moreover, the Clergy in its sex cleansing mission made the mistake of using nostalgic inferences to prove that “once- upon-a-time” there was a morally pure untainted White House. But the White House itself may be forever tainted because its first two Presidents were not only adulterers, but by having sex with slaves were also, in de facto, white collar rapists.
In full agreement, nevertheless, there is a real need for meaningful moral standards to be meaningfully established. But first members of the Clergy themselves should seriously initiate action that will surely Christianize Christians and de-hypocrisize hypocrites. The out front guardians among the Clergymen if not Clergywomen, must first stop - refrain from sanctimoniously singing, Give Me That Old Time Religion.
Republican kingpins did not benefit either. If anything, those Republicans out to get Clinton, ‘the President,” only proved through “flag waving and Bible raving,” that their kind of fur-splitting (hair-splitting as per more) was far less believable than claims of hairsplitting in the President’s answers about sexual impropriety. Republican prosecutors in the U. S. House of Representatives, which, incidentally among them, were no females (only 13 all White males go-getters), literally doomed themselves to failure by bouncing around like choirboys singing, Hail! Hail! The Gang’s all here! and, Isn’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens.
However, had the Republican kingpins reaped success, the stage would have been set for them to control not only both Houses in the U. S. Congress forever, but controls the White House as well as control governments in all states, counties and municipalities across the land. "Look Mom. We Are The World."
Remember the Duke Ellington classic: “Things ain’t like they used to be.”
But unknowingly perhaps, the Clergy and Republicans in their effort to remove Clinton from office, did bring the subject matter of sexual misconduct to center stage like never before. And by all but declaring sex sin is a capital crime, they ushered in, for detailed scrutiny, the well shielded history of how the male gender has been mistreating the female gender. The ongoing custom in this, the American way, had always been that the male gender was within his rights to dominate the female gender.
So when the anti-Clinton people traveled through many months of highlighting sexual impropriety, they were, at the same time, raveling through months of cultivating a new understanding that male gender is no longer endowed with some absolute power causing females to submit to them as would some un-broken-in horse back on the ranch.
Remember the Duke Ellington classic: Things ain’t like they used to be.
Once upon a time many females could not own property; could not hold elected public offices; could not be a court judge; and could not officially interpret the Holy Bible or the Sacred Koran. “It’s a man’s world."
Being aggressive to obtain personal gratification, the male gender in the past would resort to such behavior as coercing, encroachment, intimidation, and blackmailing. And to maintain control over the female gender, macho man would turn to sexual harassment, wife beating, female abuse, date rape, and even white female slavery. “Who the man?’’ “Who the man?”
Thus and due to the efforts of the principle players in their quest to remove President Clinton, females everywhere without a doubt will benefit the most from the Clinton/Lewinsky case.
Sex sins, now, is all but a capital crime. “He that is with out sin, cast the first stone, or the first rock. The first pebble?” Today, the sexual wrongdoings of the male gender are no longer shielded. Almost any sexual wrongdoing that occurred 10, 20, or even 30 years ago, can surface and disfigure the character of the most “True at heart” politician.
Suddenly, “Macho Male” is the victim of the very Sodom and Gomorrah type behavior that made him what he is and what he should not be. And also suddenly, the male gender is in deep trouble as the “politically preferred class” in this America for a more perfect union. And as it is now, only God knows how hard it will be, in the future, to find “A Few Good Men.”
Furthermore, Republican kingpins are so accustomed to honoring patriarchy as the right kind of governance until they undoubtedly lost sight of matriarchy (governance by females). Their handling of the Clinton/Lewinsky case opened the door so wide until even the least politically inclined female group can “Walk Right In” and bring forth a new government of females, by females, and for females. With certainty, some leaders of women organizations are reading this song: At Last – ‘‘Now that’s Etta James.’’
Yes. Chances for females to become Presidents, U. S. House Speakers, and U. S. Senate Presidents in early next century have been made possible - thanks to Macho males whose behavior as of recent has visibly provided female politicians the freedom to taxi up the runway singing, I Believe I Can Fly.
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