Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hanky-Panky in the White House

All right, and just in time for the presidential campaign season, the talented editor and political essayist, Franklin Alfred Kirby Edwards, has re-released the infamous “Starr Report on the Impeachment of President Clinton.”

If you’re hazy on the Starr Report, but remember your mother and father whispering about it back in 1998, it is “The Full Monty” of official U.S. government reports, and contains more porn than the San Fernando Valley.

Yet this smut didn’t happen in some rented bachelor pad. This sexual romp took place in the Oval Office study and bathroom between the “handsome” 42nd President of the United States, then 49 years old, and “stacked” 21-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Yes, he was old enough to be her Daddy.

“Even today, for historical perspective, it is the singularly most prurient report involving an investigation of a sitting president in the 238-year existence of the Republic,” Mr. Edwards writes in his penetrating new preface to the report. Mr. Edwards, who can be ribald himself, jokes that if the only thing readers remember after finishing the report is the “cigar incident” between Bill and Monica, he’ll understand. (It is probably what your Mom and Dad had whispered about.)

But, his new preface also has a serious message.

He warns Americans about returning Mr. Clinton, who doesn’t appear to have changed his stripes, to the White House by voting for his wife. Additionally he notes that President Clinton lied to the American people about the sexual affair, and that other presidents have lied in office, too. He says Congress should pass a law, making it a crime for presidents to knowingly lie.

Mr. Edwards has priced the nearly 50,000 word reprint of the report cheaply at a buck, hardly enough to compensate him for his 4,500-word preface, not to mention the hours of editing he likely spent to make the report readable for people who aren’t government policy wonks.

I’m informed that the publication is out in limited circulation now but should be available soon at all on-line booksellers. I suggest you take a look at it. Remember what George Santayana said: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

R.D. Byron-Smith’s books are available at Amazon and all online booksellers, including his newest novel, American Jihadist.

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