About AJ DiCintio
A.J. DiCintio is a Featured Writer for The New Media Journal. He first exercised his polemical skills arguing with friends on
the street corners of the working class neighborhood where he grew up.
Retired from teaching, he now applies those skills, somewhat honed and
polished by experience, to social/political affairs.
Long After the Last Cow Has Come Home July 3, 2009
For some inexplicable reason, Governor
Mark Sanford feels a compulsion to keep his confessional sessions going as
hot and heavy as his illicit affairs, despite the fact that in doing so he
succeeds only in compounding the injury he has done to so many, foremost,
his wife, his children, the people of his state, and his office.
As a result of Sanford’s mad desire to expiate his sins with a sordid
flood of "too much information,” there ought to be nothing left for
common sense citizens to do but agree with these excellent statements
the AP attributes to Harvey Peeler, South Carolina’s Republican Senate
"There’s just no way he’ll be able to continue as governor.”
"I’m really concerned about his mental well being.”
Yes, there ought to be nothing left to do — if it were not for the fact
that every time a politician whose name is followed by an "R” is caught
in an adulterous affair, the liberal propaganda machine begins churning
out garbage about poor, persecuted Bill Clinton.
Right on cue that is exactly what has happened regarding the Sanford
case. And that's why there is something to do for those of us who
have committed ourselves to telling the truth about that vile, insulting
lie no matter how many times liberals spew it.
First, some evidence — all of it, appropriately, from the nation’s
principal liberal mouthpiece:
"Mark was the self-righteous, Bible-thumping prig who pressed for Bill
Clinton’s impeachment.” (Maureen Dowd)
"...I’m thinking it’s time for the Republicans to apologize for putting
us through the Clinton impeachment. We seem to have pretty well
established that sexual stone-throwing is a dangerous sport.” (Gail
"Sanford voted to impeach Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky saga.
According to The Post and Courier of Charleston, Sanford called
Clinton’s behavior ‘reprehensible’ and said, ‘I think it would be much
better for the country and for him personally’ to resign.’” (Charles M.
Blow then speaks of ‘hypocrisy.’)
For the nation’s self-professed moral and intellectual giants to spew
such condemnations as they equate Bill Clinton’s behavior with ordinary
infidelity, they must ignore a number of facts, including these:
The impeachment of President Clinton arose not from legal (though
immoral, crude, and cowardly) actions he took to keep his wife from
learning of sexual activities between him and a youthful, female White
It arose because the affair in its totality was naturally of interest to
a woman who was suing Clinton for sexual harassment that occurred while
she worked for the Arkansas state government while he was governor of
Thus, Clinton lied under oath, suborned perjury, obstructed justice, and
abused the powers of his office (especially by ordering IRS audits) to
enhance his chances of winning a lawsuit properly brought against him by
a United States citizen.
But that putrid pile of dirt covering the nation’s top law enforcement
officer and commander-in-chief doesn’t represent the whole story; for in
addition to the charges mentioned above, the independent counsel
uncovered a credible charge of rape against Clinton, a charge which he
kept separate from the case at hand.
Democrats, however, deemed rape such a peccadillo (a favorite liberal
word of the time) that they wouldn’t walk across the street, literally,
to read the charges for themselves.
(Vice-president Al Gore evidently considered the charge so
infinitesimally small that he didn’t watch the television program on
which Clinton’s accuser repeated the charge in detail.)
Neither did Democrats deem it necessary to consider the kind of evidence
that Christopher Hitchens uncovered for his book, "No One Left To Lie
To: The Values of the Worst Family,” for example, the charge that like
all sex offenders, Clinton had a particular modus operandi, part of
which was to initiate an encounter with a victim by biting her fiercely
on the lip.
No, as befitting those of other nations who made and make a religion of
politics and gods of politicians, liberals shut their eyes to truth then
just as they do now in the Sanford case and just as they will in the
future — all in the name of ideology.
But "truth will out” as long as there
are those who commit themselves to speak it, today, tomorrow, and, if
necessary, long, long after the last straggler of a cow has wended its
winding way home.