Come on down

A bunch of religious academics, 87 to be exact, have been fussing with some of us about being too easy on Bill Clinton. According to their statement, they feel that some serious punishment is in order for the president's dalliance in the White House and for his period of denial that followed. Since I have been one of their targets--along with Jesse Jackson and Phil Wogaman, the president's pastor--a response is in order.

First, I agree with what the president has already said about himself: his actions were wrong and were sinful. Second, if the president has committed any civil or criminal offenses, they should be dealt with in the legal realm. But the time to deal with legal charges is after he leaves office. For a sitting president impeachment is the only avenue of punishment, and nothing he has done appears to me, and to most Americans, to rise to the level of an impeachable offense.

 

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