The Impeachment of the President of the USA - Part III

Written by Sam Vaknin

AC : “Dysfunctional partnerships should be dissolved. The President should have divorced prior to indulging his sexual appetite. Sexual exclusivity is an integral – possiblyrepparttar most important – section ofrepparttar 126062 marriage contract. The President ignored his vows, dishonoured his word, breached his contract withrepparttar 126063 First Lady.”

DC : “People stay together only if they feel thatrepparttar 126064 foundation upon which they based their relationship is still sound. Mr. Clinton and Mrs. Clinton redefined their marriage to exclude sexual exclusivity, an impossibility underrepparttar 126065 circumstances. But they did not exclude companionship and friendship. It is here thatrepparttar 126066 President may have sinned, in lying to his best friend, his wife. Adultery is committed only when a party strays out ofrepparttar 126067 confines ofrepparttar 126068 marital contract. I postulate thatrepparttar 126069 President was well within his agreement with Mrs. Clinton when he sought sexual gratification elsewhere.”

AC : “Adultery is a sin not only againstrepparttar 126070 partner. The marriage contract is signed by three parties :repparttar 126071 man,repparttar 126072 woman and God between them. The President sinned against God. This cannot be ameliorated by any human approval or permission. Whether his wife accepted him as he is and disregarded his actions – is irrelevant. And if you are agnostic or an atheist, still you can replacerepparttar 126073 word ‘God’ byrepparttar 126074 words ‘Social Order’. President Clinton’s behaviour underminesrepparttar 126075 foundations of our social order. The family isrepparttar 126076 basic functional unit and its proper functioning is guaranteed byrepparttar 126077 security of sexual and emotional exclusivity. To be adulterous is to rebel against civilization. It is an act of high social and moral treason.”

DC : “While I may share your nostalgia – I am compelled to inform you that even nostalgia is not what it used to be. There is no such thing as ‘The Family’. There are a few competing models, some of them involving only a single person and his or her offspring. There is nothing to undermine. The social order is in such a flux that it is impossible to follow, let alone define or capture. Adultery is common. This could be a sign ofrepparttar 126078 times – orrepparttar 126079 victory of honesty and openness over pretension and hypocrisy. No one can cast a stone at President Clinton in this day and age.”

AC : “But that's precisely it ! The President is not a mirror, a reflection ofrepparttar 126080 popular will. Our President is a leader with awesome powers. These powers were given to him to enable him to set example, to bear a standard – to be a standard. I do demand of my President to be morally superior to me – and this is no hypocrisy. This is a job description. To lead, a leader needs to inspire shame and guilt through his model. People must look up to him, wish they were like him, hope, dream, aspire and conspire to be like him. A true leader provokes inner tumult, psychological conflicts, strong emotions – because he demandsrepparttar 126081 impossible throughrepparttar 126082 instance of his personality. A true leader moves people to sacrifice because he is worthy of their sacrifice, because he deserves it. He definitely does not set an example of moral disintegration, recklessness, short-sightedness and immaturity. The President is given unique power, status and privileges – only because he has been recognized as a unique and powerful and privileged individual. Whether such recognition has been warranted or not is what determinesrepparttar 126083 quality ofrepparttar 126084 presidency.”

DC : “Not being a leader, or having been misjudged byrepparttar 126085 voters to be one – do not constitute impeachable offences. I reject your view ofrepparttar 126086 presidency. It is too fascist for me, it echoes withrepparttar 126087 despicable Fuhrerprinzip. A leader is no different fromrepparttar 126088 people that elected him. A leader has strong convictions shared byrepparttar 126089 majority of his compatriots. A leader also hasrepparttar 126090 energy to implementrepparttar 126091 solutions that he proposes andrepparttar 126092 willingness to sacrifice certain aspects of his life (like his privacy) to do so. If a leader is a symbol of his people – then he must, in many ways, be like them. He cannot be as alien as you make him out to be. But then, if he is alien by virtue of being superior or by virtue of being possessed of superhuman qualities – how can we, mere mortals, judge him ? This isrepparttar 126093 logical fallacy in your argument : ifrepparttar 126094 President is a symbol, then he must be very much similar to us and we should not subject him to a judgement more severe thanrepparttar 126095 one meted to ourselves. Ifrepparttar 126096 President is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, or otherwise, superhuman – then he is above our ability to judge. And ifrepparttar 126097 President is a standard against whom we should calibrate our lives and actions – then he must reflectrepparttar 126098 mores of his times,repparttar 126099 kaleidoscopic nature ofrepparttar 126100 society that bred him,repparttar 126101 flux of norms, conventions, paradigms and doctrines which formedrepparttar 126102 society which chose him. A standard too remote, too alien, too detached – will not do. People will ignore it and revert to other behavioural benchmarks and normative yardsticks. The President should, therefore, be allowed to be “normal”, he should be forgiven. After all forgiveness is as prominent a value as being truthful.

The Impeachment of the President of the USA - Part I

Written by Sam Vaknin

Inrepparttar hallways ofrepparttar 126061 Smithsonian, two moralists are debatingrepparttar 126062 impeachment ofrepparttar 126063 President ofrepparttar 126064 United States of America, Mr. William Jefferson Clinton. One is clearly Anti-Clinton (AC)repparttar 126065 other, a Democrat (DC), is not so much for him as he is forrepparttar 126066 rational and pragmatic application of moral principles.

AC (expectedly): “The President should be impeached”.

DC (no less expectedly) ; “But, surely, even you are not trying to imply that he has committed high crimes and misdemeanours, asrepparttar 126067 Constitution demands as grounds forrepparttar 126068 impeachment of a sitting President !”

AC : “But I do. Perjury is such a high crime because it underminesrepparttar 126069 very fabric of trust between fellow citizens and betweenrepparttar 126070 citizen andrepparttar 126071 system of justice,repparttar 126072 courts.”

DC : “A person is innocent until proven guilty. No sound proof of perjurious conduct on behalf ofrepparttar 126073 President has been provided as yet. Perjurious statements have to be deliberate and material. Even ifrepparttar 126074 President deliberately lied under oath – his lies were not material to a case, which was later dismissed onrepparttar 126075 grounds of a lack of legal merit. Legal hairsplitting and jousting are an integral part ofrepparttar 126076 defence in most court cases, civil and criminal. It is a legitimate – and legal – component of any legal battle, especially one involving interpretations, ambiguous terminology andrepparttar 126077 substantiation of intentions. The President should not be deniedrepparttar 126078 procedural and substantive rights available to allrepparttar 126079 other citizens of his country. Nor should he be subjected to a pre-judgment of his presumed guilt.”

AC : “This, precisely, is why an impeachment trial byrepparttar 126080 Senate is called for. It is only there thatrepparttar 126081 President can credibly and rigorously establish his innocence. All I am saying is that IFrepparttar 126082 President is found byrepparttar 126083 Senate to have committed perjury – he should be impeached. Wherever legal hairsplitting and jousting is permissible as a legal tactic – it should and will be made available torepparttar 126084 President. As torepparttar 126085 pre-judgment byrepparttar 126086 Press – I agree with you, there is no place for it but, then, in thisrepparttar 126087 President has been treated no differently than others. The pertinent fact is that perjury is a high misdemeanour, inrepparttar 126088 least, that is, an impeachable offence.”

DC : “It was clearly notrepparttar 126089 intention ofrepparttar 126090 Fathers of our Constitution to include perjury inrepparttar 126091 list of impeachable offences. Treason is more like it. Moreover, to say thatrepparttar 126092 President will receive a fair trial fromrepparttar 126093 hands of his peers inrepparttar 126094 Senate – is to lie. The Senate and its committees is a political body, heavily tilted, currently, againstrepparttar 126095 President. No justice can be had where politics rears its ugly head. Bias and prejudice will rule this mock trial.”

AC : “Man is a political animal, saidrepparttar 126096 Greek philosophers of antiquity. Where can you find an assembly of people free of politics ? What is this discourse that we are having if not a political one ? Is notrepparttar 126097 Supreme Court ofrepparttar 126098 land a politically appointed entity ? The Senate is no better and no worse, it is but a mirror, a reflection ofrepparttar 126099 combined will ofrepparttar 126100 people. Moreover, in pursuingrepparttar 126101 procedures of impeachment –repparttar 126102 Senate will have proved its non-political mettle in this case. The nation, in all opinion polls, wants this matter dropped. If it is not – it is a proof of foresight and civil courage, of leadership and refusal to succumb to passing fads.”

DC : “And what about my first argument – that perjury, even once proven, was not considered byrepparttar 126103 authors ofrepparttar 126104 Constitution to have been an impeachable offence ?”

AC : “The rules ofrepparttar 126105 land – evenrepparttar 126106 Constitution – are nothing but an agreement between those who subscribe to it and for as long as they do. It is a social contract, a pact. Men – evenrepparttar 126107 authors ofrepparttar 126108 Constitution - being mortal, relegatedrepparttar 126109 right to amend it and to interpret it to future generations. The Constitution is a vessel, each generation fills it as it sees fit. It is up to us to say what current meaning this document harbours. We are not to be constrained byrepparttar 126110 original intentions ofrepparttar 126111 authors. These intentions are meaningless as circumstances change. It is what we read intorepparttar 126112 Constitution that forms its specific contents. With changing mores and values and withrepparttar 126113 passage of events – each generation generates its own version of this otherwise immortal set of principles.”

DC : “I find it hard to accept that there is no limit to this creative deconstruction. Surely it is limited by common sense, confined to logic, subordinate to universal human principles. One can stretchrepparttar 126114 meanings of words only thus far. It takes a lot of legal hairsplitting to bring perjury – not proven yet – under one roof with treason.”

AC : “Let us ignorerepparttar 126115 legal issues and leave them to their professionals. Let us talk about what really bothers us all, including you, I hope and trust. This President has lied. He may have lied under oath, but he definitely lied on television and inrepparttar 126116 spacious rooms ofrepparttar 126117 White House. He lied to his family, to his aides, torepparttar 126118 nation, to Congress …”

DC : “For what purpose do you enumerate them ?”

AC : “Because it is one thing to lie to your family and another thing to lie to Congress. A lie told torepparttar 126119 nation, is of a different magnitude altogether. To lie to your closest aides and soi dissant confidantes – again is a separate matter …”

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