Bill Clinton: a man you can trust?
Without a doubt, Bill Clinton is an exceptional speaker – convincing and charming – a devastating combination. But can he be trusted?
Bill Clinton as courtroom witness
Once again I find myself falling back on my courtroom experiences. I know firsthand that lawyers and witnesses can make a compelling case for just about anything and having you believing wholeheartedly that they are telling the truth. Again, relying on courtroom experience, I can also tell you that when searching for the truth it is wise to look at the past of the person who has been so convincing. If this person is a witness, the courtroom term is “impeaching” the witness. The opposition does this by catching them in lies, which assaults their credibility.
“Impeachment” is an interesting term to use when discussing Bill Clinton, for obvious reasons. Whether this man is giving a convention speech or telling Congress and the country that he did not have sex with that woman – Monica Lewinsky, we would be wise to apply the courtroom standard to his words. The talking heads have done a good job of fact checking some of his more poignant remarks, and as was the case in the past, they are woefully inaccurate.
Can you believe Bill Clinton today?
Bill Clinton as President. Photo: Bob McNeely, The White House.
So the question now is – will countless Americans believe his remarks that he skillfully punctuates with his index finger wagging to emphasize, or will they remember that this particularly charming man is a bona fide liar extraordinaire? My guess is that those who have been enchanted by the Liar in Chief will accept Clinton’s remarks as inspirational. Liars can be inspirational as well as convincing – just as the father of all liars was when he led a revolt that recruited one-third of heaven. The good news is that some of us recognize liars for what they are. Hopefully there are enough of us voting in the November election.