5-31: Ken Starr’s Sliding Scale of Sex Abuse

Under this headline at the Daily Kos

Kenneth Starr, Who Investigated Bill Clinton, To Be Fired from Baylor over Sex-Abuse Scandals

staff writer Walter Einenkel wrote this amazing paragraph. I chose to include it in this blog because it is so well written and it is yet another example of government run amok.

Kenneth Starr made his early career as a judgeship nominee of conservative Saint, and all-around-awful politician, Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. He was dragged out of the Bush/Reagan/Nixon/Cheney dungeon as an attack dog for the conservative party in the 1990s, as they hoped that scandal would sink then-President, Bill Clinton.

Starr was named special prosecutor to investigate a real estate matter–they called it a scandal–known as “Whitewater.” To explain succinctly what Whitewater was all about I turned to Investopedia” (http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/08/whitewater-scandal). It says:

The Whitewater scandal refers to a real estate controversy involving former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary. In 1978, when Bill Clinton was attorney general of Arkansas, he and his wife partnered with James and Susan McDougal to purchase 220 acres of land that would become the Whitewater Development Corporation. The real estate venture failed, costing the Clintons a reported $40,000 in losses….

Questions surrounding the Clintons’ involvement in the Whitewater deal grew during President Clinton’s first term in office and an investigation into the legality of the Whitewater transactions was launched.

The investigation continued, with Kenneth Starr at the helm … [The] Starr investigation went on to include the Lewinsky scandal and several other controversies involving the Clintons. All … inquiries into the Whitewater land deal yielded insufficient evidence to charge the Clintons with criminal conduct.

Just following the string, we go from investigation of a failed real estate deal all the way to Lewinsky and then the impeachment of the President of the United States. It is not my concern to defend Clinton’s actions while in the White House or at any other time in his life. Although he and Hillary are public figures, most of the actions we find reprehensible should mainly be left with the couple to resolve in their private lives.

Enter Starr. Finding nothing indictable regarding Whitewater, the reason he was appointed to sit in judgement in the first place, he just kept digging and following press reports and wallowing in the slimelight. When the mess was over, taxpayers spent $44 million to have “The Starr Report” published. It is mostly salacious–I read it–and has very little to do with Whitewater.

And Now This

Righteous, pompous, peep show poster boy Kenneth Starr is fired from the presidency of Baylor University for “looking the other way” when the university’s football players were charged with sex abuse, including rape. My, my, how times have changed. Football players may not be high government officials, but No means No. Why doesn’t Starr get that?

My Random House Dictionary of the English Language defines “hypocrisy” as the “pretense of having a virtuous character.” Methinks the bard could have stuffed such stuff into a tragedy.

Fallen Starr

Act I. After searching the land for an honest lawyer, and finding none, Kenneth Starr is selected.

Act. II. Starr conducts a show trial that goes well beyond the original scope of his charter. For this his “star” rises, for he is proving to be even more virtuous than expectations, and he is willing to go to extraordinary lengths to get his man.

Act III. Starr exposes his adversary as a philanderer, much to the delight of his political backers.

Act IV. Starr lands prestigious position as president of a prestigious university where he decides that some prestigious people under his leadership [i.e., football players] are permitted to act outside the law. His reputation for virtue declines.

Act V. Starr falls back whimpering into the Bush/Reagan/Nixon/Cheney dungeon.

Is this not a drama that repeats itself?

What’s the Matter with Iraq Today?

Act I. Bush and Cheney want to go to war with Iraq and have, in fact, already drawn up plans to do so.

Act. II. Bush and Cheney lie about weapons of mass destruction.

Act III. Saddam Hussein is hunted down and hanged.

Act IV. Bush and Cheney call for an election in Iraq but are not pleased with the results.

Act V. … not written yet … and yet:

  • U.S. troops still in Iraq
  • people still dying
  • soldiers continue to come home wondering why they were in Iraq in the first place

 

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