- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 8, 2000

Cal Thomas' July 5 column ("Day of reckoning for Clinton?" Commentary) got me to thinking about the president and his addiction to lawlessness. On examining the impeachment proceedings, my thoughts focused on the House managers.Not too long ago, 13 members of the House of Representatives accepted the duty to serve as managers and present the case for impeachment of President Clinton before the Senate. At the time, many pundits and other talking heads expounded on both the severity of impeachment and the near-useless efforts of the managers to try Mr. Clinton for high crimes and misdemeanors.We were all subjected to a justification of moral haphazard conduct and a whimsical dismissal of anything that resembled evidence of criminal wrongdoing. There were myopic parallels drawn to the impeachment proceedings brought against Richard Nixon, and no one seemed to care that this was not the most ethical administration in history.Does it matter now more than it mattered then? Arguably, the protectors and enablers of Mr. Clinton will continue to wring their hands and lament the harsh criticism and unfair judicial treatment of the president. Now we hear of possible disbarment in Arkansas of Mr. Clinton. The president's path of shame and deceit winds on and on.When popular support failed for impeachment, the House managers remained true to their cause and their principles. When the Senate sat silent and got bored with the detailed account of corruption and deceit fostered and nurtured by the president, the House managers pressed forward out of respect for the Constitution and reverence for the trust given to members of Congress.We must not forget the representatives who served as House managers and those who voted to remove the president. We can count on Mr. Clinton's cronies to do anything

ossible to remove the managers this fall. Now is the time to exercise our

ower and send a message to those who believe the rule of law is dead in America.AARON LEWINGSterling

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