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I have memories of the campaign finance controversy starring Johnny Chung, John Huang, Charlie Trie and the sensitive transfer of missile and nuclear technology to China’s military — all for campaign cash. That same technology has ended up in Pakistan and Iran. Then-President Clinton allowed nuclear reactors into North Korea for a promise of good behavior from a communist dictator. He obstructed justice, suborned and committed perjury in the Oval Office. Who can forget Monica’s blue dress, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Gennifer Flowers and the many others involved in controversy under the Clintons’ watch? Who could forget all the U.S. embassy bombings and the attack on the USS Cole?

During Mr. Clinton’s term, 47 individuals or businesses connected with the Clintons were convicted, 14 persons were convicted and imprisoned while working for the Clintons (remember Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell?) and 45 witnesses or critics were subjected to IRS audits.

Eight years of nonstop corruption was the benchmark of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton. They are upset that Mr. Bush commuted the sentence of a man who did not leak CIA employee Valerie Plame’s name. “ScooterLibby was charged and convicted of false statements under oath. Are we to believe that those opposed to his commutation now feel that a perjurer should go to jail for making false statements under oath? It is stunning how America has forgotten the absolute moral depravity of the Clinton years.


Staunton, Ill.

Tufts and free speech

The editorial on free speech at Tufts University — unsigned, of course — put forth an argument that the university should propagate free speech and remove restrictions on the Primary Source, the university’s conservative publication (“Collegiate speech,” Thursday).

While the Source may not be crossing any legal boundaries with its eyebrow-raising satire, it regularly crosses ethical lines by printing material that is divisive, insensitive and sometimes blatantly inaccurate. For a publication that prides itself on representing conservative values, the Primary Source rarely follows through on that goal. Instead, the magazine too often concerns itself with personal attacks against minority groups rather than cogent political commentary.

In a letter to the current staff, Primary Source co-founder Brian Kelley condemned the publication as a monster and encouraged the editors to consider a truly conservative idea: return to the roots and approach on which your paper was founded.

The sensible solution for the Source is not to continue lamenting its lack of free speech or for the university to clamp down on its freedom, but to work responsibly within the realm of its constitutional liberties. A conservative voice is sorely needed in a cuddly, non-confrontational school atmosphere like the one at Tufts, but it needs to be a serious and reasoned one capable of mature discussion.


Editor Emeritus of the Tufts Observer


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