Enough sex - let's bring on the news

Amanda

Mahmoudi

Many Americans may be complaining about the lack of moral authority of the president. There is one thing they cannot complain about: the American economy.

The economy is good. It's doing so well, in fact, that consumers dish out hard-earned cash for an edition of the Starr Report.

Yes, publishers have taken notice of the public demand for dirt on the leader of the free world. There are currently three versions of the report on sale.

This is not an advertisement. This is sick. I have tried to maintain a silence about the investigation of President Clinton. I didn't want to hear about it. I didn't want to read about it.

I was closely bordering the state of complete denial. (Lewinsky? Is that a Polish sausage?) Trying to remain patient and hopeful that this country's government would do the right thing proves to be a fruitless effort.

What is the right thing?

Here it is, plain and simple:

If there are grounds for indictment (which I do not believe to be true), try the president after his term is over. It can be that simple.

Hasn't this drama been going on long enough? Haven't we suffered enough?

This past Monday, which marked the release of the president's testimony on tape, also saw his speech against global terrorism at the United Nations.

How many of you heard about that on the evening news? I'll tell you what I saw on the local news on Monday night. I saw a child psychologist advising parents on the ways to explain President Clinton's connection with Monica Lewinsky to their children.

When I watched the BBC news, however, I saw President Clinton receive a standing ovation before even giving his speech at the United Nations.

What does that show?

It shows that people here have a sick fascination with the possible downfall of their elected leader. How can people stand back and watch, as if it were an accident on I-10?

That is a result of the whole situation spinning out of control. For breakfast, lunch and dinner, we are force-fed speculations and irresponsible insinuations about what the future holds for President Clinton.

If we're lucky, we may actually get an afternoon snack of real news (murders, robberies, the city of Houston's generous and unjustifiable attitude toward spending our tax money).

These are real issues. Someone getting shot or robbed in my neighborhood affects me more than a semen stain on the dress of an obsessed woman.

Why should our media be allowed to speculate on the president's future when they are not living up to their duties to the public?

Journalistic ethics call for the use of facts, not mere speculation. I am fed up with hearing Dave Ward ask, "Could this get the president impeached?"

Representatives from countries around the world stood up and applauded President Clinton - not necessarily for what he had to say, but for what he has been going through, and will continue to go through, if the Republicans have their way.

If people from other countries see that this whole affair is completely ludicrous, why can't we? I'm sure most leaders wish that infidelity were the most important issue they had to deal with right now.

Is the president above the law? No. Before one dooms him to a life in oblivion, however, one should consider and compare the faults of past presidents to Clinton's.

So far, the Lewinsky affair proposes no threat to the lives of Americans. No one is at risk, except for one person who never claimed to be without scruples.

Mahmoudi, a junior French and German major, remains a fountain of hope. She can be reached at

amahmoud@bayou.uh.edu.

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