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In other editorials on my site I have always said that I would be willing to give my life to save that of President Clinton. I felt that our system of Government would be able to handle truth. I believed that if President Clinton had committed perjury in a Federal Court that it was a high crime. I had always thought that felony crimes were high crimes. Perjury in a Federal Court can bring a prison sentence of as much as ten years. Murder conviction in a state court can bring as little as seven years. So when you make that comparison lying to a grand jury is a worse crime that murder.

Let's also keep in mind that President Clinton could have pled the Fifth Amendment that allows a person to avoid self-incrimination not only in that trial but future cases. President Clinton an attorney who had other attorneys present at the time of the deposition opted to lie to the grand jury when he could have pled the fifth.

The United States has never been a Democracy. It is a Republic where the rule of law governs, not the rule of the people. Legislators were voted into office to make laws that govern. So let's see if they have the guts to enforce the laws that have been written by previous legislators. My question to all of the legislators is this, "If lying to a grand jury is not a high crime then what is?"

In 1776 we fought a war with Great Britain that started with a declaration that stated "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal." What that one short sentence meant to me was that no man was above or below the law. That the law was the source of our freedoms in giving each man the freedom to be responsible for his own actions.

In the Ten Commandments given to Moses by God "Thou shall not bear false witness" and "Thou shall not kill" are both in God's list of high crimes and misdemeanors.

All that the Senate has to do is to remove President Clinton from his job. They are not sending him to jail. The Democratic Party will still have their man, Al Gore, setting in office.

So what is the big deal? The truth is the big deal! If President Clinton can get away with lying to a grand jury and the Senate approves. What does that say to future cases? Keep in mind that each man is created equal in the eyes of the law.


Jim Gibb