I never liked Kenneth Starr; I always thought he was a pinhead.
As the youngest of four brothers who, in our youth, functioned in a manner that involved way too much testosterone, that may not come as much of a surprise. Not all would agree, but I still feel that, even today, if choosing sides in a friendly touch football game, Mr. Starr would be selected somewhere toward the end of the process.
Thank goodness that variety is the spice of life.
Respectfully, at no time in my future do I believe I will be chosen to lead a special council to investigate a sitting President. I can still remember every time I saw Mr. Starr on TV thinking, "Look at this weasel. You can just tell there is nothing more he would love than to bring down Bill Clinton -- a man of such great talent, success, and charisma, not to mention the President of the United States."
As the days went on, and more truth came out, my perspective slowly changed. The shock of what had really transpired, and the incredibly surreal media circus that unfolded would become an example of blind arrogance, pride and stupidity that no amount of lessons from even P.T. Barnum could have assisted Mr. Clinton in avoiding.
As it turned out, thank goodness for the pinhead!
For me, the life lesson learned was that Mr. Starr's focus on truth, and his relentless patience for the pursuit thereof would demonstrate that perhaps all true things come to those who wait. The result and magnitude of his persistence and discoveries still haunt me to this day. The fact that one man could be so dishonest and immoral and still rise to what is considered the highest position of power on the planet still causes me to be shamed by my own naivety.
As the media continues to impact our culture, and our nation's own self-respect and morality erodes faster than we can figure out what "is" is, I am left only with the hope that in my own small way I can make some bit of difference. Looking back from then until now, I must say the battle of political power and the so-called culture war has obviously gotten worse with no sign of peace in the near future.
Enter stage left, Eric Holder; a man who, like most, we would hope began with the best intentions. This new sheriff in town, whose track record might be considered questionable by most of his own constituents, has something in his sights. The question at hand is, "What?"
Is it true justice or something else?
Why, after his boss, President Obama, has publicly expressed a position to the contrary, would he continue on a rogue course of "seeking truth," at a time when such a course will, in fact, undermine the performance of the agency he has targeted.
Could it be some odd agenda in hopes of a revelation that could lead to some higher understanding of truth, and expose information that now is unknown?
My Dad always used to say, "Actions speak louder than words."
Anyone with access to the Internet and plain old common sense could learn rather quickly the difference in circumstances between the actions of Mr. Starr and the motives of Mr. Holder. Political karma has a funny way of playing itself out. I've heard it said that the best way to overcome evil is with good.
Perhaps Mr. Holder's crystal ball will reveal the origin of that truth, before it is politically too late for us all, if it isn't already. Personally, I do not concern myself with the actions of those who I'm sure I can have no influence on.
But I am still left to wonder if it is some kind of cosmic oxymoron to continue in an effort that will only test whether or not certain individuals, who were simply following orders approved by all involved are to be found guilty.
Will they have excuses that float or sink in this test of truth?
Or perhaps another individual in a position of judgment said it best: "What is truth?"
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