Mark Caserta: Americans must listen to politicians carefully

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Mark Caserta:  Free State Patriot Editor

Aug. 20, 2015 @ 12:01 AM

Esteemed words from politicians with a flair for oratory have played a significant role in molding U.S. history. Leveraging an inspirational quote from a beloved representative of the people has been quite common in capturing the vibrancy of the American spirit throughout the years.

Unfortunately, over time, nefarious elected officials have scarred the public’s ability to take politicians’ words at face value. And certainly, Bill and Hillary Clinton have helped changed the lingual face of politics as we’ve come to know it.

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About 17 years ago, after being caught in an inappropriate relationship with 24-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton famously told the nation, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” In a videotaped testimony before a federal grand jury, Clinton proposed the type of “activities” in which he and Monica engaged were not “sexual relations” as he understood it.

But as secretly recorded tapes began to emerge along with word of a “blue dress” that may have conclusive DNA evidence confirming the president’s affair, Clinton’s stance began to soften. During his carefully worded testimony, he argued, “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is'” is in regards to the truthfulness of his statement that “there is not a sexual relationship, an improper sexual relationship or any other kind of improper relationship.”

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Clinton’s parsing of words didn’t fly with independent counsel Ken Starr or the federal grand jury and he became only the second president in American history impeached by the House of Representatives. While a Senate trial failed to remove him from office, Clinton’s impeachment remains an embarrassing stain on his legacy.

Not to be outdone by her hubby, Hillary Clinton has begun incorporating a similar form of explication regarding her use of her personal email server while Secretary of State.

Following the revelation that Hillary had set up her own unsecure server, the question arose as to whether she had committed a felony by using her server for classified communications. While initially fielding questions about her actions during a March press conference, Clinton declared, “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email.”

But Hillary dodged the fact that she had received classified email on her server, in violation of 18 USC 1924, which makes it a crime to have classified information at an “unauthorized location.” Last week, upon learning that Intelligence officials had uncovered at least two emails containing classified State Department information, Hillary “adjusted” her initial response to include she had never sent or received any emails that were “marked” classified.

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“Most importantly I never sent classified material on my email and I never received any that was marked classified,” Clinton said during a press conference at the Iowa State Fair.

But since Hillary’s emails never made it to an authorized server, how could officials properly classify them?

Such is the new political patter or the abuse of the literal interpretation of a statement, which Americans must now be unceasingly aware.

Thanks for propagating the dialectal dishonesty, Bill and Hillary.

Mark Caserta is a conservative blogger, a Cabell County resident and a regular contributor to The Herald-Dispatch editorial page.

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One Response to “Mark Caserta: Americans must listen to politicians carefully”

  1. Brittius August 21, 2015 at 5:11 am #

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