Ethics, Oaths and the Big Spin

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison on October 23, 2005, put a big hypocritical spin on the matter of lying while under oath to a grand jury. Speaking about the Fitzgerald investigation into the leak of classified information for personal revenge and political reasons, she stated:
"I certainly hope that if there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality..."
On February 12, 1999, Hutchison spoke about her vote to impeach then-president Bill Clinton for perjury – for lying under oath:
"The edifice of American jurisprudence rests on the foundation of the due process of law. The mortar in that foundation is the oath. The oath is how we defend ourselves against those who would subvert our system by breaking our laws. There are Americans in jail today because they violated that oath."
That kind of partisan, unethical, flopping behavior is one of the three root problems choking the life out of American politics today. Pressure from the main economic powers of a region or nation is another; the third is never mentioned in public – and it won't be mentioned here, either.
We the People can pull ourselves out of this muck we're stuck in, but we'll have to address those two speakable problems if we expect to get any help from our own government.
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