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Remember American roots

I felt compelled to write this response to James D. Smith's "Clinton haters defy logic" (Reader's Forum, June 3, 1999) to point out a number of mistakes.

First, the Clinton impeachment was made on solid grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice, it was not an ultra right-wing movement, as Mr. Smith would like to believe. The "Republican-dominated Senate" made its decision without listening to all the evidence, as Sen. Orrin Hatch stated before the Senate trial ended.Secondly, Bill Clinton has little to do with the current success of the economy. He is only given credit for actions others have made. Likewise, Ronald Reagan had little to do with the "economic catastrophe of the '80s."

I would point out that gas prices have skyrocketed since the Clinton administration started but had little change during the Reagan years; I'll admit it's not the best example, but I'd like to hear of one thing that has been a vast improvement for large families in the current decade.

Third, before you accuse Rep. Cannon and Mr. David Dixon of treason, look up the definition of treason as stated by the U.S. Constitution (Article III, Section 3; "Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort"). The declaration of war against any nation without provocation is to bring war upon the United States.

In World War II, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor without provocation, so a declaration of war did not constitute an act of treason. In the situation of Kosovo, the United States DID NOT experience any kind of provocation. Bill Clinton brought war against the United States of America. I believe Chris Cannon is right to call for an end to the war.

I fear that people with attitudes like that of Smith are weakening our moral fiber. We should all do our best to restore the spirit of the Constitution and remember our roots. It may be our only hope.

Grant David Turnblom

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