The Clinton Administration Is No Friend of the Constitution

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The Clinton Administration Is No Friend of the Constitution


In his Dec. 16 commentary ("Glimmers of cultural hope"), Thomas Sowell reflects on the social degeneration caused by countercultural elites. He warns of the horrors of social anarchy - evident in such places as Bosnia, Rwanda and Cambodia - but he is also optimistic about a bipartisan counter-countercultural revolution.

Whatever anarchistic threat countercultural elites may present, there is a much greater threat from the suborning of constitutional institutions themselves. Mr. Sowell overlooks how the Clinton administration has undermined confidence in the presidency and other institutions of constitutional government. This failing of the Clinton administration could trigger a backlash over any of several issues:

* The administration has politicized the justice system, creating a double standard for administration insiders. Some officials have been investigated for misdeeds, but the process is slow, selective and often inconclusive. Administration officials have stonewalled in congressional hearings without consequence. Attorney General Janet Reno appears to have bent to the will of the White House, keeping her silence as James Carville rants against special prosecutor Kenneth Starr - to whom has fallen the responsibility of enforcing the law.

* The presidential responsibility for the national defense has been subordinated to the administration's partisan agenda. Cuts to the military, reductions in operational capability, and the primacy of humanitarian missions have debilitated national defense. The administration persists in maintaining that a missile defense is unnecessary and is defying Congress over the matter. The administration has misled the public about the targeting of Russian missiles, meekly tolerated Beijing's threat to nuke Los Angeles, cooked intelligence estimates, and ignored the present threat from crude missiles. The administration also ignores the hemorrhaging of technologies and materials that pose a clear threat from weapons of mass destruction. …

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