Clinton's Morals Reflect the Nation's

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Monday, February 26, 2001

Clinton's Morals Reflect the Nation's

Everyone is now dumping on ex-President Bill Clinton, now that he's no longer in power. Even some of his staunchest defenders are calling him sleazy and his actions tawdry and illegal. When a few conservatives spoke of his lack of integrity during the 1992 campaign, we were dismissed as "Clinton-haters." So what are these people who call him far worse than we did?

But Clinton isn't the problem. The people who elected him twice are the problem. They didn't care about his morals. They said so in opinion poll after opinion poll. Some said if the economy had been bad at the time of his impeachment, he would have been removed from office, indicating we trust more in Dow Jones than we do in God.

So, the real problem isn't the Clintons. The real problem is us. The real problem isn't their behavior, because they have behaved only the way we didn't care if they behaved.

As I have said many times, leadership reflects followership. And the reflection we see in Bill and Hillary's mirror isn't them. It's too many of us.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.