These words written in 1785 by Thomas Jefferson offer us a commentary, characterization and, sadly, a prophecy about President Clinton and his relationship with the American people. "Nothing is so mistaken as the supposition that a person is to extricate himself from a difficulty, by intrigue, by chicanery, by dissimulation, by trimming, by an untruth, by an injustice. This increases the difficulties tenfold, and those who pursue these methods, get themselves so involved at length that they can turn no way but their infamy becomes more exposed.
"It is of great importance to set a resolution, not to be shaken, never to tell an untruth. There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible, and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second time and a third time, till at length it becomes habitual, he tells lies without attending to it and truths without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions."Gary Russon
Salt Lake City