Elder Patriot – When Monica Lewinsky met Bill Clinton for the first time she was basically an infatuated bobbysoxer. That didn’t stop then President Clinton from using his position of dominance to take complete advantage of the situation.
Naturally, the infatuated intern was flattered and succumbed to Bill’s advances. Monica was too immature and her ego was too inflated at that time to understand just how seriously she was being used.
Time and maturity have changed Lewinsky’s view of what transpired between her and President Clinton.
In a 3,500-word essay that appeared in Vanity Fair this month the former White House intern wrote:
“Now, at 44, I’m beginning (just beginning) to consider the implications of the power differentials that were so vast between a president and a White House intern. I’m beginning to entertain the notion that in such a circumstance the idea of consent might well be rendered moot.”
Lewinsky wrote that her awakening came when she received a private correspondence from a leader of the #MeToo movement – “I’m so sorry you were so alone.” Lewinsky said those seven words “landed in a way that cracked me open and brought me to tears.”
“ Yes, I had received many letters of support in 1998. And, yes (thank God!), I had my family and friends to support me. But by and large I had been alone. So. Very. Alone. Publicly Alone—abandoned most of all by the key figure in the crisis, who actually knew me well and intimately. That I had made mistakes, on that we can all agree. But swimming in that sea of Aloneness was terrifying.
“Isolation is such a powerful tool to the subjugator.”
“For two decades, I have been working on myself, my trauma, and my healing. And, naturally, I have grappled with the rest of the world’s interpretations and Bill Clinton’s re-interpretations of what happened.”
“The reason this is difficult is that I’ve lived for such a long time …clinging to my experiences as they unfolded in my 20s and railing against the untruths that painted me as an unstable stalker and Servicer in Chief.”
“I now see how problematic it was that the two of us even got to a place where there was a question of consent. Instead, the road that led there was littered with inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege.”
This is the very reason every corporation had instituted guidelines demanding the immediate termination of any employee – CEO’s included – who enters into a relationship with an intern prior to President Clinton’s tawdry episode with Monica.
Now as Monica enters adulthood – true adulthood – she also recognizes the debilitating effects on society as a whole that Bill Clinton’s self-centered, immaturity resulted in.
“The result, I believe, was that in 1998 the person to whom we would typically turn for reassurance and comfort during a national crisis was remote and unavailable. The country, at that stage, had no consistent, Rooseveltian voice of calm or reason or empathy to make sense of the chaos. Instead, our Nurturer in Chief, because of his own actions as much as the subterfuge of his enemies, was a figurative ‘absent father.’
While it’s true that previous presidents were not chaste in this regard their marital meanderings had never crossed the line that demanded the media report on it. The importance of the president as our Commander in Chief of Morality had been held sacrosanct.
Until Clinton. His actions demanded he resign for the good of the country. But, for both of the Clintons it was never about the good of the country.
Monica recounts discussing this concept with psychologist Jack Saul, founding director of New York’s International Trauma Studies Program and author of Collective Trauma, Collective Healing.
‘“Collective trauma,’ he told me, ‘usually refers to the shared injuries to a population’s social ecology due to a major catastrophe or chronic oppression, poverty, and disease.’”
The Left, desperate to save Bill Clinton’s presidency tied themselves in knots to forgive what the country needed to be, unforgivable.
Now that society no longer respects any limits on sexuality, the result of the decades the Left spent promoting free sex and various forms of depravity, the Left is desperately trying to put that genie back in the bottle as a tool for discrediting President Trump.
Ain’t gonna happen. They made their bed and now they are forced to lie in it.