In his recent column ["Time to Move on Already," September 22], Andrew J. Kim '01 asks the question, "So why all the charades?" He wants to know why Americans claim to be sick of this sordid Presidential mess but at the same time gobble up sexually loaded reports of the President's misconduct. Then, to my disappointment, he lets the question drop without answering it in a reasonable way.
Contrary to what Kim says, the two-faced nature of the American people on this issue has nothing to do with protecting children. It has everything to do with the morals this country holds from when it was still a bunch of colonies juxtaposed with the reality of human nature. We all know the morals that the community holds us to - the direct descendants of those that were brought here by the Puritans.
Obviously the President's behavior was completely immoral, and we feel inside of us that we will be guilty by association if we think of defending such a man. We revile the sex on a public level, calling for its rapid punishment and exit from the spotlight.
But, in reality, we are all sexual creatures. Americans can't get enough of sex, whether in the form of conversation, television, movies, or anything else. So we focus privately on the sex of the case. It is only natural that when such a graphic and steamy document is released, with the inherent legitimacy of the government serving as publisher, we grab it and read. It's a great novel - and it's all true. Unlike most of politics, sex has the unique ability to both bring down the President and hold the public's attention.
Only when Americans fully realize how much they love the subject on one hand and hate it on the other will they see how Kenneth Starr has manipulated them into the chain reaction of events that has brought us to the dismal situation now.
Joshua M. Thompson '02