From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jerry Aspar)
Subject: PoliticalEssays: Rage For Civility
Date: 21 Jan 2004 05:01:43 -0800
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004 13:01:43 +0000 (UTC)
` The Washington Post reports that "Hopes for Civility
in Washington Are Dashed."
Not in the city of Washington DC, but in the Coward
Among the staff writers who put the newsstory together,
at least one has a sense of humor.
How can we tell?
On down in the newsstory, we discover that:
"The tone changes as long as you're having a mono-
logue," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), a former
"If you question them [the Bu$hites] one iota, they
challenge your patriotism."
And who is this "former Clinton aide"?
Let's consult Gary Aldrich's book, *Unlimited Access.
An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House.*
At page 29:
This particular man worked at the White House for al-
most a year before we were finally "allowed" to con-
duct his background investigation. Over the months, I
had noticed that this staffer's dress, demeanor, and
bearing never rose above the level of unacceptable. He
was frequently sloppy, often arrogant, always disagree-
able, and had a reputation for being very inconsiderate.
Like so many in the Clinton administration, including
the president and, sadly, the first lady, this staffer
was not able to express his thoughts or make a point
without the use of obscene language and rage. The rage
was more important to me from an investigative stand-
point. There were reports that he had fits of raging
fury when crossed. He used violent, coarse language as
a "sludge hammer" to bully people. His office was in
the West Wing, not far from the Oval Office, hardly a
place to "lose it."
Because he held a high-level position, it was neces-
sary to interview senior staff, including Mack McLarty.
At page 31:
..."Mr. McLarty, there is the issue of loss of emotion-
al control, sir. This man works in close proximity to
the president, and he can't seem to moderate his anger.
He can't seem to control his emotions. That doesn't
necessarily mean he's dangerous, but loss of emotional
control, fits of rage, may be warning signs of a bigger
problem. Sometimes rage can be attributed to an emo-
tional disturbance, and sometimes rage is an indication
of illegal drug use. Cocaine, for example, can cause
fits of rage in many people. Do you understand now why
I would ask these questions, sir?"
The Post's frontpage newsstory is datelined January 18,
Aldrich's book was published in 1996 by Regnery Publish-
ing, Inc. The ISBN: 0 89526 454 4.