scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: The P.C. Presidential Press Conference
Jack W. Sandoz, Jr. (jsandoz@EARTHLINK.NET
Mon Jul 03 2000 - 06:57:07 CDT
If you can't say something that says something, why have a press
As the grandson of the owner/editor of a Deep South newspaper of some
journalistic note, my elders taught me the value of tact and wit and
gentility but never at the expense of truth. Many years ago, I
recognized and appreciated the gentle quality of Marin County Softspeak
which to my dismay evolved into P. C. drivel. The Conventional Wisdom in
Hollywood today says:"Don't let the facts get in the way of the truth."
Well, this logic ignores the honest fact that IF the FACTS don't support
the 'truth' THEN it's not THE TRUTH.
Today, the movers and shakers, prominent business leaders, elected
officials and trend setting, (read: mind twisting) media moguls have
formulated ways to promulgate the invented 'truths' that support their
agendas with alarming skill and credibility. Since these 'skills' are
not the ones Scouting seeks to promote, Mr. Clinton's ambivolence is no
With Mr. Clinton as our Chief Executive pointing the way, our future
seems to hold such arrogant ineptitude that the dictionary for the new
millennium will contain ONE all-purpose definition.
"You are expected to perceive anything, said or written, to mean
whatever serves your needs."
*DISCLAIMER: If you find this definition does not satisfy you, you may
wish to complain. No Problem!
The definition serves my needs. So any comments will be perceived by
us to be complimentary.- The Editor
*This will be the last edition of the dictionary because words are
Since a primary purpose of Scouting is to produce tommorrow's leaders
and to inculcate values in these leaders so that their choices will be
ethical, it should not surprise you to know that Mr. Clinton's Character
has caused the Presidential Signature, for the first time, to be
routinely omitted from the Eagle Scout certificate.
Jack W. Sandoz
SM Troop 007
Friday, June 30, 2000 Clinton comments on Scouts ruling
As a press conference on Wednesday, President Clinton commented on the
Supreme Court ruling upholding the Boy Scouts� right to bar gay troop
leaders, saying, �I�m generally against discrimination against gays.� In
his role as president, Clinton serves as the honorary chairman of the
Boy Scouts. In response to a question about his
position on the 5�4 ruling, Clinton said, �I noted with interest that
they seemed to go out of their way to draw the ruling quite narrowly and
to limit it strictly to the question of whether the Boy Scouts could
pick the people who were going to be scout leaders.� Without saying if
he agrees or disagrees with the ruling, Clinton continued, �I think the
country has moved a long way, and I�m proud of things that we�ve been
able to do, and
I�m disappointed we haven�t been able to do more in some areas. But I
think we�re moving in the right direction.
And I think that�s all I should say.� However, Clinton added, �I mean,
the Boy Scouts still are�they�re a great group, they do a lot of good.
And I would hope that, you know, this is just one step along the way of
a movement toward greater inclusion for our society, because I think
that�s the direction we ought to be going in.�