was going to write about the ideal woman but that will have to wait till
New Yearís Eve, right now I canít resist writing about one of Time
magazineís men of the year, Bill Clinton.
story is interesting because it has as many layers as you care to dig, and
as many angles as the Taj Mahal. And thanks to the power of American
television, it was played out like a seedy soap opera in front of millions
of people. The directors decided to cut costs with the characters so only
about five people played key roles. The result was that the characters
were given schizophrenic personalities. The hero is tall, handsome, and
powerful. He is in charge of one of the richest countries of the world,
commanding vast armies and weapons. He had a liberal education at Oxford,
and oozes charm. He is married to an equally if not more intelligent woman
of the nineties. As in all operas they appear to have a perfect life. Then
real life intervenes.
election of Bill Clinton as President of the United States brought hope to
many Americans who were hitherto misunderstood or simply ignored; hope to
Americans who believed in compassion, and eschewed strongman politics.
Women and blacks were given opportunities they never had. The elderly were
given more support. Education and health were given serious attention.
was praised for his foreign policy in sensitive areas. He managed to keep
away the traditional criticisms of America as strongman while maintaining
the balance between Taiwan and China. Despite the perennial setbacks, his
Government was able to push the Middle East peace process forward between
the Palestinians and Israelis.
wife Hilary worked in tandem with him, complimenting him. He was obviously
a Ď90s man since he didnít see her accomplishments and popularity as a
threat but as an asset.
has one weakness. It is not uncommon amongst powerful driven men - women.
His affairs were not an aberration but a vital part of a profile of men
with power. Let us study this profile.
young women who have very little else but their beauty and physical assets
are drawn to wealthy, powerful middle-aged men. (They have to be
middle-aged to accumulate such wealth and high positions.) And wealthy and
powerful men are drawn to beautiful, nubile women whom they wear on their
arm like a prize. ďLook what Iíve got,Ē they seem to say, as less
fortunate men married to their familiar and increasingly dowdy wives look
on with envy. But make no mistake, this is a very cynical contract. These
young women know that they are little more than objects to be flashed like
the Benz or the BMW or the penthouse. They know their role. Look pretty
and shut up. Donít EVER challenge the man, NEVER let him know you have a
brain and ALWAYS make the man feel macho.
But these young girls too get
something out it. They are in it for the money or career prospects. The
men are in it because in midlife theyíve got everything but their youth.
Through these young women older powerful men are able to buy youth.
Occasionally they make fools of themselves: dress in clothes too absurdly
young for them and cavort in discos frequented by teenagers, but who
cares, they are after the illusion, and money can buy that. But generally
they are discreet and they control their affairs well. Their secret is
that they go for women who are not too smart or independent. Women who are
fully in their power.
Clinton did what all men in a far lesser position of power do all over the
world. But he was so drunk with power that he never thought that this
infantile plump girl called Monica could do him harm. So he coddled with
her as he would with his favourite dog. Used her as a bit of a
distraction. A little job here under the table, a little button down there
to help him relax between brokering international peace accords.
the beginning there were loud allegations and whispers of the
Presidentís penchant for women. But the Clintons have always had the
common touch (although in retrospect, with respect to Bill Clinton he went
too far) and the sight of his independent, highly acclaimed, intelligent,
attractive wife saying she stood by her man, helped the ride over those
was such a silly girl, with the ostensible mental capacity of a
13-year-old, that Bill didnít see any harm in indulging both him and
herself. The odd thing is that he found her rather breathless
schoolgirlish tactics titillating. Or does it show that a man will go for
ANY girl who tugs at her g-strings? Anyway, I suppose its always nice to
have a delicious little secret when one is engaged with such weighty
affairs of state, and world.
he made a fatal mistake. Two actually. Firstly he didnít think that
silliness could actually be dangerous to a man in his position. Secondly,
Monica didnít quite fit the ďeasily controlled young thingĒ profile
because she came from a very moneyed and powerful family.
rest is history. A couple of vindictive women, Monicaís juvenile
obsession which she called ďloveĒ led to Bill Clinton dropping to a
place where no vagrant would want to be. It was a long long way to fall.
He is politically dead. He is the laughing stock of the world. He is
humiliated in front of billions of people worldwide. Except in Trinidad.
If things get really bad he could always move to Trinidad where he could
join the pack of men who cheat on their wives.
itís not even cheating, and everyone is on his side since they donít
understand what the fuss is about. Itís a macho way of life. Everyone
knows about it. Like a male friend once pointed out to me with great pride
in a large party, ďThere is not one man here who does not have an
majority of Americans agree that Bill is by and large a good President.
People somehow trusted him. And that is no small gift to a man who has the
capability to blow up the world in five days flat. I think. And popular
opinion is still behind him. After all, what he did was a private affair
between himself and his wife. And most people are honest enough to say
that let he who has not sinned throw the first stone.
there is another element to this story. That is, there are many ways to
skin a man. Hilary was right when she said there is a right-wing
conspiracy against Bill. It comes in the bloodthirsty form of a man called
Starr and right-wing Republicans who are so jealous of him they are
prepared to sacrifice all vestiges of American respect to skin him in
public. They are tugging at the heartstrings of hypocrites and
sanctimonious people with mean hearts. They say he lied under oath, that
he committed adultery. Which man do you know will admit to adultery with a
silly girl under the flashes of a hundred cameras live before the world?
They canít get him on foreign policy. They canít compete with his
popularity. They canít have him for his brain. So they get him on every
manís weakest point. His loins. They have made him the Loin King.
there is yet another layer. I hope this sordid scandal played out on the
world stage has taught men that even little girls who teeter and totter in
high heels and look like they donít have a brain in their head have to
be respected. They are somebodyís children, somebodyís daughters. I
hope itís taught men that under the lipstick and the Victoria Secret
Underwear and the silicone breasts are real people who are lost, and need
protection, not exploitation.
may be desperate enough to make themselves into objects, they may have as
little power as the mouse in the Lion and Mouse story, but they are
capable of striking back. No sermon on the hill is as compelling as this
threat to men who objectify women and cheat on their wives without
thinking twice about it. Oh, and this hopefully has taught you that it is
not always a good idea to go into anything loin first.
is a third layer. Itís about Hilary. Here is a woman who is so
accomplished that some call her the real power behind the President. She
is cheated on several times. She makes a fool of herself by going on
national TV and saying that her husband did not cheat on her. Yet she
sticks by him! Leave him Hilary. We know you are cynical. That you have
fought hard to get where you are. That being first lady has opened new
doors for you, but you canít be that hardheaded or that afraid to leave.
You can make it on your own. From now on Bill will be more of an albatross
around your neck than an asset. Let him go.
an example to women. Donít humiliate yourself by clinging to a man who
is cheating on you. Heíll only see it as licence to do it more or
heíll get rid of you. Leave him or you become as foolish as he does once
the news is splattered on public walls.
I said earlier, this story is interesting because it is many-layered. This
should also be an example to little girls who adorn themselves for sugar
daddies. At the end of the day, honey, these men are after just one thing
and its not your brains. You'll be better off going back to college or
taking a computer course. Thereís more dignity in it to start with.
back to Bill. Leave the man alone. God knows what the world would come to
if some typical American cowboy who goes bang bang took over? Whatís
going to happen in all the sore spots of the world? Whatís going to
happen to American democracy? We do admit to Bill doing bang bang Saddam
Hussein but the man was desperate for attention to be taken away from his
loins. But it was too transparent a move and attention was refocused on
Billís private lives and parts with a renewed vigour by those who
didnít like the bombing.
an odd Christmas it has been for the Americans. The Lion King of the world
has been reduced to the Loin King.