Libertarian shares anti-Clinton views

January 27, 1998

Libertarian shares anti-Clinton views


Staff Writer, Charles Town

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Author Charles Murray describes himself as a "Clinton-hater," but he sees the events surrounding the latest scandal as a troubling abuse of police power by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr.

Murray, author of "What it Means to be a Libertarian," spoke to about 45 people at Shepherd College's Storer Ballroom Tuesday night.

He said he had intended to speak on his book, but given the current events thought it more important to speak on the claims by former White House intern Monica Lewinsky that she had sex with President Clinton, and Starr's attempts to grant her immunity if she testifies.


"I am your basic Clinton-hater. I can't stand to see the man's face when he comes on. I've felt he was unworthy to be president of the United States because of his character," Murray said.

Murray said the gladness he feels at seeing Clinton "twisting in the wind" is tempered by his concerns as a Libertarian that the prosecution powers of Starr could be turned against any citizen of the country.

He said the special prosecutor has ruined the lives of many people by costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars defending themselves even when they are innocent or their convictions are later overturned.

Murray said he believes Clinton is guilty of the allegations made by Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit, but he sees sexual harassment as an area of the private sphere, where the government has made unnecessary laws.

"Those laws make me queasy," Murray said.

In a free society, the virtue of the president is an important issue, Murray said.

Murray said it is his opinion that Clinton does not appear to be able to "self-govern" his own urges, making him unfit to govern the nation.

Some Shepherd College students said after Murray's speech they disagreed with nearly all he had to say.

Cynthia Morgan, 20, a junior at Shepherd, said after listening to Murray's Libertarian views, she remains firmly a Democrat.

Amie Ashcraft, 21, also a junior at Shepherd, said Murray did not convince her to leave the Democratic party.

They said they agreed with the Libertarians' policy of nonintervention with foreign policy, but disagreed with everything else.

David Smith of Hagerstown said he belongs to the Libertarian wing of the Republican Party and agreed with most of what Murray said.

Murray said most Republicans are as bad as Democrats about wanting big government - they simply want a different form of big government.

Americans would be better off without welfare, Social Security and other social programs, Murray said.

He said he believed that the goodness and generosity of the people would take care of those in need.

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