The Two Faces of Henry Hyde
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between Church and State." Who coined the Phrase? Give up? Answer:
Thomas Jefferson - one of the founding fathers of this great Nation and a creator of
the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment to that same Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, in 1802, wrote a Letter to the Dansbury Baptist
Convention, referring to the First Amendment to the US Constitution. In it he said:
We will leave it up to the reader to determine whether Henry Hyde has made serious errors in in judgment. Mr. Hyde has supported a Conservative Christian position especially when it comes to Church and State issues. It is apparent from the data collected, that the first amendment may be in danger from his past and future actions.
Mr. Hydes's office like many others congressmen we called, stated that his position is that some religions aren't "Real" What is a real religion, Mr. Hyde? What you have been practicing? Read the following and remember: "By their Works may they be known." This is a summary of information collected from several media sources about Henry Hyde.
(Remember it is best to investigate on your own when looking at allegations about anyone. Don't believe us, think for yourself and investigate for yourself! And remember, the Religious Freedom Coalition does not represent any political party nor do we recommend any political candidate, nor are we involving ourselves in the political process.
Henry Hyde by his own admission is an adulterer who led the idiots of the House of Representatives on their stupid attack on President Bill Clinton. The three children of Cherie and Fred Snodgrass more on them latermust have relived a sickening low point when the 74-year-old Congressman appeared on their TV screens looking like a huge, blood-swollen tick in a rumpled suit.
As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in charge of launching impeachment articles against a President for only the second time in history, Hyde loomed over the lectern of state and proclaimed that his definition of morality must be upheld for the sake of "the children." Hyde's concern for kidshis own and those of the Snodgrasseswas invisible in the 1960s. His five-year "mistake" with a married mother had the same effect as a splash of a drunkard's vomit in the clear pond of childhood memories.
Henry Hyde entered the U.S. Congress as the Representative from Illinois's 6th District in 1975. During his legislative career Hyde has inculcated the reputation of an evenhanded man of diplomacy while performing like a diehard Belfast terrorist.
Way back in the summer of 1986, during the Reagan Administration, news media reported that Marine Colonel Oliver North and others answering to the National Security Council were secretly supplying Nicaraguan Contras, who were trying to overthrow their country's leftist government. The House Intelligence Committee, which included Congressman Hyde, took up the matter, but limited its investigation to asking North if the accusations were true. North denied the charges, and the committee halted the probe.
A few months later one of Oliver North's supply planes was shot down over Nicaragua. Subsequently details about large-scale arms sales to Iran as well emerged, and the Iran-Contra scandal was in full bloom. At House hearings on Iran-Contra, Hyde bewailed the destructive politics that he detected aimed at then-President Ronald Reagan: "If this becomes the occasion to conduct civil war by other means, we will have a weakened Presidency and do no credit to ourselves."
Ten years later, only a month prior to the 1996 Presidential election, Hyde held a news conference to demand a Justice Department probe into imaginary complicity between the Clinton Administration and Iranian arms shipments to Bosnian Muslims. Representative Howard Berman (D-California) politely described Hyde's press-conference grandstanding as an "outrageous political tactic."
Outrageous tactics are a Hyde standard. The imposing statesman came under scrutiny for his role in the failure of Clyde Federal Savings & Loan, for whom he'd served as a director. Private investigator Ernie Rizzo pretended to be an independent television producer and, under that guise, persuaded bank consultant Tim Andersonwho had argued that Hyde deserved some blame for Clyde Federal's collapseto turn over 388 pages of evidence. Rizzo then disclosed the content of the evidence to Hyde.
Hyde initially disavowed his connection to Rizzo. "I didn't hire him. I didn't pay him. I didn't direct him." The Congressman claimed that Rizzo had been hired by a "mutual friend," a person whose name Hyde insisted he had forgotten. Later Hyde spokesman Sam Stratman admitted that Hyde's lawyer had hired Rizzo and that the lawmaker had paid the attorney for Rizzo's work.
When it tanked, Clyde Federal cost taxpayers $67 million. The government charged negligence and sued Hyde and the bank's other directors, but the Illinois Representative refused to contribute to the $850,000 settlement.
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If owning up to his responsibility is one of Henry Hyde's virtues, he hid the trait completely when the Internet magazine Salon broke the story of an illicit affair in the Judiciary Committee chairman's past. A photograph that accompanied the Salon article showed a leering, middle-aged Hyde withperched on his lapa tiny hottie who might have passed for his granddaughter. Another photo was inscribed, "I love you Cherie!!!!" and signed "Hank, Dec. 30, 1966."
"The statute of limitations has long since passed on my youthful indiscretions," began a statement released by Hyde. At the beginning of the particular "indiscretion" under discussion, Hyde was 41 years old, married and a rising Republican star. He remained in the indiscretion until he was a youthful 46. The revealing of Hyde's five indiscreet years came concurrently with his efforts to depose the President over charges stemming from "indiscretions."
The Congressman felt compelled to elaborate: "Suffice it to say, Cherie Snodgrass and I were good friends a long, long time ago. After Mr. Snodgrass confronted my wife, the friendship ended, and my marriage remained intact."
According to Cherie's former husband, Fred, Henry Hyde's idea of being "good friends" was to have "an affair with a young woman with three children," keep her out until the early morning, away from her family, nightclubbing, set her up in her own apartment and lavish her with gifts of jewelry and furniture. "All I can think of," added Fred Snodgrass, "is here is this hypocrite who broke up my family."
In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, Cherie Snodgrass revealed that Hyde's idea of being "good friends" was to lie to herclaiming to have been singlewhen they met.
One of Cherie Snodgrass's grown daughters stepped forward to detail her mother's contempt of that friendship from "a long, long time ago": "My mother originally didn't want me to say anything to the press," said the daughter. "But she's just so fed up with [Hyde], with how two-faced he is. She knows she wasn't his first [mistress], and she wasn't his last. She hates all that family-values stuff. She thinks he's bad for the country; he's too powerful, and he's hypocritical."
Anyone who wants to bet that Hyde's affair with Cherie Snodgrass was an isolated incident is invited to send his or her wager to Larry Flynt.
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Was the family-value Republican leadership suitably disgusted by revelations of Hyde's sordid behavior? Texas Republican Tom DeLay, the House Majority Whip, provided the answer: "This is the most despicable, most disgraceful, most disgusting piece of rumormongering that I have ever seen."
The fact that the so-called rumor was substantiated and true meant nothing to DeLay.
Hyde intimated that Salon's reporting, contrary to Constitutional guarantees of the First Amendment, "could constitute a violation of federal criminal law."
"Allies of the President are now dishing dirt on the most respected member of the House," charged DeLay. "This is a direct assault on the United States House of Representatives."
DeLay could have frothed all day. "We have reason to believe,'' he continued, ''that top aides that have access to the Oval Office have been orchestrating a conspiracy to intimidate members of Congress by using their past lives as an embarrassment to intimidate. I have no doubt who it is. I just don't have the evidence to prove it. This matter could be added to the impeachment inquiry."
Bolstering its credibility, Salon was able to prove that its story had no link to the Clinton Administration. DeLay like so many Republicans and like Hyde himselfwas blind to signs that the White House was far from being alone in recognizing that the Republicans' "despicable...disgraceful... disgusting rumormongering," and "dishing dirt" was an "orchestrated conspiracy" and "a direct assault on the United States."
"Nobody doubts the credibility of Henry Hyde," said DeLay. "Nobody doubts his integrity. Nobody doubts his sense of fairness and his sense of honor."
Everyone doubts the integrity and sense of honor of a man who only stops his five-year indiscretion with a young married mother because his own wife finds out about the affair. There isn't the slimmest evidence that Henry Hyde has ever been motivated by any virtue.
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Hyde's stewardship of the impeachment proceedings removed any lingering doubt that he was devoid of credibility. He initially feigned reluctance to release the tawdry sections of the Starr Report, claiming that he didn't want to go down in history as "the Larry Flynt of the House," then turned and rushed the findings onto the Internet.
At the outset, Hyde promised that the impeachment hearings would be bipartisan and fair, but he led the Republicans in a standing ovation of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, an act about as bipartisan and fair as applauding the lions as they ate the Christians in a Roman amphitheater.
Again and again Hyde's belittling dismissals of objections from Democrats in the House and refusals of requests by Clinton's defense lawyers illustrated the Judiciary Committee chairman's arrogance and determination to bar fairness from the proceedings. Hyde mockingly suggested that President Clinton should resign and make a living on the lecture circuit. Whether speaking to his opponents in the House or to flabbergasted reporters, Hyde exhibited exaggerated tolerance and an obvious concealment of his true intent, as if he were addressing children who he deemed were insignificant, entitled to nothing beyond bald-faced, ironic half-truths.
The pathetic side of Hyde's personality overtook his entire being once he and his House Managers (prosecutors) dragged their bogus case to the floor of the U.S. Senate. In his closing statement Hyde lamented "the insults shouted in public, the death threats and even the disapproval of our colleagues." His hubris, and nothing else, had brought this infamy upon him.
"Our most formidable opponent," orated Hyde with unintended poignancy, "has been cynicism, the widespread conviction that all politics and politicians are by definition corrupt and venal."
The morality lynch-mob of Hyde and his cohorts has done more to justify the electorate's cynicism than all the political chicaneries of the past century.
"A lot of young people look to us to set an example," concluded Hyde.
If the young people of America are worth anything, they will see that Henry Hyde represents an example of mealymouthed treachery, and they will be compelled to despise him with every fiber of their beings.
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