I don’t know if it’s the headache from the air pressure changes, the lack of sleep due to insomnia, starting new blood pressure medication last night, or all of the above. Maybe it’s reading one two many “You HAVE to vote for Hillary if she wins the primary!” statements that have pushed me over the edge, especially given that I feel very strongly that she is trying to lie, cheat and steal her way into winning the primary. Maybe it is that much of this has triggered for me memories of what pushed me to my decade plus stint as a Republican and knocked my pendulum into marrying a right wing Christian fundamentalist who was more mental than fun. But I will not be voting for Hillary Clinton, even if she does win the primary election. I’ve already made that decision, and it is not based on anti-feminism. Do me a favor and trust me on that, okay?
It has more to do with my memory, my sense of justice, and the fact that I didn’t like what happened the first time around when the Clintons were in office.
I voted for Billy boy the first time. Even though my gut level reaction was that he was slimy, that he wore too much hairspray, that there was something shady, I decided that I was being “shallow,” that I would go with the “issues” and vote for him anyway. The results were mixed. The economy seemed to thrive. I say seemed, because yes, the stock market did well. But Unions were killed off by NAFTA and jobs going overseas.
And then, there was Paula Jones. I have included a link if you click on her name. But I am also going to reprint the allegations here, because most people never took the time to read them.
7. On May 8, 1991, the AIDC sponsored the Third Annual Governor’s Quality Management Conference (hereafter “Conference”), which was held at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas. Clinton, then Governor of Arkansas, delivered a speech at the Conference on that day.
8. Also on that day, Jones worked at the registration desk at the Conference along with Pamela Blackard (hereafter “Blackard”) another AIDC employee.
9. A man approached the registration desk and informed Jones and Blackard that he was Trooper Danny Ferguson, Bill Clinton’s bodyguard. Defendant Ferguson was at that time a law enforcement officer within the ranks of the Arkansas State Police and assigned to the Governor’s Security Detail. He was in street clothes and displayed a firearm on his person. He made small talk with Jones and Blackard and then left.
10. At approximately 2:30 p.m. on that day, Ferguson reappeared at the registration desk, delivered a piece of paper to Jones with a four digit number written on it and said: “The Governor would like to meet with you” in this suite number. Plaintiff had never met Defendant Clinton and saw him in person for the first time at the Conference.
11. A three-way conversation followed between Ferguson, Blackard and Jones about what the Governor could want. Jones, who was then a rank-and-file Arkansas state employee being paid approximately $ 6.35 an hour, thought it was an honor to be asked to meet the Governor. Ferguson stated during the conversation: “It’s okay, we do this all the time for the Governor.”
12. Jones agreed to meet with the Governor because she thought it might lead to an enhanced employment opportunity with the State. Blackard told Jones that she would assume Plaintiff’s duties at the registration desk.
13. Trooper Ferguson then escorted Jones to the floor of the hotel suite whose number had been written on the slip of paper Trooper Ferguson had given to Jones. The door was slightly ajar when she arrived at the suite.
14. Jones knocked on the door frame and Clinton answered. Plaintiff entered. Ferguson remained outside.
15. The room was furnished as a business suite, not for an overnight hotel guest. It contained a couch and chairs, but no bed.
16. Clinton shook Jones’ hand, invited her in, and closed the door.
17. A few minutes of small talk ensued, which included asking Jones about her job. Clinton told Jones that Dave Harrington is “my good friend.” On May 8, 1991, David Harrington was Director of the AIDC, having been appointed to that post by Governor Clinton. Harrington was Jones’ ultimate superior within the AIDC.
18. Clinton then took Jones’ hand and pulled her toward him, so that their bodies were in close proximity.
19. Jones removed her hand from his and retreated several feet.
20. However, Clinton approached Jones again. He said: “I love the way your hair flows down your back” and “I love your curves.” While saying these things, Clinton put his hand on Plaintiff’s leg and started sliding it toward the hem of Plaintiff’s culottes. Clinton also bent down to attempt to kiss Jones on the neck.
21. Jones exclaimed, “What are you doing?” and escaped from Clinton’s physical proximity by walking away from him. Jones tried to distract Clinton by chatting with him about his wife. Jones later took a seat at the end of the sofa nearest the door. Clinton asked Jones: “Are you married?” She responded that she had a regular boyfriend. Clinton then approached the sofa and as he sat down he lowered his trousers and underwear exposing his erect penis and asked Jones to “kiss it.”
22. There were distinguishing characteristics in Clinton’s genital area that were obvious to Jones.
23. Jones became horrified, jumped up from the couch, stated that she was “not that kind of girl” and said: “Look, I’ve got to go.” She attempted to explain that she would get in trouble for being away from the registration desk.
24. Clinton, while fondling his penis said: “Well, I don’t want to make you do anything you don’t want to do.” Clinton then stood up and pulled up his pants and said: “If you get in trouble for leaving work, have Dave call me immediately and I’ll take care of it.” As Jones left the room Clinton looked sternly at Jones and said: “You are smart. Let’s keep this between ourselves.”
25. Jones believed “Dave” to be the same David Harrington, of whom Clinton previously referred. Clinton, by his comments about Harrington to Jones, affirmed that he had control over Jones’ employment, and that he was willing to use that power. Jones became fearful that her refusal to succumb to Clinton’s advances could damage her in her job and even jeopardize her employment.
26. At no time, nor in any manner, did Jones encourage Clinton to turn the meeting toward a sexual liaison. To the contrary, the unwanted sexual advances made by Clinton were repugnant and abhorrent to Jones who took all reasonable steps she could think to do to terminate Clinton’s perverse attention and actions toward her.
27. Jones left the hotel suite and came into the presence of Trooper Ferguson in the hallway. Ferguson did not escort Plaintiff back to the registration desk. Jones said nothing to Ferguson and he said nothing to her during her departure from the suite.
28. Jones was visibly shaken and upset when she returned to the registration desk. Pamela Blackard immediately asked her what was wrong. After a moment, during which Jones attempted to collect herself, she told Blackard much of what had happened. Blackard attempted to comfort Plaintiff.
29. Jones thereafter left the Conference and went to the work place of her friend, Debra Ballentine.
30. When Ballentine met Plaintiff at the reception area, she immediately asked Jones what was wrong because Jones was visibly upset and nervous. Plaintiff wanted to talk about something that just happened and wanted to discuss it someplace privately. Ballentine and Jones went to a private area in the office, and later outside. Jones then told Ballentine what had happened with Clinton in the hotel suite. According to Ballentine, Jones told her that Clinton said as she left the room, “I know you’re a smart girl and I’m sure you’ll keep this to yourself.”
31. Ballentine urged Jones to report the incident. Plaintiff refused, fearing that, if she did so, no one would believe her account, that she would lose her job, and that the incident would endanger her relationship with her then-fiance (now husband), Stephen Jones.
32. Later, on the same day, Plaintiff also described the substance of her encounter with Clinton to her sister, Charlotte Corbin Brown.
33. Within two days or May 8, 1991, Plaintiff also informed her sister, Lydia Corbin Cathey, and her mother, Delmar Lee Corbin, the substance of her encounter with Clinton.
34. Plaintiff also told her fiance, Stephen Jones, that “Bill Clinton made a pass at me but I said ‘no’.” She, however, did not at that time tell him the lurid details of her horrific encounter with Clinton in the hotel suite, which she feared, if disclosed, might ruin her relationship with Mr. Jones
35. Plaintiff continued to work at AIDC. One of her duties was to deliver documents to and from the Office of the Governor, as well as other offices within the Arkansas State Capitol complex. In or about June, 1991, while Jones was performing this duty, Ferguson saw her at the Governor’s office and said: “Bill wants your phone number. Hillary’s out of town often and Bill would like to see you.” Plaintiff refused to provide her telephone number.
36. On another occasion, Ferguson approached Jones and asked: “How’s Steve?” This frightened Plaintiff and made her feel as if she was being watched and was not safe. She had never told Ferguson or Clinton the name of her fiance.
37. Plaintiff and Stephen Jones later married. She gave birth to her child and returned to work, after which she encountered Ferguson at Governor Clinton’s office. Ferguson told her: “I’ve told Bill how good looking you are since you’ve had the baby.” This, too, frightened Plaintiff and made her feel that her activities were being monitored.
38. On one occasion, Plaintiff was accosted by Clinton in the Rotunda of the Arkansas State Capitol. Clinton draped his arm over Plaintiff, pulled her close and tightly to his body and said: “Don’t we make a beautiful couple — beauty and the beast?” Clinton directed this remark to his bodyguard, Trooper Larry Patterson, an officer of the Arkansas State Police and also a member of the Governor’s Security Detail.
39. Jones continued to work at AIDC even though she was in constant fear that Governor Clinton might take retaliatory action against her because of her rejection of his abhorrent sexual advances. Her enjoyment of her work was severely diminished. In fact, she was treated in a hostile and rude manner by certain superiors in AIDC. This rude conduct had not happened prior to her encounter with Clinton. Further, after her maternity leave she was transferred to a position which had no responsible duties for which she could be adequately evaluated to earn advancement. The reason given to her by her superiors for the transfer was that her previous position had been eliminated. This reason was untrue since her former position was not abolished. It was a pretext for the real reason which was that she was being punished for her rejection of the various advances made by Clinton described above. In addition, the job in which she was placed called for a higher grade and pay, yet she was not paid more money than she received in her previous position. Although other employees received merit increases, Jones never received a raise beyond a cost of living increase.
40. Jones terminated her employment and separated from AIDC service on February 20, 1993. On May 4, 1993, Plaintiff, her husband and child moved to California.
41. In January, 1994, Plaintiff visited her family and friends in Arkansas. While Jones was in Arkansas, Ms. Ballentine telephoned Jones to arrange a meeting for lunch. During the telephone conversation, Ballentine read to Plaintiff a paragraph from an article published in the January, 1994 issue of The American Spectator magazine regarding Plaintiff’s hotel suite encounter with Clinton. Attached hereto, and incorporated herein, as Exhibit “A” is a copy of The American Spectator article.
42. The American Spectator account asserts that a woman by the name of “Paula” told an unnamed trooper (obviously Defendant Ferguson), who had escorted “Paula” to Clinton’s hotel room, that “she was available to be Clinton’s regular girlfriend if he so desired,” thus implying a consummated and satisfying sexual encounter with Clinton, as well as a willingness to continue a sexual relationship with him. These assertions are untrue. The article, using information apparently derived from Ferguson, also incorrectly asserts that the encounter took place in the evening.
43. The American Spectator account also asserted that the troopers’ “‘official’ duties included facilitating Clinton’s cheating on his wife. This meant that, on the State payroll, and using State time, vehicles and resources, they were instructed by Clinton on a regular basis to approach women and to solicit their telephone numbers for the Governor, to drive him in State vehicles to rendezvous points and guard him during sexual encounters; to secure hotel rooms and other meeting places for sex; . . .” and various other things to facilitate Clinton’s sex life including “to help Clinton cover-up his activities by keeping tabs on Hillary’s whereabouts and lying to Hillary about her husband’s whereabouts.” Although this pattern of conduct by Clinton may be true,the magazine article concluded, evidently from interviews with troopers from Clinton’s Security Detail, including Ferguson, that “all of the women appear to have been willing participants in the affairs and liaisons [emphasis added].”
44. Since Jones (“Paula”) was one of the women preyed upon by Clinton and his troopers, including by Defendant Ferguson, in the manner described above, those who read this magazine account could conclude falsely that Jones (“Paula”) had a sexual relationship and affair with Clinton. Jones’ reputation within her community was thus seriously damaged.
45. Jones realized that those persons who already knew about the hotel room encounter could identify her as the “Paula” mentioned in The American Spectator article. She became extremely upset because, inter alia, she feared that the statements in the magazine would damage her relationship with her husband, her family, and her friends and acquaintances, some of whom might have believed that she had agreed to be Clinton’s “girlfriend” at a time when she was engaged to Mr. Jones.
46. On January 8, 1994, at approximately 12:00 noon, Jones and Ballentine were dining at the Golden Corral Steakhouse in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Trooper Ferguson, who happened to be dining with his wife at this restaurant, came over to their table to talk to Jones. Since Jones believed that the ultimate source of the report in The American Spectator of the hotel suite encounter was Trooper Ferguson, she confronted him on this matter. Trooper Ferguson stated that he was sorry that Jones’ first name had appeared in the magazine article but that he had purposely concealed her last name and place of employment from those to whom he recounted the incident. Trooper Ferguson also said that he knew Jones had rebuffed Mr. Clinton’s sexual advances because, “Clinton told me you wouldn’t do anything anyway, Paula.”
47. Because the false statements appearing in The American Spectator article that Jones was willing to have sex with Clinton (and the innuendo that she had already done so when she left the hotel suite) threatened her marriage, her friendships, and her family relationships, Plaintiff spoke publicly on February 11, 1994, that she was the “Paula” mentioned in The American Spectator article, that she had rebuffed Clinton’s sexual advances, and that she had not expressed a willingness to be his girlfriend. Jones and her lawyer asked that Clinton acknowledge the incident, state that Jones had rejected Clinton’s advances, and apologize to Jones.
48. Clinton, who is now President of the United States of America responded to Jones’ request for an apology by having his press spokespersons deliver a statement on his behalf that the incident never happened, and that he never met Plaintiff. Thus, by innuendo and effect, Clinton publicly branded Plaintiff a liar. Moreover, as recently as the week this Complaint was filed, Clinton, through his White House aides, stated that Plaintiff’s account of the hotel room incident was untrue and a “cheap political trick.”
49. Clinton hired an attorney, who, as Clinton’s agent, said that Jones’ account “is really just another effort to rewrite the results of the election [i.e. for President of the United States] and . . . distract the President from his agenda.” The attorney further asked the question: “Why are these claims being brought now, three years after the fact?” The attorney also asked how Jones’ allegations could be taken “seriously.” These comments by Clinton’s counsel, on behalf of Clinton, imply that Jones is a liar
50. Dee Dee Meyers, White House Spokeswoman, said of Jones’ allegations: “It’s just not true.” Thus, the pattern of defaming Jones continues to this date.
51. Clinton knows that Jones’ allegations are true and that his, and his attorney’s, spokespersons’, and agents’ denials are false.
52. The outrageous nature of Clinton’s branding of Jones as a liar is aggravated in that a greater stigma and reputation loss is suffered by Jones by the statements of the President of the United States in whom the general public reposes trust and confidence in the integrity of the holder of that office.
53. Clinton, a member of the Arkansas State Bar, knew or should have known on May 8, 1991, and thereafter, that Arkansas law provides that harassment, including the touching or attempt or threat to do so which subjects the victim to offensive or potentially offensive physical contact, is a criminal violation of Arkansas Code Annotated 5-71-208.
54. While Jones was in Clinton’s hotel suite, Jones was falsely imprisoned by Clinton’s intentional restriction of her personal freedom of movement without legal right. Clinton’s use of force in pulling Jones toward him, his words and acts, and the armed police guard outside the door, in conjunction with the impressive atmosphere of her being alone with the Governor of the State who was also her superior’s boss, caused her to be initially and, temporarily afraid to terminate the meeting.
55. The statements, acts, and omissions of Clinton’s agents, servants, and employees who acted under his explicit and implicit instructions and supervision, during the pertinent periods herein when he was Governor of Arkansas, and after he became President, bind Clinton under the doctrines of agency, joint conduct, master-servant, respondeat superior, and conspiracy.
56. The actions of the Arkansas state employees, including Defendant Ferguson and other agents of Clinton were taken under color of state law.
57. Clinton’s actions and omissions above stated caused Jones embarrassment, humiliation, fear, emotional distress, horror, grief, shame, marital discord and loss of reputation.
I remember reading the above facts in law school, and feeling that there was a ring of truth to the account.
So many people stood with Anita Hill in support, but the same people stood against Paula Jones, saying she somehow asked for what happened, that she was only suing Clinton to become famous, or make money, or bring him down. And all the while, Hillary stood by her man, like the good wife.
How many people would criticize Anna Duggar for not divorcing Josh Duggar, who cheated on Anna with a stripper? How many women did Billy boy use his position of authority to enter into affairs with? Sure, some of them were consensual, but there were allegations of rape in some situations, and the above? If the allegations were true, didn’t sound consensual at all. But Paula Jones wasn’t allowed her day in court, because Bill Clinton first used his authority as a friend of her boss and a person with ultimate power as governor of the state that employed her in a minimum wage position, then as president with immunity, to avoid giving her that day in court.
And when investigations turned up a pattern of behavior that could have been evidence that Paula Jones was telling the truth, the Clintons circled the wagons, President Clinton lied under oath, and the scandal over the cigar and the blue dress began. And when it was all said and done, the spin was that we were all a bunch of prudes for caring about whom the president was screwing. After all, if his own wife was willing to forgive him for cheating on him, who were we, the American people, to judge him for having a little fun with tobacco products in the oval office?
The only problem? It was part of an even bigger problem. It wasn’t the only scandal. And it wasn’t just Billy Boy.
I’m going down the rabbit hole for a minute here, but one of the conspiracy theories back in the day was that anyone who had dirt on the Clintons – anyone in their inner circle, that is, had a tendency to die under suspicious circumstances. Papers would disappear. Kind of like those emails.
So, yeah, maybe it’s all a big witch hunt. Maybe Hillary is just the eternal victim. Or maybe, just maybe, where there is that much smoke, there is fire.
My reasons for refusing to vote for her have just as much to do with her corporate sponsorship as anything else. She just picked up sponsorship from Franklin Square Capitol, a Conglomerate that invests in Fracking. She has backing from big banks, Monsanto, and even foreign nationals like China and Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, we have a Democratic candidate who has no corporate sponsorship, whose donations are from individual American citizens, and whose record is spotless.
Failing that, I may just be voting for Trump in the general election. Because while I despise him, I’m starting to believe that the system is so broken that the only way to fix it is to shatter it and start over.