Religion Factors in to Vote on North Carolina’s Amendment One

For many people, their religious faith defines who they are. They base what they do in their lives off of what they learn from their religious practices. On May 8, registered voters in North Carolina will be voting on Amendment One – a controversial amendment that has both passionate supporters and detractors. Proponents of both sides have cited religious arguments for their position.

Section one of the amendment reads as follows: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”

“By definition, marriage is between a male and a female,” Father Gerry Waterman said. Waterman is the Elon University Catholic Campus Minister and a strong supporter of the amendment.

Waterman said that the Catholic community believes that heterosexual marriages are not just Christian, God, or faith-based but they are mainly natural law. There are two things that Waterman says are the goal of marriage: the furthering of life and the coming together as one. He believes sexual intercourse is the symbol of that oneness and that unity, and that Catholics believe that only a man and a woman are able to partake in something that sacred.

“I have no problem with people who are homosexual coming together and forming some type of union. I have no offense to that, but I do have an offense when they want to call it marriage because of what the word means to us,” Waterman said.

Waterman explains that in scripture, Jesus refers to a man and a woman as a reflection of God’s love for his bride, the church. This means that God loves the church so much that His love is reflected through marriage.

“[Marriage] is not just a word, it is also one of our sacraments,” Waterman said. This is where conflicting arguments arise.

“This particular amendment isn’t about marriage,” Phil Hardy, pastor at Life’s Journey United Church of Christ in Burlington, N.C., said.

While in college, Hardy began to wrestle with the idea of becoming a pastor. He enjoyed public speaking and when something needed to be proclaimed, he wanted to be the one who proclaimed it.

Hardy is against the amendment because he said that he comes from a camp that believes we, as humans, are born with our sexual inclinations. He figures that if enough people are born as lesbians, gays or bisexuals, we are going to have to start accepting them.

“God’s all grown up and doesn’t need to be defended, but people do,” said Hardy.

He believes that the LGBTQ community is the group of people that need to be protected.

“Our oppression on this group of people is a black eye on the church,” Hardy said.

The church, Hardy believes, has managed to create a negative reputation for itself. He feels that people should be able to feel safe in a religious community.

“Religious intolerance won’t be tolerated in the life of our church,” Hardy said about his congregation. “There can be safe religious communities.”

Ian O’Keefe, the Deputy Director of Campus Outreach with the Coalition to Protect North Carolina families, believes that Amendment One is horrible legislation.

“Religion is one of the reasons I claim to be against Amendment One,” O’Keefe, who is Presbyterian, said.

O’Keefe recognizes that religion factors in to why people support the amendment but he says that the Coalition has hundreds and hundreds of ministers and people of faith who have signed on to their campaign to vote against it.

“[They] have claimed that this amendment does not harm their faith, it does not harm their relationships and it is not justified by their religion,” O’Keefe said.

Because of his passion for the fight against Amendment One, O’Keefe, a freshman at Appalachian State University, took his spring semester off to be able to focus solely on the campaign.

“I think is it putting discrimination into the constitution of the state,” Ellie Ketcham, co-founder of Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Alamance, said.

Ketcham, an 83-year-old fighter against the amendment from Elon, N.C., has a son, Clifton, who came out to her as gay in 1989. She found out about a chapter of PFLAG in Winston-Salem and went there for monthly meetings until one started up in Greensboro. That was still too far for Ketcham to travel so she decided, with the help of her husband and another couple, to started a chapter here in Alamance County.

It is important to Ketcham, who proudly displays a Vote Against sign on her lawn, that the word gets out to North Carolina citizens about what the amendment truly means. She participates in phone banks run by members of the Elon Community Church, which she belongs to.

On Tuesday, April 3, the church had a phone bank and Emmett Floyd was among those who dialed up households asking if people knew about the amendment and what it means.

Emmett Floyd, a retired Navy admiral, helps out at the phone bank run by members of the Elon Community Church, Tuesday April 3, 2012.

Floyd, a retired navy admiral, was just concerned about the issue and wanted to help spread the word.

“I am aware of the way that many gay people are treated,” Floyd said. “I saw it in the service and in too many other places.”

Waterman said that his thoughts on the amendment are not discriminatory at all.

“We believe in loving every human being whether their orientation is heterosexual or homosexual; there’s no distinction when it comes to loving those people and respecting them,” Waterman said.

Like Waterman, the group behind Vote for Marriage NC is supportive of the amendment and they see a threat that would be imposed on the state if the amendment wasn’t passed.

No one from the group would comment on the issue but according to their website, they believe, “marriage is a special relationship reserved exclusively for heterosexual unions, because only the intimate relationship between men and women has the ability to produce children as a result of that sexual union.”

This worries Vote for Marriage NC because they think that, “While many people would like to believe that proposals to allow same-sex marriage are simply about allowing a different form of marriage to coexist alongside traditional man/woman marriage, they are wrong. The impact that same-sex marriage will have on society is much deeper and far-reaching then a modest change in the word’s definition.”

Members of Vote for Marriage NC include people from the Christian Action League, NC Values Coalition, African American Pastors, NC Baptists, and the National Organization for Marriage.

The members of Vote for Marriage NC believe that voting for the amendment will do two things: protect the definition of marriage in North Carolina and strengthen democracy by allowing people to vote for the protection of marriage.

Ketcham believes that some of the things that Vote for Marriage NC says are untrue.

“I think they’re trying to scare people,” Ketcham said.

Ellie Ketcham is strongly against Amendment One, not only because it affects her gay son but also because of the harmful affects if has on the entire population.

On the website for Vote for Marriage NC, they talk about how it’s a possibility that children will be taught in school that marriage is between any two adults – either heterosexual or homosexual – and the group thinks that this can be very detrimental to the children of North Carolina.

Ketcham believes that this is one of the scariest statements that this group could make. She says that teachers will never be authorized to teach something like that in the classroom.

“If you’ve been taught in your church that homosexuality is a sin, you don’t want your children to be taught something different in school, I totally understand that, but that is not going to happen,” Kethcam said.

Ketcham believes that whether this amendment is passed or not, gay marriage is still going to be illegal.

“Some people have the feeling that if this amendment is defeated, (homosexual) marriage will then become legal in North Carolina and that, of course, is not true,” Ketcham said.

O’Keefe believes that this amendment is going to hurt all kinds of people.

“It hurts pretty much everybody I come into contact with on a daily basis,” O’Keefe said.

He hopes that people understand the amendment before they go to the ballot box on May 8 with a skewed perception of it.

“I don’t want people I know to be harmed by this and I can only imagine that anybody else who understands the outcome of this legislation would feel the same way and would want to tell their friends, would want to tell their family, to get active against this,” O’Keefe said.

Contradicting this statement, Waterman believes, “every Catholic in their right mind is for the amendment.”

All O’Keefe asks is that “people should do their research before they get to the ballot box that day and they should understand what the true implications of the amendment should be.”

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One-Armed Dance Major Determined to Succeed

During Tapped Out! in January, Julie danced front and center during a 90s themed dance mix.

Songs from her childhood blast from the speakers during a ‘90s themed dance piece, one of many dances performed during Tapped Out! in January 2012. Other girls, and a lone male, join her on stage, all donned in overalls, neon, scrunchies and sweatbands. She’s the female lead, front and center with a giant grin on her face. As she does a few shuffles and riffs, her mother gazes at her from the audience, knowing she made the right choice to allow her daughter to keep dancing. She hears a sweet, old lady sitting a row behind her make a remark about her daughter: “Did you see that girl? Her hand doesn’t move.”

Julie Crothers, a sophomore dance major and arts administration minor at Elon University, was that girl.

“I never thought of myself as different,” said Julie, about her noticeably missing left arm.

On March 27, 1992, Crothers was born in Nashville, Tenn., to her parents Janet and John. Most of her left arm was missing at birth.

“We had had two ultrasounds, which didn’t show that there were any problems,” Janet Crothers said.

Julie was breach before she was born. The doctors were able to turn her around but they still didn’t know what caused her to be breach in the first place.

Janet recalls her obstetrician being very calm and relaxed when he told the family what they were dealing with.

“He acted like it was nothing. She’s fine, everything’s fine, she’s just a little different,” Janet said. “I think his reaction helped us come to terms with it.”

It was discovered that Julie had amniotic band syndrome (ABS). According to amnioticbandsyndrome.com, “ABS occurs when the fetus becomes entangled in fibrous string-like amniotic bands in the womb, restricting blood flow and affecting the baby’s development.” If wrapped tightly enough around a limb, the band can amputate it.

Janet remembered the day she left the hospital. She was sitting in the waiting room with newborn Julie, waiting for her husband to bring the car around.

“I remember looking at some children playing and thinking, ‘My baby will never do that, she will never be like these children,’” she said. “Which, of course, is ridiculous, but I just didn’t know what it was going to be like having a child with only one hand.”

Julie’s two older siblings, Jamie and Jenny, handled meeting their one-armed baby sister well.

Janet remembers when Julie’s oldest sister, Jenny – age six at the time – was holding her new sister for the first time and said matter-of-factly, “Mommy, that arm that didn’t grow all the way is poking me.” Jenny even begged to bring her special little sister to her class for show and tell one day.

Telling others about their new little bundle of joy was hard on the family.

“Some people were really sad, and that was kind of hard because we weren’t sad. We had a beautiful, healthy baby girl,” Janet said.  “I don’t want somebody acting like this is a tragedy.”

Julie was five months old when she got fitted for her first prosthesis at Myoelectric Arms of Houston, Texas (now called Pediatric Prosthetics), that was recommended to the Crothers family by some family friends, whose daughter had an arm that needed to be amputated because she had cancer.

Currently Julie has four different arms in her possession: a very real looking arm, a party arm, an arm for many occasions, and her dance arm that's not afraid to get a little dirty.

“For the first 17 years of my life, I got my arms from a lady named Linda Bean,” Julie said. “Linda became very close with my family and I because she saw me through the whole process over the years.”

Julie said Bean even flew out to the Crothers’ home in Nashville a few times to fit her for a new arm.

“My initial reaction was, ‘Well, Julie has a problem and we’re going to go get it fixed,’” Janet said about getting Julie a prosthesis, but the Crothers actually got some negative reactions from members of their community.

“That’s the way God made her,” and “She’ll be fine without it,” were the typical responses community members made.

“We never really felt that way,” Janet said. “I look at it like God made you with eyes that aren’t 20/20. You’re not going to get a pair of glasses so that you can see better?”

Janet explained that her and her husband John didn’t want Julie to think that something was wrong with her by getting her a prosthesis. They just wanted her to have the opportunity to use a prosthesis to her advantage.

“I was really self conscious when I was little,” Julie said, “I would wear [my prosthesis] all the time.”

One day, the Crothers family was going to church and Julie had forgotten to put her arm on.

“Some children forget to put their shoes on and she forgot to put her arm on,” Janet said with a laugh as she remembered the event.

Julie was embarrassed to be without her arm that day and wouldn’t go inside the church until her dad ran home and got her arm for her.

But now, Julie is much more confident and if one day she is annoyed with her arm, she just doesn’t wear it.

Janet tried to treat her daughter as much like any other child as possible, but some people in their community didn’t realize that Julie was capable of more than she seemed.

During a church gathering, the kids were playing games and one child decided to play Twister – a game that requires the use of all four limbs. The mother of the child apologized and suggested that the children play a different game, but Janet said not to worry and the game remained a go.

“Julie ended up doing really well in that game because when it would say left arm on red, she would take her arm off and put it on that color, so she ended up winning the Twister game,” she said.

Julie was never hindered by the protection of her parents because there was never anything they didn’t allow her to do because of her disability.

Julie even got her license at age 16 like everyone else, only needing a special knob that has been on her car since training, which allows her to make sharp turns and pull in and out of parking spots easier.

But the one thing that Janet was a little wary of at first was allowing Julie to take dance lessons.

“I mainly started [dancing] because my older sister danced and I wanted to be just like her,” Julie said.

Janet was nervous about letting her daughter dance until Ann Carroll, the owner of Ann Carroll School of Dance in Franklin, Tenn., told her that if Julie wanted to dance, to let her.

Niki Pennington, the head instructor of the lyrical department at the school since 1999, had never encountered someone with a prosthesis before Julie enrolled in her class.

Pennington started teaching Julie around age seven or eight. Neither Julie nor her parents ever asked for special treatment.

“She just kind of blended in with everybody and she was truly a phenomenal kid,” Pennington said.

Julie always seemed to blend in with the other dancers. She never showed a sign of weakness in her classes and was always determined to dance as if she had both arms.

Even though Julie was determined in letting nothing get in her way, there were still some things in dance that were difficult for her.

In 2003, she was a toy soldier in the Nashville Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker.

“We had to dance with the cane, holding it together, for half the number and then once the rats broke it, we had to hold it in two pieces in both hands,” Julie said.

She was worried that she wasn’t going to be able perform the role to the same level as everyone else, but with the help of the choreographer, rehearsal director and a helpful amount of Velcro, they made it work.

“Nothing’s impossible and issues can always be figured out,” Julie said.

Among Julie’s family, friends and professors, she’s known for three things: being determined, funny and caring towards everyone.

Julie is full of life. Her humor and good spirits keep her going as she fulfills her dream of becoming a dancer.

“I liked her immediately,” Jane Wellford, professor of performing arts at Elon, said.

Wellford first met Julie at spring orientation before Julie’s freshman year at Elon. She described Julie as personable, outgoing, sweet and well-mannered.

“Yes, I couldn’t help but notice that she had a prosthesis but when I started teaching her in classes, I noticed there was absolutely nothing different about her than any other person at all,” Wellford said.

In a piece Wellford choreographed in the fall, she required the dancers to do some very physical things and catch each other. It was a strenuous dance that involved a lot of contact improvisation.

“It was really hard for anybody with two arms that were whole,” Wellford said.

But Julie did that dance, in Wellford’s opinion, more vigorously than most.

“She was always so determined and won’t let anybody down or show any sign of weakness,” Wellford said. “Never ever.”

For Pennington, it was tough when Julie graduated high school because the two of them had become so close.

“She inspired me on a daily basis with her positive energy and her perseverance,” Pennington said. “She is an amazing individual and I am honored to have been her teacher and her friend.”

Senior dance and English double major Jess Duffy couldn’t stop praising Julie and her determination.

“It’s her attitude that shows me her drive and passion,” Duffy said. “It’s really inspiring.”

One time when Duffy was on tech for black box with Julie, they were cleaning up the set and Julie was messing around with the push broom, pretending to be struggling as she pushed with only one arm.

The stage manager noticed what Julie was doing and said, “You know it would help if you had two arms.”

“It was silent for a while but then Julie says something like, ‘I just have the one!’ and everyone started laughing, well, except for the stage manager of course,” Duffy said.

Julie shows her humor about her missing arm all the time. Sometimes she plays pranks on people – her youth minister at church would go around telling people that Julie only shook hands with her left hand. Once people would grab her hand, she would pull away so that her arm would detach itself.

One year for Halloween, Julie got creative and dressed up in all camouflage, taped her old prosthetics all around her, and called herself an “army man.”

As Julie grew as a dancer and showed her determination and her love for it, Janet grew out of her wariness of letting her dance and knew she made the right decision.

“I think initially I was scared her arm might fall off,” Janet said, but now she is glad that Julie can do something that she enjoys, and do it well.

“I love watching her dance, as any mother would,” Janet said. “It’s an extra special level with Julie because her road hasn’t been as easy as some.”

Julie, who was the fastest typist in her fourth grade keyboarding class – despite the lack of five fingers, she never let her disability stand in her way. She even wants to open her own dance studio someday so she can teach others how to live the dream of being a dancer.

“Being different than everyone else, especially in the dance world, there’s tons of times I could have made an excuse, and been like, ‘I can’t do that because I don’t have an arm,’ but not letting anything stop me and not getting stuck when something isn’t going right is the thing keeping me going,” Julie said, and a smile spread across her face.

Don’t Give Up: Advice from Tina Firesheets

“Don’t give up; there’s more than one way to get in,” said Tina Firesheets when she came to talk to our reporting class Monday, April 2.

Firesheets has been working with the News and Record since 1998 after being a Triad area freelance writer for two years prior.

Firesheets came from a small town, a small high school, and a small high school newspaper. It sounds a lot like me. I grew up in a small town and went to a small high school. I also worked for my high school’s newspaper where freshman year our staff consisted of 5 freshman. It gives me a bit of hope to know that she came from a similar situation as myself.

The crazy thing to me is that she didn’t even go to school for journalism at UNCG, she went for PR. Even thought she didn’t get the job she wanted right away, she was still able to get there. She started freelancing for local magazines since the News and Record wouldn’t hire her right away. Eventually she got the job she wanted and started writing features for them for a while.

 

Firesheets said that being a feature writer was the best job; it’s a great job no matter what your beat is.

“If you like to learn and are naturally curious, it’s the best job in the world.”

She said that she is still learning something new everyday and that it’s great to get to step into someone else’s life for a while.

She stressed the importance of having an internship before you leave college because not only does it give you good experience, but it also lets you know if you really want to do that for your future. Firesheets was a Hendersonville Times News intern herself before she got her job at the News and Record.

“It’s nice to get an intern who doesn’t need hand holding and guidance.”

Some of the main points that Firesheets makes about being a journalist include:

  • always be on time, be early if you can
  • allow extra time in case you get lost
  • be flexible

I also found it interesting when she said that one of the ways she found story ideas was through advertisements. I never thought of doing that before but it sounds like such a great idea.

Overall, Firesheets’ visit was incredibly helpful. I learned a lot from her and I appreciate her advice.

Elon Tour Guides Hire Their Own

by Merissa Blitz and Sam Parker

It requires more skill than walking backwards, projecting loudly and smiling to seas of unfamiliar faces. Elon University tour guides not only lead prospective students and their families around campus, but they also assist in selecting their colleagues.

In February, Elon’s Office of Admissions received about 400 applications from students seeking tour guide positions, according to Amy Woods, coordinator of campus visits. In order to quickly select the best candidates from that applicant pool, Woods said current guides are working with admissions staff to conduct group interviews and hold committee discussions during the next two weeks.

“Our tour guides that we currently have in the office will play a big role in the selection and hiring process this year,” she said. “We’re really trying to incorporate the guides, so that they can take ownership of the tour guide program.”

On March 1, admissions staff members met to taper the list of potential employees; of the 400 total applications, they selected about 160 for interviews, Woods said. Both students and staff are now holding interview sessions and committee review meetings to finalize decisions.

“We want students to have these experiences since a large part of our tours center on discussing your Elon experiences,” Woods said.

During group interviews, guides are to assess the availability of candidates by asking questions like if they are available for summer help, if they are going abroad in the fall or if they are seeking internships in the spring. Woods said the admissions office is losing 37 seniors this May, so the staff is seeking candidates who are able to devote sufficient time and energy to training and to the position to replace those employees.

Admissions is hiring for regular tour guides, multicultural ambassadors and guide event staff, Woods said. Multicultural ambassadors work with Elon’s multicultural sector to recruit diverse students while guide event staff helps counselors plan events, like Fellows Weekend, and gives tours during those events.

Junior Will Anderson applied to be a member of guide event staff. After learning he made it to the interview process, Anderson said he was excited to hear fellow students were on the selection committee.

“I think it’s going to be exciting because I don’t think a lot of us know what to expect since it won’t be a traditional interview,” he said. “I know a lot of tour guides, though, so I hope that will only help my chances of earning a spot.”

In addition to interviewing and hiring these new guides, senior guide Andrew Glass said veteran tour guides will be responsible for training them as well.

“When new guides are hired we are responsible for training them in order to ensure Elon continues to have a high-quality campus-visit experience,” he said.

Although the amount of applications admissions received seems daunting, Glass thinks it will lead to higher quality guides.

“Having so many applicants makes it an extremely competitive process which allows the admissions staff to pick the best people for the job,” he said. “In the long run, that will be fantastic for Elon because the more competition we get, the higher quality the tour guides, which in theory, would allow us to attract higher quality students.”

The Monster Inside of Our Cell Phones

I used to tell myself that I would never be one of those people who would be obsessed with his or her phone. My sister, who is three years younger than I am, has already gone through 3 different iPhones in her lifetime. I am a stickler for being cheap and I didn’t want to buy an expensive iPhone. I kept telling myself, “your BlackBerry and iPod Nano are good enough for you. They work just fine!”

It all started this summer when my iPod decided to stop turning on. Not even charging the battery would help. I tried to be cool with it and chose to use my computer whenever I was in need of music. Then September came along and the screen to my BlackBerry went black. I was able to receive calls, and texts, but didn’t know who was calling or what the text message said.

People who are addicted to their technology feel like a part of them is missing if they don't have their phone.

This was the last straw. The following morning, I went to AT&T and bought my first iPhone (cheaper than buying a new phone and a new iPod separately), and that is when it all went down hill and I broke my rule; I became obsessed.

In his article titled, “How our mobiles became Frankenstein’s monster,” Andrew Keen comments on the world’s addiction to their phones.

“When was the last time you went without your smartphone? How naked, how lost, do you feel without your mobile device? How much essential data, I mean really personal stuff that you wouldn’t want anyone else to see, does your mobile phone contain?”

When Keen makes the analogy comparing our addiction to the monster of Frankenstein, I see his point. If my phone is somehow not by my side, I get a little anxious. Not only does my phone receive texts and calls but it also receives emails. When I’m without my phone, I feel like I’m missing out on everything in my life.

Keen is afraid of the high level of technology in our world and how it will affect our future.

Keen is nervous about how smart our phones are becoming. Between Apple’s Siri and her British competitor Evi, our phones are starting to have the same brain capacity that humans do and have, to some degree, reasoning capabilities.

With phones becoming so smart, it can be great for helping us in our daily lives with activities like finding directions and looking up restaurants but our phones are slowly going to fade into the controlling monster that Keen predicted.

Eventually we're going to have a greater relationship with our technology than with other human beings.

We’re eventually going to rely so much on our phones that we would have a stronger relationship with them than with any human being in our lives. Checking our email, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and any other social networking site is going to become more important that checking in on family members, or remembering to call someone on their birthday. It’s alright, your phone will do it for you.

N.C. Amendment One: Bust, or Must?

Recently in the state of North Carolina, there has been much debate about whether or not to pass the amendment to the state constitution that reads:

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE THAT MARRIAGE
BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN IS THE ONLY DOMESTIC LEGAL
UNION THAT SHALL BE VALID OR RECOGNIZED IN THIS STATE.

What this amendment is doing is giving rights only to a man and a woman who are joined by marriage. It is not only taking away rights from gay and lesbian couples but also from heterosexual couples who are not married.

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is against the amendment because she thinks that it will hinder business growth in North Carolina. She believes that  the amendment will “discourage companies with gay-friendly policies from building or expanding in North Carolina.”

On Friday, February 24, 2012, Rev. Dr. Marvin Ellison came to Elon University to speak at a religion conference about the meaning of marriage. Ellison is a gay, Christian ethicist and pastor who fully supports gay marriage but he is concerned about marriage as an institution in America’s culture.

Ellison discussed a situation in the 1980s where it was ruled that incarcerated people on death row could marry because that courts reasoned that marriage is a fundamental human right. So gay and lesbian people aren’t human?

It frightens me that marriages such as those of these incarcerated criminals as well as those marriages of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears – who’s marriages were radically short – are more widely accepted than the marriage of a gay and lesbian couple.

From everything that I have read about this amendment, I hope it does not pass. Gay and lesbian couples should have legal rights under any constitution and heterosexual couples who are in a strong relationship but happen to not be married should also.

Generational Differences Between the Views on Clinton

When people hear the name Bill Clinton one specific noun usually comes to mind: scandal. When it is discovered that a public figure has done something that is unethical it taints the public’s perception of that person. Their names tend to be associated with what they have done wrong rather than what they have done right. That is exactly what happened to former president Bill Clinton.

Clinton was known for his scandals but not remembered for what he had accomplished.

Audie Cornish, the host of All Things Considered on NPR, stated:

“Everyone, has a point of view or an opinion when it comes to Bill Clinton.”

On February 20, 2012, Cornish conducted an interview with Barak Goodman, the writer and director for the new documentary called Clinton, part of the American Experience: Presidents Series. Reminiscing about Clinton’s presidency, Goodman felt nostalgic. “Those were good times. Those were times of prosperity.” But Goodman states that at closer inspection, those initial good feelings change and you start to recognize the underlying negative aspects.

The film Clinton discusses his achievements, fiscal policies, and foreign policy decisions. Cornish points out that the majority of the film “spends a huge amount of time on his infidelities and the scandals and problems with women. It hangs over the entire thing.” Her big question: why? Goodman tries to play it off and says that it’s not about the infidelities, it’s about the consequences that Clinton had to face after committing those infidelities.

But to me they are still focusing on his scandal whether they are trying to take the focus off the the actual happenings or not. I read an article in Teen Ink about teenager Lauren C.’s thoughts on Bill Clinton’s scandal when it first happened. She said, “People make mistakes, no matter how extreme, for which they are often sorry.” And Clinton was sorry.

She was advocating for people to not judge Clinton by his negative aspects. I think people who are teenagers and young adults are more accepting than those who are above the age of 30. We are more willing to give people a second chance those the generations before us.

Bill Clinton achieved great things during his time as president:

  • he was successful in reducing the size of the government
  • interest rates were lowered so much that the sales of new house rose greatly
  • unemployment and crime rates decreased

I believe that we should remember the good things about the former president and put aside the negative.