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Today on Context Florida: U.S. Waters, preserving the Union and if Bill Clinton had resigned

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Today on Context Florida:

There’s a surprise coming to Florida property owners at the end of August, says Dan Peterson of The James Madison Institute, one wrapped in the federal government’s signature red tape. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers have positioned themselves to regulate practically every square inch of our state by redefining EPA jurisdiction to regulate water and land through a newly written “Waters of the U.S.” rule under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

In reading some literature on Abraham Lincoln, Ed H. Moore came across a quote that oddly fits for our current national election conversation: “It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union and liberty for yourselves and not for me. I appeal to you again to constantly bear in mind that not with politicians, not with Presidents, not with office seekers, but with you, is the question: Shall the Union and shall the liberties of this country be preserved to the latest generations?”

Jac Wilder VerSteeg says that if Bill Clinton possessed any sense of shame, he would have resigned from office in August 1998 when, after a half year of lies and denial, he finally admitted having an inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky. If Clinton had slunk out of the White House, the 2000 presidential election likely would have been between a sitting President Al Gore and GOP contender George W. Bush … also likely there would be no Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy today. And no need to speculate about whether Hillary Clinton’s drive for political self-preservation is as strong – and as potentially damaging – as her husband’s.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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