The PedoFile Welcomes All: Mark Foley, Come On In!!!
From the political party that brought you a return to Bible-Belt-apple-pie American values in the face of those godless Democrats, it’s a scandal that combines high-tech instant messaging with good old-fashioned pederasty!
By now we’re all aware of the gross and disturbing IMs sent by Congressman Mark Foley (R-Fla.) to a sixteen year-old office boy. The messages included a pic request. But for GOP strategists, the most damaging aspect of the scandal may be that GOP leaders such as House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) have been accused of attempting to cover up the allegations against Foley so as not to interfere with the coming mid-term elections.
The Washington Post reports that some analysts say the biggest worry is that many members of the GOP’s Christian conservative base will be moved to question their party’s claim to represent “real American values” and other such dubious emotive concepts.
The voice of reason says that you can’t judge the tenets of an entire party on the perversion of one of its officers. That’s true. Democrats have been involved in some pretty high-profile liaisons dangereux themselves. But when the party’s senior leadership appears to have moved to cover up this atrocity to save face in an election…well, that’s just not pretty.
If you were planning to vote Republican, I say: go ahead. In my humble opinion, if personal little travesties like this are all that’s keeping you from pulling for the elephant, you might need some glasses to correct political myopia. This Foley scandal is an ugly scenario, indeed, but it’s not an adequate representation of the tragedies of Republican policy, or of the Republican political ethos of late, which says that personal values are more important than policy agendas in terms of governing a nation.
I don’t like Repubs and I don’t like Democrat stalwarts. I’m a political black sheep. But if the Democrats are able to use the Republicans’ own nearsighted ethic-bashing, mud-slinging, issue-ignoring, getting-personal tactics against them, I say: bray, donkey. Bray. And kick up some more dust while you’re at it.