Foley Just the Tip of the Iceburg

With the current “talk of the town” over on the Beltway being saturated by the Foley scandal, I figure it’s my duty as a blogger to at least make mention of it. So unlike my Democratic friends I will not defend nor try to deflect consequences from this scandal: Foley deserves everything that has happened to him and more. Good riddance and goodbye. I hope they send his ass to jail.

Now, having said that I do have issues with the Democrats on this. One being the timing of releasing this information so close to an election. Two being that it appears (though not proven yet) that the ABC reporter who broke the story, along with several others I would imagine, had this information months ago yet failed to cover it. If the rhetoric about “protecting the kids” was authentic, one would think that information like this should have been broken the minute corroborating sources had been found. It wasn’t.

Finally, I think it is a joke that the Democrats are pretending to stand on the moral high ground. They are really interested in what Republicans knew and when. They are not interested in what Democrats (and their friends) knew and when. They are quick to cast the first stone at Foley, yet were staunchly against even considering picking up the rock when their Congressmen engaged in similar (or in some cases far worse) scandals. Here are a few to jog our collective memories:

10. Sen. Daniel Inouye. The 82-year-old Hawaii Democrat was accused in the 1990s by numerous women of sexual harassment. Democrats cast doubt on the allegations and the Senate Ethics Committee dropped its investigation.

9. Former Rep. Gus Savage. The Illinois Democrat was accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa. The House Ethics Committee decided against disciplinary action in 1990.

8. Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank’s residence in the 1980s. Only two Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to censure him in 1990.

7. Former Sen. Brock Adams. The late Washington Democrat was forced to stop campaigning after numerous accusations of drugging, assault and rape, the first surfacing in 1988.

6. Former Rep. Fred Richmond. This New York Democrat was arrested in 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old. He remained in Congress and won re-election—before eventually resigning in 1982 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and drug possession.

5. Former Rep. John Young. The late Texas Democrat increased the salary of a staffer after she gave in to his sexual advances. The congressman won re-election in 1976 but lost two years later.

4. Former Rep. Wayne Hays. The late Ohio Democrat hired an unqualified secretary reportedly for sexual acts. Although he resigned from Congress, the Democratic House leadership stalled in removing him from the Administration Committee in 1976.

3. Former Rep. Gerry Studds. He was censured for sexual relationship with underage male page in 1983. Massachusetts voters returned him to office for six more terms.

2. Former Rep. Mel Reynolds. The Illinois Democrat was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault with a 16-year-old. President Bill Clinton pardoned him before leaving office.

1. Sen. Teddy Kennedy. The liberal Massachusetts senator testified in defense of nephew accused of rape, invoking his family history to win over the jury in 1991.

I would never trust my child in the care of any Republican Congressman, but even more-so I damned sure wouldn’t entrust them to Democrat either. The bottom line is that while both sides continue this charade of pretending that they are morally upright and the “other” is decadent and evil….it should be readily apparent to anyone with two brain cells to rub together that our Congress has become a house of debauchery and sin, not a house of reasoned debate where the peoples’ interests are taken seriously.

Mark Foley is a sick SOB who should never have been in Congress. I am glad he is gone. But if the Democrats think anyone takes their outcries seriously, then my response is this: Nobody wants a house-cleaner who’s own place is the filthiest of them all.

Update: Fordham resigns as well.

[Part of the Beltway Traffic Jam]

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6 responses to “Foley Just the Tip of the Iceburg

  1. Syntax

    “Nobody wants a house-cleaner who’s own place is the filthiest of them all.” — Do you have anything the Democrats may have done recently? You seem familiar with Democrat exploits from 10, 15, 20, 25 years ago but how about in the past 5 years? Ya got 8 years for Clinton and the gay Governor who came out of the closet on Oprah with enough detail to make the most Liberal of Liberals scream “TMI MAN!!!”

    Politicizing the scandal by accusing the “other” side of politicizing the scandal. How original from the so-called “party of morality”. Now the “party of morality” is trying to cover their own ass by comparing their morality (or lack of) to the Democrat’s morality (or lack of). But wait a tick…isn’t the Republican’s morality so much more superior to Democrats and if so, why the attempt to compare? Why make a list if the Republican’s have been campaigning for 12 years on such a great and superior morality, the “party of morality” and the “Contract with America”? The party of “VALUES” compared to the dirty Democrats? After 12 years of Republicans worrying about what’s in the Democrat’s backyard while covering up the sleaze thats in their own. How many Republican Congressmen have been forced to resign or have been outed in the past few years over legal and moral issues? Ney, Cunningham, DeLay, Foley. Democrats don’t need to politically exploit the Republican sleaze in their backyards, they’re doing a fine job of it on their own. You may get a few hits that agree with your ideology from Limbaugh, Drudge and the rest compared to how many millions of Americans who will look at this sleaze as more of an attempt to defend a pedophile.

  2. First, if pointing out facts is politicizing then so be it. My point isn’t that the Republicans are the “party of morality”, you said that, not me. The whole point is that the Democrats are expressing this faux “outrage” at such behavior when in the past they have done just the opposite with their own.

    The real issue here is that most true conservatives like myself have done absolutely nothing to defend Foley. Re-read my post if you have to to see that I am GLAD that this happened to him, because he deserved it. No defense of his actions, no hoping they’ll go “easy” on him.

    And second, since when does one man’s sins affect the entire party? When the Clinton debacle was going down I never once condemned “all Democrats” of being philanderers. However when virtually the entire Democratic party defended him rather than condemning his immoral actions it became readily apparent that the Republicans did have a moral high ground.

    The point you’re missing is this: both parties have immoral, corrupt, evil people. If you can’t see that then you’re drinking too much of the dKos coolaid. The real story is how the majority of the party reacts to such a scandal. I can’t stand the pundit party-bots like Hannity who do their best to spin it in a conservative light any more than I can stand the Franken’s who do the same for the liberals either. And on this one you just have to read the conservative blogs to see the reaction: everyone is condeming Foley and a great many are condemning Hastert & co too.

    Now compare that to the Democrats’ reactions to “recent” things like William “The Refrigerator” Jefferson’s bribery scandal, Cynthia “The Contender” McKinney, Patrick “I can hold my liquor” Kennedy, etc, etc, etc. As far as I could tell the liberals both in the old & new media basically gave all of these cases a pass and used the race card, or the pity me i’m an alcoholic card, etc to not condemn them.

    The point isn’t who has the moral high ground: neither side’s politicians do….cause they are ALL corrupt. The point is which party base will do the right thing when one of their own screws up. I think that is quite clear.

  3. Syntax

    You bring up a valid point about Clinton but then, how many women store their semen stained dresses in safety deposit boxes at local banks? Hmmmm? Ah, the wonderful world of politics.

    I have a friend who -was- a Republican and he made a valid point. If Hastert when advised of this, had followed the procedure he is legally obligated to follow, this would have amounted to pretty much a non-event. Yeah the parents didn’t want to take it any further and wanted to protect the identity of their son but any person in a leadership position of responsibility would’ve had no choice but to ask, “how many more?” So he could’ve taken it to the Page Board and the Democrat’s would’ve had it and played it in 2005 but with one big difference, the Republicans did the right thing and handled it legally and ethically. Not much politicizing that now huh? The whole sordid scandal would be diffused and in the archives by now. This is your leadership that failed you miserably and there is not a damn thing you can blame on Democrats.

    I hear alot of outcries from Democrats and they should. If Foley was a Democrat, the same songs would be sung from the Right and there is no denying that. Instead, the Right are dragging out skeletons as if that really is going to help them. I’ve also heard strong outcries (the same outcries) from the Right, the Christian Right. The “base”. A strong op-ed piece in the Conservative newspaper, the Washington Times. I’ve heard the same outcries from Michael Reagan, Citizens United, Dr. James Dobson, Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council and many more so its kind of difficult to say that this is just a Democrat thing. I’ve also heard people on the Right who have exposed the identity of one of the victims, further victimizing the victim and trying to drag him through the mud. I’ve heard those on the Right try to claim a “vast left-wing conspiracy” and further try to protect a pedophile (“it was a prank”) and those who chose to protect the pedophile. This is all the Americans are seeing; negligence, arrogance, ignorance and a lust for power at any cost including America’s children. An October surprise that was handed to the Democrats. No semen stained dress in a safety deposit box on this one. Republican rule, Republican blame!

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