29 September 2006

Republican Culture of Corruption

Well, we knew they were corrupt, but quite frankly we did not know that they were this sort of corrupt. I was thinking more the "bribes for government contracts" sort of corrupt, not the "covering up sexual indiscretions with minors" sort.

Let's recap, cause it's fun:

Today, creepy-ass Representative Mark Foley (R-FL) resigned after emails and text messages revealed the squirm-inducingly gross cyber-sex he was having with a 16-year-old male House Page.

The AP reports that this came to light 10 or 11 months ago. The page worked for Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-La). Rep Alexander notified the House leadership. Speaker Hastert (R-IL) and Rep Shimkus (R-IL) did nothing for almost a year. They report that the child's parents did not want to pursue the matter. So they buried the matter and allowed this pedophile to continue working with teenagers until ABC news publicly revealed the emails today.

It would be easy to view this as a personal and private failure of one sick man. But this goes deeper. The GOP leadership knew. They did nothing.

Why did Republican House Speaker Denny Hastert permit Foley to remain in the House GOP leadership (Deputy whip) for almost a year after they knew he was having sex talk with minors online, minors he met on the job?

Why did Republican House Speaker Denny Hastert leave Foley as the co-chair of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children for a year after they knew?

Oh, yeah. Because they are all irredeemably corrupt. They would rather support a pedophile and retain a republican seat than get him out of Congress and risk losing the seat. Power is more important to them than justice, than honor, and more important than the continued safety of the teenagers working in our nation's capitol.

I almost forgot.

9 comments:

Josh Gentry said...

Let me get this straight, all this outrage because he talked dirty to a 16 year old? I so don't care.

I chuckled at the title "President Thumbscrews," and I can see vitrol on that subject, but is this anything but partisan loathing?

shadowfax said...

Let me get this straight, all this outrage because he talked dirty to a 16 year old?

Um, yes. You're OK with that? A 50 year old man propositioning 16-year-olds on line? That's within the bounds of acceptable behavior to you?

Let's pretend he wasn't a Member of Congress. Let's say he was, oh I don't know, a high school teacher. And the principal knew and did nothing. Would you say that was no big deal and consistent with good professional behavior?

Dwezel said...

"Let me get this straight, all this outrage because he talked dirty to a 16 year old? I so don't care."

Judging by your display pic there I am guessing yout Catholic?

Josh Gentry said...

I skimmed the squirm inducing transcript. I didn't see him ask for sex. And the boy is 16. That's the age of consent in many states. Sound healthy, no. Doesn't scream Republican culture of corruption, to me, though.

Anonymous said...

As someone with 6 years experience in South FL politics (volunteer on several local and national campaigns) I can tell you that Foley has been carrying on like this for years. YEARS.

He propositioned a friend of mine who was 23 but looked 17. Foley had no idea my friend was a paid campaign staffer (Democrat, btw). When my friend revealed his identity, Foley tried to pass the whole thing off as a joke.

This is a pathetic abuse of power that the FL Republican party allowed to go on for waaay too long.

Partisan loathing my ass. Foley should not be in a position of power. He should have been booted out of office ages ago.

Felix Kasza said...

Josh -- I think Shadowfax doesn't go far enough, probably because of partisan issues. Just as Mark Twain said, "It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress."

I would just omit the "probably".

Cheers,
Felix.

shadowfax said...

And the boy is 16. That's the age of consent in many states. Sound healthy, no. Doesn't scream Republican culture of corruption, to me, though.

Great. So it wasn't a felony. That's a pretty low standard to set for someone in an office of high trust. However, my point is not that Foley is a creepy scumbag. It's that Hastert and Boehner knew he was at the very least behaving terribly improperly and did nothing.

Once again, it's not the crime, it's the cover-up.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of the ethics or the legality - the transcript from that chat makes me cringe on about 20 levels. That's just plain effing wrong! And that someone covered it up... ::shudders::

Anonymous said...

Here's an update :

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/3/123814/818