Yet another Congressional Republican knew of Mark Foley's behavior all the way back in 2000


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Yes, what he did was wrong, but...

Let's stop and ask if this really ranks in the same category as something like what happened at Abu Ghraib, or is it more along the lines of a Monika Lewinsky? Yes, Foley is a perverted man who likes young men. Yes, he did very improper things and it sounds like a number of people within the Republican ranks had at least some idea of what he was up to and should have blown the whistle a long time ago.

Looking at the facts (if you can even know for sure what's true and what isn't in this debacle) it does appear that wrong-doings occurred. Sure. But considering the fact that so many other horrific events happen every day in the US, how can the general populace focus so much on this one thing? Both political parties don't really represent the average middle-income family's interests any more, do they? Why do you care so much what these idiots are up to?

I'd be putting so many other things so much higher on my list of 'things to be pissed off about' - such as child maltreatment and hunger, the lack of public health care, the state of the education system. I think both parties know that if they dupe the public into focusing on something like Mark Foley's sexual proclivities and the scandal of a cover up, they won't have to answer the tough questions about why so many other serious issues aren't being addressed.

Maybe I'm way off the mark since I don't live in your country, but if I did, I wouldn't be falling for the 'look over here' tactics currently taking place.

Heather's picture
Posted by Heather (not verified) on 12 October 2006 - 11:08am
Public trust

I think the reason people are so concerned about this sordid episode is that there has been a continuing erosion in the public trust. The Republicans ran against government saying that government was the problem in American society because of its inefficiency.

Now we have elected officials who are contemptuous of government and of the people they are elected to serve.

The United States has become modern Rome and like the fall of that Empire, we look to the leaders who speak one way and act another, where senators and leaders live high at the expense of their people while sinking into baseness. I would say this the incident is sort of the straw that breaks the camel's back.

What people may well be feeling is that "this is the last straw."

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Posted by Matsu on 12 October 2006 - 2:46pm
I'm not sure what you're getting at

If you're new to this site, all you have to do is check out the tag cloud at the top left of every page, which lists the various topics covered by people posting here. If you want heavier topics, take your pick. I'm not sure why you seem so eager to give the GOP a pass for such a cover-up.

This issue is not at all like Monica Lewinsky. She was 22, which is quite a bit older than 15 or 16, for starters. Are you familiar with the concept of "being legal"? There's a reason why having sex with minors is a felony in so many states.

What's more, this is child predation on the internet, not some arcane affair between mutually consenting adults taking place isolated in the White House in rooms off limits to all but a handful of people. Child predation on the internet is happening all over.

Lastly, I agree with Matsu's point that this cover-up behavior is all the worse given the GOP's claimed purpose of "cleaning up Washington." It's more like "cleaning up in Washington," and little things like integrity, morality, legality are simply political inconveniences that are best swept under the rug.

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Posted by media girl on 12 October 2006 - 2:54pm

Obviously, to spread the word would harm their image. They believe it was important. Important enough not to let it get out to the public. If it did, say hello to the democrats. But for sure, given the same situation, the Democrats would most likely do the same.

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Posted by BitShifter on 14 November 2006 - 3:01am