Not much needs to be said on this topic, but I decided to address it anyway. Michelle Malkin has the right message: “Deal with it.”
So here’s how I see the players in a nutshell …
1. Mark Foley – sick, depraved, abusive, only beginning to face the consequences of his sin, unable to make right what he did to his victims, greatly in need of redemption and God’s mercy
2. The victims – should be left alone and out of the spotlight to allow them and their families to seek the healing they need
3. Republican Congressional leadership – culpable for every day they knew this vile behavior had occurred (as exhibited in the infamous IMs) … there is honest disagreement concerning whether Speaker Hastert and others knew about this before last Friday – the burden of proof is on their accusers, and the matter can be resolved through the fair and open procedures that are in place … if they knew and withheld the information, they are guilty of abetting this crime and should be treated accordingly
4. Democrat leadership and their willing accomplices in the MSM – base, shameless, and offensive … if Republican leaders are absolved of advance knowledge, they are guilty of slander and should be treated accordingly
5. Conservatives in the media and blogosphere trying to downplay Foley’s behavior and/or point fingers at prior Democrat scandals on the subject – foolish, misguided, hypocritical, too absorbed in politics to see what is more important in this situation
Justice and morality come first. Why does everything have to be about political ramifications? I don’t need politics to live and breathe – that’s why I consider myself a conservative and why I align myself with the Republican Party and its small-government wing. Inordinately large government – like any institution with concentrated power – feeds the natural human tendency toward corruption in many ways: Foley is just the latest sordid example.
Clearly repudiating what he has done is just a start.
Well said. Thank you for taking a principled stand. Just like the Monica affair, this is so sordid I can’t let my kids listen to the news. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
“Democrat leadership and their willing accomplices in the MSM – base, shameless, and offensive”
I feel for you. I really do. This is a sad episode.
But trying to invent “the real guilty party” as you’ve done here is pure O.J. Simpson logic. Hastert and Shimkus kept this to themselves, as both Kildee and Capito stated in angry terms yesterday. The House Page Committee didn’t even meet on this topic, unless Shimkus did so solo.
Slander has a specific definition that does not apply here. Pointing out that Dennis Hastert neglected to deal with a situation most Americans would consider outrageous is simply stating the truth.
Shooting the messenger won’t work for your team this year. Sorry again.
Kevin Bowden says
Blog on the Tigers, for goodness’ sake!
(Big game today! Not that you don’t know….)