Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Thoughts on the Evolvling Scandal

First, the scandal is only peripherally about the conduct of Mark Foley. He is gone, will not be coming back, and may spend quite some time in prison once he gets out of rehab (if, in fact, that is where he is since no one actually knows where he is). The real scandal is the lack of action by the House leadership to do anything - up to and including getting Mark Foley away from teenage boys as soon as possible. Dennis Hastert has demonstrated incompetence, and pleads ignorance - thus giving us the choice that he is either intellectually incapable of holding his position, or is morally and perhaps legally culpable in the actions of a pederast. John Boehner has clearly made sure attention focuses on Hastert (from my current state of Illinois, and an acquaintance of my mother-in-law, as well as my host for Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993, all in the interest of full disclosure), passing that buck faster than you can say "Harry Truman".
The political dimensions - who released what, when, and under pressure from whom - are a part of the whole story, but need to be pursued secondarily to the primary focus. As the House leadership implodes, as fingers point everywhere but towards those with the authority to actually do something, as all scramble for the cover of ignorance, let us not forget that young men may have been hurt by Foley, perhaps irrepably, and the responsibility for that damage lies at the feet of those who aided and abedded him - his enablers in power.
On a final note - pedophilia and homosexuality are not the same thing at all. Period. That is all I shall say.


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