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Oct. 6, 2006
/ 14 Tishrei 5767
Sex, Lies, and Politics
Before I get into this week's column, I need to address a misunderstanding concerning one of my previous columns. Several readers have written letters complaining that I said homosexuals were the same as child molesters, or words to that effect. I never said that, nor did I ever imply that. My argument was not with homosexuals, it was with liberals. Specifically, I was talking about the inconsistent and dishonest ways that liberalism addresses sexual matters.
My exact words were, "How come liberals claim that child-molesters and rapists can be rehabilitated but homosexuals, lesbians, and cross dressers can't change?" In other words, the liberal position is that people are born gay and nothing can change that. But at the same time, the liberals contend that child molesters can be rehabilitated - that their sexual predilection can be corrected - and they should be returned to society. My point was, a sexual proclivity is a sexual proclivity.
If people with a sexual desire for the same sex are simply born that way and can't change, why do liberals think that people with a sexual desire for children CAN change? If pedophilia is just a sexual choice, then homosexuality should be considered a sexual choice. If on the other hand child molesters are born that way, then instead of rehabilitation, we should keep them in prison forever, away from our children. Liberal positions on sexual behavior are inconsistent, self-serving, and ultimately dangerous to our society. That is my opinion and that was my point.
Since we're on the subject, I find it interesting to say the least that the uproar which began with former Congressman Mark Foley sending lurid sexual messages to an ex-congressional page has now turned into a condemnation of the entire Republican Party. No Republican to my knowledge has defended the actions of Foley, who, it should be noted, was forced to resign immediately after the news broke. To the contrary, members of the Republican Party loudly and vehemently criticized Foley's behavior and promised to look into the details of the matter.
As I recall quite the opposite occurred with Democrats when former President Clinton was proven to be engaging in sexual acts in the Oval Office of the White House with a young intern. At that time, with only one exception that I can think of, (Sen. Lieberman) every single Democrat in the party rallied to defend and excuse Clinton's action. Consider what Democrats said at the time: "Everybody lies about sex!" "They (Monica Lewinski and Clinton) were two consenting adults!" "A person's sex life should be kept private!"
Now that a sex scandal has finally been dug up on the Republicans, the Dems have suddenly become the party of high moral values and unassailable character. What a joke.
And remember Clinton was actually having sex, Foley was only writing sexually explicit messages. I am not excusing what Foley did; I'm only saying that there are gradations of disgusting behavior. Writing sex messages to an ex-page on the internet and having sex on an ongoing basis in the Oval Office with a White House intern while you are "working for the American people," are different degrees of unacceptable conduct.
It took the Democrats a long time but they think they have finally found the sexual equivalent of "Monicagate" to hang on the Republicans. The problem for them is, it won't work. Number one, unlike the Democrats, Republicans never attempted to excuse or defend the disgusting actions of Foley. Number two, unlike Clinton, Foley never denied what he did. He didn't lie about it, he didn't look into the camera and wag his finger and tell America that he was innocent. He resigned in disgrace, as well he should.
The difference between Republicans and Democrats is this; most Republicans will feel guilty and show remorse when they are caught doing something unethical, Dems never do. The Democratic talking points must include "Never, ever admit to doing anything wrong - no matter how much proof there is that you did." Democrats will never own up to their misdeeds, they will obfuscate, backpedal, lie, and do just about whatever it takes to get away with it. Republicans, by and large, tend to admit wrongdoing and resign.
Since we are only a few weeks out of an important election I'm certain this Foley matter will be milked for all its worth by the Democrats. With every passing day "new revelations" will be discovered and broadcast coast to coast by the liberal media. "Foleygate" will be front page news from now until Election Day and the forces at work will do everything they can to paint all Republicans with the same brush. "They all knew about it!" "They were covering it up for months!" "Republicans don't care about the children!" The vast right-wing conspiracy strikes again.
Politicians hitting on young interns and pages are a serious thing and should never be happening in our country. The bums who engage in this, no matter what party they belong to, need to be weeded out and publicly disgraced. I wish Democrats would put aside their partisan politics and join with Republicans to correct this disturbing problem. It is ugly and it is a distraction that America can't afford right now. There are other problems that we as a nation need to address.
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