16 October 2006
One last bit of exFoleyation
This editorial in The Week baffles me:
Of all the lessons being drawn from the Mark Foley scandal, the most laughable is that this is what happens when you put gay men in Congress. "Whether we admit it or not," said columnist Pat Buchanan this week, "many male homosexuals have a thing for teenage boys." I'd restate that sentence a bit more broadly. Whether we admit it or not, many men have a thing for teenagers and they no longer feel very guilty about it. Let us not forget that when she was the same age as Foley's page friends, Britney Spears was our culture's biggest sex symbol. Of the dozens of sex scandals in Washington's recent past, 98 percent have involved straight men and much younger women. So if we really want a Congress free of scandal and drooling predators, it's not gay men we should purge from politics. We should stop electing men.
Because women, of course, would never stoop so low.
Posted at 7:00 PM to Political Science Fiction
Buchanan never fails to disappoint our expectations that he is a complete idiot, out of touch with reality, and the sole resident of his narrow little Pat-centric world.
In Australia, "fags" are banned from all sporting events.
One thing Pat Buchanan is not, is stupid. Buchanan's wrong about plenty of things, but dumb he ain't.
Buchanan is a conservative American, circa 1935. His opinions haven't been updated in the slightest. As a conservative, he'd say why should they be?
How stupid is that? It's funny how our brainwashed partisan country can never focus on the real problem when it comes to any of these issues. The problem is not electing men (what is the percentage of elected men that are not involved in sex scandals?). It is not homosexuals (how many homosexuals are not interested in teenage boys?). It is not too few women (didn't some woman just go to jail for actually having sex with her teenage student?).
It is none of these things. It is 100% the partisan mentality that dictates that such behavior go unpunished if such punishment would hurt the party and that it is only worth pursuing if the opposing party is involved. Sexual predation is a reality in all areas of society and no one should be excused because of what party they associate with or how close it is to election. And they certainly shouldn't be rewarded by overseeing a committee to deter such predatory activities. The problem is that we institutional condone these activities in the name of partisan politics.
The truth is WE, the voters, let this happen by allowing and participating in the partisan mentality and rhetoric that dictates what is good for the chosen party is good for the country. Anyone who knew about this and did not see it that this man was removed from office is responsible and, in the end, if we the voters do not hold those responsible accountable, then, in turn, we become responsible.
The truth is WE, the voters, let this happen by allowing and participating in the partisan mentality and rhetoric that dictates what is good for the chosen party is good for the country.
I don't blame partisanship. I blame civic laziness. If people would supervise their employees (elected officials) as attentively as they follow the reality shows, none of this crapola would be happening.