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Gay SF Chronicle Says: “Shame On Foley, GOP”

Hypocrisy on parade from the San Francisco Chronicle:

A contingent from NAMBLA marches in San Francisco’s Gay Pride parade.

Shame on Congress

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

THE ABRUPT fall of Rep. Mark Foley, a Republican from West Palm Beach, is about more than one congressman’s sickness. It’s about whether his colleagues were sufficiently vigilant in responding to signs of his exploitive behavior toward House pages.

In backtracking through the scandal, it’s outrageous that Foley was not confronted long ago by responsible adults in the House. His doting over congressional pages earned him a label as an eccentric to avoid. After one youth complained about "sick" e-mails from Foley, he was privately warned by House overseers of the page system to knock it off. It’s obvious he didn’t get the message.

Foley was indulged and tolerated. He headed, of all things, a House caucus on missing and exploited children. There was never a serious inquiry into his curious conduct, and to underline the partisan backdrop, Democrats on the ethics review panels were kept uninformed about the allegations against Republican Foley.

But this dam finally burst. When the explicit e-mails were made public, Foley had little choice but to quit. Days later, he vanished from sight by entering rehab for alcohol abuse.

House leaders are now in a flurry of action they never showed before in controlling Foley. With his resignation, the mess is conveniently out of reach of a bipartisan House inquiry. The Department of Justice is now invited in to sort out the charges.

Foley could face criminal charges if young witnesses can be encouraged to back up the evidence.

Foley’s misconduct is obviously a serious matter, but equally shameful is the negligent oversight that allowed his behavior to continue. Members of Congress have a parental responsibility to assure the safety of these young pages. House Speaker Dennis Hastert insisted Monday that neither he nor any other Republican leaders saw the lurid exchanges between Foley and the pages.

Hastert said, "As a parent and speaker of the House, I am disgusted." So are we. But our disgust does not stop with Foley.

So far as we know, Representative Foley has yet to be accused of any crime.

All that was known by the House GOP leadership was that Foley had scribed some emails to a former page that seemed in hindsight possibly overly familiar.

There are no "explicit emails," like the Chronicle incessantly claims. Just explicit internet messages.

The Chronicle appears to suggest that because Foley "doted" over pages he should have been forced by the GOP to resign.

The Chronicle is outraged that Foley’s homosexual tendencies were tolerated. — Isn’t irony ironic?

If the GOP had forced Foley out of the House because they suspected he had
homosexual tendencies, what do you think the headlines would have been in our
one party media? What would the Chronicle have said?

Meanwhile, Democrat leaders had access to the more explicit IMs for three years, and said nothing until it would be too late for the Republicans to replace Foley with a viable candidate.

But the Chronicle is disgusted with the GOP.

Also note that the word "homosexual" does not appear in this editorial. Why do you think that is?

Lastly, one can’t help but notice that George Soros created a whole new operation to promote this scandal — CREW. One suspects even he realized that using his stooges at MoveOn.org was just too ironic.

As Wikipedia notes:

Initially called "Censure and Move On," [MoveOn.org] invited visitors to add their names to an online petition stating that "Congress must Immediately Censure President Clinton and Move On to pressing issues facing the country."

MoveOn (and the rest of the Democrats) argued that it mattered not at all that a President had committed and suborned perjury.

Nor was it significant that Bill Clinton broke laws that he himself had so loudly championed, such as laws against sexual harassment in the workplace. (Remember, Clinton perjured himself in the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit.)

No, MoveOn and the rest of the Democrats said it was "just about sex" and ergo laughably unimportant.

Still the Chronicle may be on to something. Yes, shame on Congress — especially the Democrat operatives who sat on this information for three years rather than try to prevent other possible victims merely for political gain.

But also shame on the San Francisco Chronicle for lying about events and for suddenly finding homosexuality a “sickness,” although they dare not speak its name.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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