Monday, October 02, 2006

Money, Hos and Clothes

Guest Post by Man of American Dissent

The halls of this Republican led Congress have become the stuff of Gangsta rap lyrics. Given the predisposition to unprovoked violence against sovereign nations and the green light to torturing people, Florida Representative Mark Foley’s salacious instant messages and emails only serve to add more fuel to the Republican's "Roof is on fire... we don't need no water" culture. His actions are repulsive enough on their own, but as in all things it may just prove to be that the coverup is even worse. In the online chat sessions, Foley sounds like he was a ghostwriter for 2 LiveCrew (explicit audio content in link). Maybe R. Kelly is his role model. If he wanted to talk dirty with adults that would be his business, but he was going after high school kids so much so that incoming Republican pages were warned about his behavior at least as far back as 2001.

In typical Republican fashion Foley is (cutting and) running away from the problem. He's resigned without an apology and checked into rehab to hide. These people don't care about anything except their own unchecked power. The ethical violations, scandals and corruption in this Republican Administration warrant parental advisory stickers on any ballot that has a Repblican Candidate for office listed on it.

Maybe, just maybe this will be the straw that breaks the elephant's back and gets these Republican jokers unseated from control. It's sad to say it, but since the Democrats can't really seem to get their message to seem coherent and to resonate maybe we can hold out hope that the Republican excess will cause a backlash they can't avoid (or hack) at the polls.

4 Comments:

Anonymous lester said...

the problem for republicans is that unlike valerie plame, jack abramoff, or even iraq, this is easily understood by even the most passive watcher of news. like monica lewinsky. it's not particularly representitive of any of the huge problems in the GOP, it's just easy to get headlines with.

I admit I'm tempted to draw this into the "culture of corruption" thing but i'm not so sure other republicans were indulging in this sort of thing. money seems to be their main vice.

3:47 PM  
Anonymous david said...

Actually, this is very much the Christian Republican attitude to sin, sex, and crime. And it's something Liberal Democrats need to understand.

Foley was not simply engaged in the sins of the flesh. He was depraved, chasing after underage boys while pretending to be chairing a committee to protect them. And the Republican leadership was more interested in protecting Rep. Foley.

H L Mencken wrote of another virutous & God-fearing Christian man back in 1929. Judd Gray went to the electric chair for butchering his lover's husband. Apparently, the poor sap felt the sin of adultery had already damned him, so what did it matter to add the sin of murder?

Mencken is disgusted with Gray's reasoning. He closes his essay with these thoughts: Sin is a dangerous toy in the hands of the virtuous. It should be left to the congenitally sinful, who know when to play with it and when to let it alone. Run a boy through a Presbyterian Sunday-school and you must police him carefully all the rest of his life, for once he slips he is ready for anything.

Democrats know how to enjoy sin. And they can go on being moral in the other aspects of their lives. But the Christian Republican, once convinced of eternal damnation, is "ready for anything". How else to explain these men waving Bibles and Flags okaying torture, protecting a paedophile, starting phoney wars, taking bribes, and fixing elections.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democrats know how to enjoy sin all right. For every Republican caught doing something sleazy you can be sure that there is at least one Democrat doing the same or worse. When one doesn't have any morals in the first place, then what's to worry.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous david said...

Dear me, Anonymous just can't handle the sin in the midst of Republican Holy Land. Fox attempted to point the finger at Democrats, but the depravity of the Republican leadership condoning and protecting paedophilia for so long makes the Democratic indiscretions seem quaint. The conservative Washington Times is calling for Speaker Hastert to resign.

To quote Mencken again from the same essay: What is the chief mark of such a good man?[e.g., the evangelical Republican]That he cannot differentiate rationally between sin and sin-- that a gnat gags him as badly as a camel.

I'm sorry, but it's always the Holier-that-Thou types who commit the most cruel and atrocious crimes. Those who feel they are hopelessly damned might do anything. And those who feel Christ is coming soon don't care about the consequences of their actions because these are the End Times. Go figure!

8:39 AM  

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