Other than my mention of Wild Bill’s investigative work, I have not mentioned the Foley fiasco. I wanted to hear more about this before I formed an opinion. Oh, I already had the opinion that Foley was a cretin who should never, ever, be allowed to serve in public office again. I think most people agree on this and if it is found he did something illegal he should face, shall we say, stiff penalties. What I have been looking at is the reaction by members of both parties. We have gotten the expected “Who knew what and when” statements that always abound when a member of Congress gets caught with his pants down.
The Republicans are running around finger pointing and can not seem to muster the strength to actually lead. There are accusations about who knew what and how it was withheld. The Washington Times and members of the Party are calling for the resignation of Dennis Hastert. The Democrats, blind to their own misdeeds, are asking us; if the Republicans can not protect our children, how can they possibly protect the nation? I will not rehash the past sexual misdeeds of the Democrats. They are well known and the left would only come unhinged and make all kinds of assertions about justifying the actions of Foley. None of it will be true, of course, but rather than admit there is a cultural problem across party lines they will dismiss the acts of the many Democrats who have been caught in various sexual situations. Hell, they dismissed the murder committed by Ted Kennedy while he was out trying to get a bit of loving from a woman who was not his wife. If they willingly look past a crime like this, it becomes clear why they can easily dismiss the actions of others in their party.
This is all moot because for the most part, what Foley did was allegedly with an underage young man. Contrary to what has been reported, he is not and was not a child, though he was three weeks shy of his eighteenth birthday. The acts took place over several years and they allegedly involved other pages. As far as we know, the only thing the leadership was aware of are some innocuous emails that were overly friendly but not overtly sexual in nature. This could change, but this is what we now right now. After an investigation Foley was counseled not to have any contact with the person who complained and to treat all pages professionally.
Just a week ago, printed Instant Messages (IM) were released and they date back to 2003. This is the first time that anyone, outside a small group of pages, has seen them. Anyone who pays attention to politics knows that it is no coincidence that the IMs were released just 5 weeks before the mid-term elections. I have been intrigued from the start as to the source. You see, only two people had them, Foley and the page. It is only reasonable to assume that Foley would not keep them so that means they originated from the page. If the situation that occurred was so bad that it had to be revealed, why did it take three years to reveal it? We have information today that the IMs were held by several of the pages and yet none of them came forward in the past three years. One would assume that if the situation was so dire they would have reported the IMs when they first took place. But wait, we now have further information that this was all an Internet prank and the IMs landed in the hands of a Democratic operative. I have my doubts about this but if true, it would mean that the page was not necessarily a victim after all. We might not have known this if Wild Bill had not investigated it and revealed the page’s name.
Today, it looks like the beating he took from everyone including Michelle Malkin, might have been a bit premature. He was accused of becoming what our opposition is. Some who have jumped to conclusions have done much the same. Bill was not trying to play gotcha or avenge Foley. He was trying to get at the truth. One needs to ask, do we really have a victim here? Michelle and others are entitled to their opinions, but so are the rest of us.
This is a very strange and continually unfolding situation that will, no doubt, play out in the coming weeks. But while it plays out we need to look at the actions of the Democrats and see if they match up with their words. I have mentioned the past sexual escapades of the Democrats (one of which was sex with an underage page) and I have mentioned how the Democrats rallied around those who were perverts. Many of those involved were supported and won reelection. Did the Democrats get rid of any of them? No! So how does that square with their claim of values? The Democrats are a party that is tolerant of these kinds of acts but only when their members are doing them. Republicans do not tolerate it no matter who is doing it. Now, make no mistake, I am not necessarily speaking of those in office. There are enough of them from both parties that get into trouble and cover for each other. I am talking about the regular folks on the street. We Conservatives regularly bash those in our party who do the wrong thing. We have discussed this on Wide Awakes Radio and we have been as hard or harder on our own elected officials. Democrats are only tough on people from the other side of the aisle. I believe that Foley resigned in short order because he knew he would be skewered by his own party.
The Democrats like to point to things like this and say that one Republican doing the wrong thing is indicative of all Republicans but of course when one of their members does something wrong it was an isolated thing and not a reflection on the entire party. Republicans took money from Abramhoff so they are the culture of corruption but the Democrats who took nearly as much from him as the Republicans are not corrupt. Interestingly, the party that keeps telling us the religion of Islam is a peaceful religion and that we should not judge all of its followers by the acts of a few radicals are the same ones who will judge all Republicans by the acts of a few (or in this case one) wrong, sick individual.
It is not a coincidence that these IMs were made public at this time. While we are investigating who knew what and when we need to get a time line on when the Democrats (those folks associated with Soros) who released them actually got them (and how). If they received them and waited any time before releasing them, as I suspect, then they are guilty of the very things they are claiming about the Republican Party. Once again the political considerations would trump the decent thing to do and that does not add up to a party of values.
One other thing that is important to consider and that is, did the Democrats know about Foley’s problems when they surfaced as they claim the Republicans did? The Congress is not a huge organization and it is very difficult to keep a secret. The New York Times and its “sources” are proof of that. These good ole’ boys in the Congress know of each other’s transgressions and they usually keep them secret. They do not want to risk their own indiscretions being revealed in the process. The Democrats were quite silent on this until the fortunate disclosure of the IMs. Perhaps it is because they were afraid to go after a gay man. That would certainly be turned into a gay bash witch hunt by their opponents. It might even get more traction than when Dean fired some gay guy because his lover made a disparaging remark about the quack Doctor Dean. The Democrats would have to be careful because they would risk exposing what the Boy Scouts already protect against and that is leaving young males with homosexual men in a position of power over them. Why such an uproar by the Democrats in the first place? The Democrats would have been in a position of power. They could have said they are with the ACLU in support homosexual leaders in charge of young men like they do with the Boy Scouts but not when they act badly. Perhaps, they did not say it because they know the obvious conclusions that would be drawn.
In any event, this whole issue is unfolding and there will be a lot of mud slung in all directions. Before anyone starts hurling the mud in my direction keep in mind that I do not condone what Foley is alleged to have done and that if he did these things he needs to pay the appropriate price. I do however, question how some of the things took place and the motivation behind them. I also think the claim of values is way overblown by the Democrats given their history. All of this is separate and distinct from the acts of Foley. I am glad they caught him and he is out but I want to know all of the players who are culpable for placing the pages in this situation.Powered by Sidelines