Monday, October 09, 2006

Compare And Contrast

The last thing I want to do is get started on this Congressman Foley thing. I am sick to death of it.

Having said that, though, I'll spend a moment reading and posting words from Charles Krauthammer- and not just because he is one of the smartest men out there. This comparison needs to be made... and people need to think hard about this double standard.

[[ IN 1983, REPRESENTATIVE GERRY Studds, Democrat of Massachusetts, admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old male page. He was censured by the House of Representatives. During the vote, which he was compelled by House rules to be present for, Studds turned his back on the House to show his contempt for his colleagues' reprimand. He was not expelled from the Democratic Caucus. In fact, he was his party's nominee in the next election in his district--and the next five after that--winning reelection each time. He remained in the bosom of the Democratic Caucus in the House for the next 13 years.

In 2006, Republican congressman Mark Foley was found to have been engaged in lurid sexual Internet correspondence with a 16-year-old House page. There is no evidence yet of his ever laying a hand on anyone, let alone having sex with a page. When discovered, he immediately resigned. Had he not, says Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert, "I would have demanded his expulsion." Not only is Foley gone, but half the Republican House leadership has been tarred. Hastert himself came within an inch of political extinction.

Am I missing something? There seems to be an odd difference in the disposition of the two cases. By any measure, what Studds did was worse. By any measure, his treatment was infinitely more lenient.

You're not missing anything, Charles. The liberals, as usual, are complete and total hypocrites as they assail this "scandal" for political gain.

They are far, far beneath contempt.

Here's the whole column. Read it and pass it around.

Sex Scandals And Double Standards



Blogger saj said...

I was listening to the radio this morning and the host made a good point about Nancy Pelosi's hypocritical outrage over Mark Foley. He said something along the lines of her being a hypocrite because this is the same woman who supports the aclu. The aclu which defends nambla (north american man/boy love association). If she is so outraged about what Mark Foley did, how could she support an organization that defends nambla???!!!!!!!!!!! Hellooo...

Do you think anyone in the media will ask her about this obvious contradiction??

9/10/06 12:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell no they won't! This is a classic case of the liberals using conservatives' own values against us.

9/10/06 14:26  

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