First, Foley is merely the casualty of a great culture war. Clearly, the Foley affair is the fault of the Democrats for their long-term efforts on behalf of gay rights, which helped foster a cultural environment where a sick man like Mark Foley felt more comfortable perpetrating these indiscretions than handling his feelings the old-fashioned way -- by committing suicide. Instead of persecuting hard-working public servants like Mark Foley, how about taking a good long look at the clothing designers -- mostly Democrats -- responsible for a wide array of tight-fitting, posterior-hugging jeans and slacks?
In leaking sordid information of this nature -- previously available only to generations of congressional pages, aides, Beltway insiders, journalists, correspondents, and casual observers -- the Democrats have compromised the welfare of our sons and daughters. Common sense dictates that any such controversial disclosure should have been put off at least until Representative Foley had completed several more successful terms as co-chairman of the House Caucus of Missing and Exploited Children. And it should not go without saying that while many, many congressional pages have indeed been exploited, very few are actually missing.
The truth is, Mark Foley is not a predator. Mark Foley is a victim. The point is not that Mark Foley was sexually abused as a child. The point is that he was sexually abused by a Democrat. Cutting short Foley's noble career was an injustice to decent and indecent Americans everywhere. Representative Foley was well aware of the temptations that come with power and was in the process of authoring groundbreaking legislation to see that this sort of thing never happened again except sometimes.
To name a few, there was "Just say no to pages." There was "No page left behind." There was a plan to replace the current batch of pages with the Hell's Angels. There was a new bill in the planning stages called the "Proposition Proposition." What we need is a war on sex with pages. And who better to bring you that war than the people who brought you the war on terror, the war on drugs, and the war on New Orleans? A job as important as this one could never safely be left to the Democrats, as Democrats and Republicans are generally not on the same page.
Perhaps even more noxious than the Democrats' responsibility for bringing down Mark Foley is their culpability in the cover-up. The Democrats are to blame for endlessly bogging down House Speaker Dennis Hastert with their constant nagging over Abu-Ghraib, oil prices, Tom DeLay, Randy Cunningham, and Jack Abramoff. With all that on your plate, ask yourself -- would you have time to track the whereabouts of a bunch of promiscuous, thrill-seeking Lolitas and boy toys running wild, free, and semi-naked in the halls of Congress?
Finally, the Foley affair is only the latest in a long series of attempts by the Democrats to undermine the war on terror. Put yourself in the place of our fighting men and women. How would it feel to know the folks at home were more concerned with a few minor indiscretions on Capitol Hill than in creating a global environment hospitable to the torture of prisoners? You have to ask yourself, where are our priorities?
The Democrats can cut and run only so many times. There can be no more hiding from the fact that they have faintly criticized, weakly scolded, and sometimes merely stood by and watched as Republicans ran this country into the ground. On November 7, a great national referendum is coming to a polling place near you. And when Democrats allow yet another election to be mis-tallied, miscounted, distorted, strong-armed, electronically usurped, and ultimately stolen by the Republicans, the people will have truly spoken.
Rich Herschlag is a consulting engineer and the author of four books. He writes for Freezerbox.com and can be visited at RichsRant.com.