Slither hither, all you neo-con champions of traditional values. Let us hear your words about who is to blame for the gay Republican sex scandal on Capitol Hill. Tell us, you who promote personal responsibility, exactly who is responsible for Mark Foley engaging in steamy emails with underage males. Show us how to confess our sins, repent, seek forgiveness, learn from our mistakes and move forward. You Republicans are always talking about responsibility. Let's hear you assign responsibility instead of rationalizations in the Foley affair.
For starters, sister Michelle Malkin, preach that Democrats and the media are ever bit as responsible as the GOP. "It makes Republicans who downplay the messages -- and Democrats and journalists who sat on them -- look recklessly flippant about sexual predation."
Brother Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Family Research Council (FRC), said on CNN that while "there's no defense of this behavior ... it shouldn't be totally surprising when we hold up tolerance and diversity as the guidepost for public life." The staunch anti-gay activist also said "[T]his is what you end up getting: a congressman chasing 16-year-old boys down the halls of Congress." Hallelujah, brother, a gay Republican Congressman wouldn't be hitting on young boys if it hadn't been for liberals advocating tolerance of gays instead of beating the stuffing out of them.
Liberals are also responsible for all the controversy about Foley. Ask Rush Limbaugh and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Il, who stands accused of doing too little for too long:
Limbaugh: "Nancy Pelosi knows the person who planted the story about Foley five weeks before the election. . . Well, I can almost guarantee it. She might not know who specifically did it. But she knows where it comes from. All the liberal Democrats do."
Limbaugh: "Well, it's clear to me that what the Democrats are doing here in some sort of cooperation with some in the media is to suppress conservative turnout by making it look like you guys knew this all along but because you're so interested in holding the House rather than protecting children that you covered it up."
Get that? The only reason anybody is upset about what Foley did is because Democrats are wanting to get Hastert and other Republicans defeated. Otherwise, what American would have the slightest interest in one of the Republican's point men in the fight against predators being a predator himself?
Fox News' Sean Hannity seems to agree: "I want to know why these instant messages were held back until now. Who knew about them? Why did they hold them back? Did they do it for political reasons? In other words, were they held back to maximize the political impact before an election?" Hannity also asked in regarding the outrage over Foley's behavior if "there [is] any principle left?"
Not among Democrats, according to Limbaugh, who said that "Folks, you don't know the Democrats like I do. . . Is there a political party that would stoop this low? Yes, there is. We know that there is a political party that would stoop this low to set somebody up this way." Yep, Democrats groomed a teenage male to sexually entice Foley into scandal.
Listen to Michael Savage that "this kid was a, was leading him on. . . Who is the kid? Maybe he's a Democrat. . . Is there a real kid? . . . This kid was baiting him. This kid was playing with him, he's no innocent kid. This kid went to Washington to get ahead, let's be very clear. . . He went to Washington to get ahead. So he's a greedy, aggressive child from a family that was pushing him like a stage mother. All right, so he knew how to play a congressman who was gay on the gay theme." So it was a seductive boy trained by the Democrats that was responsible for Foley's personal behavior. How could a poor adult congressmen possibly defend himself against the sophisticated lures of a teenage page? Personal responsibility is too much to ask in such a case.
But according to Republican Congressman Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Il, it was really the underling staffers who were responsible because they "should have acted more responsively" in having "brought this to the attention of the speaker." That's right. Foley's employees should have saved him from himself. How is a Congressman to lead a nation if his underlings don't lead him?
Then again, when asked who was responsible, neo-con Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol opined that "Foley is responsible for it, and the voters in Florida, I guess, who elected him. Maybe they should have known better. But, of course, no one knows. These things happen."
And this, ladies and gentlemen, and all points in between, is the Republican party which promotes taking personal responsibility and champions itself as the defender of traditional Christian values. Scandals happen, but who knows why? Certainly, it is never the fault of a Republican. For any of you predators out there that get snared in a Dateline sting operation, just say that you are a Republican being set up by liberals and the right will come running like a pack of howling hounds.
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