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Thursday, October 05, 2006

There's No Defending GOP in Foley Crisis

By Dennis Byrne
Human Events contributing columnist

As often as Rush Limbaugh gets it right, he is breathtakingly wrong on the House page scandal.

Of course, Limbaugh doesn’t defend Mark Foley, the Republican congressman who resigned last week for being, shall we say, overly friendly with minor male pages. But Limbaugh’s part in turning it into another partisan war reveals what’s wrong with too many Republicans today. Limbaugh focuses on how the Foley story became so big, blaming Democrats for planting and hyping the story for their own advantage in the mid-term elections.

No dittos on this one, Rush.

Most people don’t give a damn about how the story got out. Correctly, they’re outraged that here’s another attack on children, providing yet more evidence of how our culture has become soft on improper, even destructive, behavior.

Continue reading at Human Events


Stephen Schade said...

Mr. Byrne:

Limbaugh is not the only one blaming Democrats in his Rush to judgment. Hastert himself pinned the leak on Clinton operatives.

Media outlets focus on Republican misbehavior because the GOP claims moral superiority. If they drop the arrogance, the playing field becomes level. Besides, Republicans have never passed anything important on abortion or gay marriage anyway. Those who vote Republican on morality are just a bunch of dupes.

The same thing applies to the GOP claim to be the party most friendly to Big Business. In reality, the economy does far better under the Dems, and the last six major recessions have all occurred during GOP administrations. Whatever the issue, conservatives are a bunch of bumblers.

Liberalism and conservatism are opposing philosophsies; both cannot be right. Either change is bad and this is the best we can do, or we can find ways to make the world a better place. The ball is in your court, sir.

Anonymous said...

In case you missed it, the "victim" was 18 and sent the IM's as a prank. The bottom line is Republicans give guys who act like this the boot, while Democrats who actually have sex with them have been able to get away with it. Actually, one of them was responsible for the death of a young woman and got away with it.

As for the previous post, the US is the best country in the world because of conservative principles. If you want to see the "better" world you wish to live in, I suggest you travel to one of the many socialist countries you would like us to become like.

Stephen Schade said...

While Republicans claim moral superiority, Democrats are more into forgiveness, which is why they "get away with it." A reluctance to forgive is why the South, a bastion of conservatism, has the highest divorce rate in the country.

The socialist countries of Europe have affordable health care for everyone and far lower crime rates.

Republicans got complete control of the government and failed miserably. This fiasco proves that conservatism is anti-intellectual.

Justin said...

So far, anonymous, there are five victims, four of whom are under 18. The fifth has publicly repudiated the Drudge Report's story that it was a prank, calling the Drudge story a "work of fiction".

Face it, this is a Republican scandal from top to bottom. The person who released the emails and IMs was an aide to a Republican Congressman; Foley was a Republican (the efforts of Fox, O'Reilly, and Limbaugh to 'mislabel' Foley as a Democrat notwithstanding); the leaders in Congress who knew or should have known were Republican leaders.

Quit pointing fingers at everyone else (which, to date, includes the victims, Clinton, a gay mafia in Congress, Clinton, Soros, Clinton, ABC News, Clinton, and the Democratic leadership) and clean house.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Dennis. I'm a reader from L.A. who caught your column via Human Events. I just wanted to say, "Bingo!" You've hit the nail on the head with your comments. Your column should be required reading for every Republican in Congress.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right, Dennis. This series of ongoing events reminds me too much of the good 'ol boy syndrome, whether in Podunk, AL, or the Vatican... the good 'ol boys will say or do almost anything to defend their power structure/institution. Often, the power structure/institution is as corrupt/perverted as the perversion they're defending.