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Political scandal

October 5, 2006

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To the editor:

Just when I believe I can't be any more disgusted with the government in Washington, things reach a new low. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, have known since last spring about the sexual advances made to a 16-year-old page by Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla. These ranking members of the majority Republican Party failed to take appropriate action, leaving young boys to be sexually preyed upon.

When party loyalty trumps doing what's right, we as a nation are in deep, deep trouble (have you looked around recently?). Republican leadership seems to be more concerned with preserving their tenuous hold on power than in doing what's best for America.

I'm afraid that just like after other recent scandals (lobbying, Abu Ghraib, defense-contractor corruption, etc.) a lot of hot air will be expended by politicians, denouncing how deplorable this is, but nothing will be done. Any elected official who had prior knowledge of Foley's actions with teenage boys should resign or be removed from office. That would be the "right" thing to do, but that seems to be in short supply these days.

Daniel Patrick Schamle,

Lawrence

Comments

Speakout 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes there is a lot of shame and guilt on both sides of the isle. So this election is important to get rid of the old and IN with the NEW. I think each and every incumbent should be retired and brought back home. They are done, and ineffective. Can't have it any more.

Lets elect a new congress - ones who have the heart to do what is right and are not there to grab power, but legislate what is right.

chavezcis 8 years, 2 months ago

Do these Republicans not understand the impact of their immoral actions. It is even worse when they take the moral high ground, legislate morality, and see themselves as the party of family values (not to mention God's party). Oh, but now that Foley is in trouble he blames alcohol, his homosexuality, and child abuse endured by him. Excuses, excuses. If you preach morality, practice morality.

Great letter, Daniel

prioress 8 years, 2 months ago

Good points, but be careful what you wish for. There is much shame and much to hide in both parties.

blessed3x 8 years, 2 months ago

Seriously, have you guys read the emails that were uncovered? Not the instant messages but the emails that constituted the only evidence prior to the recent release of the IM's that people had to go by. They were nothing. There was NO incriminating evidence of any kind contained in them. Does that make Foley an OK guy? Hell no. He's a slime and needed to step down, just like running a whorehouse out of your basement, hiding $100,000 of bribe money in your freezer or leaving your date to drown in your car at the bottom of a lake should be basis for stepping down. Unforturnately the only party that seems to have the courage to step down when a scandal erupts is the Republican party and the Dems use that to their advantage. I'm glad the Republicans step down when something happens. I wish both parties would show that much character.

drewdun 8 years, 2 months ago

"I'm glad the Republicans step down when something happens. I wish both parties would show that much character."

Yep, this scandal is definitely a political winner for the GOP. Just another day in Republicanvoterland, where black is white, down is up, and reality is perpetually reinterpreted so that no matter what happens, Republicans win.

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 2 months ago

All of this win/lose talk just solidifies by opinion that politics has just become another spectator sport in this country where allegiences are mostly arbitrary and loyalty is what matters. Might as well be KU/MU or some similar pointless rivalry. Most people vote against their interests for the most part anyways. They latch on to one or two talking points and run with them. Then it is just yea! to us; boo! to you, and nobody wins but the political class and those who are handed the plums.

prioress 8 years, 2 months ago

All of this win/lose talk just solidifies by opinion that politics has just become another spectator sport in this country where allegiences are mostly arbitrary and loyalty is what matters.

Excellent points, which may presage our undoing. The political wars are too extreme. We are all Americans and our loyalty should be to the Constitution, our great heritage, and the future of our children. The D's should not be making hay out of this; they should be coming up with some realistic alternatives to the present administration's disasterous course.

BigDog 8 years, 2 months ago

This stuff is pretty creepy either way but the emails were to an 18 year old. NOT 16 year old.

staff04 8 years, 2 months ago

75x55:

Exactly. Why resign without an investigation if you aren't guilty?

Drudge is the National Enquirer of political news. Every once in a great while, he sniffs out a good story (read: once, when he broke the Lewinsky scandal), but most of the time he is just good for a laugh.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 2 months ago

The bottom line as always is had this matter been dealth with in a timely (4-5 years ago) and prudent manner there would have been no flames to fan. All who knew of this fiasco let america down...Hastert must go but certainly not alone. This is the problem with blind loyalty and having elected reps who are afraid to speak out due to paranoia of party reprisal.

I think Louis Freeh is too politically connected. They should seek out some unknown to anyone independent investigator that has a pattern of voting both sides of the aisle.

anonimiss 8 years, 2 months ago

So why should anybody besides Foley resign? What happened that was so outrageous other than Foley's actions? If you actually look at the facts in the matter, you'll see that the e-mails were the only communications known until Friday. The e-mails that asked the boy's age and for a picture. Hastert knew about it, met with the page's parents and Foley, and satisfied the parents by telling him to quit contactin the page. What else could be done? Interesting story that doesn't seem to be making the media (wonder why, some of you will figure it out). The FBI received the same e-mails in July and deemed that they were not sufficient enough to investigate: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/02/AR2006100200333.html Once again, allegations and misrepresentations by the press.

Tychoman 8 years, 2 months ago

Roger, we all know that the KU vs. MU rivalry is much more important, bitter and bloodthirsty than political rivalries. :)

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