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GOP failed test

October 10, 2006

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To the editor:

For political reasons, the Republican Party ran on a platform of family values, morality and the Christian religion. They presented their party as approved by God over political opponents and repeatedly employ religious buzzwords to persuade us to elect them to Congress for their self-proclaimed moral virtues.

With the recent revelation of Republican Congressman Foley's warped and twisted attempts at sexual relationships with children entrusted to the care of Congress, the Republican Party has been presented with a golden chance to truly live up to their self-proclaimed religion, not talk about it.

Not just the Republican Party, but also Christian leaders - even the president himself - had an opportunity to put a child's welfare above politics, above self-serving causes. They all should be shouting their outrage and demanding accountability, as true moral Christians are obligated to do at times like these.

Instead, there is deafening silence from all of them. The Republican leadership and congressional representatives hastily circled their wagons to blame everyone else, dredging up ancient history, steadfastly refusing to take any personal responsibility or blame for what happened on their watch by one of their own.

They have been put to the test and miserably failed. They selfishly chose political interest above the safety of children. They have proven they can no longer be trusted to speak the truth or live up to their promises; that they are no longer accountable to their constituents.

The Bible has a name for people who do this. They are called "hypocrites."

Curtis D. Bennett,

Lawrence

Comments

Speakout 8 years, 2 months ago

Curtis, you bring up some good points but our government is supposed be an extension of the people. Where is the outrage from the PEOPLE? Why do we let immorality run rampant in our congress and among the people? NAMBLA and other organizations fuel the interest in this kind of excess but it is legal for men to participate.

We, Americans, should be outraged by many things our government has done in our name. It is time to drop the apathy and get involved with these issues and get rid of the corruption we have in our government, NOW!

prioress 8 years, 2 months ago

Good points, but remember both parties are hypocrites and we let them get away with it. VOTE!

estespark 8 years, 2 months ago

I find it hard to believe only members of the GOP knew about Foley's disgusting indiscretions. Democrats are to blame just as much. This article should be titled more appropriately.

estespark 8 years, 2 months ago

Any proof they did not know? Seriously, 7 of Florida's Representatives are Democrats along with 1 Senator. NONE of them had ANY idea Foley was a twisted pervert?

Conveniently, the allegations surfaced right before an election. I'd say that was deliberate.

ksmoderate 8 years, 2 months ago

By 75x55:

"The Republican leadership and congressional representatives hastily circled their wagons to blame everyone else, dredging up ancient history, steadfastly refusing to take any personal responsibility or blame for what happened on their watch by one of their own."

If you've been paying any attention in the last week or so, you'll find that:

Yes, they are playing the blame game. Watching Boehner, Hastert, Kingston, and other Reps pointing fingers is sad.

Yes, they are dredging up ancient history. This story broke and all we hear from the right is "but but but but....so-and-so did it 25 years ago!"

ksmoderate 8 years, 2 months ago

estespark:

So the dems broke this story on purpose right before an election? Bullsh1t. Why would they need to?

BigAl 8 years, 2 months ago

In order to be a good Replublican today, you must:

  1. Blame Clinton/Democrats
  2. Blame Hollywood
  3. Blame the press
  4. Never question
  5. Follow blindly

    It blows me away that people blame democrats for this latest scandal. Get a clue people!!!!

Confrontation 8 years, 2 months ago

Find me a religious person who isn't (at some point) a hypocrite, and then I'll see a miracle.

estespark 8 years, 2 months ago

Your rebuttal is lacking...and yes I think the Dems would have sat on the story and allowed it to break at an opportune time. Politics would necessitate that move.

All that being said, I'm not surprised the GOP has circled the wagons and assigned blame elsewhere. Both parties are at fault in my estimation.

ksmoderate 8 years, 2 months ago

Yes, estes, your original post assigned blame to both parties.

Your subsequent post, though, posited that this scandal erupted on purpose right before the election. Why would the repubs blow a story on themselves?

drewdun 8 years, 2 months ago

estespark: It has been widely circulated that GOP staffers were behind the Foley leak, not the Democrats or that bogeyman George Soros as the wingnuts would have everyone believe. In fact, the man who 'broke' the story, ABC's Brian Ross, refutes your claim that the dissemination is politics:

"Mr. Ross dismissed suggestions by some Republicans that the news was disseminated as part of a smear campaign against Mr. Foley.

"I hate to give up sources, but to the extent that I know the political parties of any of the people who helped us, it would be the same party," Mr. Ross said, referring to Republicans."

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/03/washington/03media.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin

estespark 8 years, 2 months ago

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Porter 8 years, 2 months ago

drewdun, don't confuse people with facts. It's easier for some to just swallow what Rush, Hannity, Savage, and O'Reilly feed them. Those guys pound on their desks about the lying, adulterous liberal. They have to be right about this.

Porter 8 years, 2 months ago

I think $70 million is a fair budget for the investigation into the cover-up. Anyone know what Ken Starr is up to lately?

BOE 8 years, 2 months ago

estespark: October 10, 2006 at 9:41 a.m.

Any proof they did not know?

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LOL

Tychoman 8 years, 2 months ago

Tony the quote is one of my personal favorites from Stephen Colbert: "It's all right, Mr. Bush. Reality has a liberal bias."

Props for bringing it up!

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