Sins vs. Republican Sins
By Cassandra D
As I have made it abundantly clear on this blog, I think the current batch of Republicans in Washington deserve to be voted out of office, and for many reasons, chiefly their support of torture, their blind support of Bush's war policy, and their dismantling of the checks and balances built into our Constitution. Given that that is my point of view, I'm not sorry about the timing of the Rep. Mark Foley sexual predator scandal.
[A note here to my friend RedDirt: Before I launch into the next part of this post, I want to say that when I write "Republicans" I am talking about the people who have hijacked the party and who are giving it its current bad name. I'm not talking about my Republican friends who so far are holding onto their party registration, whom I respect and who I hope will be part of the dominant element in the Republican party of the future. And now back to our previously scheduled posting...]
Foley's behavior was truly despicable, but I can't say that it is the kind of sin that is trademark Republican in nature. I could imagine that a Democrat might be found to be sexually harassing an underage page of the same gender. The apparent cover-up by members of the House's Republican leadership comes closer to being a stereotypically Republican sin. Such a cover-up would be indicative of both a lack of oversight and avoidance, due to political concerns, of necessary corrections to personnel and tactics. But perhaps, in the same situation, weak-willed Democrats might do the same thing.
So now for the certifiably Republican Sin. First, Brit Hume lamely tries to equate this scandal with Bill Clinton's relationship with Monica Lewinsky, who was 22 when she became an intern. And then White House Press Secretary Tony Snow calls a this congressman's sexually explicit emails to underage teens "simply naughty emails." And how about this diatribe from Rush Limbaugh:
"Here's a supposedly, ostensibly safe seat, here we are in the election campaign with a Clinton war room in full-speed operation, and all of a sudden things that people have known for a long time suddenly surface, once again thanks to our old buddy Brian Ross at ABC.
Now, if you've got a 16 or 17-year-old page genuinely scared and frightened about all this, save the stuff. It's embarrassing, what if somebody sees this outside of who you intend to see it? I'm just thinking out loud here. What if somebody got to the page, said, you know, we want you to set Foley up, we'll do a little titillating thing, keep it and save it and so forth. How would you get a kid to do that? Who knows. You threaten him, you pay him, there's any number of ways, given the kind of people that we're dealing with and talking about here."
The Republican Sin here is in refusing, absolutely refusing, to believe that one of their own is worse than Bill Clinton. It is the refusal to believe that one of their own is not on God's side, but is in fact an evil-doer. And if there is any acknowledgement of that evil, the Republican Sin is being unable to acknowledge it without saying, "but they [Democrats, Iraqis, terrorists, fill in the blank] are more evil, so our evil really isn't that bad." Sex scandals, torture. Pick your issue.
Republicans are always accusing others of believing in "moral relativism." Ironic, isn't it?
"And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, 'Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye?"Matthew 7:3-4 (Jesus of Nazareth)