More Excuses from Foley, Hastert. GOP Still Doesn’t Get It

10/03/2006: First, former Congressman Mark Foley (R-NAMBLA) tried the “My name is Mark, and I am an alcoholic” defense. Now, he is trying the “I was abused by a priest when I was a kid” defense.

Maybe those things are true and he needs help; however, that does not excuse his sexual solicitations to teenage pages.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) is also passing the buck. Maybe he is right: he didn’t see the e-mails. But if an aide–or another Congressman–is telling him about “overly friendly messages”, his Bravo Sierra indicator should have been going off the scale. He should have been demanding a full and prompt report on the matter, and notified the FBI immediately.

Ergo, Hastert was sleeping at the wheel at best. He should resign as Speaker; it is a matter of honor.

And make no mistake…this is not merely a GOP issue. If Democrats were in the know and were sitting on this, then they, too, should be called to account. This is not about politics: this is about covering for pedophiles.

I don’t care what party to which you belong. If you cover for a pedophile, you are unfit to be a public servant and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Anyone who preaches the false gospel of “keeping the party unity because we must win the election” doesn’t get it. I don’t give a damn about the election. This is about getting leaders who understand fundamental decency.

When our political class is either coddling child molesters or sitting on a report just to blow a story during an election season, then we need a proverbial hanging party. We need a whole new batch of leaders. We can fight political wars later.

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