10/07/2006: I could not agree with Vox Day more:
I note with equal parts mirth and contempt the efforts of some die-hard Republican commentators to argue that the Foley scandal was little more than a Democratic sting, or that it is somehow unfair for Democrats to take maximum advantage of self-inflicted Republican foot-shooting.
The GOP reaction to this scandal reminds me of many within the evangelical world during the televangelist scandals of the 1980s and early 1990s. When the media engaged in very hard reporting, many Christians complained about the coverage. In fact, no one of any intellectual honesty could fault the news media for simply doing their job: if the Christian world was scandalous, then the burden was on the Church to repent of Their collective blunders.
The same is true with respect to the Democrats over the Foley scandal. Of course they are taking advantage of this, just like the Republicans would do if the shoe were on the other foot.
While many commentators and bloggers–myself included–have highlighted the DNC’s track record in such scandals (Pelosi’s support of Gerry Studds, and Clinton’s pardon of sex offender Mel Reynolds), I have also directed my ire at the GOP, because they are the Party that has long made the claim to traditional values in its courting of evangelicals and conservative Catholics. The GOP is the standard-bearer, and must accept responsibility for a clear failure of oversight and/or an overt coverup for a pedophile.
Don’t get me wrong…I am a God-and-country conservative, who would vote for Reagan–in his current condition–over anyone we have had since Reagan. My politics are mostly libertarian–with the exception of my pro-life position on abortion–and those sentiments fuel my premise that federal government needs to quit undermining the traditional family.
Today, The GOP is being run by Rockefeller country-clubbers who give not a damn about smaller government and would sell us out under the guise of “free trade” and “globalization”. They have allowed pedophiles to run amock while courting conservative Christians.
As for Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, they are nothing but shills for the GOP party line. The only things they lack are skirts and pom-poms. They can stick their elitism up their anal canals, and quit telling us to vote for skunks who are less smelly than the Democrat skunks. Unfortunately, the both stink.
Republicans need to quit carping and whining about CREW and the DNC. If they had their House in order, this would be a non-issue.
THAT is what has the conservative base hopping mad.