There is one thing voters should realize in the aftermath of Rep. Mark Foley’s, R-Fla., resignation from Congress. It isn’t that homosexuals (as such) can’t be trusted around underage boys. Former Democrat Rep. Mel Reynolds of Illinois showed that there are heterosexuals in Congress who cannot be trusted around underage girls. Former Democrat Presidents John Kennedy and Bill Clinton proved, definitively, that there are heterosexuals charged with running the country and controlling our way of life that cannot be trusted around women of any age, and in Clinton’s case, regardless of their looks.
It’s the lesson voters did not learn when Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., gave new meaning to serial groping. That voters keep re-electing Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., even after his complicit involvement in bribery and subversion of government policies he swore to uphold (via “Abscam”), proves they either don’t care or they believe influence peddling is acceptable.
It’s clear the voters didn’t “get it” in the wake of the “Keating Five” – after all, the five senators: Alan Cranston, D-Calf., Dennis DeConcini, D-Ariz., John Glenn, D-Ohio, John McCain, R-Ariz., and Donald Reigle, D-Mich., were only doing what the $1.3 million (collectively given to their campaigns by Charles Keating) was meant to have them do – use their influence to pressure Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board Edwin J. Gray to discontinue investigations of Keating’s failed Lincoln Savings and Loan. This after the Senate Ethics Committee found all five were guilty of trying to use their positions to aide Keating in getting a favorable resolution.
Incidentally, I am doubtful that the voters have learned the lesson even after Rep. Allan Mollahan, D-W.Va., the senior Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, resigned (“temporarily,” as Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi claims) because of an accusation he directed $250 million to five nonprofit groups he created.
Only time will tell if voters have learned the lesson to which I refer, pursuant to Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif. The San Diego Union-Tribune asserts, “As chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, he approved hundreds of millions of dollars in federal projects” to uber-lobbyist Bill Lowery and his lobbying firm.
Sen. Robert Melendez’s, D-N.J., campaign slogan is “Standing up for New Jersey Families.” Do New Jersey voters think that this is what he was doing when his best friend and confidant was heard on tape putting the squeeze on a psychiatrist with $1 million in county contracts to hire a Melendez political patron, or find the contracts pulled? Those who voted for former Rep. Randall “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., and Rep. Bill Janklow, R-S.D., certainly didn’t learn anything, as evidenced by their repeated successful re-elections.
Then there’s the homosexual Democrat Sen. Barney Frank from Massachusetts. He is said to be “one of the intellectual and political leaders of the Democrat Party in the House,” according to the Almanac of American Politics. I guess that’s their definition of an elected representative who “paid [a male prostitute] for sex, hired him … as an aide and wrote letters on congressional stationary on his behalf to Virginia probation officials.” (“TV Movie Led to Prostitute’s Disclosure”; Bill Dedman, Washington Post, Aug. 27, 1989.)
Yet, with all of his genius and insight, the fact that the same homosexual prostitute he was paying for sex was also running a prostitution ring out of Frank’s home slipped by him – as did the fact that his homosexual prostitute was also involved with the principal of Chevy Chase Elementary, whose office he had used to make calls and meet dates.
The voters have also not learned with respect to Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., or Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn. One proves his “Kennedyness” by pursuing drugs, women and booze at taxpayer expense. One lied about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne and one (think Ted), along with Dodd, were said to have placed a hostess between them making what was called a “waitress sandwich” (which said waitress allegedly wanted no part in) at the La Brasserie restaurant in Washington before it closed. What is not in question, however, is that they supposedly got skunk-faced there every night.
This brings me to the core of what voters don’t get. The voters do not get that it’s our fault. It’s our fault because we are the ones who re-elect these bums, or elect ones just like them. Voters everywhere, as I have said before, should take a lesson from talk-show host Bob Durgin, at radio station WHP 580, Harrisburg, Pa., who was responsible for leading the charge that led to the biggest primary turnover in 32 years. Voters spared neither veteran incumbent nor first termer. And they did it without concern for party affiliation.
This brings me to another point voters don’t get – this isn’t about party affiliation and it isn’t partisan. It is about those who are worthy to govern and those who are not. Those who aren’t open themselves and our country to danger and compromise because of their conduct. These are people who say we cannot pray in public while they prey on the public.
They adjourned one week early, having accomplished nothing, leaving behind scandal and unfinished business – over which, when they do return, they will fight, bicker and stall. Yet they will scurry back to you, the voters, with lies and misrepresentations in their mouths, begging you for money and votes. If you, the voter, aren’t willing to punish them at the ballot box, you have absolutely no right to complain or to be appalled when another Mark Foley or William Jefferson, D-La., is exposed.
It is time to clean up Congress and the courts. If the newly elected don’t rise to an acceptable level, why should they be allowed to stay? If they continue to pass legislation that takes away our freedoms and places them above the laws we must obey, why should they be allowed to stay? You answer the question. I already have.
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