This article is a response to the article Mark Foley Should Ask to Amend His Statements Published on October 14, 2006. After reading the above cited article and taking a deep breath, I decided to risk the author’s warning to any “wambat” who disagrees with him and add to the boiling political pot. The argument presented by the author of the article did not convince me. The Mark Foley and friends fiasco is another despicable example of a pedophile with power. Since I could care less about political affiliation when the issue at hand is child sexual abuse, I write this as an American, and a mother. As a citizen, I am embarrassed to watch the scandal unfolding before the eyes of the world. How did we get to the point where sex scandals and immorality have become the new midlife crisis for the men in Washington?
The author of the Mark Foley article proposes that Foley should have the chance to take back or somehow reframe his shameless acts. I tried very hard to rationalize that notion and came to the same conclusion. Mark Foley has been guilty of a crime from the moment he began to harass underage boys. Taking back his disclosure does not erase the crime. Foley’s face should be on the neighborhood alert for sexual predators. In this case, however, the neighborhood is Washington, and the neighbors are a bunch of blushing politicians who would rather keep a pervert around than protect the young men of their country.
I’m not condemning all politicians, but I spare no mercy for those that knew and chose to turn their head. The fact that the Washington newspapers were sniffing around like bloodhounds to post the Mark Foley disgrace, is irrelevant. I doubt that they were “picking on” Mr. Foley or paid by the left wing conspiracy club. If there’s a pedophile in Washington, everyone has a right to be warned.
A comparison was made between Mark Foley’s crimes against humans and Senator Harry Reid’s alleged crime involving property. Are young male pages now considered equal to property? The last time I checked, the human property claim was a notion best left to oppression ideology. There is a tremendous difference between the value of human life and property. The bottom line is that Mark Foley used his power to control, harass, and harm children. If this was an adult sexual harassment case, the pattern would look similar.
Unfortunately, Mark Foley used his perversion against young males, who had even less power to protect themselves from this middle aged monster. Any type of inappropriate relationship between a supervisor and employee can be suspect, based on sexual harassment law. Foley’s heinous behaviors involved minors, however, and more closely matched the profile of the skilled pedophile. These young pages came to Washington for an educational experience not to become the victims of Foley’s inappropriate and inexcusable acts.
So how do we interpret this scandal? The author of the Foley article would have you believe that we should take Mark Foley’s current situation and give him a chance to recant his story based on the premise that a Democrat allegedly got away with revising his story to cover up a crime. After I cleared the smoke and checked my moral compass, I felt dizzy from all the spinning. If we allow party affiliation to even the score just because the guy from the opposing party was able to reinvent or retract an incriminating disclosure, then we must abandon any sense of justice in this case.
This is where politics get ugly. Foley happened to be a Republican who hung out with Republican friends. Naturally, opposing political campaigns will take advantage of the irony of Foley’s “family values.” The fact of the matter is, however, that when Foley’s victim reported the crime, Foley’s buddies passed the message like a Chinese telephone. Now it appears that nobody seems to recall exactly what the message was.
I can see no reason for Foley to be given the chance to amend his statements of guilt, even if some Democrat is getting a free pass for a shady real estate deal. In fact, the news just keeps on coming as Foley goes through the purging of his demons. The details of Foley’s “Chase the Page” games are beginning to reveal a long history of harassment and abuse.
Does it really matter if Foley reveals the name of the person who allegedly abused him 40 years ago? Foley is the target of public scorn because he abused boys and he abused the trust of the people who voted him into congress. It really is that simple.
*In fairness to the author of the first article, my response was based on an opposing point of view, and nothing more. I am not coming from the right, left, or any other direction other than my own.