Mark Foley: Merely a Misunderstood Victim?
If you want to start off with a resigned (pun) chuckle, go here and see how long it has taken to try to make Mark Foley disappear in true Orwellian fashion. This link was originally the webpage for the Congressman from Florida from the House of Representatives. Hey, don't worry! Business as usual!
Meanwhile, Foley's representatives are testing the public response to his claim to have been molested himself as a teen. What is the point of this claim? Someone who has molested a child, if we take Foley's claims at face value, has created a possible future child molester. Are we also to suppose that this ameliorates the responsibility for Foley's actions?
So what if the crime we are discussing isn't "rape?" Is molestation and solicitation of minors so harmless that it deserves no punishment? Even Foley-- pathetic worm that he is-- is now seeking sympathy by claiming the mantle of victimhood himself, in that great American tradition going all the way back to the Twinkie Defense. It seems his lawyer is saying, "Hey! He's a victim of molestation! That makes his own molestation of youths beyond his control!"
Foley has now retreated to the final impenetrable frontier for those wishing to hide out from anyone wishing to question them. As Brad and Angelina found-- even remotest Africa is not far enough. But a rehab center? Now, that's safer than the dark side of the moon. This also puts Foley in line for double-victimhood: he was molested, and, through no fault of his own, I am sure, he's an alcoholic. I imagine the fact that he was closeted regarding his orientation will be the missing piece of this responsibility-evading trifecta.
The current outcry regarding Congressman and predator Mark Foley has more to do with politics than justice and morality-- and I believe that this is --at its face and at its root-- wrong. And for those who claim that the timing of the revelation of Foley's misdeeds is all political, I would like to respond: And your attempt to cover up this story WASN'T politically timed and motivated? Tchah.