Monday, October 02, 2006

Paging Lawrence Metherel

One would expect the homosexual lobby to rush to the defence of a politician who invited teenage boys to experience the joys of the alternative lifestyle.

But since he sits on the wrong side of the political fence, as far as they're concerned, he can go bugger himself:

Florida GOP leaders are scrambling to name a replacement candidate to replace disgraced former House Representative Mark Foley.

Foley resigned Friday under a building amount of damaging evidence against him.

The FBI says it's looking into former Congressman Mark Foley's online exhanges with teenagers to see if he violated federal law. The exchanges have proven to be too graphic for broadcast networks to mention or even quote.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert asked the Justice Department to look into Foley's sexually suggestive messages and also asked Governor Bush to have the state Department of Law Enforcement look into the former congressman's conduct.

The White House and Democratic leaders in Congress also called today for a criminal probe. White House counselor Dan Bartlett calls the allegations against Foley shocking. But he says President Bush didn't learn of Foley's inappropriate e-mails to a 16-year-old boy and instant messages to other boys before the news broke last week.


He is accused of sending inappropriate e-mail and instant messages to a Congressional page, who at the time was 16 years old. The resignation rocked the Capitol, and especially Foley's GOP colleagues, as lawmakers were rushing to adjourn for at least six weeks for the finaly push to election day in November.

House Majority Leader John A. Boehner told The Washington Post over the weekend that he had learned during the spring of 2006 of inappropriate "contact" between Foley and a 16-year-old page. Boehner said he then told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).

Had this scandal happened in Canada, elite opinion would immediately rush to the defence of the offending politician. We would all be told that the impugned politician was a victim of a "homophobic witchhunt" and that he was merely "counselling confused young men."

Unless he was Conservative, of course. Then he'd have been a "pedophiliac pervert" to be run out of office post-haste.

The people who swear up and down that there's no connection between homosexuality and chickenhawking will be the first ones to scream "Dirty faggot!" when one of their own political adversaries is caught demonstrating it.


Neo Conservative said...

This is a mystery. Why is it that Bill Graham gets a pass?

Chairm said...

Isn't there a debate about the age of consent in Canada?

Would a 50-year-old be acting against Canadian law if he (or she) engaged in "consensual" relations with a 16-year-old?

I think that the age of consent for sexual relations should be raised to the age of majority, 18 years, and be directly linked to the age of consent for marriage. But what is the debate like in Ottawa on this?