ELECTION TIME: LIES, HALF TRUTHS & MORE LIES
It�s election time again and the dirty politics game is under way. The public sways with the wind as they hear scandal after scandal. The juicier the better - it doesn�t have to be true, but with the help of the media, it spreads like wildfire. It is a case of �situational ethics,� and if the situation needs to be exaggerated beyond any point of reality, then it is ethical to do so in an election year.
The case of Representative Foley and sexual advances to a legislative page is sad indeed. Any act of this kind toward a child of any age is despicable and Foley should never have been elected if it really was a matter of public knowledge that he had these problems.
This mess leaves some questions unanswered. Why did the instant messages suddenly appear right before the election? If someone was withholding information, what was their purpose in bringing it to the surface now instead of when it was discovered? The St. Petersburg Times had two reporters trying to dig out information about Foley and couldn�t turn up anything beyond the two e-mails that were in question in the first place.
There was no sexual act committed between Foley and the young page in question. The page handled the situation in a mature manner by contacting his sponsoring congressman about the e-mails in question.
This whole spectacle comes as no surprise realizing how badly the Democrats want to see their liberal lady, Nancy Pelosi, take Dennis Hastert�s position as Speaker of the House. What personal dirt do you think they could scrape up on Hastert? Apparently, none. Hastert must have been too clean personally, so they had to implicate him with some sordid event in the House of Representatives.
'Republican Party Imploding,' Pelosi Says (CNSNews.com) - "We are winning" says the subject line of an email that House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi beamed to Democrats on Thursday��
Could Pelosi�s statement have anything to do with the WorldNetDaily report, �A radical homosexual activist who claims some of the credit for revealing former Rep. Mark Foley's relationships with underage male pages has warned there is more to come, stating on his website earlier this year he would "out" a "gay" Republican senator during the run-up to the mid-term elections.�
Congressman John Shimkus, from the 19th District of Illinois, heads the House page committee. Shimkus is the father of three young sons and anyone who knows him would be confident he would never knowingly let harm come to the pages in the Page Program. Then who and for what reason would someone want to target Shimkus?
One reason that comes to mind is Cong. Shimkus�s low score with the environmentalists and a 100% score for property rights. He serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and no doubt he has met some opposition along the way in that position.
Shimkus and Hastert are both conservative Republicans from Illinois -- but liberal Democrat Senators Durbin and Obama also hail from Illinois.
While Senator Dick Durbin points his finger, saying Rep. John Shimkus should resign as head of the House Board that supervises the congressional pages, Durbin�s whole fist is pointing back at himself. Durbin is the Senate's second-highest ranking Democrat. For someone who is so concerned about the safety of the pages, Durbin has been busy this summer fighting to prevent the passage of the �Child Custody Protection Act� known as the �Parental Notification� bill.
The Illinois Family Institute pictures Sen. Dick Durbin in a cornfield with the caption that he �betrays the heartland when it comes to voting on homosexuality and abortion. Durbin received a 100% scorecard rating from the radical homosexual D.C. lobby group.�
Illinois is known to be the dumping ground for abortions. Girls from states that require parents be notified before their under-age daughters can get an abortion often come to Durbin and Obama�s state. Voting records of both senators reveals they help to promote abortion without parental notification.
Parents need never know about the abortion -- unless the girl later hemorrhages and her parents must rush her to the hospital -- at which time they become responsible for their child�s welfare.
On July 31, 2006, Durbin blocked the �Parental Notification Law.� Although the bill passed overwhelmingly in both houses of Congress, Durbin filed an objection to the appointment of members to the conference which blocked the bill.
Illinois Family Institute reported that on September 28 pro-life Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tn.) filed a "cloture petition" on S. 403, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (also known as the Child Custody Protection Act).
Agape Press gave the following sad account on October 3: Democrats Kill Parental-Rights Bill as Senate Session Adjourns. �Frist had hoped the procedural move would force a vote on a bill that the Senate had passed earlier on a 65-34 vote -- and the House had passed 264-153 -- but his filing of cloture required at least 60 votes. On Friday, he could only muster 57; fifty-one Republicans and six Democrats (see roll call vote).�
Lanier Swann, Concerned Women of America�s director of government relations, blames "partisan antics" for the cloture result.
Swann sees the vote as a victory for child predators. Isn�t that exactly what the Democrats were concerned about in Foley�s situation?
"There are many ill-intentioned adults who would like to cover up their actions by silencing an impregnated minor," Swann remarks. "The Child Custody Protection Act would have prevented this heinous crime from happening by requiring parental consent in states that already have laws on the books."
Durbin has a 100% scorecard rating from the radical homosexual D.C. lobby group, has a pathetic abortion record and then stopped the parental notification legislation. How dare Senator Dick Durbin point an accusing finger at Congressman John Shimkus and Speaker Dennis Hastert and the Page Program?
The Louisiana parents of the page in question believe the situation has been properly handled. In the fall of 2005, Congressman Rodney Alexander, whose office sponsored this young man, became aware of the e-mails and he called the parents and told them he thought the e-mails were overly friendly but he did not think - nor did the parents - they were offensive enough to warrant an investigation.
�These instant messages, which have only recently surfaced as a result of the news of the ambiguous e-mails received by our son, are separate matters,� the parents said. They continued:
How many parents would send their 16 year old son or daughter to Washington D.C. without knowing exactly who would be their guardian? Would they send them to school, boy or girl scouts, church, an athletic program, or any event that draws pedophiles to the candy store without knowing who would be spending time with them?
The parents of the young man in question were aware of what was happening. They trusted their son�s integrity and felt the situation had been properly handled but he is now being victimized by the media.
was not the scandal it has been made out to be. But then what can
we expect? It is election time.
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Joyce Morrison attempts to educate the public regarding the dangers coming to their local communities through Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 programs which are designed to gradually take control of all private property through undue regulations.
Morrison writes for Eco-logic Powerhouse, NewsWithViews.com, Range Magazine, SOWER magazine as well as numerous other publications. She is a weekly participant on the teleconference of the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank and is a pro-life, pro-family activist.
She is a chapter leader for Concerned Women for America as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors of Rural Restoration/ADOPT Mission, a national farm ministry located in Sikeston, MO. FarmersRuralRestoration.com. Her most enjoyable time is spent teaching a senior adult Sunday School class which is a focus on hope and encouragement.
It�s election time again and the dirty politics game is under way. The public sways with the wind as they hear scandal after scandal.