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‘Over-Friendly’ Foley

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Posted on Oct 1, 2006

Apparently House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a crew of GOP leaders and aides knew of Foley’s inappropriate conduct as early as last fall, when aides referred the matter to authorities. According to the aides, they were only aware that the messages were “over-friendly”....  Hmmmm, when was the last time you reported a colleague to the authorities for being “over-friendly”?

AP:
Oct 1, 8:00 AM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) - GOP leaders admit their offices have known for months that a Florida Republican congressman was sending inappropriate e-mails to a boy who had worked as a page in the House of Representatives.

The office of House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who earlier said he’d learned about the e-mails only last week, acknowledged that aides referred the matter to the authorities last fall. They said they were only told the messages were “over-friendly.”

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By Bukko in Ausralia, October 2, 2006 at 2:21 am Link to this comment
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What the Republicans need to do on this one is say “Foley was a Democrat! He’s further proof that Democrats don’t have any family values.”

Of course, it’s not true. But if every right-wing spokesweasel repeats it like a mantra on Fox “News,” their target audience (idiots who vote Republican no matter what) will believe it. They could print up some fake campaign posters and other things that say “Foley Democrat” and wave them around to counter people who say “Look—here are things that PROVE he was a Dem!” And in today’s “he said, she said” media, where the truth is countered with a lie and no one calls it crap, it will be allowed to stand. As Goebbels said, “A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.” People who want to believe Foley is a dirty, child-molesting Democrat will believe it.

Who, outside Foley’s district (and probably fewer than 50% of them) and the intelligentsia, know what party he’s in? Republicans don’t care about what intelligent people think. A stupid person’s vote counts just as much as yours or mine. More, if you vote on Diebold machines… (I vote on paper absentee ballots from here.)

It’s too late to do this with Foley, of course, but I suggest Repugs do this with the next disgusting thing one of their brethren is caught out at.

As for lawsuits, all it will take to prevent that is a clause slipped into some unrelated legislation to prevent Congresspeople from being sued for actions taken during the course of their official duties. Necessary to stop those greedy trial lawyers, of course…

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By OCPatriot, October 1, 2006 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment
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So Hastert may have sat on it and now Reid calls for of all people Gonzales to investigate.  Like calling ion Stalin or Hitler to investigate their atrocities.

But why be surprised? Isn’t that the modus operandi for the Republicans?  Isn’t that what’s been happening with the current NIE Report, and the prior one, and what delayed Tom the hammer DeLay’s censure?  It seems to me that the press and the media and the Liberals and Democrats have been playing the victim, as in “Poor me!”, for much too long. First, they let the Republicans mount an attack on them and their positions or do something unjust like holding up a report. Then they act surprised at the “bad” Republicans for doing this. Then they protest, calling what the Republicans do “despicable” or “dirty tricks” or “untrue” or, worse yet, as you do, “unfair”.  All of which only makes you, the press and your organization look even more like victims. And so you dig your own fate. I also sense that, when you do this and ring your hands, you are hoping the Republicans will receive their comeuppance from some mysterious force, and that they will self-destruct of their own accord. The Democrats have been out of power for so long they’re afraid to lose any handhold they have, and the press and media have become so used to truckling to the Administration, it is almost a lost battle. It is important to recognize that, if you are ever to restore any semblance of dignity you and your organization have, you need to vote for the Democrats this time around, nevertheless, to balance the Republicans who have lived up to Lord Acton’s maxim: “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  I’m starting to see it for what it is, being a victim.  People like Reid and Pelosi and even Dean play the victim.  Poor us.  Please investiagte.  The hidden agenda is “If you don’t investigate we will use it against you,” which never works.

Unless you can take action, get the vote out, sue, even call up your Rep and Senator and pressure them to take action, it’s just more of being a victim.

Some of the interns should sue Foley for molestation. Then one of the other Reps or Senators needs to accuse Hastert of derleliction of duty to protect young people, a cover up like the Catholic Church, and anyone else involved in squelching the charges. Unless someone takes real action, everyone who wrings their hands becomes a victim along with the other victims. More reason to vote Democratic to balance them off, to get friends to vote Democratic and to donate to Democratic causes. Not that they won’t also turn corrupt, but it’ll take some time.

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By Lorenzo, October 1, 2006 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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Evidently the Republican leadership understood that X-Congressman Foley was a closet homosexual which was why he wasn’t allowed to run for the Florida Senate seat and it was evidently known in House Republican circles that X-Congressman Foley had a “thing” for young guys.  With that information available to them ( and considering Foley’s committee position) it is outrageous that Speaker Hastert did not investigate the allegations thoroughly as soon as they came to his attention.  Especially considering the well worn path of “family values” and “protecting our children” that the GOP has tiresomely trodden ad nauseum for the last decade.  There is a very interesting site of Republican pedophiles that is well worth perusing. Just enter “republican pedophiles” into your search engine and get ready to read all about “family values” in action!  Down with the GOP leadership in Congress!!!!

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By harald hardrada, October 1, 2006 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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republicans are delighted to heap scorn on foley & to question their leaders—it makes them look independent & it keeps american sheep from thinking about what’s going on in iraq

how come we’re hearing nothing about american girls & boys who are still being killed or maimed in iraq?

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