Friday, October 06, 2006

Is Mr Foley's neighbourhood bringing down the Republicans?

Mr Foley, the republican embroiled in a scandal about explicit sexual messaging with a sixteen year old is not only under fire, but the Democrats are going for blood, trying to milk this situation into a full blown, bigger than Monica Lewinski scandal and getting everyone associated with this guy fired.
Seriously though, what's the big deal?
I'd like to point out that the age of sexual consent in the majority of US States is sixteen - the age of the young man he was sending sexually explicit emails to. Therefore, depending on the state, I'm not aware of any law being broken. While his acts are questionable, and indeed raise suspicion of him being a possible pedophile, it doesn't mean he is one. Indeed, in my books, he is just a dirty old man.
How many "normal" guys do I know who don't actually click on the "barely legal eighteen" sites when searching the net for porn. The fact that he is a gay and attracted to young males should bear only a minor difference to a man dreaming of sex with the women he sees on barely-eighteen-sites on the net. Sixteen is a grey area, seventeen less grey, eighteen considered perfectly acceptable. Is there really that much of a difference?

Then again, what should I expect from a nation who practically declared a national family values emergency when a boobie was shown for a split second during a superbowl halftime show.
There are a lot of things the Republicans should go down for, and I could blog about them until I am blue in the face. But this is not one of them.

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