Here's the thing....

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."-Jack Kerouac

Friday, October 06, 2006

Taking the fall for others (Blog #6)

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-foley6oct06,0,387537.story?coll=la-home-headlines

In the American society, we are taught expect the worst. The Republican Party, one month shy of mid-term elections, is facing what could be the worst. Foley resigned Friday after ABC News asked him about two sets of explicit messages. He has been accused of having sent sexually explicit instant messages to teens who had served as House pages.

Foley, however, will not be investigated. Because the panel's jurisdiction is limited to House members and staff, the investigation will not directly affect Foley, but he will be called to testify in the investigavtie hearings. It could lead to disciplinary action against House members or staff found to be complicit in Foley's misconduct.

Although his actions are what is the cause of the scandal, our system will be investigating the Speaker of the House and his office, and what kind of timeline they used, plus the tools, in the investigation. What did they know? Why was it hidden? What steps did they actually take?

My question to the office is how they managed to piddle around for 3 years, and why is this just coming out now? Sure, there are a ton of conspiracy theories against the democratic party, saying they waited until right before midterm elections to do it. At the forefront of this IS Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill), who in "an interview published Thursday in the Chicago Tribune, he blamed the news media and politically motivated Democrats for fomenting the scandal." He is quoted as to saying "The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros," a liberal billionaire financier.

Are you kidding me? Why on earth would you say to the media that you are going to shift blame? That, right there, is acknowledging that you know the blame is on you. Yes, its an election year. But, to get my vote, you need to be honest. If you are openly shifting blame, what else is the party shifting blame onto?

Usually, when people are guilty, they try to shift the blame as much as possible. I think this is the worst thing that the Speaker can do. I'm all for him NOT resigning right now, especially right before mid-term elections. However, he should say what his office has done since finding this out, what they plan to do, and that the are cooperating with the investigation. By making this a blatant point of finger at the Democratic Party is childish, immature and guilt-ridden.

Shame on you, Speaker. You need to hire a good PR person.

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