A View From The Handbasket

Saturday, October 07, 2006
Never mind the Constitution, here's the sex scandal
Posted by neros_fiddle at 12:42 PM
I haven't said anything about Foleygate because (1) I'm busy at work this week and (2) I'm rather ambivalent about the whole thing. It's hard to get worked up about a scandal of this nature when just a few days earlier Congress handed fascist authority over to the President, which in any sane society would provoke far greater outrage than uncovering a single representative's desire to boink teenage pages. If this upsets the neocon balance of power, then that's a good thing, but at root it's simply another example of the electorate not caring about anything that goes on in government unless sex, taxes or killing Muslims is involved.

But at the same time, I've been waiting for some lowlife to make the inevitable conflation between the self-described "gay" Foley and every other gay man in the world. Said lowlife turned out to be Bill Kristol:

KRISTOL: Well, Democrats care about the children, Brit, and so I think they should pressure states to raise the age of consent from 16 to 18 so that it's clearly illegal for people like Mark Foley to hit on 17-year- old pages. They pressured states to raise the age of drinking, right? -- from 18 to 21 by threatening to cut off funds. They could do the same thing for age of consent laws in terms of the sexual predators. They could certainly pass a resolution supporting the Boy Scouts in their effort to keep people like Mark Foley from becoming scout masters, I think the Democrats could really do a lot of good for our children.

As everyone knows, the Boy Scouts are fighting legal battles over their desire to keep out gays. And here we have Kristol claiming that such a thing would "keep people like Mark Foley from becoming scout masters." For Kristol, gays are "people like Mark Foley." Translation: All gay men want to have sex with little boys. Everyone knows that, right?

Never mind that the percentage of homosexuals among pedophiles roughly matches the percentage of homosexuals among the general population. (And you could actually have a really good argument over whether or not Foley is a pedophile, but that hardly matters. What he did was both a reprehensible abuse of power and morally bankrupt, whether you can label it with the p-word or not.) For Kristol, the lesson of Foley's unfettered libido is that we need to keep gay men away from children.

By the same token, I suppose that the popularity of "barely legal" heterosexual porn (and the early careers of Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, et al) means that we need to keep straight men away from children as well. So, taking Kristol's proposal to its logical extreme, all men must have no contact with children.

Burqas would probably be a good idea, too. Can't be too careful.

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