Tuesday, October 03, 2006

That's Our Defense?

Years ago, my little brother John got into a fight in the dorm. It was quite the brawl. He was hauled up in front of the Judicial Board at Hendrix. Hendrix is not the kind of place that is amused by that sort of thing.

He thought that someone in the dorm that he attacked had stolen something from his off-campus apartment. And so he went room-to-room in search of his stuff. And he clocked about 5 guys until cooler heads hauled him off.

I was just back in town from law school. I got the call from Hendrix. In those days Hendrix was the kind of place where the campus minister called you at times like these. I got the call instead of Mother. I also got the call from John.

" What possessed you to start a one man riot?" I asked.

" Hey man," he said. " I was drunk."

" That's our defense?" I asked.

As most of the known political universe knows, Congressman Mark Foley-Republican of Florida, got caught sending sexually explicit IMs to a young boy Congressional page.

Since then his mouthpiece has announced that his client is gay.

That's our defense? I know lots of gay folks. I don't any pedophiles, gay or straight.

His mouthpiece has announced that Foley's an alcoholic.

That's our defense? I don't know any alchies that routinely hit on minors. In fact, and not to make an invidious comparison, I know more gay folks than I know bad alchies. And none of them hit on kids.

His mouthpiece said he was abused as a child by a man of the cloth.

That's our defense? Mouthpiece also refused to name the clergyman or the church. Hello? Mouthpiece's client had better goddamn name whoever it allegedly is.

And get this: " There was absolutely no inappropriate sexual contact with any minor."

That's our defense? Like there's any possible appropriate sexual contact with a kid?

I'm a drunk? I'm gay? I've been abused ( though I won't name who abused me?) I didn't do any inappropriate sexual contact?

That's our defense? That's our defense?


Gagging on the Gulf said...

Amen brother. He's trying to save face by offering up his stinky butt as a diversion. He's rotten. And so are those who knew about it but didn't find a way to get rid of him immediately and then when caught doing nothing, used the defense that their inaction was because the boy's family didn't want to pursue it. Of course they didn't want their son involved in being victimized a 2nd time by drawing a media frenzy. So that's the excuse for letting a sick person continue to hold a powerful public office? The boy's family didn't want to press charges? That's our defense?

Dancin' Lady said...

It's just a slightly different twist on the old "the devil made me do it" defense. Think about it. It's a helluva lot easier to blame the devil for one's misdeeds than to stand up and say to the American public "I am a wretched pervert without a shred of character or decency."

mattmac53 said...

At least he hasn't yet used the Clinton defense of trashing the victim of his advances like Clinton did Monica, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willy, Juanita Broderick. And Foley did resign after all. That's at least an admission of a sort. Unlike, you know who did.

tmfw said...

What "you know who" did was shameful, reckless and borderline insane. At least he didn't hit on minors. And who knows? Depending on what eventually comes out in the wash, Foley's behavior may rise to the level of criminal activity. Can't say that about "you know who."

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gagging on the gulf said...

Just for the sake of honoring the truth, Monica was not a victim by her own account. She was the pursuer- by her own account-pulling up her dress to show a thong, suggesting they play with his cigar, saving a momento of her "conquest." The plain truth is that was a blow job by consenting adults in the office. Adultery. Shameful for a president. But no comparison to pedophilia. Or do some people just not see the difference?