Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Masters of the Obvious Universe

Some things in life should be implied. Nothing's free. Children are more likely to be literate with a thorough education. Eating too much, combined with a sedentary lifestyle, is bad for your health. Internet access requires a computer. Poison kills.

Another sentiment that should be (though isn't) shared by 100 percent of the world populace is that it is wrong for adults to take carnal advantage of minors, or otherwise suggest sexual interest thereof. You'd think that sort of thing would be a default guideline for human behavior, ranking up there with "Drink water" and "Don't castrate yourself," right?

But leave it to the Republicans to turn this implied truth into a virtual campaign platform. "I was disgusted by the revelation, and disappointed that he would violate the trust of the citizens who placed him in office." Indeed! It's good to know that, here in these United States, we have a president whose morals are sufficient that he does not condone child molestation. Now that's what I call the barometer for family values!

I'm not exactly sure what sort of voter will be swayed by this rhetoric, though I picture someone who refused to buy a new car unless the salesman could prove to them that it had wheels. Or whose ideal date is someone who won't run away at first sight. You know, the soft-bigots-with-low-expectations demographic. But I don't see the use of going out of one's way to point out this bold stance on child solicitation. Isn't most of that simplistic target audience aligned with them already?

Of course, this is nothing new. The GOP defines itself by wrapping its horrible policies in words that make it seem inhuman for anyone to disagree: "We love America! And life! And children!" Meanwhile, voters think, "Wow! I love America, life and the children too! These guys sure speak for me! Not like those Democrats, who want America to collapse, everyone to die and children to be aborted and not heard. You know, the party that stands for nothing."

When a conservative politician is of such dubious ethics that his lawyer has to spin him as a gay, alcoholic abuse victim to sell him to his own base, something's wrong. And that something is the depths to which American leadership has plunged.

I hope that Foley gets all the help he needs. But shouldn't that be implied?

1 comment:

Phillip said...

This is all just a glaring and obvious example that these republicans care more about job preservation and maintaining their authoritarian government over the safety of children.