Little Hinges

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Here's an ironic twist: Michael Goodwin, no fan of the administration or of the way Republicans have done while in Congress is nonetheless very, very unhappy with the focus on the Foley matter. He cautions that this is not the issue that the election should turn on.

The saying that "history turns on little hinges" is a recognition that petty and personal issues often produce earth-shaking events. And there is no smaller hinge than Mark Foley's creepy e-mails.

The uproar over the former GOP congressman's lecherous behavior toward male pages is turning Washington inside out and upside down. The town that usually sees no evil has suddenly found it under every rock. The frenzy is rich with ironic comeuppance, as Democrats engage in a gay witch hunt and Republicans demand criminal probes of themselves. It's almost enough to make you forget Iraq.

And there is the problem. The temptation is to be distracted by, and even enjoy, the unusual spectacle of members of Congress actually worrying about what ordinary Americans think of them.

Yet good sense compels the conclusion that we are verging on too much of a good thing. It's not just that, once again, our obsession with sex makes us a laughingstock to the world. It's about whether we really want Foley's behavior to be the deciding factor in who wins the midterm elections, and thus controls Congress. And controls tax policy and judgeships and the war on terror and … you name it.

I sure don't, and it's not because I believe Republicans have done such a swell job of running everything. With control of the White House and Congress, the GOP has made a mess and deserves a good beat-down. Having Democrats responsible for something other than second-guessing could help put the checks back in checks and balances. Mixed government proved its virtues in the mid-'90s, after Republicans swept the '94 congressional elections and forced Bill Clinton to be a more centrist President.

So I'm all for throwing the bums out. I just don't want to do it because Foley had a sick thing for young boys and nobody in power blew the whistle. I felt the same way about Clinton and Monica. Impeachment wasn't the answer. Censure and ridicule were.

A level-headed approach is critical now. We're at war with an enemy that wants to wipe us off the map unless we're willing to convert to Islam and feed Israel to the wolves. That addiction to oil President Bush cited – we haven't taken the first step in kicking it.

He's right of course that this Foley matter is not worthy of the uproar that is being generated by the carnival barkers pimping it. I happen to believe that the issue will actually backfire and have said so a number of times. One wonders in reading this if Goodwin isn't afraid of the same thing.

He's right of course that this Foley matter is not worthy of the uproar that is being generated by the carnival barkers pimping it. I happen to believe that the issue will actually backfire and have said so a number of times. One wonders in reading this if Goodwin isn't afraid of the same thing.

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3 Responses to Little Hinges

  1. syn says:

    I’m all for ‘alternative’ energy sources whatever that means(?) however the idea that if America removes our addiction to mid east oil will somehow stave off Islamic Jihad is rather narrow-minded since China will pick whatever we don’t use thereby continuing to fund Islamic dominance.

    China won’t have a problem with Islamic Jihadist since the government, much like the Russian government, will simply kill any disruption the moment Jihadists rear their ugly heads.

    This is the reason why Islamic Jihadist go after Western civilized societies because we have made ourselves easy targets using misguided multi-cultural respect as our answer.

    In order for civilized Western societies to survive we really must get our heads out of the oil excuse and began breeding more civilized people otherwise we will be lose to rotting totalitarian decay simply based on demographics.

    I’m 45 and don’t have much to lose today but the next generation will pay dearly for the price of my luxury to die in peace; this is something the anti-war socialist utopians will not grasp in their closed minds.

  2. ck says:

    The dems don’t understand your average pubbie redneck(like myself). They expect moral preening and outrage(some talking heads on the right love to wallow in it). The real response is more like: Hey, if that don’t beat all. Honey, it’s a republican this time, could you grab me another beer while you’re in there?

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