This is in response to a post that says Gerry Studds had to sneak his 17 year old companion to the Middle East to have sex.
I want to make it very clear that I do not accept bad behavior, but there is a huge difference between being a homosexual and a pedophile. There is also a difference between having a consensual relationship and being solicited or raped. There are 3 people whom the Republicans keep targeting in defense of Mark Foley, a sexual predator. They are Gerry Studds, Bill Clinton and Barney Frank.
First, before someone preaches the Law, he/she should know what it says! The age of consent is 16 years of age in Washington DC. and in many states. There actually isn't an “age of consent” when it comes to a male/male relationship in most states, but every state has a different statutory rape law. Gerry Studds was a homosexual and did not hide it. Although his actions certainly are questionable and he is guilty of bad judgment, he was not a sexual predator or rapist. In fact, following allegations by Republicans in 1983, all the claims against him proved to be 100% false and it took a lengthy investigation to discover that he had an affair 10 years earlier in 1973 with a 17 year old page. Again, I am not condoning his relationship with a page, but that 17 year old was considered to be an adult at the time and was also a gay male who consented. Apparently the people who go to the polls to vote must have examined the evidence and did not condemn Mr. Studds, because he continued to serve for another decade. I doubt if anyone, even the most liberal minded, would vote for a child molester or a sexual predator.
So now we get to Mr. Clinton. Please correct me if I am wrong, but he was guilty of cheating on his wife and having an affair with another adult. Bill Clinton also was wrong and, as I said before, bad behavior should never be condoned, but he is not a sexual predator or a rapist. Yes, Bill Clinton lied to us, but what other country would be investigating or trying to impeach a leader for having oral sex? Monica was far from an innocent victim.
I won't even defend Barney Frank here, because he wasn't guilty of anything except bad judgment since the man he had sex with was 28 years old. He also was not a page or even worked for the government, so Congressman Frank wasn't taking advantage of a subordinate. Again, the people continue to support and elect him, so unless the people of Massachusetts are all blind to criminal behavior and sexual deviants, Mr. Frank is not a pervert and didn't break the law.
So now we come back to Mark Foley, who campaigned diligently against the very crime he committed. He stood in front of the his constituents and said “We must protect our children” while he was sending disgusting messages to a 16 year old boy. In 1998 Mark Foley, in response to Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky said:
"It's vile," said Rep. Mark Foley, R-West Palm Beach. "It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction."
I copied this from the St. Petersburg Times. Words like "hypocrisy" don't begin to describe his remark.
Mark Foley is a sexual predator. He is NOT just guilty of bad judgment or having an affair with a subordinate. (neither of which I approve) However, it is apparent that some Republicans feel that, by attacking the Democrats, Mark Foley's actions will not put a dark cloud over their party during the upcoming election. Don't worry guys, it was already raining pretty hard. He just added some bad wind and it really stinks!