It might have been thought the news that Republican Congressman Mark Foley had been sending sexually explicit texts to a 16-year-old male congressional page was yet one more piece of bad news for the beleaguered Republicans in next month’s elections in the USA.
Not at all; Jon Swift, the American man of letters and reasonable conservative, puts us right by demonstrating how the whole affair — for which Bill Clinton is, of course, ultimately to blame — redounds to the credit of Republicans in general and Rep Foley in particular:
Although Rep. Foley was apparently homosexual, he did not let that affect the way he voted. Instead of selfishly voting for legislation that would help homosexuals like himself, he voted the opposite way, voting against gay marriage and for the Defense of Marriage Act. In fact, he was one of the authors of “The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006,” the law under which the FBI is now apparently investigating him. While actually having sex with a 16-year-old is perfectly legal in Washington, DC, and other states, sending sexually explicit messages to 16-year-olds is now illegal under this Federal law. What he did wasn’t even a crime until he helped make it one. If there is a better example of selflessness, I can’t think of one.
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