This blog started out as a companion piece to my book, Musings from the Christian Left (excerpts of which can be found in the July 2004 link) and to support a planned radio show. Now, its simply a long term writing project from a Christian Left Libertarian perspective (meaning I often argue for liberty within the (Catholic) Church, rather than liberty because the church takes care of a conservative view of morality.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Partisanship Over Page Protection: Time to Vote Out Boehner and Hastert

Charles Babington and Jonathan Wiseman report on the Foley resignation in todays Washington Post. Most disturbingly, they report that

House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) told The Washington Post last night that he had learned this spring of inappropriate "contact" between Foley and a
16-year-old page. Boehner said he then told House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).

In other words, keeping a majority seems more important to the House leadership than disciplining a member who is endangering young Pages. The people of Leader Boehner's and Speaker Hastert's districts need to ask themselves if they believe the same thing. If they do, they should return Mr. Hastert and Mr. Boehner to Congress, they are saying that partisanship is more important to them as well. If these men had any decency, they would resign now and not force their constituents into such a choice. Given how they have run the House the last several years, I do not expect it.

It is time for their constituents to send the message that they put decency over partisanship.


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