Here's a copy of an email I sent to a friend a little while ago. He lives in Utah, which as you know, is populated with a considerable flock of Mormons (LDS), who in fact control the entire state. Attached to his email was a newspaper article detailing the apology of a member of the Utah House, a Republican, for frolicking naked in a hot tub years ago with a former female employee--when he was 30 and she was 15. Oh, and the payment of $150,000 hush money he gave her when he was running for congress in 2002. Here's what I wrote:
Well, I'm delighted to see that the "healing process" is proceeding splendidly for the both of them.
A question: how much of this sordid shit happens at all levels of government that never sees the light of day? Tons and tons, I would argue. So are these people any less guilty for not being found out? No, indeed. Just less lucky. Let me stress that I'm glad to see cockroaches like this guy Garn getting his deserved dose of public humiliation. (Isn't it always "a terrible mistake"? These guys are never too hard on themselves, are they? And, I notice, his faithful spouse was at his side. What a humiliation these women must endure for their crime of being married to these guys.) But just imagine the volume of roaches that would scurry if more dark pantries got opened. There was a whole room full of them applauding their repentant-because-he-got-outed colleague.
I have to confess to a certain weariness with all these revelations. It's media porn. Isn't hypocrisy a universal human trait? Let him who has never practiced it cast the first stone. I'm almost to the point that I don't wanna know. Alas, I will whether I want to or not.
Media porn, indeed. People lap this kind of thing up. I suppose it makes them feel superior. But it's distressing to realize that the vast majority find this much more interesting than say, the facts about health care or the endemic wastefulness of the Pentagon.
Me? I've had enough of this crap. Somebody tell me something that's new. That politicians are slimy hypocrites . . . that's old news.