Monday, October 09, 2006

Missing the point on Foley

Generally I hold the folks at the Federalist Patriot in very high esteem. Of course, there was the time....well, no need to break the scab on an old wound. ;) And of course, the Federalist staff ain't there to entertain and please me specifically. But I have a bone to pick with them that I just can't seem to let go; that I think insults the intelligence of their readership in general, not just me as a part of that readership particularly. I alluded to this in a recent post to the ppb, and here, by your leave, dear reader, I'm gonna take the opportunity to follow up a bit.

In keeping with the style and content of their article on the Foley "scandal," the writers seem to be under the impression that the readership there at the Federalist Patriot -- generally quite an intelligent audience -- somehow needs to be reminded of, not only the exploits of certain scoundrels who have in the past, or do currently, occupy seats in the legislative and executive branches of our national government, but also the way these particular scoundrels in question handle(d) their own misdeeds, and those of their fellow compatriots.

First of all, my problem with that style and angle of approach is that the readership at the Federalist Patriot, once more, being a pretty bright and engaged bunch, certainly doesn't need to be reminded of the exploits of these individuals, nor of the way in which they handled their particular scandal(s). Second, such an approach not only completely misses the mark, from my view of the target, but in so doing it also insults the intelligence of the readership.

Now, in the words of a friend, I hate to sound like a broken record here. But don't we all sound like broken records when it comes to our particular, sometimes peculiar, perspective on a given subject? So, let me rephrase....

At the risk of firing yet another round thru' the same hole -- a risk I'm perfectly willing to take in this case -- while Congressman Foley is solely responsible for his own actions/indiscretions, the great weight of the responsibility for his acting out on his inordinate behaviorisms while holding the entrusted position of U.S. Congressman, falls squarely on the shoulders of the electorate populating his district in the State of Florida. Now, I ain't gonna take the time, nor exert the effort to do a background check on Congressman Foley -- that, again, was originally up to the good people in Foley's Congressional district. But now, as we all know, a Congressional investigation is underway, the justice department is sure to get involved, and etc. -- so much for reducing the size and reach of government, eh? But I'd lay good money down that he's left plentya signs along the way. As they say: "if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck, and so's probably a duck."

If the people of this country truly wish to reduce the size and scope of the federal government, while simultaneously effecting gains in its efficiency, one thing they/we must do is accept the initial responsibility of learning all we can about the person(s) seeking to represent us in Congress. Either way, whether they simply neglected to do so, or they chose to ignore certain tell-tell signs, the responsibility for Foley's actions as their representative in Congress, not as an individual, is all on the shoulders of those who elected him. And as is invariably the case, their initial neglect has placed an undue burden on their fellow citizens at large, just as a parent's neglect to properly love and discipline a child has similar effects at length.

The people of Foley's Congressional district should take this latest scandal very personally indeed. Foley was their representative, duly elected by them, after all. And the way democrats have historically come to the aid of their own wounded ducks has very little to do with it, except this -- the people who elected those democrats to represent them, elected their character, among other things. They didn't check their vices at the State border when they went to Washington! Washington simply exposed those vices to the nation, and the nation to the dangers inherent in ignoring them at the lower levels.

That's the point.

-Daniel Webster

THE MONARCHIST ADDS: I added some links, DW. I hope you don't mind, and I hope it directs the reader to the specifics on what you're talking about. As DW knows, I'm reading Team of Rivals right now, which probably isn't the editorial staff's favorite book (hint, hint).


The Monarchist said...

Hey DW,

You've got me thinking now...

Seeing as how a... condition such as Foley's probably doesn't manifest itself overnight, how many people would you guess had to look the other way or otherwise enable this guy to rise to the position he did? How many people had to silence that little voice in their heads - if it still worked in the first place - to assist Foley to acheive the things he did?

Scary, isn't it?


Daniel Webster said...

Indeed it is scary!

I'm reminded of President Clinton and all the dirt that came out on him prior to his first election by the good People of these United States. Not to mention his characterless exploits during his first president(ial) term. One may be willing to concede that ol' bubba effectively pulled the wool over the eyes of the electorate the first time, just to give them the benefit of the doubt, but if the fact that he was re-elected doesn't show a clear dereliction of duty on their parts, I don't know what does!

Daniel Webster said...

"As DW knows, I'm reading Team of Rivals right now, which probably isn't the editorial staff's favorite book (hint, hint)."

Saw it on the shelf yesterday, so I just went ahead and bought myself one - $16.95 or something like that. I was disappointed to find, when I thumbed thru' the pages, that there weren't any pictures to speak of, except the one on the cover, of course.

Guess I'll actually have to r-r-r-r-read this one. lol

The Monarchist said...

Hey Web,

Check again, about 200 pages into it, I think.


Daniel Webster said...

Ah, there they are...

I'm about two chapters into it so far, and I'm finding the character portayals of these gentlemen to be quite interesting indeed. Now I got pictures to go with it....woo-hoo! ;)

The Monarchist said...


When you're done with ToR, I'd recommend Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power. An outstanding look at the man's public life.


Daniel Webster said...

Thank you, Mr. Hamilton. It is likely equally not a favorite of the editorial staff, eh.

It is hereby added to my list.

Oh, who's the author?

The Monarchist said...

A Brit historian by the name of Richard Carwardine. The accent, I found, is undetectable in the book. ;)


Daniel Webster said...

Did I ask for his nationality, Hamilton, huh, huh!?

Good grief, now I'm gonna have to deal with the inevitability of that accent continually impressing itself on my mind while reading that book!

I'm thinking in terms of a scene from the movie "Man on the Moon," starring Jim Carrey. Ever seen it?

Seriously though, thanks for the info.