How To Decide if Hastert/Foley Should Go/Have Gone

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Small "l" libertarian Democrat Terry Michael, former press secretary for the Democratic National Committee and current head of the Washington Center of Politics & Journalism, has a very good post up about the Mark Foley/Dennis Hastert issue. A snippet:

Through their democratically selected Republican representatives, let the citizenry decide whether Hastert should stay or go. I wish Mr. Foley had chosen to be judged by the people of his district in Florida, rather than hide behind a smarmy, lawyerly "I was drunk and molested" defense.

A Democrat involved in a page-related sex scandal a few decades ago, gay Congressman Gerry Studds, stood before his voters and was repeatedly returned to Congress. His straight Republican colleague, Dan Crane, who had sex with a female page, was fired immediately by those who had sent him to Washington. Gay Democratic Congressman Barney Frank and gay Republican Congressman Jim Kolbe both won approval of their constituents after they were outed while in office.

In all those cases, a crowd casting ballots probably showed more wisdom than some House "ethics" committee or "independent" counsel could ever muster.

And he's got some pretty good political advice for the Republicans, too, I think:

My advice to you, for what it's worth, is to stop playing with the fire of anti-gay bigotry. I say that as a Democrat who's not exactly proud of my party's countenance of religiously-justified slavery and segregation for a century-and-a-half.

You fan the flames of hate too long, and you end up in political hell.

Whole thing, well worth reading, here.

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  1. Of course, one could just as easily say that Foley should have been subjected to a House expulsion vote.

    It would have been interesting (i.e., fun) to see “values” Republicans caught between the rock of having to kick out a sexual predator and the hard place of wanting to keep GOP control.

    Oh well…

  2. So why is it again that libertarians naturally cleave toward Republicans and conservatism?

  3. Big “L” libertarians should embrace, not bemoan, either/both major parties’ acceptance of as many libertarian values as possible. The ideologies of our big tent parties have always been works-in-progress. My party (Dems) was the party of slavery and segregation before it became the party of civil rights. And Lincoln/abolitionist Republicans morphed into “states rights” advocates when Southern Dems were up for grabs in the Sixties. My own effort as a former “professional Democrat” (DNC press sec in the Eighties) and as a Democrat with consistent libertarian beliefs in all three issues frames, economic, social and foreign, is to move my party — which current has NO ideology — in a libertarian direction. See my “libertarian Democrat manifesto” at my “thoughts from a libertarian Democrat” blog, http://www.terrymichael.net

  4. Big “L” libertarians should embrace, not bemoan, either/both major parties’ acceptance of as many libertarian values as possible. The ideologies of our big tent parties have always been works-in-progress. My party (Dems) was the party of slavery and segregation before it became the party of civil rights. And Lincoln/abolitionist Republicans morphed into “states rights” advocates when Southern Dems were up for grabs in the Sixties. My own effort as a former “professional Democrat” (DNC press sec in the Eighties) and as a Democrat with consistent libertarian beliefs in all three issues frames, economic, social and foreign, is to move my party — which current has NO ideology — in a libertarian direction. See my “libertarian Democrat manifesto” at my “thoughts from a libertarian Democrat” blog, http://www.terrymichael.net

  5. SORRY! above was posted by mistake to these Comments when it was meant for another post (and was compounded when the site was having server problems)

  6. Ahhhhh! Get ’em off me! Get ’em off! Aaaaaaaa!!!

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