“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Republicans vs. Democrats Over Sex Crimes

Want to know the difference between Democrats and Republicans in respect to sex crimes by members? Check out this article from the AgapePress. Using the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post for sources, it notes:

It is interesting to see how the two parties differ in their approach of dealing with sex offenses. The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story concerning sexual misbehavior by six congressmen over the past three decades: three Democrats and three Republicans.

The three Republicans were: Daniel Crane (Il) who had sex with a17-year-old female page; Donald Lukens (OH) who had sex with 16-year-old girl; and Jon Hinson (MS) who was convicted of sodomy with a federal male employee.

All three Republicans were thrown out by the Republican party or by Republican voters.

The three Democrats were: Gerry Studds (MA) who had sex with a 17-year-old male page and made sexual advances against two others; Melvyn Reynolds (Il) who had sex with a 16-year-old female campaign worker; and Barney Frank (MA) who paid a male prostitute for sex. In addition, Frank's apartment was used as headquarters for a male prostitution ring.

How were the Democrats treated? Melvyn Reynolds went to jail, but was pardoned by President Clinton. Gerry Studds and Barney Frank, both homosexuals, were "reprimanded" by Congress, but both were re-nominated by the Democratic Party and re-elected again and again for 14 years by Democratic voters and given positions of high influence by the Democratic leadership.

Gee, I guess its pretty obvious who really cares about this kind of thing. I'm watching to see what the Republican Party and voters do about the Foley thing. But, given the past history...I wonder who is more likely to get my vote? Hhhmmm…