I cease never to be amazed at the tone and scope of things like this. The whole underlying implication is that this sort of thing is surprising, shocking, rare, isolated, unexpected.
It’s nothing of the sort, and if you think it is, it’s only because you believe The Big Lie.
The Big Lie, of course, is that people who hold political office possess some degree of nobility, virtue, moral authority. No, they are people who desire to control and regulate your life. And they steal your own money to do it. They believe with all their hearts that they know best what limits ought to be placed on what you are permitted to value; what limits ought to be placed on the sorts of values you are permitted to trade; what limits ought to be placed on whom you might trade with: what race, gender, nationality, or geographic situation; and in what quantity, times, places, and what minimum time must have passed since the day or your birth, or that of your partner in trade. And they wrap it all up with enforcement at gunpoint.
In short, though it’s dressed up a lot prettier than others at other times have bothered with, it really amounts to total and complete domination of your life, ultimately. Should you resist, uncompromisingly, no matter how minuscule the issue, the penalty is death.
Just strip away all the bullshit, and for once, see these people (all of them) for what they truly are. And if you can honestly say that you have no desire — indeed posses a moral aversion — to trying to control other people’s lives and values, then know that you are not like them. You’re so not like them. You’re virtually a different species altogether.
That’s why what you read in that article, or any other scandal or wrong isn’t the least bit surprising. It’s more surprising that there isn’t more of it. Morality begins with the recognition that each man is free to pursue his own values to the extent he grants every other man that same right. Virtue begins with pursing them in our uniquely human way. Proscribing or denying values by force, upon anyone, for any reason, is to be devoid of both morality and virtue. So the apparent fact that a U.S. Congressman wants to seduce a 16-year-old boy, manipulating him into who-knows-what, is a direct implication of the whole political process.
They make their living by diminishing and destroying the lives of many, piece by piece and bit by bit, but under a veil of legitimacy. Stop being fooled. They are criminals in the truest sense of the word, so it should be no surprise when one of them actually gets caught out of the costume so cleverly designed to keep you from seeing them for who they truly are.
Update: There’s this story, and this, which leaves little doubt that Congressman Foley is:
"They’re sick people; they need mental health counseling," Foley said.
That’s him justifying enacting the very laws that just might land his sorry ass in jail. Hoist by his own petard. Lovely. Wonderful. As Radley Balko puts it, "a delicious bit of irony."
Never fall for the costume. They’re all wearing them, you know.