Family Values Republican Politician Hastert in Trouble for Sexual Assault of Kids / On Liberals and Not Having Sexual Standards
This politician, Hastert, is now in his 70s and is in poor health. Some of his victims have stepped forward to say he sexually assaulted them when they were kids.
I’ve seen several articles say that he was a “family values” type of Republican.
Below is a report about it – probably by a left winger. I am right wing, but in the last few years, I’ve had some changing feelings about the Republican Party, conservative Christians, and how much they push this “family values” rhetoric.
This author does spend part of her report taking Bill Clinton to task for taking advantage of Lewinsky.
I will be placing more articles about this story below this first link and excerpt.
I’m not terribly fond of how so many right-wing “Family Values” spokespersons and figure heads later turn out to be hypocrites.
On the other hand, I’m not a supporter of the left wing – many of them not only participate in sexually immoral activity or champion sexual hedonism, but they have few to no sexual standards in the first place. And they don’t want any.
Maybe there is something positive to be said in having sexual standards in the first place, even if it means a person (or group of persons) who claim to believe in them occasionally violates them.
I’ve already posted an article or two on my blog of people such as pro-incest, or pro-animal sex deviants who see nothing wrong with family members boinking each other, or with grown men having sexual relations with horses, dogs, or dolphins.
Now, if you are a liberal, you might want to bring the topic of consent into all this, but some of the same arguments I’ve heard the ‘horse and dog’- and incest- diddlers use are identical to the ones I’ve heard ‘pro-homosexual sex acts’ people and groups use.
If a guy comes out against men having sex with dogs but is later discovered to be having sex with dogs himself, yes, that is hypocritical of him, but at least maybe the guy knew on some level it was shameful, abusive behavior to start with, which is why he tried to hide it.
That guy being a huge hypocrite on the issue (i.e., he did not practice what he preached) does not mean his proclaimed belief about the issue itself is in error, necessarily.
I just do not see how liberals always have the moral high ground in sexual ethics; they seem to have an “anything goes” type of outlook.
I don’t think that’s a bragging point, or having a moral high-ground. “Oh, look, we have a bunch of perverts in our group, but as a group, we don’t preach against perversion, so it’s all good.” -What?
Some Christians and Republicans may fall from grace and be found out to be perverts, but at least “their side” has some kind of ethical standard from the outset by which to condemn certain behaviors.
At the same time, I do get very tired of all these sexual lapses and stories of child molesting by guys who were very outspoken about being pro-sexual purity and all in favor of “Family Values.”
Farther below, I have a lot more to say under another excerpt by a liberal writer, about liberals, and how they usually have a habit of defending any and all sexual behaviors, and why I don’t completely agree with this.
The impression I get after having read a few of these left wing editorials this evening, against right wingers who get caught in sexual scandals, is that left wingers are pretty okay with people being sexual perverts, rapists, and abusers – so long as those doing the perversions, rapes, and abuse keep it behind closed doors and never speak out against perversion, rape, or abuse in public. It’s a very odd ethic.
You can be the biggest pervert on the planet, as long as you don’t talk about it or against it. You can speak out in favor of it, however. The left is fine and dandy with people who practice sexually immoral behavior who defend it quite vocally in the media.
Liberals by and large don’t particularly object to sexual sin, perversion, or sexual abuse: they are opposed to HYPOCRISY in regards to sexual sin, perversion, and so on.
You can sexually sin all damn day long yourself (and possibly against other people or animals), and that is just fine with left wingers, just don’t speak out against your sexual sin of choice at a lectern or in magazine or television interviews.
That’s somehow a better sexual ethic than Josh “pro- family- values- while- in- public” Duggar molesting his sisters in private, at least with some left wingers.
(Link): Hastert Joins Crowded Ranks of Fallen Moralists by M. Carlson
- Evil lurks in unlikely places. In movies, it is always the all-American nice guy who turns out to be the villain.
- …. Josh Duggar (he of “19 Kids and Counting,” who, according to his parents, molested four of his sisters and another child, while Mom and Dad covered up so their moralizing reality show could go on)…
- If you want to jump on the Hypocrite Wayback Machine, there’s televangelist Jim Bakker (sent to prison for dipping into $165 million in donations, part of which went to silence a church secretary who had accused him of rape).
- Now add to the list former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He was indicted last week for withdrawing huge amounts of cash in increments of less than $10,000 to pay off “Individual A” (identified by the New York Times as a male former student), with whom he met several times in 2010 and agreed to pay $3.5 million to “compensate for and conceal” past “misconduct.”
- Dennis Hastert? Any number of other politicians could be indicted for something similar without setting your hair on fire, but Hastert? The rumpled, shambling, small-town wrestling coach was chosen by Republicans to be speaker as the antidote to previous scandal-plagued leaders.
- He wafted into office as a breath of fresh air compared to former Speaker Newt Gingrich, the twice (since then thrice) married conservative who was having an affair with a staffer while supporting President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
- …Now all-American nice guy Hastert, who liked being known as Coach, turns out to have been not so nice at all. For starters, he accumulated millions while in office, in part by shoehorning fine print into a huge bill that provided federal funds to build a freeway that turned raw land he bought for a pittance into a goldmine.
- Throughout, he maintained a humble aura. Except when it came to matters of morality. There, he followed in the hypocritical footsteps of his predecessors, devoting much energy to shaming others about their sexual behavior. He advanced the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act through the House and proposed a constitutional amendment to annul same-sex unions in states that allowed them.
I have a few things to say about this editorial below:
- A candidate backing the Duggars. A House speaker accused of alleged sexual abuse. David Vitter. What rank hypocrisy
- There’s an impressive legacy of moral hypocrisy on the right. From Mark Foley to Newt Gingrich to David Vitter to Larry Craig to, most recently, Dennis Hastert, the GOP is perpetually plagued by scandals. This is a curious phenomenon, considering that it’s the Republicans, not the Democrats, who fancy themselves the party of family values. It’s clear, though, that their ranks are lined with liars who rarely live by the light of their own values.
- Worse still, Mike Huckabee’s actions after it was revealed that Josh Duggar sexually abused four of his sisters. Huckabee rushed to the Duggar family’s support — then silently scrubbed their endorsement from his website.
..Because they insist on preaching, because they insist they’re defending family values, we should expect social conservatives to uphold them in their own lives.
…I don’t give a damn if Eliot Spitzer cheats on his wife. I don’t care if Anthony Weiner texts pictures of his penis; that’s not my business. Spitzer and Weiner, like most Democrats, aren’t pushing regressive public policies on the basis of their personal moralities.
But I do care when Larry Craig, a former Republican and staunch opponent of LGBT rights is found allegedly soliciting gay sex in an airport bathroom. And the reason is simple:
There’s a glaring contradiction between his public pronouncements and his personal conduct. This man was essential to the passing of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which threatened gay service members with a discharge if they were honest about who they were.
Regarding this portion:
- I don’t give a damn if Eliot Spitzer cheats on his wife. I don’t care if Anthony Weiner texts pictures of his penis; that’s not my business. Spitzer and Weiner, like most Democrats, aren’t pushing regressive public policies on the basis of their personal moralities.
- But I do care when Larry Craig, a former Republican and staunch opponent of LGBT rights is found allegedly soliciting gay sex in an airport bathroom. And the reason is simple:
- There’s a glaring contradiction between his public pronouncements and his personal conduct. This man was essential to the passing of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which threatened gay service members with a discharge if they were honest about who they were.
To a degree, I am okay with the idea that people’s personal lives are theirs, why think it’s your place to judge every life choice they make? – but here you have a left wing writer, Illing, saying he does not care if married men commit adultery on their wives, so long as they don’t moralize against adultery while in public:
What the F-ck, Liberal Dude?
So, Liberal writer dude (Sean Illing): you would be okay, for example, with a grown man sexually abusing his daughter behind closed doors, so long as he does not speak out against incest or child sex abuse in public?
You’re okay with a biological father / teen-daughter pair (Link): having sex with each other (and it’s consensual from the daughter’s view) – so long as they don’t condemn incest in public?
You’re fine with a (Link): man having regular sex with a horse, so long as he keeps it in private and doesn’t speak out against animal abuse in public?
Are you sure this is the sort of reasoning you want to play with? You’re kind of dancing with that idea as it is.
I think, or suspect, one reason liberals go this route is because they want to defend homosexuality at all costs. They will pro-offer some wonky arguments in favor of sexual hedonism, which can end up validating all sorts of perversion, all to circle the wagon of protection around homosexuality, the legalization of homosexual marriage, transgenderism.
You’ll notice (if you visit the page I linked you to), that Sean Illing concludes his piece by speaking in support of homosexuality; he claims that in X number of years it will one day be just as bad to speak out against homosexuality culture-wise as it is to be racist.
(Link): Dennis Hastert’s sick, sad legacy: Column by Ken Rudin
- The God-and-family party has an incredible ick factor.
- …Maybe because the GOP is ostensibly the party with “family values,” it seems terribly sad — and extremely hypocritical — when Republicans are caught violating their own principles.
- And it’s not a rare occurrence.
- Newt Gingrich, cheating on his second wife while pushing for President Clinton’s impeachment. Henry Hyde’s “youthful indiscretion” at the age of 41. Vito Fossella, a representative of Staten Island who was so “pro family” that he had two of them. Strom Thurmond, the onetime arch-segregationist, revealed as the father of a daughter conceived in the statutory rape of a black member of his household staff. The list goes on.
- This is not to suggest that affairs are the same as sexual abuse, or that such misbehavior is owned by just one party. For example, the Democrat who succeeded Foley in Florida in 2006 was revealed to have had multiple affairs himself, and wasdefeated after one term. The list of offending lawmakers from both parties is long.
- Even so, there is something “icky” about candidates running publicly on God, family and morality platforms while violating the Ten Commandments in private. And it’s even more hypocritical when lawmakers, principally Republicans — who vote against rights for gays and lesbians — are revealed to have secret gay lives or affairs themselves.
- Dennis Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million to a person the former House speaker sexually abused when the victim was 14 years old and Hastert was working as a high school teacher and wrestling coach outside Chicago, prosecutors said in a court filing Friday that gave accounts of four alleged sex-abuse victims.
- The filing is the first time prosecutors have formally asserted that Hastert paid hush money to conceal sex abuse of a 14-year-old, identified in court documents as “Individual A.”
- The filing recommends that a federal judge sentence Hastert to up to six months in prison. The sex abuse allegations outlined in the filing occurred when Hastert was working at Yorkville High School in Illinois from 1965 to 1981, before he went into politics.
There you have it. Another right wing, Family Values guy caught with his pants down. Which is of course distasteful, troubling, hypocritical and gross. But I’m not sure what the left has to offer is much better in the area of sexual morals.