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Just a little old-fashioned karma coming round

By Doug Thompson
October 4, 2006

It is fitting, truly fitting, that the political fortunes of a homophobic party may rest on the actions of a gay sexual predator in that party’s midst.

Call it some good old fashion karma coming round. When it comes to homosexuality, the hypocrisy of the GOP has been waiting in the closet, just waiting to come out and bring the party down.

From President George W. Bush’s call for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage to the rabid religious right’s claim that homosexuality is a sin requiring eternal damnation, Republicans have always preached intolerance towards gays while looking the other way when it came to one in their midst.

For Republicans, the policy has been more than "don’t ask, don’t tell." It was more like "if asked, don’t admit."

When I moved to Washington in 1981 to work on Capitol Hill for GOP Congressman Paul Findley, a dominant political force in town was The National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC), headed by the flamboyant Terry Dolan, a closet gay man whose sexual leanings fell under the category of "open secret."

Most Republicans, and just about everyone else in Washington, knew Dolan was gay. They just didn’t talk about it and, in those days, the media looked the other way when it came to sexual preference. NCPAC openly advocated the anti-gay agenda of the right wing while Dolan cruised the gay bars of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Dolan epitomized the conservatism of Ronald Reagan and the GOP’s right-wing. Reagan advanced the party’s anti-gay agenda by cutting funding for research on AIDS. Ironically, Dolan would die of the disease.

In 1984, I worked with The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and found a number of gay men and women working in the party’s ranks. At Bullfeathers, a popular Capitol Hill Bar near the NRCC headquarters, I asked one gay field representative why he worked for a party with an anti-gay agenda.

"I have a mortgage to pay," he said.

When Dolan died of AIDS, GOP politicians and operatives expressed public "shock" at learning of his homosexuality while some right-wingers like the Rev. Jerry Falwell called Dolan’s death "punishment from God."  Such comments drove Republican gays further underground but party leaders continued to look the other way when they found a "homo in the woodpile" as long as that gay man or woman stayed quiet.

While a number of gay Democratic politicians public embrace their homosexuality, gay Republicans usually stay silent. Those who choose to come out of the closet do so at political risk.

Former Rep. Mark Foley, who resigned last week in the ever-escalating scandal over his inappropriate and unbelievable behavior towards young male Congressional pages, revealed his homosexuality through his lawyer only after leaving office.

Yet his fellow Republicans knew Foley was gay. They just didn’t talk about it or acknowledge the fact as long as the Florida congressman toed the line. Like other Republicans, Foley’s hypocrisy knew no bounds. He would vote for the conservative, often anti-gay Republican agenda while covertly living as a closet homosexual. He would sponsor legislation to protect children from sexual predators while he, himself, stalked teenage pages.

When Republican leaders learned about Foley’s predatory behavior, they did nothing. They looked the other way because their first instinct is to protect their own, no matter that the cost.

Now that hypocrisy is in the open and the cost may be great to the party of the elephant.

And rightly so.

38 Responses to Just a little old-fashioned karma coming round

  1. Charlie

    October 4, 2006 at 5:17 pm

  2. Lance Manion

    October 4, 2006 at 5:37 pm

  3. Judy Bodnar

    October 4, 2006 at 5:43 pm

  4. Lori

    October 4, 2006 at 5:44 pm

  5. Harry Johnson

    October 4, 2006 at 5:47 pm

  6. V

    October 4, 2006 at 5:49 pm

  7. harry johnson

    October 4, 2006 at 5:50 pm

  8. Dave

    October 4, 2006 at 5:58 pm

  9. Kerry

    October 4, 2006 at 5:59 pm

  10. Gretchen Robinson

    October 4, 2006 at 6:13 pm

  11. Richard Melvin

    October 4, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    There is more than one definition of Karma. In the western sence this form of karma can be interpreted as ‘what goes around, comes around’. The Tibetan definition of Karma is interpreted as ‘motion’ and in this case I think it should be interpreted as ‘action’. And boy is the GOP ‘getting their share of action’ now. With great relish I am watching the latest story of GOP self-destruction unfold. And hope the right-wingnut evangelicals go on a witchhunt, a purge if you will, within the GOP party to keep the story alive until election time.

  12. Sandy Price

    October 4, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    Last night on Harball, Tony Perkins, “Family Media” Conservative group actually mentioned a movement to keep gays out of the Congress. Pat Buchanan agreed saying homosexuality is an abomination in the bible.

    The Conservative sites all over the ‘net are screaming to legislate against homosexuals and their zeal must be considered a serious attempt to legislate against the whole mess.

    The GOP is being divided up into those who want the government out of their private lives and those who are determined to make America survive under biblical laws. I wish I knew how this will end up but I saw it coming back in 1992 when I left the GOP in disgust.

    However, I was not born and raised in the bible belt so I never had to face the brain-washing that so many Americans have in their childhood. I’m 3rd generation Californian where their private lives are private. Those were the days when the GOP had a platform of limited government and millions of us knew exactly the limitations found in the Constitution.

    Dem daze are gone forever!

  13. anthnytap

    October 4, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Just another form of defocus. There must be something big coming or they would not have sacraficed Foley.
    I think they will be going to Iran sooner than expected. From what I have read theres going to be another black opts, very soon in the ocean off the coast of Iran, something to do with a aircraft carrier, by the name of Enterprize.
    What goes around comes around. And Karma rules, it might not rule as fast as we would like it to, but it will come about sooner or later.

  14. Jo wi681

    October 4, 2006 at 4:16 pm

    The conservative “famil values” right-wing father of Frederick the Great kof Germany killed his male lover in front of his son. The American right-wing, in bed with business and the rich, kills gays, lesbians, the poor, women, and unions with their “biblical” and “religious” agenda. If you are poor, it is because you are damned before birth. What a nice agenda to marry the Bible with wealth. And, the Christians agree — except when one of their own is caught buggering babies. They disgust me.

  15. cyndccc

    October 4, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    I’m no prude, but the picture that fronts this article is a bit much, don’t you think?

  16. Doug Thompson

    October 4, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    Cyndccc writes:

    ‘m no prude, but the picture that fronts this article is a bit much, don’t you think?

    Yes. That was my intention. The actions of the GOP are more than a bit much on this issue, don’t you think?

    –Doug

  17. Z-Man

    October 4, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    anthnytap paints all Christians with the same brush, as if we’re all far right-wing nutjobs.

    A bit unfair, not to mention inaccurate.

  18. keith

    October 4, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    Representative (now citizen) Foley’s increasingly obvious predatory behavior in private and his “holier-than-thou” behavior in public towards exploited children is just the latest, classic psychology textbook example of the duality of behaviors exhibited by so many of those afflicted with such disorders.

    Call it inner guilt, or shame, or compensation…something in the brains of such people quite often makes them go overboard in public in the other direction…to become members and champions of fundamentalist causes and religions that are seemingly diametrically opposed to their own sordid, private urges and behaviors. This also sets them up for charges of hypocrisy when the rest of the world eventually learns of their sordid deeds. And, thanks to today’s “all news all the time” world, such “exposures” are now happening with increasing frequently.

    From my many years of working in the helping professions, I’ve since learned to take the public words of such zealots (Christian and otherwise) with a grain of salt. That’s because, as the fundamentalist institutions and causes that attract such people ALSO usually run on (or have something to do with) guilt and shame, their most rabid followers all too often turn out to be the ones hiding the biggest “sins”.

  19. Fred Goepfert

    October 4, 2006 at 5:16 pm

    The picture was pornographic in nature. The article was written by someone who sounds like he reports to the Liberal wing of the Democrat party. There ARE more members of Congess involved in this pederasty nightmare. In addition to Barney Frank, most all of them will be Democrats, as Foley was before he switched parties.

  20. Charlie

    October 4, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    As Barney Frank(ly) my dear might say- but has NOT- I don’t give a damn. The photo of Ted Kenedey and Chris Dodd
    used in this “piece” is just so darn cute and is a reminder of the overuse of Viagra on The Hill. Bedfellows all, both sides of the isle- write, impose laws while exempting themselves. “God help us everyone”…Tiny Tim, while tip-toing-thru-the-two-lips.

  21. Lance Manion

    October 4, 2006 at 5:37 pm

    Don’t be surprised if the gop continues to hold majorities in both houses. It’s not who votes, it’s who counts the votes.

  22. Judy Bodnar

    October 4, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    Foley being gay had nothing to do with his lewd & licivious illegal acts towards minors…the fact that he was living a lie as a closet gay did. It seems that he was known to be gay, but never admitted to it publicly. Millions of people try living a lie and many are successful at it for years, but eventually they are exposed, usually because of being caught. Politics automaticaly puts one under the broadest of scrutiny, thus, I expect far more exposing & finger pointing, confessions and resignations from both sides of the aisle…due to this Foley exposure and the fact that national elections are on the horizons. I do not personally care what a persons sexual preferences
    are or what or who they do sexually as long as they do not mess with minors, break the laws, or screw me as a citizen..Foley clearly broke the law and in my opinion Hastert & a host of others abetted him. While the hundreds of married congressmen who are having or have had extra marital affairs may be shaking in their boots fearing exposure, they have not broken the law of the land…and this is what matters to me a tax paying citizen.

  23. Lori

    October 4, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    Fred, Doug is certainly not a member of the liberal wing of the DemocratIC party, as you would know if you were a regular on this blog. And Barney Frank, however distasteful you may have found his behavior to be, was in a consensual relationship with another ADULT, not a child that had been given into the protection of Congress. Funny you should suggest that all these pederasts are Democrats, I just visited a blog last night that had a list of more than 30 incidents where gov’t officials were busted for sex crimes – all Republicans. Wish I could remember the site address so I could share it with you. Pederasty and sex crimes have nothing to do with party affiliation. Covering for one of your own so that your election chances won’t be affected while allowing children to be harmed, however, DOES seem to be a Republican affliction. At least for the time being.

  24. Harry Johnson

    October 4, 2006 at 5:47 pm

    Seems fred and chuck are typical gop- blame everybody except the perpetrator. that’s the party of values for ya.all the same. uptight dicks.

  25. V

    October 4, 2006 at 5:49 pm

    Considering the vile , offensive nature of the photograph posted with the main article, I am at a loss to understand what logic the editor used to nix my post of yesterday when all I did was call a spade a spade.

    Ladies and Gentlemen,
    You are hereby invited to the Coming out Party for your favorite congressmen…you don’t have one ?…well, just pick one and he will probably be there.

    excerpt from http://www.waynemadsenreport.com

    “October 3, 2006 — WMR has learned from informed sources in the Justice Department that the salacious e-mails from Rep. Mark Foley were leaked to ABC News by career Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents who are incensed that Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales covered up the House page scandal for political reasons. The back story of Pagegate is that there was a criminal conspiracy by the top political leadership of the Justice Department to cover up the predatory activities of Foley and other GOP members of Congress since at least 2003 and, likely, as early as 2001.

    Other informed sources in the nation’s capital report that Pagegate will soon implicate a number of GOP staffers in both the House and the Senate who intimidated and pressured male pages into inappropriate sexual relationships. One source confided that the staff members’ contact with pages was “more egregious” than Foley’s behavior…”

  26. harry johnson

    October 4, 2006 at 5:50 pm

    here’s a few you might have missed:
    * Republican mayor Thomas Adams of Illinois charged with 11 counts of disseminating child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.
    * Republican campaign worker and self proclaimed reverend Steve Aiken convicted of having sex with two underage girls.
    * Republican legislator Edison Misla Aldarondo was sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping his daughter between the ages of 9 and 17.
    Republican activist and rising Colorado Republican star Randal David Ankeney, who named his dogs Nixon aned Reagan, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child. Later he was rearrested for 5 counts of sexual assault on a child, 3 counts of sexual enticement of a child, and one count of sexual exploitation of a child.
    * Republican County Commissioner Merrill Robert Barter pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual contact and assault on a teenage boy.
    * Republican congressman and anti-gay activist Robert Bauman was charged with having sex with a 16-year-old boy he picked up at a gay bar.
    * Republican activist Parker J. Bena pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer and was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison and fined $18,000.
    * Republican preacher Hewart Lee Bennett arrested for soliciting sex from 16 year old boys while claiming that he did so to gain their trust and then teach them the love of Jesus.
    * Republican Christian Coalition chair Louis Beres investigated for molesting three female family members as teens.
    * Clifton Bennett, 18, son of Arizona republican state senator Ken Bennett plead guilty to assaulting 3 boys, aged 11-15 with broomsticks up their rectal areas.
    * Republican legislative aide Howard L. Brooks was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography.
    * Republican golden boy and GOP employee Theodore Bundy executed for murdering over two dozen women.
    * Republican politician Andrew Buhr was charged with two counts of first degree sodomy with a 13-year old boy.
    * Republican anti-abortion activist John Allen Burt was charged with sexual misconduct involving a 15-year old girl.
    * Republican activist John Butler was charged with criminal sexual assault on a teenage girl.
    * Republican judge and Nixon Supreme Court nominee Harrold Carswell charged with making a pass at an undercover male cop in a public bathroom.
    * Republican Randall Casseday, human resource chair of the Washington Times, arrested for soliciting sex from a 13 year old.
    * Republican County Councilman Keola Childs pleaded guilty to molesting a male child.
    * Republican election board official Kevin Coan was sentenced to two years probation for soliciting sex over the internet from a 14-year old girl.
    * Republican councilman John Collins pleads guilty to sexually molesting a 13 + 14 year old girls.
    * Republican advertising consultant Carey Lee Cramer, who appeared in an ad blasting Al gore, convicted of molesting 9 yr old girl stepdaughter
    * Republican Congressman Dan Crane had sex with a female minor working as a congressional page.
    * Republican Committeeman John Curtain charged with molesting a teenage boy.
    * Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, Richard A.Dasen Sr., was charged with rape for allegedly paying a 15-year old girl for sex. Dasen, 62, who is married with grown children and several grandchildren, has allegedly told police that over the past decade he paid more than $1 million to have sex with a large number of young women.
    * Republican fundraiser Richard A. Delgaudio was found guilty of child porn charges and paying two teenage girls to pose for sexual photos
    * Republican legislator Peter Dibble pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-yr-old girl.
    * Republican activist and Focus on the Family Founder Pat Dobson advocates that fathers should show their penises to their sons while in the shower with them.
    * Republican spokesman Brian Doyle arrested for trying to seduce a 14 year old girl over the Internet.
    * Republican director of the “Young Republican Federation” Nicholas Elizondo molested his 6-year old daughter and was sentenced to six years in prison.
    * Republican congressman Mark Foley resigned from Congress after sending sexually explicit emails to former male pages under the age of 18.
    * Republican constable Larry Dale Floyd of Denton arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex from an 8 yr old girl.
    * Republican Councilman and former Marine Jack W. Gardner was convicted of molesting a 13-year old girl.
    * Republican candidate Richard Gardner admitted to molesting his two daughters.
    * Republican Mayor Philip Giordano of Waterbury Connecticut is serving a 37-year sentence in federal prison for sexually abusing 8- and 10-year old girls
    * Republican activist Matthew Glavin was caught masturbating in public and fondling an undercover park ranger.
    * Republican activist Marty Glickman (a.k.a. “Republican Marty”), convicted in Florida on four counts of unlawful sexual activity with an underage girl and one count of delivering the drug LSD.
    * Republican Mayor John Gosek sentenced to jail for soliciting sex from two 15 year old girls.
    * Republican activist Mark A. Grethen convicted on six counts of sex crimes involving children.
    * Republican businessman Jon Grunseth withdrew his candidacy for Minnesota governor after allegations surfaced that he went swimming in the nude with four underage girls, including his daughter.
    * Republican President of NYC Housing Development Russell Harding pleads guilty to possession of child pornography on his computer.
    * Republican city councilman Mark Harris, who is described as a “good military man” and “church goer,” was convicted of repeatedly having sex with an 11-year-old girl and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
    * Republican Senate candidate John Hathaway was accused of having sex with his 12-year old baby sitter and withdrew his candidacy after the allegations were reported in the media.
    * Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.
    * Republican pastor Mike Hintz, whom George W. Bush commended during the 2004 presidential campaign, surrendered to police after admitting to a sexual affair with a female juvenile.
    * Republican activist Neal Horsley admits to having had sex with a mule.
    * Republican Party leader Paul Ingram pleaded guilty to six counts of raping his daughters and served 14 years in federal prison.
    * Republican anti-gay activist Earl “Butch” Kimmerling was sentenced to 40 years in prison for molesting an 8-year old girl after he attempted to stop a gay couple from adopting her.
    * Republican activist Lawrence E. King, Jr. organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
    * Republican judge Ronald Kline was placed under house arrest for child molestation.
    * Republican Congressman Donald “Buz” Lukens was found guilty of having sex with a female minor and sentenced to one month in jail
    * Republican talk show host Jon Matthews pleaded guilty to exposing his genitals to an 11 year old girl.
    * Republican Douglas County election official Pat McPherson arrested for fondling a 17 yr old girl.
    * Republican party supporter Timothy McVeigh blew up dozens of innocent children in Oklahoma City.
    * Republican anti-abortion activist Nicholas Morency pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography on his computer and offering a bounty to anybody who murders an abortion doctor..
    * Republican state rep Brent Parker arrested for soliciting sex from undercover officer posing as male prostitute.
    * Republican Committee Chairman Jeffrey Patti was arrested for distributing a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.
    * Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
    * Republican boy scout leader and zoning supervisor Dennis L Rader pleaded guilty for performing a sexual act on an 11 year old girl he murdered.
    * Republican petition leader Tom Randall pleads guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 14.
    * Republican activist and Christian Coalition leader Beverly Russell admitted to an incestuous relationship with his step daughter Susan Smith.
    * Republican senator Rick Man on Dog Santorum and his wife forced their three children, all under the age of six, to play with a dead fetus in the crib of their home.
    * Republican ex congressman Peter Schmitt of Orange County, California’s Republican daughter Mary Kay Lotorneau convicted of raping a 6th grader and bearing his two children.
    * Republican congressman Ed Shrock resigned from Congress after found seeking sex on hotlines for homosexuals.
    * Republican parole board officer and former Colorado state representative, Larry Jack Schwarz, was fired after child pornography was found in his possession.
    * Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger allegedly had sex with a 16 year old girl when he was 28.
    * Republican campaign worker Mark Seidensticker is a convicted child molester.
    * Republican campaign consultant Tom Shortridge was sentenced to three years probation for taking nude photographs of a 15-year old girl.
    * Republican City Councilman Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr. pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.
    * Republican lobbyist Craig J. Spence organized child sex parties at the White House during the 1980s.
    Republican party leader Bobby Stumbo arrested for having sex with a five year old boy.
    * Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
    * Republican County Chairman Armando Tebano arrested for sexually molesting a 14 yr old girl.
    * Republican racist pedophile and United States Senator Strom Thurmond raped a 15-year old black girl which produced a child.
    * Republican strategist and Citadel Military College graduate Robin Vanderwall was convicted in Virginia on five counts of soliciting sex from boys and girls over the internet.
    * Republican consultant Lawrence Scott Ward arrested at Dulles airport after authorities found child pornography and videotapes of him having sex with children.
    * Spokane Republican homophobic mayor Jim West recalled after evidence surfaced that he molested little boys.
    * Republican politician Keith Westmoreland was arrested on seven felony counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition to girls under the age of 16 (i.e. exposing himself to children).
    * Republican preacher Stephen White, who demanded a return to traditional values, was sentenced to jail after offering $20 to a 14-year-old boy for permission to perform oral sex on him.
    * Republican activist and James Dobson protege Steve Wilsey convicted of sexual assault after being charged with molesting an 8 year old boy.

  27. Richard Melvin

    October 4, 2006 at 3:23 pm

  28. Sandy Price

    October 4, 2006 at 3:32 pm

  29. anthnytap

    October 4, 2006 at 3:58 pm

  30. Jo wi681

    October 4, 2006 at 4:16 pm

  31. cyndccc

    October 4, 2006 at 4:19 pm

  32. Doug Thompson

    October 4, 2006 at 4:28 pm

  33. Z-Man

    October 4, 2006 at 4:50 pm

  34. keith

    October 4, 2006 at 4:52 pm

  35. Fred Goepfert

    October 4, 2006 at 5:16 pm

  36. Dave

    October 4, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    It’s easy enough to find out who’s a perv in office and who isn’t. The IMs and e-mails leave copies on the House or Senate servers, and the backups can be done probably several years back. Let’s just make a lot of public noise about having ALL e-mails and IMs to pages read and posted in a public venue for research. Write your local newspapers and TV stations with that demand.

    It won’t happen because they’ll claim it would reveal too much unrelated stuff, but the pressure might get something done by way of investigation. And we know that with Bush’s pal Gonzales in charge of Justice, leaving it up to that department will be a whitewash. Public indignation is in order.

  37. Kerry

    October 4, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    As a gay woman I am particularly upset that no the focus seems to be turning to the “fact” that he is gay. Please to remember that most sexual predators of children are in fact not gay. What concerns me now is that the shift will go from who knew what when and why did they not do something about this predator earlier, to now it’s the gay’s fault. Let’s keep the focus on where it needs to be, how in the hell did this guy get away with this kind of behavior for so long?!
    The Republicans- They say they can do a better job of protecting the country from terrorists, but apparently that doesn’t include the children of this country.

  38. Gretchen Robinson

    October 4, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    I just sent this as a Letter to the Editor to the Boston Globe which given the volumn of letters it gets probably won’t publish it. “Foley a gay man? NOT”
    Gentlewoman