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  •  But this is no small issue. (3+ / 0-)
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    rfahey22, epppie, Steffo

    The Foley scandal represents a public safety issue and a law enforcement issue. The Republicans are showing that they cannot handle the problem of sex offenders in our communities, which  is a foreground consideration for many middle-class suburban families. Why are there so many news items every week featuring women who have been abducted/raped/murdered, and news items featuring children who have been abducted/raped/murdered? It is because people are being injured and killed, and in large numbers. Families are being destroyed. Communities are being torn asunder. And the government, on all levels, is having a difficult time dealing with sex offenders and sexual violence. Now the Republicans have shown that they are not up to the task of tackling this critical problem. The Republicans have traditionally thought of themselves as a law-and-order party, and have painted the Democrats as soft on crime. But now the tables have been turned, and I for one think that the American people are anxious for new leadership.

    •  it's also one the public can digest (3+ / 0-)
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      catullus, Creosote, epppie

      Many people in this country simply aren't engaged in politics, and trust that those in Congress know much more about the issues than they do.  Therefore, many people are willing to defer to their elected representatives on complex issues such as Iraq, terrorism, etc., on the assumption that their representatives arrived at their positions after a great deal of reflection and based upon information to which ordinary citizens don't have access.  It is pretty easy for people to wrap their heads around the Foley scandal, however, and there is only one clear, morally acceptable position - that Foley's actions were inappropriate and that those covering for him should be punished.  When people discover that their representatives are lying on this one easy issue, it can make them question whether the representatives are also lying about more complex issues that the citizens themselves don't fully understand.  It makes people who aren't very engaged in politics doubt the entire judgment process of their elected leaders - that is why this scandal could potentially be so useful for us.  

      The pleasure of hating...eats into the heart of religion...[and] makes patriotism an excuse for carrying fire, pestilence, and famine into other lands. - W. Haz

      by rfahey22 on Fri Oct 06, 2006 at 10:33:11 PM PDT

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