Saturday, October 07, 2006
We Have All Been Raped
Is anyone really surprised by the fact that a right wing Republican would try to exploit teenage boys? The example set at the top of this Administration has been one of bigotry, war-mongering, power hoarding, and exploitation since our Fuhrer Select was placed in office by the Extreme Court.
This after all is a sociopathic administration which practices deceit as a virtue and which views torture as a positive American value, and above all else, cravespower and denies personal responsibility in the same way that a crack addict craves his drug of choice.
On past occasions Brandon (i.e. Praetorone) has suggested that George W. Bush is a dry drunk, that he may have given up the addictive chemical substances, but still retains all the psychological characteristics of a drinking alcoholic. The only difference between then and now is that the George W. Bush of yesterday was a chemical addict. The George W. Bush of the 21st Century is a power addict who will do or say anything, to satisfy his personal longing for and addiction to power.
In a way I can actually sympathize with George W. Bush. He's a lonely, frightened man of little talent, who has learned to manipulate the people around him, and who enjoys projecting the image of a tough, swaggering leader, but in the inside he is morally, spiritually, and intellectually empty; a bloated mediocrity who has truly begun to believe in his own greatness. By the same token this (p)resident, who is too simple minded to view life in anything except in terms of black and white, has set an agenda of demonizing anyone and everything which disagrees with him, even in the slightest nuance. Or did we forget that this was the same totalitarian leader who once said that he "doesn't do nuance?"
On our blog we often remind our readers that the only way George W. Bush, his Administration, and his authoritarian followers would ever tell the truth would be if they were to do so by accident, and that was one of the few times when George W. Bush let the truth slip.
George W. Bush truly does not do nuance; nor does he listen to alternative ideas. He despises the idea of debate, showing intense anxiety or even outright hostility when he is challenged on his often delusional facts, most of which are mere fantasies in the first place. Moreover, George W. Bush and the Totalitarian (I just can't bring myself to call it the Republican any more) Party truly believes that if you don't dot and cross every "i" and "t" in the same narrow minded way that they do you must be a force of evil. Sadly this has become a trait within the Totalitarian Party itself, and it now seems as if Gays and Lesbians have once again been chosen as the scapegoats for their phony indignation, which as any sane American will tell you, is little more than verbal harassment/persecution to energize the rabidly fanatical base of the Totalitarian Party.
It is no secret that I am an open and out of the closet homosexual. I make no apologies for this because I truly believe that I have nothing to apologize for. My partner and I own a house together. We are active in a wide variety of community activities; my partner owns an expanding and prosperous business, and I recently quit what was becoming a very profitable job to care for my adoptive mother who is currently recovering from and undergoing followup treatment after a radical mastectomy. We have two cats and a basset hound; we garden; we enjoy music and politics, and we are currently looking into the possibility of joining a local church. We do not pose nude in public water fountains, or have wild orgies (unlike Bush and his cronies who started an orgy of death and destruction in Iraq for profit and power) and we certainly do not molest nor harass children.
But now the Republican House Leadership has been caught with its collective and proverbial pants down. It appears as if yet another right wing hypocrite has been caught abusing a position of power--this time sending suggestive emails to young, Republican pages. And when I listened to the news last night before going to bed I learned that Mister Foley not only sent emails about masturbation and boxer shorts, he also made occasional appearances at the Page Dormitory, took at least one of these kids for a ride, and bought him ice cream. And I'm still wondering about the one email in which Foley talks about a trip to San Diego. In other words, this went a little beyond sexually explicit emails. It now appears as if Foley actually had some kind of contact with these youth. Whether it was sexual or not I don't know so I shall reserve judgement on that particular aspect of the case until such time as more facts are made available.
But the part that is driving me absolutely crazy is the manner--the utterly hysterical and obscene way--in which the right wing propaganda machine is trying to smear gay males as dyed in the wool pedophiles. Anne Coutler, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Pat Robertson: every right wing weasel, scum bag, and congenital liar you care to mention has been spewing the usual bald faced lies about the homosexual community.
So before someone can come over here and use the same kind of rhetoric against gays that Hitler used against the Jews against the 1930s (and it IS the same kind of rhetoric, don't kid yourselves) I thought it might be useful to spin something that the Totalitarian Party, by virtue of inexperience, if incapable of spinning.
First, let's get our facts straight. The phony studies that claim to "prove" that gay men are more likely to molest children? Forget about them. The studies that are almost invariably cited by the Radical Christian Reich stem from truly shoddy "research" by either Paul Cameron, Judith Reisman , or Steve Badlwin . Their research has been discredited and debunked at nearly every turn, but that doesn't stop the Radical Christian Right from spinning their discredited "facts" when it serves the Totalitarian Party.
Despite the disingenuous "research" on the right, there are a number of facts that cannot be denied. In 1994 the peer-reviewed journal PEDIATRICS, in a study conducted by Dr. Carole Jenny at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center came to the following conclusion(s). 
*1 out of 219 girls was molested by a lesbian.
*1 out of 50 boys was molested by a gay male
*8 out of 10 girls was molested by a man who was or had been in a heterosexual relationship with the child's mother or another relatives.
*3 out of 4 boys (75 percent) were abused by males who were in heterosexual relationships with female relatives.
Only 2 percent of the boys in the study were molested by gay males.
98 percent of the boys in the study were molested by heterosexuals and of that number 75 percent were molested by heterosexual males KNOWN TO THE VICTIMS in an incestuous scenario.
0.05 percent of the girls in the study were molested by a lesbian.
99.5 percent of the girls in the study were molested by heterosexuals. Of that number 80 percent were molested by heterosexual males KNOWN TO THE VICTIMS in an incestuous relationship
The subjects in the study were 269 sexually abused children who had been seen or treated at the Denver Children's Hospital over the course of one year.
In other words, sexual orientation is not an issue as to who will molest children, but if you were to assign blame--if you absolutely had to speak as to who would be the most likely to molest a child it would be a heterosexual male who is close to the mother or another family member in an incestuous type of "relationship." All I will add to this particular part of the conversation is this. I know a number of people, both male and female, who were molested as children. None of them grew up to become pedophiles themselves. But, among those who are molested there is a very small subset of individuals who will indeed turn around and try to damage young men and women--their victims usually corresponding to the age at which they themselves were abused and damaged. I want to repeat that point here lest you think that all molestation victims will grow up to be child abusers. A vast majority of the people who are molested go on to deal with their issues and do do not become pedophiles--a point that I wish the left would make when it discusses this very disturbing issue.
So what you may wonder, does this have to do with the Totalitarian Party and its craving for power.
That much is obvious.
Despite the sexual nature of the offenses, crimes like rape and child molesting are more about power than sexual gratification. In those instances when an individual is molesting a child sexual orientation is not the main issue. The main issue is one of power--of an individual with power manipulating, exploiting, and controlling a younger person who has no power in the abusive relationship. And what is this administration addicted to? Power. What does this administration abuse at almost every turn? Power.
We've heard it time and time again. The Totalitarian Party is the Party of Personal Responsibility. The Totalitarian Party is the Party of Family Values. And yet, the only things that we have heard from the Totalitarian spin masters has been an ongoing attempt to deny a cover up while they shift the blame to the Gay community. Personal Responsibility? Family Values? These people have yet to take responsibility for anything. Hell, they have developed an MO that has been used so often and with such rapacity that it borders on obsessive compulsive behavior.
First they lie. When lying doesn't work they hesitantly admit the facts but then drag out some extenuating circumstance; and when the extenuating circumstances are revealed as outright distortions or prevarications they go on the offensive, accuse innocent others of what they have done themselves, and generally (try to) pollute the political atmosphere with so much confusing information that you barely know what the issue was to begin with.
I personally have been amused by the fact that they have now tried to equate this issue with Bill Clinton's consenting relationship with an adult Monica Lewinski. Sorry, guys. What Bill Clinton did was bad, but what Foley did was worse. And what the House Leadership is doing is worse. There's a huge difference between an adult, young woman, and a sixteen year old boy. In sharp contrast, I have NOT been amused by the disgustingly rapacious way in which the Totalitarians have turned on their own pages. While claiming that emails, which originated with Mister Foley were a part of a Democratic plot (talk about paranoid!) they were also disseminating "the list" which smeared the victims in this scandal. In a throw back to the bad old days when we once blamed rape victims for the crimes of their assailants, the Totalitarians have opted to blame the victims. Nor did they stop there. After smearing the pages and ruining any hope that they might have had for a political career in the Totalitarian Party, the Totalitarians then turned around and issued Nazi-like remarks, ignorantly stating that homosexuals should be banned from serving in Congress or in other leadership positions. Am I the only one who sees a striking similarity between this kind of rhetoric and the kind of rhetoric (and behavior) that was directed against Jews in the early days of Nazi Germany when Jewish shops were either destroyed or outright confiscated; when Jews were denied citizenship and banned from marrying German citizens?
Wouldn't it be more accurate to suggest that the Totalitarian party is the Party of Abused Power and Poor Examples?
At the risk of spreading myself too thin, I would point out that within the past three weeks this country has seen three tragic school shootings. The last of which,a tragedy in Pennsylvania in which five girls were killed, featured a self-confessed pedophile who may well have intended to molest the girls who he ultimately murdered. As we now know, police discovered a check list of items made by the perpetrator himself; a check list which included: "tape, eyebolts, a hose, bullets, guns, binoculars, earplugs, flashlights, wood and candles; many of the items were checked off."  Please note that in this particular case, the perpetrator, Charles Carl Roberts, had released 15 boys and three women with infants, but retained the remaining female students. Recall also, that Roberts had also been married, and presumably was a straight, adult male.
But that isn't the issue here. The issue here is that we have an administration that has set the tone for and created a culture of death in which this kind of horror can take place. Do we really need to wonder why children and adults alike are behaving like deranged sociopaths when the sociopaths and narcissists at the top of the political pyramid promote war, torture, intolerance, and hatred of diversity as the natural orders of life? Good God, look at the kinds of activities that this perverted Administration considers normal under the guise of legitimate interrogation:
* putting panties on detainees heads
* smearing detainees with phony menstrual blood
* strapping detainees in chairs, force feeding them through rubber tubes in their nose and then forcing them to sit in their own fecal matter
* connecting electrodes to detainees' genitals
* threatening detainees with savage dogs
* placing plastic bags over detainees' heads and then holding their heads under water
* stripping detainees naked and forcing them into human pyramids
* stripping detainees naked and then forcing them to masturbate in front of their sadistic interrogators
* sticking broom handles into detainees' anal orifices
As my team mates might say, " Yeah, those are real indications of normalcy." And this Administration has the audacity to accuse homosexuals of perversion? The lunatics are running the asylum. The power addicts, sociopaths, sexual sadists, and, yes, malignant narcissists, who are running this torture chamber of an Administration have set an example which promotes killing on the least provocation.
As if we should be surprised.
We have an Administration that lies and kills at the least provocation. But will the Administration take responsibility for the lessons that they have taught? Probably not. The Totalitarians like to talk the talk when it comes to personal responsibility but they surely do not know how to walk the walk. That would require morality and decency, and as we all know this Administration is both, indecent and amoral. Power mongering authoritarians such as Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastart, John Boehner, and (of course) Tom Delay sat by and did nothing while a wolf in the fold was exploiting young pages. And now they want to compound the injury by blaming the victims, attacking gays, and avoiding personal responsibility.
What can I say? The day that the Extreme Court Appointed George W. Bush as our Fuhrer Select we were all assaulted. The Bush Administration has been a study in collective mental rape, and to send a Totalitarian Majority back to either house of Congress would be a little like a rape victim screaming "here I am, rape me again."
Count me out.
These bastards have to GO.