While reading Newsweek in a doctor's waiting room, I ran across this letter to the magazine. I liked it not for what it says about Foley or Hastert, but what it says about us, the American people.
So it took a sexual predator to make us question our leadership? Lies about WMD and thousands of U.S. and Iraqi deaths were not enough. Nor was Abu Ghraib, a multibillion-dollar no-bid Halliburton contract, the denial of glob-al warming, tax breaks for the wealthy, 47 million uninsured citizens, Katrina's aftermath, the outing of a CIA agent, nor a declaration from 16 U.S. intelligence agencies that the Iraq war has increased terrorism. These weren't enough to call into question the party of morality? Mark Foley and House Speaker Dennis Hastert deserve what's coming to them, yet must the word "sex" be factored into the transgression before we are shamed to outrage?
Winter Park, Fla.