According to this salon.com post by Bill Maher, the worst menace isn’t Mark Foley. Not by a long shot. Focus, instead on legions of corporate and government predators.
Though this was written in October 2006, I didn’t notice it until today. As always, Maher doesn’t pull any punches:
[Foley] was probably the first fruit those pages ever came into contact with that wasn’t drenched in pesticide.
But that’s America for you — a red herring culture, always scared of the wrong things. The fact is, there are a lot of creepy middle-aged men out there lusting for your kids. They work for MTV, the pharmaceutical industry, McDonald’s, Marlboro and K Street. And recently, there’s been a rash of strangers making their way onto school campuses and targeting our children for death. They’re called military recruiters.
More young Americans were crippled in Iraq last month than in any month in the past three years. And the scandal is that Mark Foley wants to show them a good time before they go? When will our closeted gay congressmen learn? Our boys aren’t for pleasure. They’re for cannon fodder. They shouldn’t be another notch on your bedpost. They should be a comma in Bush’s war. If I hear a zipper, it had better be on a body bag.