By Manifesto Joe
This kind of thing seems to go full circle in politics. John Edwards. John Ensign. David Vitter, etc., etc. ... And now, Congressman Weenie.
I don't know what it is about politicians that, at some point, makes them think that they are bulletproof, especially in these times. Many used to be able to get away with numerous indiscretions, but the glass house has become much thinner and far less opaque. These people can't do much weirdness, for very long, without having it catch up with them.
As I indicated, right, left and center can point fingers all over the place, endlessly. The problem is that it all diverts attention away from that which needs it the most.
The United States appears to be about 30 years into what could easily be described as a Second Gilded Age. Two-thirds of corporations pay zero income tax, and some big ones even get refunds. Wealthy individuals have seen their tax burden dramatically decrease, even as the national debt skyrockets. I'm just some ordinary schmuck, and I just got through paying the IRS much more tax than ExxonMobil will have to pay for years to come.
And with the Fairness Doctrine on the scrap heap, Americans are continually bombarded in mass media with all manner of lies and obfuscation to keep them from understanding how badly they are being screwed.
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are all under siege, even as private "health insurers" are raking in record profits and corporate pension plans are being abandoned. It's coming to a time in which a person 55 or 60 with pre-existing health conditions may as well just put a bullet in his or her brain. It's cheaper, and anybody can buy a gun.
With conditions such as this, what's left of the center-left coalition in America doesn't need to have to do damage control over some lawmaker's stupid sex antics. There's a lot more at stake in this country than anything that has to do with some schlemiel sending young women pictures of himself with a hard-on in his shorts.
Whatever needs to be done, such as Congressman Weenie resigning, let's get on with it. This country has problems that are daunting to say the least, and it's going to take generations to solve them. Let's get this in the past ASAP.
Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.