When I saw a letter to the editor in the Sept. 25 issue of the SFGN titled, "We need to Forgive Mark Foley" curiosity got the better of me. It wasn't long before I surprised by what I read and felt the need to opine.
In the first sentence the author calls out another article for its perceived "regurgitation" regarding Republican Mark Foley's past. The second sentence recalls a Democrat Representative's "escapades" during his career in politics. The third sentence goes on to compare the way the 2 political parties reacted to these situations.
What I don't understand is why whenever a Republican has a lapse in moral judgement their response is always, "the Democrats do it too”? Is the author suggesting the Democrat caused the Republican to act the way he did?
Deflecting one's own guilt by highlighting another's neither diminishes nor excuses that indiscretion. It does show one's refusal to take responsibility for one's own actions. This is something a child does when confronted by a parent for misbehaving. Certainly as we mature we learn that this behavior is inappropriate and that moral integrity comes from admission of the event and the desire to right that which was wrong.
People don't do immoral things because they are Republican or Democrat. They do it because because they feel the need to act out in that manner for whatever the reason. If the consequences for the action were important to them the act would never happen. As far as I'm concerned, what's in the past is in the past. However, he who forgets the past are condemned to repeat it.
Oakland Park, FL
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