A Party decaying in moral and political corruption
Now you may say that one should not use Florida Congressman Foley's case to describe the Republicans as a party that gives protection to pedophiles and alcoholics. But why should we not question the integrity of the Republicans on this case and assume that Foley's case has been in the knowledge of some of the most powerful Republican leaders for quite some time. Had it not been for a media report exposing his indecent e-mails that were sent to teenage congressional pages, Foley would still be enjoying the privileges and protection of his Republican leadership. After all the same Republican leaders who are describing this as an isolated case were at the forefront of portraying Islam as a religion of terror and violence because 19 of its adherents were allegedly involved in bringing down the world trade center on 9/11.
If we look at the record of the Republican party, we find that a large number of its leaders have adopted a very hostile attitude towards Islam and Muslims in America. Many of Foley's supporters went to the extend of slandering Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) with similar accusations that Foley himself has committed. Now they want the country to believe Foley is an exception.
How do we know? How do we know that other Republican leaders in the House or legislative assemblies are not involved in such repugnant behavior displayed by Foley? How do we know that other republican congressmen are not misusing their influence, power and prestige to seduce American boys and girls working as either pages or staff?
As citizens, we must express our outrage at the debauchery that was displayed by congressman Foley and demand that other congressmen must make their records clear.
We don't want to be represented by individuals who are least concerned about the values they try to talk about before elections. The Republican leadership presents itself as party that upholds moral values. It was their platform on moral values that motivated many Muslims to support Republican candidates even though on social justice related issues, Muslims often found themselves closer to the Democratic party.
The Foley case has shaken the moral foundation of the party. What is even more repugnant is the way the Republican leadership is responding to the issue? For almost one year, they didn't know anything. They even allowed Foley to recontest his seat. They helped him raise funds. They even allowed him to lead the congressional committee on sexual safety of children. What else can prove the irresponsibility of the Republican party? What else can show total apathy to such a serious issue?
We the voters have every right to be outrageous and demand full inquiry not only on Foley's' case but also on the response of Republican leadership. This leadership has failed us on every account. How can we expect fairness and justice on any national and foreign issue from a leadership that watches silently pedophiles working inside the party and quenching their sexual thirst at the expense of taxpayers money? How can we expect this leadership to respect human dignity of fellow Americans and citizens of the world when the honor of our children is not safe? How can we believe that Foley is not the only alcoholic or sexual predator enjoying a life style at the expence of hard earned money of taxpayers?
As voters we are angry and our anger must reflect our votes in the coming election. We don't want the country to be led by a bunch of sex offenders, liars, alcoholics, drug addicts or financial swindlers.
Dr. Aslam Abdullah is Editor-in-Chief of the Muslim Observer, director of the Islamic society of Nevada, Las Vegas and acting president of the Muslim Council of America, a Washington-based newly formed groups of Muslim activists.
Topics: Elections, Government And Politics
I could not agree more with Dr. Abdullah's opinion: the Republican Party has been quick to "paint" all Muslims as terrorist yet seems unwilling to extend the same faulty loc gic to themselves in the matter of Representative Foley and his immorality. My feelings is that it was convenient to their agenda to malign Islam, just as it was not convenient to to their political agenda to forthrightly deal with Foley. What a strange kind of morality they display! I hope many Muslims will rethink supporting them on the local as well as national level this November.
Its the corruption all over the system in all its branches.
Now the question is does Govt supports such people
intetionally or not?
If it does what is the root cause of it.
Is it the monopoly of politics by 2 parties.
Is it the structure of govt.
Or is it something else.