Dennis Hastert deserves his punishment and a whole lot more

Dennis Hastert deserves his punishment and a whole lot more
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Dennis Hastert got 15 months in prison for taking money out of his own bank account.  That’s a bit of an oversimplification, but, on the surface, the punishment seems to fit the crime.

Some things however, are not quite what they seem.

Hastert, former Republican Speaker of the House is also, according to Judge Thomas M. Durkin, a “serial child molester.”

15 months doesn’t seem like a such a long time anymore, does it?  Maybe someone could hack into the prison computer and change it to 15 years.

Dennis Hastert is the embodiment of our political system and, as a Democrat, I’m obliged to say an embodiment of Republican values.

That may sound particularly partisan, but look at the facts.  Sure, Democrats do stupid stuff, it tends to be more scandalous than perverted.  Granted, having sex with prostitutes and sexting is a little offbeat, but it doesn’t make your skin crawl.

Molesting little boys and having sex with strange men in airport bathrooms seems to be a plank in the GOP platform.

If Hastert was a run-of-the-mill homosexual, there would be no reason to turn him into a pariah.  Having sex with men is not my choice, nor do I claim to understand it.  I don’t, however condemn it.

We’re all wired just a bit differently and we all have to accept that.  What we don’t have to accept are those who prey upon children, especially those who take advantage of those children’s trust.

Whether you’re a wrestling coach or a priest, the trust in those kids’ eyes comes with a responsibility that is inherently sacrosanct.

In 2004 Hastert published a book of his memoirs.  I’m not going to tell you the name of it because I don’t want anyone running out to buy it.

In his book, Hastert said that he was not a good liar.  “Maybe I wasn’t smart enough,” Hastert wrote. “I could never get away with it, so I made up my mind as a kid to tell the truth and pay the consequences.

Are you fucking kidding me?

As campaign manager for G.W. Bush, Hastert pushed anti-gay ballot initiatives across the country.  As Speaker of the House, he forcefully urged a ban on same sex marriage and opposed legislation strengthening hate crimes laws.

Essentially, Hastert was saying, “Sorry, faggots, you can’t get married and you’re on your own if you get beat up for being gay.”

The word “hypocrisy” falls so short of describing men like Dennis Hastert that we may need a new word for it.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to send them in.

Now that Hastert’s comeuppance has come up (face the music, pay the piper, etc) he’s playing the old man card.

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Hastert is only 2 years older than Mick Jagger.  You don’t see Mr. J rolling around the stage in a wheel chair, do you?  If anyone has a right to roll around, it’s Mr. Rolling Stone.

The problem is not that Hastert is too old to serve his 15 months, it’s that he isn’t young enough to serve out a much longer sentence.  Between the statutes of limitations and his decrepit appearance, the passage of time has worked in Hastert’s favor.

Since most anti-gay rhetoric comes from the GOP, your most outspoken anti-gay politicians are going to be Republicans.  That’s just the way the cards are played out.

It makes the hypocrisy of those who shout the loudest all the more glaring when it turns out that they’re just trying to cover up their own proclivities at the expense of others.

More than 40 letters of support were written in support of Dennis Hastert with the hope of minimizing his sentence.  Tom DeLay (R-TX), one time House Majority Leader, once convicted of money laundering said, “We all have our flaws, but Dennis Hastert has very few.  He doesn’t deserve what he is going through. I ask that you consider the man that is before you and give him leniency where you can.”

Very few flaws.  One of them being pedophilia.  Sorry, Tom, he very much deserves what he is going through.

Click here to see Huffington’s top 17 anti-gay politicians who were, themselves still in the closet.

Of course, it’s not only politicians shouting at the wind.  Don’t forget about that holier-than-thou guy, Josh Duggar, talking about family values after molesting his little sisters.  Then again, with 19 kids in the house, maybe he forgot they were all his siblings.

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