Alex Blaze

Another moral majority Republican caught...

Filed By Alex Blaze | May 18, 2010 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: abstinence only education, LGBT, Mark Souder, republican, sex, woman

I'm not one usually to get much into the "hypocrisy" angle when an anti-gay politician comes out; mark souder 111507.jpgit's usually just proof that even people who want to change their sexually cannot, nor can they ignore it, and it also means that homophobia is still very strong and it makes people do weird things.

But that also belies the fact that conservatives are representatives of the patrician class, and one thing I learned growing up in an rightwing Hoosier town with plenty of rich people (and then working for plenty in my late teens/early-20's) is that wealthy Republicans don't think rules - either moral or legal - apply to them. Rules are for little people, and that's a value they hold dear and pass on from one generation to the next.

With that in mind, here's a video of Indiana Congressman Mark Souder (R) defending abstinence-only education. You see, the only way for us to manage this population, to make sure that the unwashed masses don't get pregnant too soon or spread STD's too much, is to tell them to only have sex with one opposite-sex partner throughout their lives. Sure, they may get pleasure from sexual intercourse, but pleasure is such a trifling concern in the grand scheme of things.

Sex is like smoking - just tell kids not to do it and they won't. The fact that our desire for sex is what's populated this planet with nearly seven billion people doesn't mean that it can't be overcome with a little finger-wagging from an educational para-professional. And if people still have sex outside of the confines of marriage, which they will, and get pregnant or get an infection, then at least people like Souder will know that they were told not to do it so it's not really like they have to feel bad about cutting social services for pregnant women and single mothers or closing testing clinics or ending ADAP funding.

Anyway, his speech for abstinence-only education is after the jump. If you watch the video, you might wonder who the woman interviewing Souder is. She's Tracy Jackson, Souder's mistress for several years who also worked for him part-time.

(via tristero)

Then comes the tear-filled confession:

Eight-term Indiana Rep. Mark Souder announced his resignation Tuesday after admitting to an affair with a female aide who worked in his district office.

Souder, a Republican, will will step down on Friday. He said in remarks obtained by Fox News that he "sinned against God, my wife and my family by having a mutual relationship with a part-time member of my staff."

"I wish I could have been a better example," he said. "In this poisonous environment of Washington, D.C., any personal failing is seized upon, often twisted, for political gain. I am resigning rather than to put my family through that painful, drawn-out process. ... We are a committed family but the error is mine and I should bear the responsibility. Not only am I thankful for a loving family but for a loving God."

Multiple senior House sources indicated that the extent of Souder's affair with the staffer would have landed him before the House Ethics Committee. Sources told Fox News that the aide, identified as Tracy Jackson, a woman in her mid-40s, would accompany the congressman to events and to record ads at a Christian radio broadcast station.

Christian radio, no less!

The reason these folks love the abstinence-only/end-no-fault-divorce/no-LGBT-rights/anti-choice/anti-birth-control hive of issues - even if they don't believe in each part themselves - is because they know that practically everyone is guilty of one of those sins and guilty people complain less about things like working 60 hours a week to get by and not having health care. That wealthy people feel less guilty about having so much while everyone else has so little because they can blame them for their own plights is just bonus.

Sure, Souder was caught and resigned. But he's been fighting off these rumors for a while now, saying there was no truth to them, until he was backed into a corner and decided it was better to resign than to be investigated and then forced to resign after the next election cycle. He really had no intention of ever following the rules he wanted to impose on everyone else.

Sure, the lesson for normal people here is that monogamy isn't for everyone, some people cheat and they do it for complicated reasons that aren't anyone's business, and that no human can really stand in a position of sexual moral authority over other humans.

The lesson for Republicans will be that they have to search even harder in the future to make sure scandals like this one don't happen again. While politicians live it up thinking that they really are one of the Big Money Boys to whom the rules don't apply so they can sneer down their noses at the rest of us (gay, bi, queer, and straight), they're just playing a role in the big political stage.

It'd be nice if they learned that they're just as immoral as everyone else and are therefore just as likely as us to be knocked off their pedestals. There's no better way to get some compassion.

Update: The Advocate turned up some video that shows that Souder's moral values are offended by the idea of gay partners getting health care.


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I watched his resignation on Huffington: the obligatory tears and wailing and gnashing of teeth.

It was pathetic.

Perhaps the gentleman could have manned up, admitted he was wrong without sounding like a Wagnerian soprano about to ride her horse into the pyre? Or do I hope for too much from these people?

I have no doubt that the RR commentators will start in how the evil gays were after him and *forced* him to admit to this -- and how that's worse than if he'd simply done so all by himself.

That resignation speech is just unbelievable. Wishes he could have been a better example? How about "just say no," dude? It's easy, right? And then to go on about the "poisonous environment of Washington," well, who has done the most to promulgate that? And finally saying that he wanted to spare his family the "painful, drawn-out process," of an investigation is just too much. It's too late, Congressman! Your wife and family already know you cheated on them.

Just when you thought the hypocrisy bar had been raised as high as it could go...

Another pious fraud. At this point, I don't want them to stay out of my bedroom. I want them to stay out of their own bedrooms.

Later today as advocates for syringe-exchange programs gather in the Capitol with Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and others to celebrate what was a marginal victory to repeal the ban on federal funds for syringe-exchange programs, the group is certain to celebrate Souder's parting. This man has been so hateful to so many communities marginalized by our nation's policies and laws.

The only other Congressman who's a bigger ass in Indiana is Dan Burton. He's usually too busy playing golf though to actually vote on anything.

Here's the thing. Anyone can screw up...once. Some cute young guy looks back over his shoulder, or a nice looking woman pays one a little extra attention, and it makes one feel great, and something happens that shouldn't.

I'm not excusing that, it's bad enough. But if you do it once, realize it's wrong, and say you're sorry, I can believe you. If you do it again and again over several years, when you say you're sorry, what you're actually saying is, "I'm sorry you caught me. I had no intention of stopping because the rules you are supposed to abide by don't apply to me, so it wasn't wrong for me to do it, just wrong to get caught."

Sometimes, like David Vitter, they don't even think it's wrong to get caught. Just another day in the life.

Carol Gload | June 6, 2010 7:02 PM

How disgusting! Sounds like he and his mistress were made for each other.