Wetterling delivers radio address
WCCO says she "rails against GOP" in this morning's Democratic radio response to President Bush's weekly address.
I don't know if I would use the term "rail"-- from the transcript, she seems much calmer and more reasonable than that word would imply. On Google News, other media outlets are running this story with the more neutral "criticizes," and some with the more violent "jabs" instead of the word "rails." One could make an interesting analysis of the political neutrality of a particular outlet looking at how they choose to re-work AP headlines. But that's beside the point.
You can read the transcript and listen to the audio of Patty's address here, and decide for yourself.
Seventeen years ago, I committed my self and my work to strengthening penalties for those who harm children and to stopping the sexual exploitation of children. The terrible reality of child sexual abuse is that it almost always involves someone that the child knows. As was the case with Congressman Foley.
Foley sent obvious predatory signals, received loud and clear by members of the congressional leadership, who swept them under the rug to protect their political power.
If a teacher did this and the principal was told but did nothing, once the community found out, that principal would be fired.
If this happened in a church and the minister received information and he did nothing, he'd be fired.
Congressional leaders shouldn't be held to a lower standard than what we expect of our community leaders.