Topic: "Unconditional Surrender"
What, asked Frodo, do Republican Senators Craig, Ensign, Vitter and South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford share? The answer, with all speculation cast aside, is that each is still in office.
Does the name "Happy Rockefeller" mean anything to you, asked the irritated Hobbit? The answer is that she was the divorcee who married Senator Nelson Rockefeller (R-NY) and became the symbol for the most conservative wings of the Republican Party to use in denying support to Rockefeller for the Presidential nomination in 1964. The eventual nominee, Barry Goldwater, was obliterated in the General Election, but at least the GOP stood upon the "sanctity of marriage" as a principle for candidacy. That sort of changed when Ronald Reagan, formerly the spouse of Jane Wyman, happened upon the scene. The principle, it seemed, did not apply in quite the same perspective, given the Post-Bicentennial aspects of American social life.
Many more instances of social misbehavior have come to light in the days that follow. Gary Hart, John Edwards, John Jenrette, Wilbur Mills, Mark Foley, Bill Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, Newt Gingrich, Bob Barr, and a plethora of violations associated with the Ten Commandments and other teachings found in the Judeo-Christian logbooks manned by St. Peter, and his associate, Sgt. Frodo, abound in American History.
What distinguishes all of these abusers from the current listing is that they no longer serve in public office. This, dear reader, brings us to the point of Frodo's irritation. The admitted adulterers, and sexual deviants who remain in office, accepting public funds, are all of the same Party that 45 years ago would not tolerate a political nominee married to a divorcee.
Strange, is it not, that the Family Research Council, and other values-oriented evangelical organizations, remain without a public demand that these admitted miscreants immediately step aside from public office.
Frodo knows that on the morrow he will hear the wimpy buddy of Mark Sanford, Joe Scarborough, go on his TV show and use words like "tragedy," "sorrow," "troubled," to describe the bizarre actions of his former associate in the US House of Representatives.
The next sound you will hear is Frodo gagging. Frodo wishes that some things about life did not change, like principle. He may not agree with it, but he has always admired those who stand behind it. Let's see how far Mr. Scarborough goes, and how many times he tries to plug his book.