Forget Justice! It’s All About Who You Are

by Tommi Avicolli-Mecca on September 25, 2008

It’s not that I like Mark Foley, the former Republican Florida congress member who sent x-rated emails to underage congressional pages. I don’t. But I’m not gunning to throw him in jail either. I have a problem with tossing everyone and their mother into an already overcrowded and inhumane prison system. Proportionate to its population, America has more people in jail than most other countries.

Not that Foley would end up in a normal prison, anyway. Being a politician he would no doubt spend his time in a minimum security setting with a golf course and a swimming pool. He’d even have sexual visits from the wife, if she’s still talking to him. It’s the unfairness of it all.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) recently found that there is “insufficient evidence” to charge Foley for those naughty emails.

FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey said in a statement that his agency “conducted as thorough and comprehensive an investigation as possible considering Congress and Mr. Foley denied us access to critical data.” Isn’t that obstruction of justice? Guess you can’t prosecute Congress and a congress member for that. Only us ordinary smucks.

I’m no fool. I knew that the investigation was doomed from the start. There was never any way Foley was going to get charged with anything. Foley was a nice conservative Republican Representative. He was a symbol of everything the GOP (God-Obsessed Party) stands for. He had a wife and family. Too bad he flirted with underage pages. No problem. He was immediately whisked away to a drug and alcohol treatment center. He did his public act of contrition. All was forgiven.

Foley’s now been officially cleared by the FBI, the U.S. Justice Department and the FDLE. A shining beacon of decency and morality has been cleared of any wrongdoing. He can even run for office again as a right-wing christian and pass more laws that he doesn’t have to obey. Just like those congress members who uphold “morality” by day and patronize prostitutes and hustlers by night.

Had Foley been a black man in the inner city who was caught selling drugs, he’d be heading up river for some serious time. About half of America’s prison population is black. A large portion of those African Americans have been incarcerated for drug crimes that whites commit with just as much frequency.

In America, it’s all about who you are and who you know. Justice has nothing to do with it. Never has and probably never will.

Tommi Avicolli Mecca is a radical southern Italian atheist queer with a website:

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