December 22, 2023 | www.journal-news.net
Next time you tune in to a high-profile Senate hearing — perhaps to view a Supreme Court nominee sit before the Senate to be questioned during his or her nomination process — consider this: A man sodomized another man in that very room, in one of the very seats that a sitting Senate representative would sit to engage in his or her constitutional duties.
The person involved in the incident — a Senate staffer — has since been relieved of his position. Unfortunately, the now-former staffer will face no further punishment, as a senior congressional official stated “no crime was committed” — assuming the sex was consensual. And what might even be worse, the staffer, in a childish and unsuccessful attempt to shift the narrative, hardly acknowledged any wrongdoing, stating that he has been “attacked for who [he] love[s] to pursue a political agenda.”
The disturbing video, which shows clearly the two men engaging in anal sex between where Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) most recently sat, according to the Daily Caller, was uploaded to “a private group for gay men in politics.” That leaves us with an important question: Why would somebody be so brazen enough as to upload such an incriminating video of themselves?
What this should tell everyone is that this staffer was both a perpetrator and a victim — a perpetrator who desecrated a solemn and venerable place, but also a victim of a wider problem that is undoubtedly persisting in the halls of Congress. The problem is that he did not just think he could get away with it; his posting of this content is indicative of a mindset where he thought he would be celebrated. Why else share an intimate moment like this with a large group of people, where only one would need to turn on you?
The halls of Congress are where the most important decisions in this country are made. Legislation that will affect millions, funding that sits in the trillions, negotiations, diplomatic retreats and more all occur in these halls. Yet, what should not occur is debauchery of this level. Members, staffers and guests alike must treat these halls with respect, lest they become a breeding ground for the decline of American morality.
The tragic part about this entire situation is that the occurrence of this is extremely unsurprising. This coincides with a drastic downward spiral of American morality, where our nation is turning into the next Sodom and Gomorrah. Only a person so emboldened by the lack of respect shown toward work and others, in general, would commit such an act in such a place. Only a person so feeble and self-righteous could attack others and shirk responsibility. The way this staffer acted is not just indicative of his own failing moral character, but indicative of the state of this country.
The staffer was fired. Good. But this is just the tip of the iceberg, no doubt. If someone felt so emboldened as to post such a disgusting act in a historic Senate hearing room, what have others done to stoke his behavior? Will he find employment elsewhere in politics? Will there actually be others who believe his response was justified, and that his sexual acts were not so bad?
He worked for a Democrat after all — and he clearly is one. No doubt there are elected officials out there who condone this form of behavior, just as there are many who condone and support the actions of Hamas, the destruction of U.S. cities and small businesses, the brainwashing of young kids, and the moral and intellectual decline of our nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning.
America is better than this, but we are not on the right path. If we continue down the path we are on, this type of action will not just be normalized; it will be encouraged. The fringe will become the mainstream in the most important employer in our nation, and those who fight back will be silenced. American values of decency, respect and integrity will be overshadowed by a culture of divisiveness and disrespect. This erosion of values and increase in tolerance for reprehensible behavior requires now a cleansing of our political discourse, something that unfortunately will not happen any time soon.
So, until then, maybe the Senate Judiciary Committee should start with a physical cleansing of their hearing room.
Armstrong Williams is manager/sole owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the year. To find out more about him and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.