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Secret Service Scandal Blamed on Obama and Clinton

Since the scandal over Secret Service agents having sex with prostitutes (and apparently refusing to pay in at least one case) in Columbia broke, the religious right has a new meme: This is all the fault of Obama and gay people and liberals who want sexual freedom. Tony Perkins and lunatic Jerry Boykin talked about it on the FRC’s radio show:

Perkins: This administration has been a part of bringing about, really, a schizophrenia in our military and in government service, with overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, saying what most societies have always held as immoral now saying it’s legal. How does our military, how does our government operate in this, really, relative standard of moral conduct?

Boykin: I think, first of all, a lot of this goes back to the Bill Clinton era when we had Secret Service agents that clearly knew what the president was doing with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office in the evening hours and so forth. And there were Secret Services agents that were observing, certainly not every detail of what was going on, but they knew what was happening and they were required to suppress it and I think that began what I would see as a pretty rapid moral decline, certainly within the secret service.

But I think, in a larger sense, it is indicative of the moral decline within our society and, quite frankly, since this administration took over and repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – which is at the very core of the cohesion and readiness of our military, of people being able to trust and respect each other – and that was repealed, I think that that has increased the pace of our decline morally within our government institutions, particularly the military and then the Secret Service falls right in behind them.

They’re missing a pretty obvious distinction, which is hardly surprising because reality seems to often to evade them. I couldn’t care less whether anyone, Secret Service or not, has sex, with a prostitute or any other consenting adult. But if you’re in another country doing advance work for a presidential visit, that’s pretty clearly not the time or place to do it. The risk of a security breach is unacceptably high. And that’s what the scandal is about. It isn’t about who’s having sex; it’s about security protocols for the Secret Service.

Comments

  1. d cwilson says

    I have this vague recollection about a candidate who came between Clinton and Obama and promised to “restore honor” to the White House. His name seems to have gone down the memory hole, but it seems to me that curbing the Secret Service’s penchant for hiring prostitutes on overseas trips just might fall under the heading of “restoring honor”.

  2. says

    These idiots are also blaming “Obamacare” for the fact that employers are holding back on hiring; and blaming recent financial regs for the tightness of credit. (Greece? Spain? Italy? Never heard of ‘em.) Oh, and high gas prices were Obama’s fault even before he got nominated in 2008. So actually, this bit of rank stupidity is really not at all outside of today’s “mainstream” debate.

  3. Skip White says

    Oh boy, yet another misuse of the term “schizophrenia.” At least this time, it was in the midst of a bunch of other offensive bullshit, so I guess I can overlook it this time. Of course, these are the type of people that would probably blame mental illness on sexual indiscretions. Or liberals. [/rant]

  4. coragyps says

    I don’t know any Secret Service veterans, but the Vietnam-era military veterans I just asked said that they never heard of such a thing as prostitutes in Subic Bay, or Thailand, or Okinawa, or Leesville, Louisiana, back in the days when we were still One Nation Under God. And the prostitutes they never heard about never shot ping-pong balls with their vaginas and hit targets with them. Never-ever. Not once. And the mama-san never sat next to the payroll table collecting the month’s prostitution accounts, either.

    We even had a Democrat as president back then, too. What has gone wrong????

  5. says

    “… this administration took over and repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – which is at the very core of the cohesion and readiness of our military, of people being able to trust and respect each other – and that was repealed, I think that that has increased the pace of our decline morally within our government institutions …”

    Someone should point out to these guys that back during the time when Israel operated under strict Levitical law they were supposedly being conquered about every other weekend. Now that they allow gays to serve in the armed forces, not so much.

    On a related note, you know who else hated him some gays? Ayatollah Khomeini.

  6. Brownian says

    saying what most societies have always held as immoral now saying it’s legal

    Boy, they just love this faux anthropology of theirs, wherein civil and human rights are an unprecedented experiment being run by nihilist scientists to see if they can overturn the very laws of nature, and that the world has always been just chock full of right thinking white folks like Jesus Reagan (or is it Ronald Christ?)—expect for all those brown folks beggin’ for a bombin’, of course.

    Next we’ll hear how ‘most societies have always held’ that apple pie and 700 Club reruns are the best way to celebrate the purchase of a new Ford.

  7. says

    “Secret Service Scandal Blamed on Obama and Clinton.”

    This is the most unsurprising thing ever. Anything even mildly bad that has happened since Obama took office (and many things from before he took office) are blamed on Obama even if there is no logical connection. This is why we can’t have nice things.

  8. RW Ahrens says

    As if JFK and past Presidents never had any illicit sexual assignations covered up by the Secret Service!

  9. says

    Gee, blaming gays for people engaging in heterosexual sex.

    Well, now that the gays have destroyed marriage, prostitution is the only option available for those poor straight guys. In fact now that marriage has been destroyed, all straight sex is prostitution, so it seems unfair to single out the secret service guys for doing it, as opposed to the straight people who trade sweet talk, a diamond ring or a lobster and steak dinner for sex.

  10. slc1 says

    I seem to recall that the British had a saying about the Yanks who were being based in Great Britain during WW 2. They were overpaid, oversexed, and over here.

  11. kermit. says

    marcus ranum I’m surprised they haven’t decided that they believe in global warming – so they can blame it on Obama.

    Don’t worry, they will. When they can no longer deny that global warming is real, and happening fast, and serious, they will:
    1. Remember always “believing in it”.
    2. Blame it on liberal conspiracists, who, as we all admit to each other in secret code in public media, want to destroy the world’s economy.
    3. Blame it on the scientists – otherwise, how’d they know about it ahead of time, huh? Huh?
    4. Say that it’s God’s punishment for society, because we don’t hate the gays enough. Never mind that it is, as usual, the red states being hit the hardest.
    5. Look for the answer in the geo-engineering, high tech answers offered to us by such firms as Koch Brothers Green Solutions® and The Chevron Life Initiative Group®

  12. says

    @ Area Man
    I remember when I heard about the developing scandal the story I opened was CNN. The first three out of four or five comments were conservatives blaming it on Obama.

  13. John Hinkle says

    Dammit, I missed the memo that we’re in a moral decline. Is it over yet? Is there still a chance to get in on the action?

  14. greg1466 says

    Funny, but I’d think that training would be “at the very core of the cohesion and readiness of our military”.

    And I think it speaks volumes that they feel that lying, at least by omission, is at the core “of people being able to trust and respect each other”.

    Don’t you know that security risks are trivial when compared to someone acting immorally. Unless of course it’s someone on the Right.

  15. tmscott says

    What?
    Soldiers consorting with prostitutes?
    “I’m shocked, shocked I tell you… to find that…”

  16. Stevarious says

    I just spent 15 minutes trying (and, alas, failing) to find online a copy of General George Washington’s letter to Congress from Valley Forge, mentioned that (and I’m paraphrasing) ‘Thanks to the prostitutes, morale is still high among the soldiers.’

    Soldiers and prostitutes have such a time honored history together, I can’t imagine how someone could possibly believe that this is a new thing.

  17. says

    How exactly does having prostitutes in the hotel (where they frequently visit anyway) cause a risk of a security breach? It’s not like they took them on a tour of Obama’s planned route or anything. The guy who tried not to pay is really shitty, but other than that, I see no reason for this to be a scandal at all.

  18. TheAllen says

    “…since this administration took over and repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell…”

    Essentially he’s saying that DADT was preferred but fails to remember that he has just trashed the president who made DADT policy.

    Mah hed assplode.

  19. dan4 says

    Funny how they fail to blame David Vitter, even though his situation involved much more of a direct apples-to-apples comparison to the Secret Service Scandal than Lewinsky and the repeal of DADT. That wouldn’t be now because Vitter is a conservative Republican now? Nah, couldn’t be.

  20. dave says

    How exactly does having prostitutes in the hotel (where they frequently visit anyway) cause a risk of a security breach? It’s not like they took them on a tour of Obama’s planned route or anything. The guy who tried not to pay is really shitty, but other than that, I see no reason for this to be a scandal at all.

    My understanding is that hotel, or the section in which the agents were staying, had been secured. Thus, by bringing the prostitutes back to their rooms, the agents were bringing non-cleared personnel into the secured permiter. If true, that does make this something of an issue.

  21. Leo says

    It isn’t about who’s having sex; it’s about security protocols for the Secret Service.

    Well, based on the reporting I’ve seen on the issue, I have to say that’s what it should be about, but the sex part seems to be what the media is interested in.

  22. wheatdogg says

    Ed: “The risk of a security breach is unacceptably high. And that’s what the scandal is about. It isn’t about who’s having sex; it’s about security protocols for the Secret Service.”

    Ah, but you are forgetting the Xian Hierarchy of Evil.

    Near the top (really really evil)
    Sex, except within man-woman marriage (and even then it’s kinda icky).

    Near the bottom (just boys being boys)
    Compromising the security of the man currently serving as President While Black (and Democrat!).*


    * My copy of the Hierarchy is a bit blurry, but it seems “Compromising the security of the man currently serving as President While White (and Republican!)” is about 8-10 notches below the sex entry.

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