A blog that I follow, Bell Book Candle, has offered an interesting question regarding the growing scandal involving former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
Hastert has been indicted on felony accusations involving sexual abuse of a student back when Hastert was a wrestling coach at an Illinois high school.
The media need to focus not on the sex, but on the money. According to the blog:
“The media will focus on Dennis Hastert’s past indiscretions if they are of a sexual nature. However, the real question that they should be asking is how a relatively obscure public servant can afford to pay $3,500,000 to buy the silence of one person. Our politics and our politicians are being corrupted by the huge amounts of cash available to them. We must rid our democracy of the ability of some to buy favoritism for themselves, be they corporations or be they the 1%.”
The media won’t trouble themselves quite so much with the money part of this matter.
As the saying goes: Sex sells.
However, money does have a corrupting influence at many levels involving those who make public policy.
This is one of the stranger stories I’ve heard in many years.
A big part of me hopes that it doesn’t pan out. A bigger part, though, fears that it will.