An Embarrassment of Political Riches, in Alaska and Outside
Alaska Dispatch News
May 23, 2015
I wish I could say this week has been one of surprises. Maybe it has for some, but not for me.
For one, the television family celebrated for gratuitous breeding and condemning their moral inferiors for having fallen from grace — if that’s what you call reality TV fame. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bob Duggar, of “19 Kids and Counting,” were in Anchorage just a few months ago to speak at a banquet at ChangePoint church. Their words of wisdom and moral guidance were brought to us by Alaska Right To Life.
Mrs. Duggar, who seems more like a human clown car than a mother, is known for making pseudo-Christian robocalls in which she claims that transgendered people are all child molesters. Now we find out that her son, the executive director of and federal lobbyist for the Family Research Council, actually had a history as a teenage child molester, which Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bob knew for a year before someone in the family anonymously reported him to the authorities.
Yes, amazingly, these are people social conservatives trust for moral instruction and federal lawmaking. How weird is that?
New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie, vetoed a political corruption bill. No surprise there. He’s still waiting to see if he’ll be indicted for the actions of his inner circle in arranging the New Jersey-New York bridge cluster-massage.
It’s flooding like never before across the North Slope oil fields. It’s almost like climate change is trying to tell us something about petroleum.