[Note: This post has been excerpted, with permission, from Rabbi Andy Bachman's Brooklyn Jews' blog "Ideas."]
I know people are saying the “blogosphere” is aglow with comments on Congressman Foley and Congressman Hastert and what whose office knew about whom when. So allow me to weigh in.
Let me put it this way: if my kid’s principal had information about a teacher that exchanged the kind of emails that Foley did with high school students and didn’t do anything about it, I’d demand he or she be fired.
Our democracy and House of Representatives deserves no less.
With people walking into schools and killing other people for sport, could these jokers stop playing with power and focus their attention on the deterioration of our society?
How debased must we become before people understand?
And while I’m at it, do I have to look at another picture of Rudy Giuliani smiling for the camera at Fox Sports’ Patriotism Commercial during the seventh innning of every baseball playoff game? Will Rudy be at Shea Stadium tomorrow, too? God I hope not.
Let me be pedantic and remind people that the United States instituted anthems at sports games during times of war; that this notion of singing God Bless America in the 7th inning at playoff time started after 9-11 and now supports what exactly?
We should have a moment of silence in the seventh inning: for gluttony, for hypocrisy, for the innocent dead all over our country and all over the world.
(Yom Kippur always fires me up.)