For those who don’t know, these are the famous words uttered by attorney representing the army, Joseph Welch, defending a young attorney in his firm, Fred Fischer, from attacks by Senator Joseph McCarthy.
The full quote is even more appropriate: “Let us not assassinate this lad further, Senator…. You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
I couldn’t help but think of these words as the entire situation with Senator Larry Craig unfolded during the last few days.
Let’s see, he goes into a bathroom and is accused of trying to pick someone up.
I still haven’t figured out exactly what his crime was. As far as I can tell, he did not offer money, so it was not soliciting prostitution.
Is he gay? Well it seems so if you believe the various “outing” publications that have been targeting him for some time.
It is so offensive the way that his party has forced him out.
Luckily, it seems that Arlen Specter may have begun to convince him to not resign his seat.
Now, do I think he should be in the Senate? Well, if in fact he is gay, no, I don’t.
Not because he is gay, but because as a Senator he has been a leader in destroying gay rights, leading the charge against same sex marriage, etc.
So, I think that hypocrisy should be dealt with.
But in an election, not by being forced to resign because he gave a little signal to a man in a restroom.
If every Senator who tried to pick up someone for sex, not his or her spouse, was thrown out of the Senate, I’m afraid that august body would cease to exist!!