Monday, October 02, 2006

Foley, another coward hides behind "alcoholism"

I am sick and tired of people with high profiles who get themselves into shameful situations and then hide behind the blanket of alcoholism. The lastest of these is the sleeze, Foley. (He's the Rep. Congressman who resigned Friday amid scrutiny of his disgusting emails to a 16 yr old Page.)

Do people honestly believe that going to a rehab and getting "clean" changes the basic person? This is ridiculous. Does the sinner who is a diabetic get to be a saint because he can control his sugar levels?

Congressman Foley, I hope you do get help, but be up front about it. If you're a sexual deviant go to a program that's specific to that...don't sneak under the huge umbrella of Alcoholism.

One of the things that I like the most about AA is that it concentrates solely on alcohol. We share how we got sober and how the newcomer can stop drinking. We do have members with multiple mental health problems but they are never discussed in a meeting...they are encouraged to get help for them elsewhere. When a person like Congressman Foley brings his "related behavorial problems" to a rehab and calls it "Alcoholism" it tarnishes it for all of us and I highly resent it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Pour it on, Ginnie. Great statement.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bravo for you, Ginnie! How RIGHT you are! Shame on him for hiding behind alcoholism and claiming "THAT" is his problem! That's only the "symptom".....and he'd better face up to honesty and admitting his real problem.
As you'll see....I also blogged about him a slightly different take.

9:18 AM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

As with everyone else, I can only say "Right on!" As an ex-drunk, I can only say that blaming his abominable behavior on alcoholism is absurd. Surely, no one buys it. Is it possible that even he himself buys it?

Wishing you peace ~

Thailand Gal

9:20 AM  
Blogger Betty said...

I blogged about him today, too, among other things. This certainly seems to have struck a cord with a lot of bloggers.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Men abuse women and use any excuse, but mostly they use alcohol. For instance, on college campuses, violence against women is chalked up to too much drinking.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree and felt the same way when I heard it. But then again maybe he started drinking to live with himself as an after fact. It's all very twisted that his own words about pedophiles was really meant for himself.

8:33 PM  
Blogger patsy said...

noticed you mention your favorite book asher lev , i read that book the other . enjoyed it. foley's problem is like many of our leaders no work, just laying around thinking of sin and doing it. what discussed me all the people saying, we didn't know, bull they knew and they all have some hidden vice they are covering up.

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes I am not sure which makes me the more angry...

...the crime or the fact that the perpetrator must think we are all idiots by offering up such an excuse for such actions.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Mortart said...

Ginnie, you beat me to the punch. I've been thinking of writing a piece entitled "Alcoholic rehab: A refuge for scoundrels." Seems that's how the likes of Duke Cunningham (the crooked California Congressman), Mel Gibson, and now Foley seek protection against public rebukes.
Another subject: Your tribute to your late husband was magnificent.
And still another subject: Thank you for your frequent, complimentary comments on my blog. You do wonders for my aged ego.

7:06 PM  

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