As many as 300,000 children are taken from their homes every year, away from neglect and abuse. In light of that, it is a blight on America even to think, or to know, that a member of the Congress of the United States has been sending e-mail tweets to young women he doesn't even know -- taking advantage of them for his own apparent sexual pleasure.
Anthony Weiner, you are a pervert and you should step down NOW!!
Your blatant hypocrisy is never more evident than when your record as a self-proclaimed defender of youth is examined.
You have bragged about your efforts to defend children; for example, writing that in early 2007, your office "did a study that found that over 85 percent of registered sex offenders in New York City live less than five blocks from schools, and 670 sex offenders live within just two blocks. Some offenders are even closer, permanently residing less than 500 feet away from unwitting parents, educators and children."
Do those "efforts" include setting an example of moral rectitude by living a life free of sexual episodes? It appears that this is not the case as your e-mail "tweets" are laden with sex show.
Nowhere is your hypocrisy more evident than in your recent press release where you bragged that "along with several colleagues in Congress, we introduced & passed the KIDS (Keeping the Internet Devoid of Sexual Predators) Act of 2007, a bill to require sex offenders to register their e-mail and instant message addresses with the National Sex Offender Registry. The 'Kid's Act' implemented one of my six recommendations to keep a closer eye on sex offenders both near school grounds and online. I also proposed stricter GPS tracking of sex offenders, tougher enforcement of registration laws and more public disclosure of sex offender data."
You go on to say, "Sadly, the Internet is the predator's venue of choice today. We need to update our strategies and our laws to stop these offenders who are a mere click away from our children. "
It would seem that the Internet is also your "venue of choice" when you choose to send sexually explicit photos of yourself to women you don't know and who have never expressed any desire to see you in sexually compromising situations.
In your apologetic press conference, you freely admitted your guilt in these matters, but you left unsaid the words your actions demanded -- namely your intent to resign from the U.S. House of Representatives, which you have disgraced.
Your critics have often characterized you as being arrogant. You have now proven them right. Nothing could be more arrogant than your outright refusal to do the honorable thing and resign from the House of Representatives, which you have, by your actions, seriously demeaned.
In your arrogance, you have failed to understand that you are now the butt of jokes -- not exactly the status a member of Congress seeks.
You owe your constituents an apology; you owe your bride more than that. It's time to pay your debts to both.
Go home, Rep. Weiner, and contemplate your offense against decency and the people you are obliged to represent.
Michael Reagan is the elder son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of "The New Reagan Revolution" (St. Martin's Press, 2011). He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. E-mail comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com.