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Cautious Steps On Philly Feet Of Clay

Just when we thought that inappropriate sexual contact with a young person might be something that would earn bipartisan political scorn and universal condemnation, we find that our modern separation into tribal political fractions means that even pedophilia is something that too many might ignore in the interest of partisan politics.  But, we need not look to Washington to find too many profiles turned away from postures of courage.  Here in Philadelphia, where everyone is tied together in a sticky political web, far too many strong voices get awfully quiet when it comes to speaking out about the inappropriate activities of our local political actors.

It is horrifying to see high officials defending that which cannot possibly be defended.  But with our political class hyper-divided and seemingly hopelessly disunited, the ridiculous defenses are much more about preserving partisan power than blessing beastly behavior.  We should all be clearer on what is acceptable.  No candidate for US Senate should need to be educated that it is wrong to have inappropriate contact with a minor, no president should need to be educated that it is wrong to have inappropriate contact with a White House intern, and no member of either party or the public should need to be educated that it is wrong to not condemn inappropriate conduct regardless of the political fallout. 

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