The Real Prostitution Scandalby Doug Mataconis
There has been alot of media coverage over the past several weeks about the case of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the woman who stands accused of running a call girl operation that catered to the rich and powerful in Washington.
Prostitution comes in many forms, especially in Washington. A prostitute is someone “who sells one’s abilities, talent, or name for an unworthy purpose,” according to the second definition given in the American Heritage Dictionary.
Add to the items for sale one’s position of influence, and you can see that prostitution runs rampant in Washington.
Lawmakers sell help to contributors. Policy makers tilt policy toward powerful constituencies. Officials run their corners of government to serve the White House instead of the general public.
The only difference between what Palfrey did and what politicians in Washington and around the country do on a regular basis is that Palfrey was selling sex, while the politicians are selling their nations future. When you think about it, Palfrey really wasn’t harming anyone compared to what the real prostitutes are doing.
H/T: The LP Blog