Are Republicans More Likely to Molest Children Than Democrats?

And if so, why?

GOPArmchair Subversive posts a long list of Republicans who have been charged, arrested, or even pleaded guilty to molesting children or teenagers and related crimes:

  • Republican aide, Alan David Berlin, was arrested on charges that he wanted to engage in sex acts with a 15 year old boy while dressed in a panda costume.
  • Fox News producer Aaron Bruns pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years for possessing child pornography.
  • Republican activist and former presidential campaign chairman Jeffrey Claude Bartleson was arrested on charges of sexually molesting a 5-year old boy.
  • Republican activist and former chairman of the Christian County Republicans Royce Fessenden pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree statutory sodomy.
  • Republican parole board officer and former legislator George Christian (Chris) Ortloff pleaded guilty to attempting to lure 11- and 12-year-old girls to have sex with him.

    Read the rest of the list here. Meanwhile, TripMarz555 posts a much shorter list of Democrats charged with sex crimes at SodaHead:

    Sen. Daniel Inouye. The 82-year-old Hawaii Democrat was accused in the 1990s by numerous women of sexual harassment.

    Former Rep. Gus Savage. The Illinois Democrat was accused of fondling a Peace Corps volunteer in 1989 while on a trip to Africa.

    Rep. Barney Frank. The outspoken Massachusetts Democrat hired a male prostitute who ran a prostitution service from Frank’s residence in the 1980s.

    Former Sen. Brock Adams. The late Washington Democrat was forced to stop campaigning after numerous accusations of drugging, assault and rape, the first surfacing in 1988.

    Former Rep. Fred Richmond. This New York Democrat was arrested in 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old. He remained in Congress and won re-election—before eventually resigning in 1982 after pleading guilty to tax evasion and drug possession.

    Former Rep. John Young. The late Texas Democrat increased the salary of a staffer after she gave in to his sexual advances. The congressman won re-election in 1976 but lost two years later.

    Former Rep. Wayne Hays. The late Ohio Democrat hired an unqualified secretary reportedly for sexual acts. Although he resigned from Congress.

    Former Rep. Mel Reynolds. The Illinois Democrat was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault with a 16-year-old.

    Sen. Teddy Kennedy. The liberal Massachusetts senator testified in defense of nephew accused of rape, invoking his family history to win over the jury in 1991.

    Read the rest of the list here. I’m sure there are more, but notice most of those crimes don’t involve underage people. (If there’s a longer list somewhere, I haven’t been able to find it.)

    Armchair Subversive claims “Republican Values Create Child Molesters.” If Republicans are indeed more likely to molest children, that’s still a cum hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy–for instance, child molesters may simply tend to be more attracted to the Republican party for some reason.

    But if Republicans are indeed more likely to molest children, is there something about the idolization of money that mixes well with the desire to literally fuck the innocent and less powerful?

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    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Dude…its kind of an open secret…nobody does creepy freaky like the Repressedicans…they bottle up their sexuality and sit there in a pool of self hate and shame…then explode horribly in a freakshow of epic proportions. The Dems just f*ck with inappropriate frequency and under questionable circumstances…but aside from that its usually pretty vanilla. I’m sure the comps of GOP staffers and stalwarts would make 4chan blanch with horror.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Yeah, there’s scum seeping through the glossy wrapping of both parties. But clearly there are some ideological underpinnings of the Republican party that make them particularly suceptible to the worst excesses.

        The constant appeals to an invisible sky-daddy is maybe the biggest case in point. Instead of understanding the idea of God as a metaphor for the unutterably transcendant, they choose to cut Him/Her/It down to a conveniently handled ShrinkyDink(tm) character, suitable for childrens parties and political rallies. Inevitably, when they are NOT struck by lightening for acts clearly at variance with their stated creed, they find themselves caught on a treadmill to moral comprimise, an accelerating path to perdition.

        Small sins lead to bigger sins, hidden inklings that Sky Daddy may not exist as such lead to flagrant contempt for the intelligence of people who actually do believe, and eventually their inner turmoil will be satisfied by nothing less than complete public exposure as outrageous frauds.

        Luckily (?s) for the worst of them, they have built up such layers of psychic callousness that they’re able to put up an “acceptable” display of contrition, shaking like a 300 lb whore on Sunday (e.g., weepy John Boehner). Some of them are so fucking crass that shame doesn’t even measure on their richter scale (e.g., Newt Gingrich, for heaving one wife over the bow for a seedy girlfriend while his wife was in hospital recovering from a cancer-related procedure).

        But I have to say I’m surprised by the omission of John Edwards from this list. True there was a time when I would have voted for him and gladly, but he’s a pretty big fucking scumbag.

        • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

          and they should trade out Barney Frank for Gerry Studds…Studds was the Dem back in the late 70’s who had inappropriate contact with a congressional page in his late teens…that was a crime and Studds career rightfully crashed over it. But old Barney just a had a grown up boyfriend who was involved in the actual wrongdoing…not Barney himself. By comparison…his being included on the list is like saying “If your penis has ever been in a person who did anything wrong…you belong on this list.” I wouldn’t fault anyone, right or left, for being a little blind to their partners faults when the heart is involved…likewise just plain adultery (ala Edwards and his consenting adult partner) is boring and commonplace among humans…thats a far cry from raping kids…which seems to be a GOP blue plate special for the most part.

          I suspect its all connected to the part of the brain that controls empathy…people with no connection or ability to empathize with the pain of others…are natural born neo-cons…which is to say sociopathic rapist/molesters…but I repeat myself. Lacking the ability to recognize right from wrong or feel human emotions (but with a terrific capacity to manipulate and fake it) makes a perfect recipe for a future deviant with no control over their actions and no regrets other than getting caught. Basically, the GOP is one giant collection of John Wayne Gacy clones…waiting to snap at any moment.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      Dude…its kind of an open secret…nobody does creepy freaky like the Repressedicans…they bottle up their sexuality and sit there in a pool of self hate and shame…then explode horribly in a freakshow of epic proportions. The Dems just f*ck with inappropriate frequency and under questionable circumstances…but aside from that its usually pretty vanilla. I’m sure the comps of GOP staffers and stalwarts would make 4chan blanch with horror.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Yeah, there’s scum seeping through the glossy wrapping of both parties. But clearly there are some ideological underpinnings of the Republican party that make them particularly suceptible to the worst excesses.

      The constant appeals to an invisible sky-daddy is maybe the biggest case in point. Instead of understanding the idea of God as a metaphor for the unutterably transcendant, they choose to cut Him/Her/It down to a conveniently handled ShrinkyDink(tm) character, suitable for childrens parties and political rallies. Inevitably, when they are NOT struck by lightening for acts clearly at variance with their stated creed, they find themselves caught on a treadmill to moral comprimise, an accelerating path to perdition.

      Small sins lead to bigger sins, hidden inklings that Sky Daddy may not exist as such lead to flagrant contempt for the intelligence of people who actually do believe, and eventually their inner turmoil will be satisfied by nothing less than complete public exposure as outrageous frauds.

      Luckily (?s) for the worst of them, they have built up such layers of psychic callousness that they’re able to put up an “acceptable” display of contrition, shaking like a 300 lb whore on Sunday (e.g., weepy John Boehner). Some of them are so fucking crass that shame doesn’t even measure on their richter scale (e.g., Newt Gingrich, for heaving one wife over the bow for a seedy girlfriend while his wife was in hospital recovering from a cancer-related procedure).

      But I have to say I’m surprised by the omission of John Edwards from this list. True there was a time when I would have voted for him and gladly, but he’s a pretty big fucking scumbag.

    • WhiteRose

      Maybe the Dems are just better at hiding it? Or perhaps the Republicans seem more powerful and well sex is a weapon…

      • Rant93

        Or perhaps Republicans want to Appear more powerful to themselves and others and to an immature mind like that sex with the vulnerable is a good way to feel powerful?

    • MrPINKi

      Who cares which side is more prone to sex crimes like these. It’s horrible that it even happens and these people in power don’t get the punishment they deserve which would be to fucking kill them them in any instance of taking advantage of a young child a defensless woman. I think the same comparison would be to ask who is more likely to molest children, Eastern Orthodox Catholics who are allowed to marry and the Roman Catholic who are not allowed to marry. Obvioulsy the Roman Caths are sick in the fucking head old scholl farts who think that thier old school ways are better than any other, until the door closes and they justify taking advatntage of a young child. Kill’em all.

    • WhiteRose

      Maybe the Dems are just better at hiding it? Or perhaps the Republicans seem more powerful and well sex is a weapon…

    • MrPINKi

      Who cares which side is more prone to sex crimes like these. It’s horrible that it even happens and these people in power don’t get the punishment they deserve which would be to fucking kill them them in any instance of taking advantage of a young child a defensless woman. I think the same comparison would be to ask who is more likely to molest children, Eastern Orthodox Catholics who are allowed to marry and the Roman Catholic who are not allowed to marry. Obvioulsy the Roman Caths are sick in the fucking head old scholl farts who think that thier old school ways are better than any other, until the door closes and they justify taking advatntage of a young child. Kill’em all.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      and they should trade out Barney Frank for Gerry Studds…Studds was the Dem back in the late 70’s who had inappropriate contact with a congressional page in his late teens…that was a crime and Studds career rightfully crashed over it. But old Barney just a had a grown up boyfriend who was involved in the actual wrongdoing…not Barney himself. By comparison…his being included on the list is like saying “If your penis has ever been in a person who did anything wrong…you belong on this list.” I wouldn’t fault anyone, right or left, for being a little blind to their partners faults when the heart is involved…likewise just plain adultery (ala Edwards and his consenting adult partner) is boring and commonplace among humans…thats a far cry from raping kids…which seems to be a GOP blue plate special for the most part.

      I suspect its all connected to the part of the brain that controls empathy…people with no connection or ability to empathize with the pain of others…are natural born neo-cons…which is to say sociopathic rapist/molesters…but I repeat myself. Lacking the ability to recognize right from wrong or feel human emotions (but with a terrific capacity to manipulate and fake it) makes a perfect recipe for a future deviant with no control over their actions and no regrets other than getting caught. Basically, the GOP is one giant collection of John Wayne Gacy clones…waiting to snap at any moment.

    • DeepCough

      Am I the only one who remembers the Mark Foley scandal? You know, Mark Foley, chairman of the Committee of Missing and Exploited Children, all of whom were found in Mark Foley’s basement–Mark Foley the Republican.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Well, you’re right. The list could go on forever.

      • mrtastycakes

        And DC Stephenson, the KKK Grand Dragon and former Republican governor of Indiana. He drugged, kidnapped, and repeatedly raped and attempted to eat a woman, until she managed to commit suicide on her second try. After getting out of jail over 30 years later, he raped a 16 year old.

        That should be an easy one to remember, too.

    • DeepCough

      Am I the only one who remembers the Mark Foley scandal? You know, Mark Foley, chairman of the Committee of Missing and Exploited Children, all of whom were found in Mark Foley’s basement–Mark Foley the Republican.

    • Anonymous

      Well, you’re right. The list could go on forever.

    • Mormonsanta

      No child’s behind left?

    • Mormonsanta

      No child’s behind left?

    • mrtastycakes

      And DC Stephenson, the KKK Grand Dragon and former Republican governor of Indiana. He drugged, kidnapped, and repeatedly raped and attempted to eat a woman, until she managed to commit suicide on her second try. After getting out of jail over 30 years later, he raped a 16 year old.

      That should be an easy one to remember, too.

    • rtb61

      To be quite brutal about it. If you really want to buy off a politician and make it stick, you have to have dirt on them. The bribe keeps them happen but the blackmail keeps them honest ‘er’ dishonest in your favour.
      Now if your rich and as such right wing, you can afford private investigators and legal teams to dig the dirt and ensure the candidate you select will remain loyal. Here’s a hint a lot, a whole lot, of organised crime ended up in corporations, they had the cash to invest via offshore tax havens, surely everyone must recognise the behaviour by now.

    • Anonymous

      To be quite brutal about it. If you really want to buy off a politician and make it stick, you have to have dirt on them. The bribe keeps them happen but the blackmail keeps them honest ‘er’ dishonest in your favour.
      Now if your rich and as such right wing, you can afford private investigators and legal teams to dig the dirt and ensure the candidate you select will remain loyal. Here’s a hint a lot, a whole lot, of organised crime ended up in corporations, they had the cash to invest via offshore tax havens, surely everyone must recognise the behaviour by now.

    • Lies

      It’s not about Reps or Dems. They are one in the same! “All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” ~ Lord Acton

      • Andrew

        Your theory seems to be contradicted by the evidence.

    • Lies

      It’s not about Reps or Dems. They are one in the same! “All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” ~ Lord Acton

    • Andrew

      Your theory seems to be contradicted by the evidence.

    • Dongle

      “Republican aide, Alan David Berlin, was arrested on charges that he wanted to engage in sex acts with a 15 year old boy while dressed in a panda costume.”

      Dude, seriously? Everyone knows that 15 year old boys respond much better to LION costumes. Geez, get with the program.

    • Dongle

      “Republican aide, Alan David Berlin, was arrested on charges that he wanted to engage in sex acts with a 15 year old boy while dressed in a panda costume.”

      Dude, seriously? Everyone knows that 15 year old boys respond much better to LION costumes. Geez, get with the program.

    • Bud Bundy

      Cannibalism too, Republicans don’t only molest children they love nothing better than eating the tot afterwards, preferably alive.

    • Bud Bundy

      Cannibalism too, Republicans don’t only molest children they love nothing better than eating the tot afterwards, preferably alive.

    • Rant93

      Or perhaps Republicans want to Appear more powerful to themselves and others and to an immature mind like that sex with the vulnerable is a good way to feel powerful?

    • bejoyous

      Right on!!! I was googeling for answers to questions about why my supposedly Christian, Republican,… side of the family were so sexually twisted and corrupt. I was looking for complex psychological reasons. Even my Mom, a nurse was was a Nazi about being a lady, a virgin, not swearing by saying things like “pissed off” or “shoot”… taught us anatomical terms such as “decorations” for breasts, and left us unprepared for a period (just threw a belt and pad into a bathroom and locked the door)…., would not hear us when we pleaded: “please don’t make us go play with those cousins alone.” “Please don’t make us sleep with them.”. I didn’t find out until 30 years later that other cousins ended up pregnant from such “play” and disappeared. You said it simply! Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Right on!!! I was googeling for answers to questions about why my supposedly Christian, Republican,… side of the family were so sexually twisted and corrupt. I was looking for complex psychological reasons. Even my Mom, a nurse was was a Nazi about being a lady, a virgin, not swearing by saying things like “pissed off” or “shoot”… taught us anatomical terms such as “decorations” for breasts, and left us unprepared for a period (just threw a belt and pad into a bathroom and locked the door)…., would not hear us when we pleaded: “please don’t make us go play with those cousins alone.” “Please don’t make us sleep with them.”. I didn’t find out until 30 years later that other cousins ended up pregnant from such “play” and disappeared. You said it simply! Thanks!

    • Fejmeltonian

      Liberal atheist democrat, kinda goes together don’t it?  This is a DISQUS site after all.

    • Fejmeltonian

      Liberal atheist democrat, kinda goes together don’t it?  This is a DISQUS site after all.

    • Fejmeltonian

      Liberal atheist democrat, kinda goes together don’t it?  This is a DISQUS site after all.

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