“This House is a sanctuary; a citadel of law, of order, and of liberty…”
– Aaron Burr
Imperfect though it is, the US Congress stands as a testament to representative government, an august body which has given rise to great men and women. Names like Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Stephen Douglas, and Abraham Lincoln once rang out in these halls.
To the nation’s shame, the name Dennis Hastert is included in the roster.
Hastert served as the 51st Speaker of the House of Representatives (1999-2007). He might have been known to history for that fact, might have left a positive legacy, except for one thing. Hastert is, also, a serial child molester .
Four of his victims chose to come forward. There are believed to be others. Hastert admitted to molesting the boys decades ago, as a high school wrestling coach in Illinois. He was sentenced this week for having paid $1.7 million in “hush” money to one of them. The statute of limitations has run on the actual abuse. Continue reading