Our culture’s long walk through the desert: Finally, we read Politico’s report about the skinny-dip in the Galilee.
At the end, we came upon the funniest formal correction in journalistic history:
CORRECTION: The Sea of Galilee is a lake. An earlier version of this story mischaracterized it.The Sea of Galilee is a lake. That’s what the correction said!
(We know. The correction is accurate.)
That said, there’s almost always a laugh to be found as our culture sinks into the sea. Before we hit that amusing correction, we marveled at the values defined in Politico’s report.
In his rather lengthy report, Jake Sherman described the kind of organized bribery which rules our political culture. Good news! The tax-payer didn’t have to pay for this “congressional fact-finding trip!”
Barely batting an eye, Sherman explained the trip’s provenance:
SHERMAN (8/20/12): The American Israel Educational Foundation, a group related to AIPAC, the prominent pro-Israel advocacy group, sponsored the trip, which ran from Aug. 13 to Aug. 21, 2011. The trip cost AIEF upwards of $10,000 per person, according to records filed with the House Ethics Committee. More than 60 people took part in this AIEF trip.Forget your particular view of AIPAC. You may agree with their policy views. You may think they too are all wet.
These trips to the Holy Land are a rite of passage for members of Congress, as they visit the most sacred sites in the Jewish and Christian faiths–while their Israeli government hosts drive home the huge importance of U.S. support of Israel.
On the Israel trip that included the late night swim, the group of lawmakers on Aug. 18 departed the posh David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem for Tiberias, a historic seaside town located on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. On the night in question, the GOP group checked into Scots Hotel, where rooms could run up to $1,000 each night. At 8:45 p.m., they headed to Decks, a popular restaurant located on the sea, according to an itinerary filed with the House Ethics Committee.
Forget whether AIPAC is right or wrong; this isn’t all about AIPAC. In those passages, Sherman was describing an obvious form of bribery, in which a private entity spends oodles of money on members of Congress and their grasping families.
Other entities run junkets too. But in this particular instance, AIPAC was spending giant sums to brainwash members of Congress. (If we may use the old George Romney term.) Sherman was describing obvious bribery. But the point which has caused the concern is the lack of one congressman’s swim suit!
Needless to say, Rachel was clowning about this last night. Truly, our brains are thoroughly fried. Our culture is thoroughly lost.