Souder Sex Scandal Shows Threat From Social Conservatives

Just when the hysteria over sexual harassment in the workplace was dying down, more excuses arise for further intrusions in our privacy and freedom.

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By John Aloysius Farrell, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Oh, c'mon, you say. There's no split in the Republican Party. Libertarians and social conservatives can get along just fine. It's the Democrats who are pushing the Nanny State down our throats.

Well, consider this statement from the Concerned Women of America, on the sinful conduct of former congressman Mark Souder, who was caught doing the horizontal mambo with one of his aides, notwithstanding that both were married to other people.

[See which industries donated the most to Souder.]

Souder might have been saved, says Penny Nance, the Christian conservative activist who heads the Concerned Women, with some "common rules of etiquette" that the rest of us need to follow. These include compulsory windows in our workplace doors, and "careful examination of employee/boss interaction."

What say you, libertarians? Is that really what we need in America? Mandatory windows so the snoops and busybodies can have a better look as they poke around in our private lives? More "careful examination" (whatever that means--it sounds like a proposal for conduct commissars to me) of how we behave with others at work?

Just when the hysteria over sexual harassment in the workplace was dying down, Ms. Nance uses the hypocritical and lustful behavior of two of her fellow "family values" types as an excuse to argue for further intrusions in our privacy and freedom.

There are worse things than TARP, Dr. Paul.

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