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"... caught with his pants down while having lewd sex with a prostitute in a government vehicle..."

Does anyone happen to know the name and phone number of this women? (just kidding)

Mr. Lofton,

I believe you are far too harsh in your judgment of the people you have named. While it may be true that some of them have made mistakes and bad choices in their lives, it does not negate all the good that they have accomplished.

Each of them at some time has helped focused attention on some grievous injustice in our culture. To condemn them and everything they have accomplished for the poor, for the indigent, for the African American community, because of a sexual indiscretion or financial irregularity is a rational, logical, and philosophical error. "We are the sum of all the moments of our lives; all that is ours is in them". So wrote T. Wolfe in 1929.

One of your personal heroes may well be John Themias. But nobody knows who he is. When he climbs on top of his chair in South Central LA to condemn the self-serving nature of a congressional apology, no one will be there to hear what he has to say. It is a hard fact that it takes name recognition to attract media attention and John Themias just ain't gonna cut it.

It is a mistake to merge the man and the message. If these voices are silenced or minimized because their personal lives are not perfect, who will be left to speak against the injustices in our culture? Who will be left to speak for the poor, the indigent, the minorities. John Themias may be a perfect role model and his personal life may be above reproach but sadly, in this media age, he just doesn't carry much clout.
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