Yesterday, the NY Times broke the story of New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer’s involvement with an expensive prostitution ring. See the article in today’s edition.
A few days earlier, the NY Times had reported on the apprehension of the ring operating under the name of Emperor’s Club V.I.P. What an appropriate name to serve our master!
I’m a little surprised that Governor Spitzer would prefer straight sex as opposed to S&M (sadism and masochism) or B&D (bondage and domination). Shouldn’t his sexual philosophy match his political philosophy?
What is interesting is that the trail didn’t lead to Spitzer, but began with him as reported by the NY Times’s writer William K. Rashbaum http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/11/nyregion/11inquire.html?ref=todayspaper. Banks on Long Island reported "suspicious financial transactions" involving movements of cash to entities that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determined to be shell companies. As the purposes, sources and recipients of funds were apparently being disguised, this attracted the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division. Obviously, this money laundering could be the proceeds of bribes or the giving of bribes or disguised campaign contributions. The investigation was jointly mounted with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) unit responsible for investigating corruption by public officials.
It appears that Spitzer may have violated the federal Mann Act, which prohibits the interstate transportation of women for "immoral purposes."
Seeing this sanctimonious prig exposed as a hypocrite is a distinct pleasure, which will be heightened if and when he is out of office.
Although the NY Times has promoted Spitzer’s career, their reporters did a tremendous job covering the story.
Let us assess the Spitzer affair as a libertarian. First, prostitution should be legal. Second, the financial affairs of Americans are no longer private. Third, while the financial affairs of Americans should be private, those in public office as well as those who have committed real crimes, including sex worker slavery, should not be kept private.
Spitzer, like others, apparently believes that the laws are made for us in the servile class and not to them. So, it has been from ancient days.
Let us confine the law to its proper purposes of defending the life, liberty and property of individuals from aggression. When we have public officials imbued with this libertarian philosophy who have implemented it in policy, we will have a society that enjoys negligible corruption in public life. -30-
Previous article about Spitzer on Ground Report: https://www.groundreport.com/Politics/NY-Governor-Spitzer-Now-Playing-Peter-OToole-In-Ch
(About the author: Richard Cooper is a former chair of the Libertarian Party of New York www.ny.lp.org and was a Ron Paul delegate in the NY Super Tuesday primary).