Prostitution is the oldest business in the world. In some places today, it's legal. In others, it's illegal. In some of the latter, the authorities look the other way.
This is not an article about prostitutes in the usual sense. It's not about famous prostitutes like Nell Gwynne, courtesan to Charles II of England; nor Madame de Pompadour, courtesan to Louis XV of France; nor Mata Hari, executed for spying for Germany in World War I.
It doesn't matter what they're selling themselves for. People who act like "ladies of the night" are as engaged in prostitution as streetwalkers. And the "Johns" who pay for services are just as much cheaters as the Profumos or the Tiger Woods.
This is about people who sell themselves for money or jobs or elections or favours. It's about people bought, not for sex, though sometimes that's included, but for their services that become as illicit as sex for hire.
One modern definition of prostitution is: "The act or an instance of offering or devoting one's talent to an unworthy use or cause." That's the sense in which Olbermann referred to Senator Lieberman.
What should anyone consider buying the services of US Congress people by the Johns and pimps of American lobbies but prostitution? President Obama campaigned on promises to clean house in Washington. He’s failed.
The American public elects representatives and senators to serve the people, not special interest groups. Every day, some lobby is paying or promising favours to provide satisfaction.
When he was campaigning, President Obama made promises like "We will break the stranglehold that a few big drug and insurance companies have on the health care market..." Instead Obama sold himself to the the pharmaceutical industry pimps.
In one of his 2008 campaign speeches, Obama said, "First, we'll take on the drug and insurance companies and hold them accountable for the prices they charge and the harm they cause... And then we'll tell the pharmaceutical companies, 'Thanks but no thanks for overpriced drugs'."
In addition to making deals with both lobbies under the table, despite his promise to keep everything above board, Obama has chosen to prostitute himself to both the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
If the gun lobby (The National Rifle Association) isn't shouting "guns don't kill people, people kill people", they're pimping for the Congress not to pass legislation controlling gun ownership. When the Congress gives in, they're giving in to whoredom.
On 4 December, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz carried the amazing story of how every appointee to the American government must endure a thorough background check by the American Jewish community. If they fail to support Israel strongly enough, they lose the job.
Chas Freeman, the best choice for an intelligence position, had his appointment derailed by the Israel lobby because he voiced a few mild criticisms of Israel's behaviour.
Haaretz reported, "In the case of Obama's government in particular, every criticism against Israel made by a potential government appointee has become a catalyst for debate about whether appointing 'another leftist' offers proof that Obama does not truly support Israel."
If Americans want to work in government positions, they must prostitute themselves for Israeli pimps or the Israeli lobby will derail the appointments of those who fail.
The insurance and pharmaceutical industries along with the gun and Israeli lobbies are only partial areas where special interest pimps are forcing the US president and congress into prostitution. It’s time to bring about real change and clean up the US government.
Paul J. Balles is a retired American university professor and freelance writer who has lived in the Middle East for many years. For more information, see http://www.pballes.com.