January 03, 2010 "Redress" -- MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, in a special commentary, referred to Senator Joe Lieberman as a "senatorial prostitute" for selling himself to the US insurance and pharmaceutical industries.
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.