The ancient Greeks exercised in the nude. A good number of those of us, including yours truly, while at summer camp, who went skinny dipping in isolated lakes or near hidden riverbanks in the upper Midwest and northern New England. In cities across the country, there are (or used to be as late as the 1980s) male health clubs with swimming pools where members were not permitted to wear suits.
And, as I understand it, the YMCA used to offer swimming instruction in the nude. And none of this was sexual.
So, I’m trying to figure out why people are making much of a Congressman going skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee. He did this at night and there were no children present. “One would think“, writes Allison Kaplan Sommer in the Israeli daily Haaretz,
. . . that the FBI would have enough on its plate, what with keeping an eye on both international terror groups plotting attacks and crazy homegrown terrorists who decide to shoot up movie theaters and college campuses.
But no – apparently, the U.S. intelligence had enough time on its hands to delve into the important national security threat posed by drunken congressmen [Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.)] and their staffers frolicking in the Sea of Galilee late at night after a “long, hot day” of meetings and briefings in Israel and the Palestinian Authority on a trip that took place a year ago.
Such goings-on were also important enough, once leaked, to be thoroughly covered by the web site Politico, which broke the shocking story of the swim and the investigation. . . .
This seems to be an issue more on the minds of politicos and Yoder’s ideological adversaries than the Congressman’s constituents. “No constituents brought up Yoder’s Sea of Galilee swim during the town hall,” reports Hadas Gold at Politico, “although a handful of protesters outside held up signs offering swim trunks with some calling on Yoder to resign.”
The only identified protestor is a member of the left-wing outfit, Moveon.org.
You know that our journalists really have scraped the bottom of the barrel when they dredge up a story about a Congresman’s skinny dipping. Seems the Democrats — and their allies in the legacy media — are determined to use anything they can to bring down a Republican. This shouldn’t even be a story.
Ain’t nothing wrong with skinny dipping just so long as you do it a private beach — or pool.