BOWLING GREEN, Ohio. In an effort to keep pace with current trends in American government, Boys State, the national summer leadership program for high school students, this summer has added a philandering component to its roster of activities.
“We have a lot of young men who want to enter public service out of a sense of compassion,” said American Legion Regional Director Thurston Van der Wall. “Other boys are called to government by the freely-available nookie.”
The ranks of politicians who cheat on their wives are a model of bi-partisanship, with big names from the Democratic Party such as Bill Clinton and John Edwards and Republican eminences including Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I don’t know if I’d call it a trend,” said Allen Griswold, an on-line columnist for CapitolHill.com. “More like a tsunami.”
Boys State and its female counterpart Girls State are summer leadership programs sponsored by The American Legion and its female auxiliary in each U.S. state. A mock legislature of students who have completed their junior year in high school meets to debate bills, accept payments from lobbyists and lose their virginity to mock interns.
A number of distinguished politicians have participated in the program, including former Arkansas governors Mike Huckabee and Bill Clinton, who was photographed with then-President John Kennedy at his session. “I only hope I can carry on your tradition, Mr. President,” Clinton is reported to have said, “and I’m not talking about lower marginal tax rates.”