Thursday, August 8, 2013

Politicians and their morality.

Anthony Weiner is no rookie . And so are many others.
Democracy is a state in which the sovereign people, guided by laws which are of their own making, do for themselves all that they can do well, and by their delegates do all that they cannot do for themselves.
It is therefore in the principles of democratic government that you should seek the rules of your political conduct. ~Robespierre, "On Political Morality"
The question of morality , and responsibility in the political system gets only as good as the politician . When a politician falls in America he looks like a defrocked preacher . Politicians  in America remind me of "religious leaders" who spout morality. Then get caught cheating and falsely representing family values. There names Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton, Mark Sanford, Larry Craig, Barney Frank, David Vitter ...The list could go on forever. The names of politicians implicated in sex scandals all seem to have something in common, and it's not their dedication to public service. They also end up the same way as Priests . Being defrocked ............Anthony Weiner is in the news again after a sexting scandal in 2011 forced Weiner to resign  from Congress. Weiner has recently arrived back on the political scene in an effort to run for New York City mayor. However, after only a few months on the campaign trail, evidence of a new sexting encounter with three additional women has emerged. This means the media and the folks around the water cooler are back to talking about Weiner; Weiner puns, the topic of social media and responsibility, wives and their loyalty, recklessness, and sex, sex, and more sex are the topics at hand. With all that's going on in the world, it leads me to wonder why we as a society are so intrigued by sex scandals? More and more highly respected people who are even viewed as heroes to some are being exposed as what the conservative American would refer to as “sexual deviants.” Politicians and civil rights leaders seem to enjoy having sex so much that they will do it with people who they aren’t married to. Bill Clinton, David Patreus and Martin Luther King Junior are just some of the incredibly admirable people who cheated on their spouses and were instantly condemned for not being trustworthy in anything they do. The conservative American believes that if someone lies about sex, that person is a liar through and through. South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford admitted (finally, in a spectacularly embarrassing press conference) to having an extra-marital affair with an Argentine woman, a lot of questions were raised about why this kind of scandal so rarely happens with women politicians. One answer offered was simply that there aren't that many women politicians in office. It's true, of course. Women only make up 16.4% of the current Congress, and 12% of the nation's governors.But in a 2009 Newsweek tally of political sex scandals since 1976, only one out of 53 instances involved a woman politician (former Idaho Congresswoman Helen Chenoweth, who admitted to having an eight-year affair with a married rancher in the 1980s). So women aren't even holding up their fair percentage of the scandals. Most women are not provided a second chance to reinvent a name for themselves. Yet men's involvement in sex scandals and their subsequent redemption and comeback always seems inevitable. Society tends to pardon men who are involved in sex scandals and no better example than Spitzer and Anthony Weiner, who was for a time topping the political polls in New York's mayoral race. In June, Weiner emerged as the front-runner in the race for the Democratic mayoral nomination, but polls dropped after he admitted to sending lewd text messages to several women since resigning from congress in 2011 for the same reason. Despite his opponents' calls for him to drop out, he insists that he will not leave the mayoral race. This is expected. If the public forgave him the first time who says they wont do the same this time?

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