There are many mistakes to be made in life, and one of the most common in our society is that of infidelity. It’s not that we shouldn’t take this seriously. But, it is certainly not surprising when I hear of people getting separated or divorced due to wandering eyes and roaming hands.
This brings us to our current lead story in the news nationwide, Congressman Anthony Weiner. It seems that all anyone can talk about is how wrong Anthony Weiner is for the infidelity he has committed. Although I agree, that he has made a grave and hurtful mistake, I do not feel it is a matter of public interest.
Yes, Anthony Weiner is a public official; someone who works for, is governed by, and answers to the public. Fact is, he did and does that. You may not agree with the actions and behavior of this man, but he does do his job. Now we want to hold him to a higher standard because he holds public office. Since when? They are human, just like us. They have a job, just like us. They make mistakes, just like us.
Let’s take a look at the men of our political history. Men who are revered by our society, and we only need to name a couple for me to make a very clear point. John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton are two men who did not “sext” or make calls to have “phone sex.” They had actual, real honest to God, between the sheets sex. They consummated their affairs, in the White House, and for President Clinton in the Oval Office.
How is it that these two Presidents can commit these adulterous acts, and on more than one occasion, and are hailed as an inspiration. Yet, Anthony Weiner who commits no physical act of adultery is suddenly an enemy of the state. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Not to mention, it did not affect his job. Bottom line!
There are many accusations that he made phone calls to women from his congressional phone. So what? Are you telling me that the average American doesn’t make personal phone calls at work? You don’t call your doctor, a restaurant, your kids, a friend? Whatever your reason is for your non-work call, it’s no different than anyone else’s non-work call.
Anthony Weiner made a grave mistake, and that was cheating on his wife. He is probably the kind of guy who should never have gotten married and should have stayed single so that he could explore other ‘options.’ As far as his job as a Congressman, I am not a Democrat, but he is listening and honoring his commitment to his constituents and until he fails at his job I don’t think he needs to resign. Further, let’s talk about all of the in-office affairs that all of us have seen in the work place, should all of those people be fired as well?