Fool Me Once
I am seriously conflicted over the situation with Congressman Weiner. On the one hand I hate the idea that he resign and yet at the same time I believe he should do so. Not because of any pictures or any conversations he had with adult females, but because he lied about them when he got caught. Through his own carelessness I might add.
It’s not the sexting, it’s the LIE that I am having a problem getting past. He said he didn’t use government resources to do this, is he lying about that too?
We speak constantly about our lack of trust in our government. Stop to think about that for a minute. Why do we lack that trust? Isn’t it because they lie to us and get caught doing so? I suppose we could defend what Congressman Weiner lied about by saying it’s a lie about sexual behavior, everyone always lies about that. It’s not just Anthony Weiner who has done so, there are numerous other people in government who are guilty of those types of lies.
Some of those other people in government are presenting themselves as having the right to determine the moral behavior of their constituents. We can’t allow gays to marry because it violates the sanctity of marriage. Then they go and cheat on their spouses and somehow that doesn’t violate the sanctity of marriage? What kind of message are we sending here?
How important to you is lying?
When it comes right down to it, are you going to trust someone who has been caught lying to you? Do you teach your children that lying is wrong because it leads to an inability on the part of others to trust them? What are you teaching your children when you defend someone who lied because you’re happy with their political agenda?
This morning as I’m thinking about this I keep hearing, in my head, something my grandmother used to say. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
Yesterday, I added my voice to the call for his resignation. I’m not demanding, I’m asking. There is a point where I feel a higher standard should be set when we elect people to government. We are giving them the right to make decisions that will affect how well we can live our lives. I’m unwilling to trust my life to someone who made a choice that blew up in his face and then tried not to accept responsibility for his actions.
He’s not a pervert. There are others just like him who have done something similar or maybe even worse. His actions, following his mistake, lacked maturity. He lost control of his own press conference. It’s was almost as if he was enjoying the attention. Isn’t that what got him into this mess to start out with? A mess he created, and then tried to get out of by lying.