Has our nation disregarded the importance of character in all dealings in life. Right on the heels of Major League Baseball’s suspension of Ryan Braun and the possible pending of others, word of the continued sexual texting of New York politician Anthony Weiner to a 20-something woman surfaced. Despite calls from major metropolitan newspapers for him to ‘pull out’ of the race, he seemed determined (as we went to press) to remain in the race.
A gossip website revealed that New York City mayoral candidate Weiner’s habit of exchanging sexually obscene communications online continued after his resignation from Congress in 2011, and that he used the colorful pseudonym “Carlos Danger.” The major difference in his admission this time was the emergence of his wife Huma Abedin, who has been a member of Hillary Clinton’s staff. Weiner told an overflow room that such behavior was behind him and that his unlikely campaign for mayor would continue apace. “I have said that other texts and photos were likely to come out and today they have,” he said. (And he still wants the public to trust him?)
Abedin appeared nervous and described their three-year old marriage as one with ups and downs. “It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony,” she said. Anthony has made some horrible mistakes both before he resigned from Congress and after. But I do very strongly believe that is between us and our marriage.”
Voters seem to have a ‘forgiving’ attitude. Voters in South Carolina returned Mark Sanford to political office and Missouri voters seemed unfazed, giving a state official another term after his dalliance across the river in Illinois. And who can forget ‘Slick Willy’ and the most famous White House intern?
With Detroit swimming in debt and bankruptcy, city leaders voted to spend tax money on a new hockey arena. Get ready, the Rams will be holding out their hands to St. Louis and state taxpayers. And people struggle to understand the insanity of those who make our laws. Sensibility has been lost as priorities seem out of whack.
Politicians, what’s more important….power and money or a vision to put people back as a priority.
By Bob Simmons