Whatever happened to “shame”?
I suppose, as with most people, you’ve been at least peripherally following what has become known as “Wienergate”. I’ve avoided it like the plague here – I just don’t particularly care to push those sorts of stories.
But as it has evolved – risqué picture, claim of a criminal act, modified to claim of a prank and then finally admitted that all was a lie – I’ve figured at some point Anthony Wiener would feel shame and resign. Especially when he finally admitted to sending the picture and it was revealed he had a pattern of doing so with young women.
Had that been a Republican we all know that feeding frenzy the fairly silent women’s rights movement would be involved in. We also know we’d see the Democratic women in Congress up in arms ala Bob Packwood, right?
Weiner? And yes, I’ve watched and enjoyed the many times juvenile plays on his name, but I can’t imagine him staying in office. Or can I?
What finally compelled me to write about this shameful fiasco was this:
In the poll, 56% of registered voters in Weiner’s NY-9 district think he should remain in office, while only a third (33%) think he should resign. That result comes as further salacious details about the Twitter scandal have come to light.
Really? So conduct in office that would be condemned in the corporate world, an rightly so, is okay in the political world? Because that’s what Weiner’s constituents are saying.
It’s easy to say “that’s none of my business” and ignore his actions while he was supposed to be representing you. But ignoring this means or saying he should stay, if he’s your Congressman, is saying you have absolutely no standards of moral conduct you expect from elected officials or those standards are so low that almost anything is acceptable.
In this case, if I lived in NY-9, I’d be ashamed to have Weiner as my rep. And I’d be even more ashamed of the 56% who claim he should stay on regardless of his shameful conduct.
Whatever happened to shame in this country?