Loyal Readers, I wish people in this fine nation would pull their heads out of their asses and realize that whether a husband and wife love each other or have been unfaithful or are being unfaithful or like to do it in strange positions while whistling the theme song of Bonanza and wearing chaps or anything else that is not illegal should be PRIVATE. These things are completely irrelevant to a person's ability to to do his or her job.
(The soliciting of a hooker for sex is a bit different because of our current laws regarding such and I hold to the position that Spitzer got what was coming to him. If the sale of sex was legal in this country, then that would be another matter entirely. But, that matter is a topic for another blog.)
It might not be long before the annual "State of the Union" address is rightly re-named "The State of My Marital Union."
I DON'T CARE if your marriage is peachy or is in complete shambles as long as you do a good job and do the right thing for the region or country or state in which you hold office. And, Loyal Readers, nobody should care about this sort of thing. We have become such a silly nation of idiots that the new governor of NY State feels compelled to inform us that he had affairs (that used no public or campaign funds, he adds) and his wife feels it necessary to admit her infidelities as well. This was done, he says, in order that he not be blackmailed later when the tawdry truth came out, as it was bound to do because we as a stupid country just cannot leave that stuff alone. He also said that he thought this disclosure would help him gain the trust of the people of the fine state of NY. What? Gain my trust, buddy, by being a good governor, not by telling me where you placed your penis during your marriage. I DON'T CARE. The only penis placement I am interested in is my own husband's and I can tell you with complete certainty that in the event that either of us hold a public office, there will NEVER be a press conference held to discuss that placement. (Geez, that alone should make me fit for office.)
Now, one could argue that a leader is unfit for office if he or she has indiscretions because in this day and age, the press is intrusive and will "out" a leader. This might make the leader vulnerable to blackmail and all sorts of other bad things. One could even maintain the double standard that philandering isn't okay now but that it was okay back in the day, because the press and everyone else, simply looked the other way then. Take JFK for instance. He was said to have had a woman - other than that beloved style icon, Jackie - EVERY DAY, or else he would get a migraine. FDR had a mistress and everyone knew it and nobody cared. He didn't drag Eleanor up onto a podium to look all stunned and shamefaced while he talked about his mistress. He didn't have to. The country didn't demand it of him.
And that is what this country does now. We demand that our leaders participate in all of this petty and sensational crap. We watch the shows, buy the tabloids, base our votes on it. All the while, we know nothing of the real issues that affect us personally. How could we? We are too busy being distracted by the other stuff.
This country needs to grow up and focus on the important issues. Take for instance, the financial crisis happening RIGHT NOW. When unthinkable things begin to happen - for instance, Bear Stearns can be purchased for a paltry TWO BUCKS a share with tax payer money shoring up the deal- an intelligent person might demand that the leadership of our country spend their time on economic issues rather than practicing and delivering speeches about their sexual history. The Madison Avenue building that houses Bear Stearns is worth four times the entire purchase price of the company by the way. Add the fact that we have been in a disaster of a war for SIX YEARS, bleeding money and lives, and it is truly a wonder that we continue to care about the sexual habits of our leaders.
Phew. That felt good. Now, I can continue blogging about the most important issues in my life. My dining room redecoration, for instance. Stay tuned for wallpaper samples!