It has been two years since Anthony Weiner was forced to resign his position as U. S. Congressman from the State of New York after it was revealed he Tweeted lewd pictures of himself to several young women. I really miss Andrew Breitbart!
In earlier days, a man who exposed himself to others was considered a pervert. Indecent exposure is a crime and could get one listed on the National Sex Offender Registry. Is what he did really any different? He is like the creepy neighbor who waits in the shadows and exposes himself to our children, except now technology permits his exposure to millions of people.
Yesterday, Weiner announced that it has happened (again), he is sorry (again), he will not do it again (again), and he hopes for the people’s continued support in his run for mayor of New York City. He says this is over. Is it? I seriously doubt it. Weiner’s proclivities will not go away. It is an illness, and it goes deeper than indecent exposure. His behavior belies a serious lack of personal restraint, moral judgment, and an ability to lie repeatedly and deceive his wife and others without remorse.
Politicians and pundits in both parties refuse to publicly challenge anyone who displays serious lack of judgment or moral integrity, because it might force them to examine their own agendas. Bill Clinton, Mark Sanford, Eliot Spitzer…these men are all cut from the same amoral cloth. They are narcissists and cannot be trusted.
Why are the voters complacent and allowing Weiner to decide? Why are they not demanding he step down and open the door for someone who will truly represent the interests of the people of New York? Do they really want this man to be a role model for their children?
We can do better. We must do better.