There has been a lot of talk lately about the comeback of wayward politicians. There have been many politicians who have been caught doing unethical or immoral things. Most have paid the price with the end of their political careers, but many have made a successful comeback. I have to ask, should we give them a second chance? Once a politician commits an act that results in the loss of public trust, should they ever be trusted again?
As Christians we are told to forgive others, but it doesn’t say we have to trust them after we forgive them. You can forgive them but that doesn’t mean that you have to put them back into a position where they will be tempted once again. If they were once weak enough to fail in upholding their moral and ethical obligations, then what is to say that they won’t do it again? Everyone has their weakness or their “Achilles’ heel”. We all have something that tempts like nothing else. To put someone back into an environment where that weakness is even more tempting is not being responsible.
It is true that they probably have learned their lesson, but the question is which lesson did they learn? Did they learn that doing that particular act was acceptable, or did they learn how to not get caught again? What did they really learn? There is no way of knowing the answer to that question for sure, until there are tempted again. Why tempt them again? It is more responsible to remove the temptation than to wave it in their face again?
Many of their corrupt acts are of the sexual nature, which is basically committing adultery. Committing adultery is more than just an act of sex, it is an act of treason and it is a breach of contract. It is treason to one’s spouse and it is definitely a breach of the marriage contract. If a person can do that to someone that they love, then what could they do to someone they don’t even know? Most politicians tell us that they know the voters and care about what the voters want. However, if they are so willing to cheat on their own loved ones, can you imagine what they are willing to do to the voters, people that they don’t really know or love?
It takes morals to be an honest politician, but it takes even more morals to not cheat on one’s spouse. Therefore, when someone cheats on their spouse they are even more likely to cheat on the voters. An injured spouse may forgive an adulterous spouse but the injured party will never forget the act or fully trust their partner again. They will always have that doubt and will always question whether they should trust, and they should always question their trust once the trust was violated.
As voters we will also always have those feelings when betrayed and we should forgive but never forget. That is why we have had such high standards in the past for our elected officials, and that is why so many of them have hidden their indiscretions from the public. With America’s moral standards gradually being eroded with more and more immorality being acceptable, it is obvious that those “higher standards” are not so high anymore.
When a newlywed Congressman can send sexual photos to several women and still have a viable political career, something is wrong. When a governor can leave for a secret weekend in Argentina with his mistress and be shamed out of the governor’s office only to be allowed to run for a congressional seat, something is wrong. The list goes on and on how politicians continually “dodge the bullet” enough to just be wounded but not mortally wounded in their political careers.
It seems that we no longer expect morality from our elected officials. Many say what people do in their private lives has nothing to do with public arena, but I say it has everything to do with it. You can’t expect excellence in government if you don’t elect excellent people to office. You get what you vote for. Is it any wonder that there is so much corruption in government when there is so much corruption in their bedrooms? Don’t expect to have any improvements in our government as long as there is no improvement in our elected officials’ morality. America has lost its morality and needs to find it again, but that can’t happen as long as the people we elect to office, can’t find their morality or have none.
Think on these things next time you vote for people who demonstrated questionable morality. Do you really want someone in office who can’t control their physical desires? If they are so easily led astray with sex, then how easily will they be led astray with money, power or corrupt promises? Also, if they have already fallen for temptation in the past then why should you believe that they won’t do it again in the future? The fallen must be weak or they would have never sacrificed their morals for some fleeting sexual satisfaction in the first place. So why trust the weak to be strong for us?
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
Bertrum James Meisner Jr
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