The Edwards Affair

EdwardsAffair.jpgI have certainly blogged about infidelity before and, sadly, it is all too common in a marriage. However, we certainly have seen a number of politicians cheat recently and many of us are left wondering, "What is up with this?"

Power is intoxicating and power can corrupt. It intoxicates both the powerful and those looking to "get power" by being associated with it. People around a politician often say "yes" to them so much and praise them to the point that the politician starts to buy into the idea that they are so powerful the rules no longer apply to them. In addition, many politicians are high risk takers to begin with; it is what drew them to politics.  It makes them good at the game but it also makes them likely to take a self-destructive risk.

The spouse and any children involved suffer terribly when such a scandal erupts. But what I find especially disturbing at this point is that the national psyche is suffering. We as a nation are watching politician after politician lie, cheat, cover up and break the very rules that they portend to uphold the most. This level of hypocrisy is chipping away at our national trust. Much like a betrayed spouse, I think the country is trying to figure out if they can trust any politician. We are caught feeling everyone is suspect and we don't have any great method of telling who is being truthful in what they say. If you want to run for President, or any other leadership position, you need to remember that it hasn't been called "the father of our country" for nothing.  The father figure must uphold honesty and integrity for people to place their faith in him as the leader. It is true that marriage is suffering as an institution in many ways in this country, but politicians need to acknowledge that we have psychic reasons to believe they need to be held to a higher standard.

What are your thoughts?

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