Thursday, May 19, 2011

De-constructing Arnold

They seem to get more attention than the killing of bin Laden, the sex "scandals". The latest, Arnold Schwarzenegger's admission that he fathered a son 11 years ago with a housekeeper, not his wife.

Why do we care, and why do we blame?

It would seem this "scandal" involves and affects a limited number of people: His wife, his kids, the "mistress", their biological son, and Arnold himself. But why is it getting more attention than that?

The answer is simple: We Americans love to be in charge of everyone's business. We love to judge, regardless of our own situation, holding others to a higher standard than we hold ourselves (or how we pretend to hold ourselves).

Pundits pontificate about how we can't trust someone who is "dishonest", yet we support folks who've abandoned more important and relevant campaign promises. We put a higher price/value on sexual dalliances, where a politician has followed his other brain.

No excuses, but whom would we rather have leading the country? One who rails against gays and for "family values", yet has gay clandestine and adulterous relationships, or a realist?

I like him. I like Maria.

Leave the 16th century religious mentality behind.

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