New York Congressman Anthony Weiner apparently has no survival instinct.Â He is patently self-destructive. Not only did he place at risk both his marriage and his career by blatantly pursuing perverse sexual behavior through the internet and social media sites, but having been exposed (no pun intended,) he exhibits neither remorse nor an inclination to admit to his behavior. Heâ€™s in denialâ€¦ publically at least.Â Personally, only his humiliated and presumably pained wife knows if heâ€™s in denial privately as well.
Brooklyn Democratic Chairman and power broker Vito Lopez has been quoted as saying â€œSomething like this better be put to rest. If it’s left outstanding, it could have damaging impact, even if it means the difference of 3 or 4 percent of the vote in a very competitive four-way or five-way race” regarding Weiner’s chances in a future mayoral contest.
Is that really the issue? Is the potential damage to Mr. Weinerâ€™s political career what the mediaâ€¦what weâ€¦ need to be focusing upon?
Given the dire economic straights the economy is suffering and the worldwide propensity for revolution, isnâ€™t this a little reminiscent of how the country handled the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinski revelations?Â Didnâ€™t we learn anything from that sordid moment?Â Itâ€™s not about the economy, political careers or even the wanton misuse of power.
Itâ€™s about how We The People continue to look the other wayâ€¦ in our personal lives and in the lives of public figures when its simply easier and more convenient to do that than confront the reality.
The reality is that as a culture and a society we have so lowered the bar that we barely blinkâ€¦ and are almost never heardâ€¦when behavior is demeaning, degrading and socially harmful.Â So Weiner gets 15 minutes of media focus for his disgusting behavior and our kids are exposed to one more sexual deviant. So everyone laughs when the â€œFâ€ word is used at the MTV awards and our children are watching and making a mental (even if subconscious) note.Â So the likes of Schwarzenegger, Strauss-Kahn, and Edwards are momentarily exposed and perhaps embarrassed (I think that requires a conscience and Iâ€™m not sure these guys qualify) and then life goes on for usâ€¦ and further downhill it goes as well.
Itâ€™s really up to each of us to begin to examine our own lives and hold not only public figures accountable but ourselves as well.Â Itâ€™s time (actually its almost past available time) when we redefine and restructure our values, our priorities and our tolerance levels for what kind of world we want to create and live in.
Anthony Weiner and deviants like him are symptoms of an ailing culture. We are both the illness and the cure.Â Which of those we end up cultivating will be determined by the our choices starting nowâ€¦ and the personal responsibility for those choices we are each willing and able to accept.