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Anthony Wiener: When heroes have feet of clay

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A man’s error’s are his portals of discovery. - James Joyce

Wienergate (oh, how I now hate you Watergate!) gets a little less funny each and every time a well-dressed puritanical commentator pontificates on the subject.

Anthony Wiener - a man I still very much admire - did something stupid beyond words. That his wife is willing to stay with him is a testament to their marriage. But still, dude, how dumb can you get?

If I were a good liberal at this point I would point out all of the sleazy conservatives who have been involved in sex scandals, but this goes beyond that. Once we get past the giggling, the tittering, and the “What would our Founding Fathers think?” - yes, I actually saw that stupid question on Facebook - we are faced with human nature, and and what is inside all of us.

Before we are once again inundated with the usual silly articles about how “powerful men think they can get away with anything” maybe we should think about why some are more forgiving than others, which is also pretty interesting, I think.

On NBC news last night they interviewed some of Wiener’s constituents, and they blew it off, chalking it up to a stupid mistake. They did not, however, think he should resign over it. Oh, if only they had the wisdom of political commentators!

But in this case, maybe it isn’t the commentators and columnists or Wiener’s fellow politicians who are wise, but the average American, who knows that, when it comes to matters of sexuality, it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, famous or on welfare - a lot of the times, when it comes to sex, it’s just really messy.

Maybe you are one of the many Americans who married their high school sweetheart, and have lived a life where neither of you have given in to temptation.

For all too many of us, that simply isn’t the case.

For many of us, our emotional and sexual lives have been . . . interesting, to say the least, and a lot of us have had moments in our lives when we think, “What the hell was I thinking?”

When you are famous, the whole world gets to ask you that question.

Most human beings have parts of their lives that they are very damned glad the rest of the civilized world doesn’t know about.

The seductiveness of technology has added a new wrinkle.

Sex chatrooms

Craig’s List and the like

As Socrates said, the unexamined life is one not worth living. Well, maybe it’s time to ease up just a tad, still hold Wiener accountable for his actions, but cease the sanctimonious silliness. It might be a good time for all of us to examine ourselves. Of course, that might require some actual honesty about our sexual natures, and that might be volatile in today’s atmosphere.

If there was ever a time to follow the advice, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone . . .”

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“Will you help support Arnold’s love child?”

Was the above question really asked at Wiener’s press conference this week? What happened? Along with actual journalists did he also invite bloggers who never get out of their mother’s basement?

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Success and failure. We think of them as opposites, but they’re not. They’re companions - the hero and the sidekick. - Laurence Shames

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