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The Stupidity of the 'March For Our Lives'
Some years ago, I wrote a column about adultery and politicians. In light of the Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal interviews concerning their alleged (and probable) affairs with President Donald Trump, it is time to revisit the subject.
Adultery - Leader - Pastor - Priest - Rabbi
I do not agree with those -- right or left, religious or secular -- who contend that adultery invalidates a political or social leader. It may invalidate a pastor, priest or rabbi -- because a major part of their vocation is to be a moral/religious model, and because clergy do not make war, sign national budgets, appoint judges, run foreign policy or serve as commanders in chief. In other words, unlike your clergyman or clergywoman, almost everything a president does as president affects hundreds of millions of Americans and billions of non-Americans. If a president is also a moral model, that is a wonderful bonus. But that is not part of a president's job description.
But even anti-Trump conservatives still assert character matters a great deal in a president and other political leaders.
Problems - Argument
There are two problems with that argument.
The most obvious is that adultery is frequently an inaccurate measure of a person's character. Indeed, many otherwise great men have been unfaithful to their spouse. And while it is always a sin -- the Sixth Commandment doesn't come with an asterisk -- there are gradations of sin.
Example - Adultery - Sin - Men - Women
Let me give an example of when adultery would be a lower-grade sin: when it is committed by men or women who have taken care of their Alzheimer's-afflicted spouse for many years and the afflicted spouse no longer even recognizes them. Of course, the healthy spouse could find love with someone else without committing adultery -- by divorcing their demented spouse. But few people would be so heartless as to recommend that...
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