Yeah, I agree that people have every right to be angry, but 99% of them don’t understand the ramifications of “running someone out of office.”
I think there’s a fundamental difference between a politician who’s screwing around on his wife and a politician who’s doing so while shirking his duties as an elected official. I condemn both of their actions, but I certainly don’t expect politicians to act as beacons of morality, and I don’t think they should be legislating morality, so forcing a resignation in the former scenario is, IMO, unnecessary.
Not to mention the fact that when someone leaves office, and indeed, when the public rage is focused directly on them, the staff pays the ultimate price. Those of us that chose to work in politics definitely assume some amount of risk, but very few of us ever expected to be put in such a horrible situation. Staff members lose their jobs when their member leaves office, and the sensationalism surrounding a scandal always obscures the very scary change in circumstances facing the staff. For those of us who were dedicated to our jobs prior to a scandal, there’s the added bonus of having to reconcile those events on an emotional level while carrying a virtual scarlet letter on our resumes for the rest of our professional lives. And trust me, it sucks.
So when I mentioned earlier that the “public flogging” often directed at philandering politicians is nothing short of shocking and distasteful, I want to emphasize that the common urge to try to beat repentance into a person is often accompanied by very real destruction for those unwittingly caught in the cross-fire. People can be angry all they want, but they need to understand just how many other people that anger affects.]]>
It’s when he’s been pompously chest thumping about sexual morality (as a lot of Republicans seem prone to – due to the preferences of their voting base), and then gets caught with his fly open…
Well yeah… that basically makes him a lying hypocrite and he damn well ought to be run out of office for being a pompous blowhard.
He can repent on his own time, and his own dime.]]>
Maybe different people need their own personalized mixture of forgiveness and reprimand.
Maybe the people calling for forgiveness in all contexts are just as screwed up as those calling for judgment.
I’ve been thinking about this. I believe we are required to forgive all men, but the offender still needs to reconcile himself to the Lord. Members of the Church generally understand this, so a reprimand from me is often unnecessary and more insulting or embarrassing than helpful. He knows how to pray and how to set up an appointment with the Bishop.
But outside the Church, especially among celebrities, fan-forgiveness is usually the end of the matter. In my view, some of them need a reproving betimes with sharpness just to wake them up and get repentance moving. How do we (the public) decry their behavior and get them to take responsibility before God without holding a personal grudge? Or is it any of our business?]]>
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But despite all of that it took more than 14 years before I was willing to forgive the managing partner that laid me off. About a year after I left he was demoted and I felt so bad (sarcastially) for feeling so good about that. Whenever the subject came up, I would work myself into a lather expressing my disdain for him. But one day I realized that the only person I was hurting with my anger was me. The other guy probably didn’t even know I was mad at him because on the few occasions that we spoke after I was laid off I treated him with respect. I can tell myself today that they made a mistake and that it was their loss. maybe that attitude is what helped me get over it but not until I accepted that it was over, there wasn’t anything I could do to change what happened and my life was better for it happening could I say that I had forgiven. And finally there is some peace.]]>
Maybe the people calling for forgiveness in all contexts are just as screwed up as those calling for judgment.]]>