by Don Feder, GrassTopsUSA.com
Last week – Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted he had “Tweeted” lewd underwear shots of himself to at least six women; yesterday, he resigned for it. Former Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards was indicted for using campaign funds to hide his mistress (who was then pregnant with his child). In a Manhattan courtroom, Socialist one-time IMF head Dominique Strauss-Khan pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment.
And Arnold Schwarzenegger was thanking his lucky stars that the media was momentarily distracted from his scandal – the admission that he had an out-of-wedlock child with a member of his household staff, 14 years ago.
Political sex scandals now cover the spectrum from the criminal to the reprehensible, to the seriously weird. In the midst of the tsunami of political raunch, media elites ask why our leaders are behaving so badly in their personal lives. (Why can’t they content themselves with screwing the voters?) For the answer, “Cherchez le culture,” as the French would say.
Last Saturday, the Queens Congressman (described by the New York Times as “once a rising star” in the Democratic Party) announced he was entering a treatment facility for psychological disorders, after three top Democrats called for his resignation. Obama became the fourth on Monday.
Weiner spokesman Risa Heller chirped that the congressional underwear model would “seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and a healthier person.” Healthier is here defined as not sending lewd snapshots of himself in an obvious state of arousal to women who’d contacted him through the social media to discuss politics
Speaking at two Planned Parenthood rallies earlier in the year, the pervie pol declared, “My name is Anthony Weiner, and I stand for women.” It now appears he was making a sexual, rather than a political, statement.
To cries of “Shame on you!” from rallying hotel chambermaids, Strauss-Kahn entered a courthouse to plead not-guilty to charges that he tried to rape a maid who had entered his $3,000-a-night suite at the Sofitel Hotel (some socialist).
The incident had French women coming out of le woodwork, charging DSK (as the French media refer to him) had groped, wrestled with them, or tried to rip off their clothes in previous amorous encounters. One (then a 22-year-old reporter whose physical assets Strauss-Khan tried to nationalize in 2002) said the man who was considered a shoo-in for the Socialist nomination for the French presidency behaved ‘like a chimpanzee in rut.”
Edwards (who used to collect $50,000 fees for speeches on fighting poverty) and Schwarzennegger – who championed abortion and gay rights as governor – each had a love child. In a political sense, neither can say, “I’ll be back!”
It was amusing to hear Democrats make morality noises. This was indefensible! Weiner should resign. But wasn’t it just about sex? After all, everybody lies about sex. And it’s none of our business – and other clichés they clung to during the Clinton impeachment. (Why aren’t members of the sisterhood lining up to administer oral gratification, in gratitude for Weiner’s help in keeping abortion “safe and legal”?)
Typical of the establishment media and political elite, Time magazine is perplexed by these sexual escapades. A cover story in the May 19th issue asks, “What Makes Powerful Men Act Like Pigs?” – or Cheeta on Viagra, as the case may be.
“How can it be, in this ostensibly enlightened age, when men and women live and work as peers and are schooled regularly in what conduct is acceptable and what is actionable, that anyone with so little judgment, so little honor, could rise to such heights?” the story rhetorically asked.
Such is the charming naiveté of the engines of liberal opinion. It’s like the Obamanistas who say: “We spent trillions on economic stimulus, money that was sucked out of the private sector. We added burdensome regulations on business – including the nightmare called Obama-care. So why is the unemployment rate over nine percent? How can this be?”
“How, in this obviously enlightened age, when men and women live and work as peers,” etc. Let’s see, we’ve taught men that women are essentially males with vaginas, we’ve thrown them together in the workplace, we’ve exalted casual sex (sex without content or commitment), but we’ve also lectured them sternly on the rules of harassment – six-year-olds are expelled from school for kissing classmates. Why is there still a problem – indeed, much more of a problem than in the bad old pre-sexual revolution days, when men were taught decency, honor, and the masculine duty to protect women?
Having done their best to eliminate the influence of religion, morality, and time-honored custom on society, liberals can’t understand why the jungle is taking over.
After taking the usual turn around the dance floor with the standard psychobabble – powerful men are risk-takers who like the adrenaline-rush of living on the edge – the weekly views magazine finally settled on an absurd plea for good behavior sans morality – “What matters is not prudishness – we’re left that far behind – but prudence, a sense that public figures should be discouraged from destroying themselves and their families, even if we gawk at the results when they do. And principle; that power is a privilege not to be abused.” Sounds like a Hallmark card: “Thanks for your thoughtfulness is not committing adultery flagrantly or parading your perversions openly.”
This raises an obvious question to everyone not inculcated in the modernist (liberal/left) worldview. What sort of a leader has to be discouraged from destroying himself and his family?
Webster’s defines prudence as “exercising sound judgment in practical matters.” “Sound judgment” suggests a basis for that judgment, which brings us back to morality – the ability to shun a course of conduct that’s palpably wrong, which in turn is based on norms of ethical behavior – that which Time terms “prudishness.” On the other hand, all liberals want is decency without morality. No big deal.
Having created a pig culture – one which exalts self-fulfillment and holds that sexual morality is a non sequitur – liberals are shocked and saddened to find the landscape littered with pigs.
From no-fault divorce, to cohabitation, to fornicating friends (celebrated in the recent movie No Strings), to winking at adultery, to internet pornography – modern liberals are doing their damnedest to liberate society from stuffy, outdated social constraints. Big appetites are a terrible thing to feed.
Hollywood, Madison Avenue, the mainstream media, feminists, pornographers, the gay-rights movement, and the Democratic Party have built the house inhabited by Weiner, Dominique, Edwards, and Arnold.
Demystifying sex led to casual sex, which led to sexual predation. While they lecture us ceaselessly on politically correct sexual etiquette – through the institutions they dominate, liberals encourage the male of the species to view women as ripe for the picking – by any man (regardless of age, decrepitude or marital status ), anywhere, at any time.
Sex saturates the air we breathe – full frontal nudity on cable television, soft-core porn after eleven. In the holy name of safe-sex, grade-school children are instructed in performing acts that would make an exhibitionist blush.
There’s a catalog that comes to our house occasionally, I brought something from it years ago, called “Solutions: products that make life easier.” The company sells pool supplies, yard furniture, exercise equipment and beauty products.
Leafing through the summer 2011 catalog, I came across a page and a half offering a variety of vibrators. One is “Liberte,” which “pinpoints pleasure” and “stimulates the G-spot.”
In 2007-2008, the Parents Television Council found that on prime-time TV, “verbal references to non-marital sex outnumbered references to sex in the context of marriage by 3 to 1; and scenes depicting or implying sex between unmarried partners outnumbered scenes depicting or implying sex between married partners by nearly 4 to 1.”
In cyberspace, Weiner’s stalking ground, every second: $3,075 is spent on pornography and 28,258 users are viewing porn online. Every 39 minutes an X-rated video is produced in the United States. There are 4.2 million pornographic websites. On average, porn searches are 12 percent of the daily total. Almost 43 percent of internet users have viewed pornographic material.
Liberals have done a thorough job of separating sex from marriage. This has given us a Dresden-after-the-bombing social landscape. In 2009, unmarried women gave birth to four out of every 10 children. The number of cohabiting couples jumped 13 percent, to 7.5 million.
In a cover story in its November 18, 2010, issue (“Who Needs Marriage? A Changing Institution”), Time excitedly informed us that according to a recent Pew poll, 39% of Americans believe marriage is becoming obsolete (in part because Time and the rest of the liberal media are working overtime to make it so), 34% think a “variety of living arrangements” is good for society, and only a prudish minority (43 percent) think more sex outside marriage and unmarried couples raising children are bad for society.
Divorce is also on the rise, as are the number of married men and women who are cheating on their spouses. Based on a 2007 online survey of 70,000 adults, MSNBC reported that 28 percent of married men and 18 percent of married women admitted to having affairs – most not currently holding public office.
We are bombarded with sexual images. Hollywood says follow your heart or hormones. Sex is trivialized. Pre-marital sex is normalized. Extra-marital sex is romanticized. The Internet has become a voyeur’s paradise. And Time just can’t figure out why there’s so little honor and so much “bad judgment.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry is under fire for inviting his follow governors to an August 6 “day of prayer and fasting for our troubled nation” at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
When he should be Tweeting suggestive shots of himself or running around on his wife, there he is shamelessly mixing politics and religion, threatening the very foundation of the mythical Wall of Separation. What’s wrong with these conservatives?
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.
This column originally appeared on GrassTopsUSA.com and is reprinted with permission.