Posts Tagged ‘politics’

scandalous!

June 13, 2011

Sex scandals don’t bother me.  They annoy me.  Especially politicians’ sex scandals—I don’t care so much that it takes a large effort for me to even articulate why I don’t care.  But I will give it my darndest.

Politicians are somewhat famous, and to that extent, I understand why anyone would care about their scandals.  It’s gossip and humans love gossip.  But when Lindsay Lohan goes to jail, nobody takes it personally.  We don’t feel betrayed and we don’t feel the right to demand her resignation.  Of course there is another factor at play here, a major one: Lindsay Lohan isn’t paid by your tax dollars.

However: politicians are paid by public dollars to do an honest day’s work. They represent constituent’s interests, pass laws, talk about legal matters, and generally think about things that many people, even if they care, don’t spend hours and hours thinking about.  Politicians are not paid to be monogamous, have hetero-normative sexuality, go to church on Sunday, or raise their children to do the same.  As long as public funds are not being misappropriated, it’s my opinion that politicians are free to be as kinky as they want, believe what they want, and do what they want.  I would even add that politicians are free to lie about what they want as long as the work gets done on time.  Because even if something is morally questionable (lying, cheating on one’s wife, sending naughty photos), as long as it’s not illegal, nobody needs to get fired for anything non-work-performance-related, ever.

And for a politician to go in for treatment for being a sexy son-of-a-gun is just stupid.  (Is there really a market for that kind of treatment?)

I don’t want any politician’s apology or explanation.  I want them to go to work in the morning and keep making me a free citizen of a republic.  And since I expect the right to think and act and fuck as I like, within the bounds of the law, I am perfectly willing to extend that same grace to all politicians, just as I do to all humans.  I mean, I can do my job despite what I’m planning to do to whom when I get home.  I’m not constantly distracted by my heretical opinions to the point that I can’t get my work done.  I’m pretty sure politicians can do the same.

And just as I might lie if I was unexpectedly confronted about my relationship and sexuality (let’s just say it’s non-heteronormative), I’m perfectly willing to overlook a person lying about something he doesn’t want me finding out.  I might even be willing to overlook some hypocrisy: because again, I am paying my representatives to vote a certain way, not to act a certain way.  I might find it morally repugnant that a male politician would hire male prostitutes while voting to keep gay marriage illegal, but it’s not against the law to be hypocritical or morally repugnant.  In fact, I feel a little sorry for such a man, who knows that doing his job well is not good enough, and is forced to lie and cover-up any preferences that his constituents find distasteful.  I believe this situation would be well answered by the saying, “Hate the game, not the player”.

Nobody has the right to expect behavior of me or demand the truth from me.  That protection is even in the Constitution.  Is it really a surprise that someone lie instead of respond with a coy “I don’t really want to talk about that”?

One last thing: when media or individuals demand that a politician resign because of the outrage caused by their behavior, isn’t that just your basic self-fulfilling prophecy?

Betrayed the public’s trust.  Gimme a goddamn break.  Have an intern take over the Twitter feed and get the politicians back to work.

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Dear California

November 5, 2008

Dear California,

 

Congratulations!  You have made our state Constitution a bigoted document.  This week, gay couples have lost the right that every other couple takes for granted: the right to marry the person they love.  The people of California decided that they know best how to run their neighbors’ lives.  Proposition 8 was won by patronizing discrimination and arrogance, and I am ashamed and disappointed.

         

Democracy is meant to be a system for promoting freedom and justice, but California has made it into a tool for oppression and self-righteousness.

         

But when the people of California fail to do the right thing, our government must not fail.  The state Constitution cannot reflect the opinions of busybodies who can’t imagine that all people are citizens who deserve equal rights.  The government must not allow a majority to take away rights of a minority.  And our secular laws, protected by the wall of separation between church and state, absolutely must not be based on religious doctrines. 

         

So while I am ashamed of my neighbors who voted Yes on 8, I will not let them discourage me from doing what’s right, and I will not stop until all men and women are treated equally under the law.  And if I must rely on a growing population of people who oppose bigotry and inequality, I will work to change this state into one which accepts and encourages all marriages.

         

I am angry, California, and you have made me determined. 

 

Sincerely,

Alice