We are Great Apes, members of the Animal Kingdom. You speak of two very
base characteristics of animals when you speak of leadership and sex,
Buck. In *all* animals there are leaders and there are those that
follow. It is natural. In all instances, the leaders have the best for
themselves, and that includes sexual partners. That seems to be pretty
well agreed behavior among the tribe, family, and clan.
Additionally, the males want to have strong offspring, and males are
generous to a fault when it gets to sharing their sperm.
But, more than that, every female wants the *best* offspring she can
have (whatever "best" means). She will choose and pursue the best mate
she can find who is willing to mate with her.
Yes, I understand that there is an oath, but it isn't entirely clear to
me that that oath should be held valid against the underlying nature of
Lastly, I am not entirely clear that the oath you speak of says anything
about the sex act itself. As to being faithful, supportive, and a
family man, I believe that most of these leaders have demonstrated their
values here in an extremely positive way, and I include all of these
politicians, from toe tappers to any that may have dated Marilyn Monroe.
In short, I believe you are setting a standard that can only be met by
the weird. I am not at all sure I want a leader who has never done
anything wrong. That says to me that that person has also not really
ever done any real-world stuff.
Please don't take this as an aspersion on you, personally, Buck. I am
sure you have never had any moral failures. However I have, so perhaps
I am just looking for some vindication here. Who knows?
Buck Calabro wrote:
On Nov 30, 2007 11:42 AM, Rich Rijnders wrote:
Breaking an oath does not make one a hypocrite:
The general point of my reply was to step away from the technicalities
of law and language and look at the behaviour of the two men. Neither
one of these men could advertise their behaviour as an example for all
to follow, yet that is precisely the position they chose to take when
they ran for office.
The hypocrisy doesn't come from a wiki definition, it comes from them
claiming the mantle of leadership while they were debasing themselves.
Although I love to play with language, I find it difficult to find a
better word than hypocrite to describe this disconnect between the
morals the position demands and the morals they exhibited.