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In a debate on one of the FOX News Channel shows, Left-of-Center radio show host Leslie Marshall responded to her debate partner’s call for honesty in politics by saying, “Please! We’re talking about politicians.” And there you have it in a nutshell. The American people have moved beyond the concept of apathy where the idea of honesty in politics is concerned, and have arrived at full-blown political sadomasochism. Having completely given up on demanding that those who serve them do so with fidelity to public service, the majority of Americans have simply accepted – as the new normal – that politicians of all stripes offer nothing but false promises, untruths and opportunistic spin for narcissistic gain, i.e. power and wealth. And while this is today’s status quo, it doesn’t have to be this way. Nevertheless, it seems as though we live in an all-encompassing state of political Stockholm Syndrome, unwilling to affect fundamental change, which we, as a people, have the power to do.

A quote often attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, reads, “Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite,” or “Every country has the government it deserves.” This philosophical observation certainly applies to the United States, even if in the most ironic way. Given the fact that our nation allows for the free election of a representative form of government based on a checked-and-balanced (via the Electoral College) democratic system of election, We the People – literally – have the power to shape the personality and morality of the government that we created to serve us. Yet, astoundingly, we have been led to believe that no one vote – no one voter – can affect the outcome of any given election. Again, I refer to Leslie Marshall, “Please! We’re talking about politicians.”

But surrender to this “new political normal” is an exercise in “political sadomasochism”; an embracing of several weaknesses, including acquiescence to a special interest ideological class, apathy toward being engaged enough to search out the facts, and cowardice to confront the more manipulative among us. This political sadomasochism produces – via our own hands – government, at every level, which we all love to hate, blame, demean and complain about; government that places politics and the well-being of politicians and political parties above good government and serving the people.

No better example exists than in the State of New York, where disgraced former US Congressman Anthony Weiner and disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer are literally leading in the polls for New York City Mayor and New York City Comptroller, respectively.

Everyone – unless they have been sequestered for the last several years, knows the stories that delivered these two men away from public service.

Anthony Weiner, an incredible narcissist and über-abrasive, über-Progressive political operative, has a problem with Tweeting pictures of his penis to young women who aren’t his wife. Recent revelations have proved that he continues to do this even though his wife, Huma Abedin (close buddy-buddy of Hillary Clinton’s), stands by her man, exclaiming that since his resignation from the US House – a resignation executed because he couldn’t keep his cyber-penis in his cyber-pants – he’s been a “model husband and Father.” One has to wonder if “Señora Danger” (Weiner used the moniker Carlos Danger to interact with his cyber-sexual conquests) has changed her mind or if she just likes her men a little bit arrogant and abusive.

Elliot Spitzer, on the other hand, had to resign because he had a penchant for employing high-paid hookers. To her credit, Mrs. Spitzer was recognizably mortified when she stood by her man, as he proclaimed to the world that fidelity to his marriage just wasn’t enough for his sexual appetite.

In both of these examples, we have men who worked their entire lives to attain political power; positioning, campaigning, working up the political ladder and achieving elected office. In both of their careers they achieved some good things. But there is a troubling and undeniable fact that precludes the both of them from every being elected to office again, or at least should preclude them from attaining seats of power every again. They lied to, they willingly deceived, and they manipulated and humiliated the people that trusted them the most, their wives; their life-partners; their soul mates. They both took advantage of the people that are supposed to be the most important people in their lives. And then they asked them to publicly humiliate themselves so they could get the butts out of the media fire.

Truth be told, if a person cannot even be faithful to their spouse; if a person cannot have fidelity to the most important relationship in his or her life, how is anyone supposed to believe that they will have fidelity to any relationship: personal, professional or political?

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me. Lie to me once as an elected representative in government and you should resign, take stock of your life and realize that your time in political life has come to an end by your own hand. But should you lie, cheat and steal and then apologize, huge crocodile tears in your eyes, promising never to do it again while your humiliated spouse stands in your disingenuous shadow, and convince me to vote for you again…well, then, as de Tocqueville espoused, you get the government you deserve.

It is stunning to me that the people of New York are allowing these two liars, these two cheats, to exist but a minute from again taking governmental office. This may sound a bit harsh, but after the outpouring of affection the rest of the nation afforded the people of New York City after September 11, 2001, I expected more than just a “thank you, now back to our regularly scheduled cesspool of politically partisan deviance.” I expected that when given a second chance, they would have done the right thing, corrected wrongs and strived to better themselves as an exercise in appreciation for support, compassion and friendship. I don’t know about you, but New Yorkers’ embrace of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer is tantamount to a slap in the face. But then that’s just me…

The overriding point to all of this is that it doesn’t have to be this way. We can have better government; government over politics. We all just need to have the courage and dedication to demand that our elected officials respect the people and the office – respect the opportunity – enough to actually serve the electorate, instead of lying to them while lining their pockets and setting up lucrative careers for a post-elected life. We need to support honest people when they want to run for government and reject the notion that the parties are just too big, too powerful to challenge. Because We the People, by virtue of the United States Constitution, literally created the American system of government, We the People have the power to set the standards by which we are served. The fact that we do not is a testimony to our cultivated political sadomasochism.

So, we can either pretend that we do not have the power to achieve government that serves, and glean the scandals of the Weiners and the Spitzers – the scandals of “Dickileaks,” or we can do the hard work and act like Americans and settle for nothing less than the very best. If we cannot, then maybe Eric Holder, while wrong about the subject matter, was correct when he called us a “nation of cowards.”

“We the People  of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America…” – The Preamble to the United States Constitution.

Never trust a Vegetable: Not even Joe Biden

So, there’s good old Joe Biden, swimming in a sea of Testosterone, shouting to the world that the Republicans’ opposition to Barack the Wonderful’s jobs bill is going to be the catalyst for more rapes in America. Now doesn’t that just hack your Weiner? Stand up, Joe, let ‘em see ya! Well, not all of ‘ya, just the part that rapes America.

Smokin’ Joe just doesn’t get the irony. Perhaps we should send him a box of cigars and a blue dress to help him remember just which political party’s president came closer to rape than any other chief executive in the history of our republic. Can’t you just envision Biden asking Slick Willie after the fact: “Did you get your stimulus, Bill?” We’re not just talkin’ rape here. We’re talkin’ rape rape. Like Anthony Weiner, Joe Biden is his own Wurst Enemy.

The fact of the matter is that the Democratic Party routinely takes the position that sexual perversions are a-okay just as long as the perverter, so to speak, is an enlightened liberal.

Joe Biden

In other words, the Democratic party aids and abets rape, abortion, homosexuality, beastiality, pedophilia, fornication, voyeurism, exhibitionism, paraphilia, bigamy, public masturbation, gerbils coming out of Gere, congressmen’s roommates running homosexual prostitution rings out of their apartment, and a wide assortment of other twisted behaviors limited only by the imaginations of the most vile assortment of sexy socialists on the planet. The Democrats have no morals. Well, that’s not exactly true. They are, in fact, immoral, amoral, and Balmoral (that Scottish castle has a most unfortunate moniker).

Neal A. Maxwell correctly pegged the decline of our civilization to the decline in morality in a speech a quarter of a century ago:

Those committed to the keeping of the stern but sweet seventh commandment in a time of increasing immorality will need to be special. Average won’t do now, anymore than average was adequate in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Civilizations as well as souls are at stake. One scholar who studied dozens of civilizations forecast that in “the struggle between nations, those who cling to chastity will, in all likelihood, keep the upper hand”—and a commentator added “[because] they try to keep intact the family which promiscuity and homosexuality tend to destroy” (The Human Life Review, Spring 1978, p. 71).
—Neal A. Maxwell

There is a funny thing about morals, or the lack thereof. People (read Democrats/ Liberals / Socialists/ Communists/ Envirowacko nutjobs/ OWS freaks) who exist at the lower end of the moral spectrum simply can’t comprehend that other people can live on a higher moral plane than themselves. It is beyond their comprehension. They think that everyone on this rock spinning around the sun is just as depraved as they are. Hence, we see prominent Democrats attempting to equate conservative political positions to moral depravity… Paging Joe Biden. Paging Joe Biden. Please pick up the white courtesy telephone for the big picture. Paging Joe Biden. Paging Joe Biden…

Joe must have some hair plugs in too tight. In case Biden still doesn’t get it, this is a big effing deal. Doesn’t it just give you a little pause every time Biden accuses other people of committing rape? Doesn’t that just say something about where Biden is in his heart?

Henry Fairlie has written perceptively in his book The Seven Deadly Sins Today concerning how “the lustful person will usually be found to have a terrible hollowness at the center of his life” and about “the desert he has made of himself and his life” (Washington, D.C.: New Republic Books, 1978, p. 187). “Lust,” wrote Fairlie, “is not interested in its partners, but only in the gratification of its own craving. … Lust dies at the next dawn, and when it returns in the evening, to search where it may, it is with its own past erased” (Seven Sins, p. 175).

Those so drained by sensuality do, in fact, seek to compensate for their loneliness by sensations. However, in the arithmetic of appetite, anything multiplied by zero still totals zero!

—Neal A. Maxwell


Don’t you just get the irresistible urge to gently plink Biden on the head with a rubber mallet just to listen to the hollow sound bouncing around between his ears? Perhaps Biden has this proclivity for repeatedly saying stupid stuff simply because he is hollow, lustful, and lonely? Paging Dr. Sigmund Freud. Pick up on Line 2 for a lustful politician. Paging Dr. Sigmund Freud…

Biden’s verbal jousts hit at the core of something besides morality. The other issue at stake is honesty. Do we really believe that Biden is sincere? Now that’s entirely possible, but doubtful. Biden is a political animal. Despite his penchant for tripping all over his tongue, the fact of the matter is that Biden is perfectly aware that, stripped of all spin, he is merely sputtering lies.

The late James E. Faust, a Democrat, had this to say about honesty. Are you paying attention, Joe?

There are different shades of truth telling. When we tell little white lies, we become progressively color-blind. It is better to remain silent than to mislead. The degree to which each of us tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth depends on our conscience. David Casstevens of the Dallas Morning News tells a story about Frank Szymanski, a Notre Dame center in the 1940s, who had been called as a witness in a civil suit at South Bend, Indiana.

“Are you on the Notre Dame football team this year?” the judge asked.

“Yes, Your Honor.”

“What position?”

“Center, Your Honor.”

“How good a center?”

Szymanski squirmed in his seat, but said firmly, “Sir, I’m the best center Notre Dame has ever had.”

Coach Frank Leahy, who was in the courtroom, was surprised. Szymanski always had been modest and unassuming. So when the proceedings were over, he took Szymanski aside and asked why he had made such a statement. Szymanski blushed. “I hated to do it, Coach,” he said. “But, after all, I was under oath.”

—James E. Faust


Joe Biden might as well be a cocker spaniel. After all, he has achieved that blessed state of color-blindness. Biden knows in his heart that anything said or done in an attempt to deceive is nothing but a lie. Biden’s equating of opposition to Obama’s jobs bill to rape is nothing but a lie, and Joe knows it. He won’t admit it, but he knows it.

Public virtue, which expects men to rise above self-interest and to act in the public interest with wisdom and courage, was so evident in leaders like George Washington, who, we used to declare, could never tell a lie, and Abraham Lincoln, known as “Honest Abe.” In the past few years we have seen “official after official—both on the national and the local political scene—put self-interest … above the larger public interest. …

“Men and women have … been removed from federal office and even gone to jail in our times because they exceeded the limits set by the framers [of our Constitution and God’s commandments]” (Charles A. Perry, “Religious Assumptions Undergird the Entire U. S. Constitution,” Deseret News, 27 Sept. 1987, p. A-19).

One reason for the decline in moral values is that the world has invented a new, constantly changing and undependable standard of moral conduct referred to as “situational ethics.” Now, individuals define good and evil as being adjustable according to each situation; this is in direct contrast to the proclaimed God-given absolute standard: “Thou shalt not!”—as in “Thou shalt not steal” (Ex. 20:15).
—David B. Haight

Joe Biden is a national embarrassment. He accuses his political opponents, while the truth is that he likely has an immoral heart deep inside the very essence of his soul. He shamelessly lies on the national stage, taking advantage of his high political position in the hopes that his political office will lend credence to his dishonesty. But he doesn’t seem to realize that his hopes are in vain. All he does is demean himself with his lies. The public long ago realized it made a mistake in electing Obama and Biden. Biden is history, and he knows it. But Biden intends to go down fighting. Hence the lies and the accusations on Biden’s part.

We need more integrity in government. We need to be governed by men and women who are undivided in honorable purpose, whose votes and decisions are not for sale to the highest bidder. We need as our elected and appointed officials those whose characters are unsullied, whose lives are morally clean and open, who are not devious, selfish, or weak. We need men and women of courage and honest convictions, who will stand always ready to be counted for their integrity and not compromise for expediency, lust for power, or greed; and we need a people who will appreciate and support representatives of this caliber.
—N. Eldon Tanner.


Biden is the perfect example of the type of person who shouldn’t be in public office. In November, 2012 we will have the opportunity to rectify the error.

Biden’s argument for remaining in office can be summed up thusly: Hope and change through dope and mange. All we are saying … is give fleas a chance.

America’s response to Biden’s sophist argument can be summed up as well: Do not ask for whom the bus rolls. It rolls for thee.