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Sunday, August 17, 2008  

MY KINGDOM FOR AN HONEST MAN!

NOW THAT EVERYONE ON THE PLANET HAS WEIGHED IN ON THE TRAGIC FALL FROM GRACE BY JOHN EDWARDS, I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE MY TWO CENTS. MEN CHEAT ON THEIR WIVES. SADLY, WE ARE ACCUSTOMED TO HEARING ABOUT CELEBRITIES AND PUBLIC FIGURES WHO HAVE AFFAIRS AND, COLLECTIVELY, WE REGULARLY ACCEPT AND FORGIVE THEIR ERRORS OF JUGEMENT. SOME ARE MORE OFFENSIVE THAN OTHERS. I'VE HAD MY OWN FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE WITH THE DOWNSIDE OF CELEBRITY. MY FORMER HUSBAND (MUCH MORE FAMOUS IN HIS OWN MIND THAN IN ANYONE ELSE'S) MAINTAINED A SECRET LIFE AND FAKED HIS WAY THROUGH A 25-YEAR MARRIAGE. LIES, FOR SOME, ARE JUST A WAY OF LIFE.

PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF CREATING IMAGES OF THEMSELVES NEVER SEEM TO RUN OUT OF NEW AUDIENCES, HOWEVER SMALL, TO UNVEIL NEW VERSIONS OF THEMSELVES. BUT IT'S WHEN A MAN PRESENTS HIMSELF TO US AS A NATION AND IDENTIFIES HIMSELF AS AN HONEST COMPASSIONATE MAN WHO BELIEVES IN THE BEST OF ALL OF US, THAT WE EXPECT A LITTLE MORE. HE SHOWED US THAT HE HAD A DIFFERRENT WAY OF BEING. A DIFFERENT WAY OF THINKING. A WAY THAT WE WISH COULD BE PRESENT IN ALL OUR MEN, OUR FATHERS, OUR LEADERS. WE WERE HOPING THAT SOMEONE LIKE JOHN EDWARDS COULD HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE AND STAND FOR SOMETHING GOOD AND RIGHT. SOMETHING HONEST AND TRUE, AS IN LOVING YOUR WIFE AND FAMILY ABOVE ALL ELSE. HOW CAN WE FORGET THE IMAGE OF EDWARDS POINTING HIS FINGER AT BILL CLINTON FOR A SIMILAR TRANSGRESSION AND CONDEMNING HIM IN PUBLIC? CELEBRITY IS VERY SEDUCTIVE, A TONIC THAT CREATES THE BELIEF THAT ONE IS SPECIAL AND ABOVE THE MUNDANE DETAILS OF REAL LIFE. ARE WE DOOMED TO BEING LED BY MEN THAT ARE NOT WHO THEY SAY THEY ARE? SHOULD WE EXPECT LESS? SHOULD WE DEMAND MORE? OR DO THEY ALL HAVE FEET OF CLAY???






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