Tuesday, August 12, 2008
I do not understand
I'm thoroughly disgusted by the recent admission that John Edwards had an affair, but the reasons I'm disgusted are probably very different than what you'd think.
First, why is this "news"? In my opinion an affair is a private thing between a couple; it is NOT news. So why was it on every single local and cable news network, newspaper, internet news website, and Larry King-style talk show? I do not understand this.
Second, as long as the affair was not with someone who could undermine our national security, why does anyone care? Why do Americans have such a fascination with the private lives of celebrities? I do not understand this.
Third, some have said Edwards' affair was particularly terrible because his wife was suffering with cancer. Really? Does that mean that an affair is less hurtful to a healthy woman? I do not understand this.
Fourth, Howard Wolfson claimed that if Edwards' affair had been made public before the Iowa primary, Obama (who was endorsed by Edwards) might not have won the primary. (This suggestion has been denounced by every leading politician and pundit.) But what does Edwards' affair have to do with the general public? What does it have to do with his ability to do his job? Why would it cause someone to vote for an opponent? I do not understand this.
The fifth and probably the most important reason I'm disgusted is because John Edwards does not support marriage equality for gays, yet he allowed himself to violate the 'sanctity' of his own marriage. So, according to him and every other unfaithful politician, gays and lesbians should only be granted civil unions (most rights but with a second class label), while real, sanctified marriage is reserved for straight people, who may then defile that marriage with affairs. I do not understand this.
James Dobson, the founder and leader of Focus on the Family, wrote “...marriage between homosexuals will destroy traditional marriage [because] this is the ultimate goal of activists.” Yet, the Census Bureau and many other sources report the national divorce rate in America at between 40%-50%. Since gays and lesbians are not able to marry (except in MA and CA, and not at all prior to 2004), this means that almost 1/2 of all marriages are destroyed by divorce by STRAIGHT people, not gays. In fact, MA has the lowest divorce rate, despite it being the only state where gay marriage was legal and available from 2004-2008. Why would anyone think that gay marriages could have any affect at all on straight marriages? I do not understand this.
Crush du Jour: Scott Bailey