The seemingly unending saga of “Weiner-gate” goes on. I have avoided chiming in on this because so many others have done it so thoroughly and humorously (especially Ace of Spades). However, after watching the Weiner’s press conference yesterday, I am appalled.
Weiner cried. Weiner apologized. Weiner takes responsibility for his actions. Weiner will not resign as he has not violated the Constitution or law (he says). To all of these things I say “so what”.
Who can trust you now Weiner? Your friends? Your family? Your constituents? The media? The public? Your staff? Who can trust you now?
On August 19, 1785 Thomas Jefferson wrote the following in a letter to Peter Carr: “There is no vice so mean, so pitiful, so contemptible; and he who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truths without the world’s believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions.”
The morality of his actions I will leave for another day. But over the course of recent days we have seen the extent to which Weiner would compromise his honesty for a simple saving of face. I don’t care what side of the aisle this Congressman sits on, I demand more courage, honesty, and ethical behavior of a public servant. I would hope that all Americans would feel the same and join me in encouraging this deceitful wretch to do one honorable and courageous thing in his life; resign from public office sooner rather than later. I would rather that Weiner not prove this quote from Mark Twain to be so accurate “Congressman is the trivialist distinction for a full-grown man.” – Notebook #14, 1877 – 1878.