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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:55 PM
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A Touch of Crass
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 11:20 PM by NanceGreggs
By Nancy Greggs

It was obvious from David Vitters little dog-and-pony show today that he just doesnt get it.

After a week spent in reflective seclusion (called hiding if youre a Democrat), Vitter offered his apology, perfunctory and well-rehearsed, to those he had disappointed not for his sexual transgressions, but for getting caught.

It is apparent that Vitter is truly sorry sorry that he has been publicly humiliated, sorry that his party members are pissed-off at him over yet another Republican sex scandal, sorry that his wife is going to make his life a complete misery by hanging this little episode over his head probably until death do they part.

But Vitter has yet to own up to the real sin that will stain his reputation and haunt his career; his own hypocrisy. Instead, as we have seen time and again with his ilk, he still feels compelled to point out that he is and was a good Christian family man who just happened to fall off the marital fidelity wagon once or twice or maybe a few times, and with a loud resounding thud.

As far as Vitter is concerned, this unfortunate and embarrassing episode was just a momentary lapse in good judgment, and hes not going to let it deter him from judging others as he always has. Besides, as he was quick to point out, his political enemies must shoulder their share of responsibility in this debacle you know, the ones who forced him to commit adultery with prostitutes.

The real tragedy is that the senator had a golden opportunity today to do what any truly decent man would do in this situation; publicly apologize to Bill Clinton.

During the Lewinsky scandal, Vitter wasted no time in suggesting that the president should resign, being unfit to hold office. He held himself out as a man of morals and family values, and pointed at Clinton as someone who had no morals or values whatsoever, someone who was beneath contempt for having broken his marriage vows and disgraced his family.

Vitter could have acknowledged that now finding himself in the same situation, he has come to understand that a good Christian doesnt cast the first stone when someone elses private life is exposed in fact, a good Christian doesnt cast any stones at all. He could have expressed his regret for having called another mans fitness for office into question, as he asked his constituents for the same support he once felt should be denied the man in whose uncomfortable shoes he now walks.

Yes, he could have said any of those things. But he didnt. Because to acknowledge his own hypocrisy and accept responsibility for it would have taken statesmanship, a sense of honour, and a touch of class virtues which Vitter has now proven he is totally bereft of.

And its not like his our-marriage-is-stronger-than-ever wife is made of any better stuff than her pitifully remorseless spouse. As she berated the media for the impact their salacious stories are having on her children, she never once acknowledged that she can now sadly appreciate what life was like for Chelsea a few scant years ago, and how difficult it must have been for Bill and Hillary to shelter their own child from glaring headlines and behind-the-hand snickers.

She simply reminded everyone that this episode should have been treated as a private matter between husband and wife an opinion she very obviously did not hold when it was the Clintons' marriage that was being discussed, analyzed, and ultimately declared an utter failure in every newspaper and on every news network for months.

I dont think there is anyone heartless enough not to feel sympathy for the Vitter children. They, like the children of any politician, should not have to suffer for the sins of their father.

But perhaps, as they mature, they will look back and understand that admitting your own hypocrisy and sincerely apologizing to those you have wronged is the true measure of a mans integrity.

God knows its not a lesson they are likely to learn from their parents.

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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:58 PM
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1. K&R, my dear Nance...
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 11:00 PM by CaliforniaPeggy
Beautifully and sensitively written, my dear Nance...

Major kudos, sweetie....

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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:00 PM
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2. Hell, yeah!
Nails it down with no daylight showing along the edges.

K & R!

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mindwalker_i Donating Member (836 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:25 PM
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3. Masterfully said
That was cery well put. Amazing.

-mwalker
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:35 PM
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5. Welcome to the conversation, mwalker ...
... :hi:
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 11:29 PM
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4. Irony...
You have to be capable of some actual thinking skills to appreciate it.

This would appear to include just about everyone reading this thread... :hi:

Ya done it again, Nance... :yourock:


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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 01:42 AM
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6. Nancy, I've finally figured it out...
Doctors take the Hippocratic oath when they embark on their medical careers. Apparently, the oath that Republicans take is the Hypocritical oath. They must, because so many of them adhere to it.
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 03:04 AM
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7. And the first provision of the Hypocritical Oath is ...
... First do no harm - unless you can make a buck out of it, in which case you should inflict as much harm as possible.
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 08:34 AM
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8. Welllllllll,
I just read your "I Don't Care" post. It put me in the mood to note that Vitter wouldn't have to worry about pissed-off party members if he'd managed to keep his member from partying...
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 09:40 AM
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9. SPOT ON!
even more than usual Nance. :)


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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 09:44 AM
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10. You summed up everything I've been thinking about this sorry spectacle.
Thank you, Nance!

k&r
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Jed Dilligan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 09:49 AM
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11. Did someone mention Crass?
I love their song "Where Next Columbus?"

snip

Sartre had an idea from the confusion of his brain
Then there were a thousand more indulging in his pain
Revelling in isolation and existential choice
Can you truly be alone when you use anothers voice?

Anothers lies, anothers truth
Anothers doubt, anothers proof

The idea born in someones mind
Is nurtured by a thousand blind
Anonymous beings, vacuous souls
Do you fear the confusion, your lack of control?
You lift your arm to write a name
So caught up in the identity game
Who do you see? Who do you watch?
Who's your leader? Which is your flock?
Who do you watch? Who do you watch?
Who's your leader? Which is your flock?

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4_TN_TITANS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 11:18 AM
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12. Well said as always, Nance... n/t
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-17-07 11:25 AM
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13. Why isn't he in rehabilitation like the rest of them
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