With morality at the forefront of politics now more than ever, it is strange that politicians still believe they can get away with anything and not have the public find out.
"Do as I say, not as I do," is apparently the mantra of several politicians, as former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's lovechild of 10 years was recently revealed, and a suggestive photo of Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner has been publicly displayed on his Twitter account. The arrogance with which Weiner - who has not denied the photo is of him - has handled the situation, making innuendo-filled jokes, is particularly disturbing.
Whether they like it or not, politicians are held to a higher standard than members of the general public. "We all make mistakes" should not be used as a crutch to justify future errors in judgment.
Luckily, we believe the public is slowly catching on. Newt Gingrich, the worst offender of them all, seems to have had his presidential campaign torpedoed already by his hypocrisy. Revelations of him cheating on his first wife with his second wife, then cheating on his second wife with his third wife, all the while publicly chastising President Bill Clinton for similarly repugnant acts, have finally caught up with him.
Politicians who are elected or are looking to be elected don't have to be perfect, but they should not pretend to be. The public is becoming less forgiving with each scandal, and unless politicians want a premature end to their careers, they need to wise up and clean up.