Is Our Country’s Culture Beyond Repair? Why Weiner Should Have Stayed in Office

The recent developments in the Anthony Weiner “scandal” have forced me to give some thought to what’s going on with American society and whether or not it needs fixing.  There are so many avenues I could go down with this post:  the news media’s obsession with scandal, our voyeuristic culture, the ultra-sensitive fragile feelings of the masses, the opportunistic lawyers and civil rights advocates that are working for the almighty dollar rather than justice, or the tendency toward reveling in others’ pain in the comfort of our living rooms.

All of these issues sadden me.  In a country that was founded so that everyone could be treated fairly, would be represented in government, and have basic rights that could not be taken away, it seems that our nation has gone right down the toilet with no sign of rescue.  Don’t get me wrong, I love this country, the lifestyle I can afford, and the freedom that I enjoy.  But if the Founding Fathers saw us now, what do you think they would say?  Let’s take a crack at it, shall we?

To those that are calling for the resignation of Anthony Weiner: “If any of you have never exercised poor judgement in the quest to get your rocks off, please step forward.”  And to the 5 people that stepped forward, “Your dishonesty is a shame to our great nation.  Please submit your resignation.”

The individuals in the press, in the public eye, and in our government that are calling for Weiner’s resignation should stop for a moment and examine what we lose if Rep. Weiner steps down.  This is a man who is not afraid to voice his opinion and represent his constituents.  He has routinely called opponents out on the House floor, and said in session what we are all thinking.  Here are a couple of Rep. Weiner’s rants.

How can you tell me that this person should leave the House?  Personal life aside, this is a man that is a breath of fresh air and deserves to be applauded for his work.  It’s a shame that this is not what is on the news, that we’re so obsessed with a picture of his manhood, and that we’re not judging his ability to do his job based on his work history.  Instead, we just want him out because we love to be voyeurs and we think the world is our own personal daytime drama.  Heads up people:  if the Internet and Twitter existed in the 60s, I can guarantee #JFKpenis would have been a top trending topic at some point.

Sadly, as I write this, news is breaking that Weiner has told friends he will be stepping down.  I can only hope that Anthony Weiner, the only politician that I’ve ever seen show his level of courage in a hopeless political system, moves to my district and runs for office.

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Kevin Davis is the head writer and editor for SecularVoices, and the author of Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers, a book aimed at improving relationships between the religious and their atheist loved ones. Kevin is also the Executive Director of Young Skeptics, an elementary-level after-school program for kids focused on critical thinking. Guest bloggers are welcome at SecularVoices. Please email submissions to contact@secularvoices.org.

  • http://nvonews.com Ramanand Kumar

    No culture is beyond repair. It just need strong steps to be taken but it is not so easy in this globalization. Every end is a new beginning.

    • http://dividedundergod.wordpress.com Divided Under God

      Ramanand, thanks for the comment. If our culture is repairable, what steps do you think need to be taken in order to set us in the right direction? We live in a culture focused on voyerism, exploitation of other people’s misfortunes and tragedies, and tearing people down from success. How do you change the way people operate when their first reaction to someone in need is to pull out a cell phone and start filming, rather than lend a hand?

  • http://vacationplacesingoa.blogspot.com/ Peter @ homestays in goa

    America’s founding fathers were God fearing people. Unfortunately not all their great grandchildren are. That’s the root of the problem

    • http://dividedundergod.wordpress.com Divided Under God

      Actually, many of our founding fathers were anti-Christian. You might want to become more familiar with your history books and not just believe what your pastor tells you. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with people who do not believe in fairy tales.