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DO YOU THINK THAT INFIDELITY SHOULD MATTER IN POLITICS?

ANGEL 2012/03/05 03:17:20
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This topic recently arose with Newt Gingrich. However, it comes up again
over and over again whenever a political person is caught "with his
pants down". (Pun intended)


I would like to hear the opinions of a diverse population. After all - there are Christian republicans, Buddhist republicans, Scientology democrats,
Atheists democrats, homosexual libertarians etc. Therefore, some
political topics might actually bring a diverse group of people to the
table, finding that they share viewpoints and have more in common than
not.

Do you think that infidelity should matter in politics?
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  • goatman112003 2012/03/05 08:37:08
    Yes, it matters
    goatman112003
    +3
    I believe it shows the character of the man and good good he keeps his promises. If a piece of quail will lead him astray what does money and power do.

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  • FalconFlight 2012/03/06 02:26:06
    Yes, it matters
    FalconFlight
    Yes it matters. President Clinton was blackmailed by Monica, and President Kennedy probably compromised his position with his wantonly careless flings with an East German intelligence operative, and a Nazi double agent back in the WWII period. It matters. People can be blackmailed, including presidents.
  • Wake The Sheeple 2012/03/06 01:42:32
    Yes, it matters
    Wake The Sheeple
    +1
    It shows your true character and how loyal you are to.the one you love whether that be your nation or spouse.
  • Steve ☮ R ☮ P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/03/06 00:35:37
    Yes, it matters
    Steve ☮ R ☮ P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +2
    If someone takes a solemn vow to be faithful to someone they supposedly love, and they break that vow, how in the world could you ever expect them to abide by their oath to the Constitution and the people they are supposed to represent (most of whom they will never even meet).
  • Gassenjunge 2012/03/05 22:44:33
    Yes, it matters
    Gassenjunge
    +1
    lacking trust with the people who depend on you for important decisions that would affect their lives...is that important? lol...yes, it matters a LOT. It makes you think: what else would that politician do that could fall into the general category of cheating?
  • Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮ 2012/03/05 22:43:44
    Undecided
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    +1
    Its a yes/no sort of thing. If the politician is in office and doing a good job for the people, I'd be more than willing to ignore this character flaw. For example, I dont hold the supposed fidelity issues Kennedy had against him, because of executive order 11110.

    However, if the politician is new to the scene with no history, then I would weigh in this vice, because usually its a sign that the politician is a fraud. Maybe he'll have some virtues that compensate for this vice, but the vice will be considered.

    Then finally, if the politician has a history of doing the wrong thing consistently like Newt (supporting gun control, nafta, department of education, etc), then there is no need to consider his personal life. He does so terrible in his "professional" life that there is no need to look farther into his character.
  • Bocephus 2012/03/05 19:59:21 (edited)
  • DeeB 2012/03/05 19:06:53
    Yes, it matters
    DeeB
    +1
    Absolutely! It shows what type of person you are. If they have no quams about lying to the people closest to them then what makes you think they'd have a problem lying to the public? It also shows that they are not trustworthy. Those who vote for a cheater, deserve what they get!
  • Bastion 2012/03/05 16:18:49
    Undecided
    Bastion
    +1
    I don't know if it should always matter, but it should DEFINITELY be an issue if the political figure involved has made fidelity and "family values" issues a foundation of his or her career.

    Personal, private adult behavior is not necessarily any one else's business, but political hypocricy is everybody's business.
  • alanh 2012/03/05 16:18:45
    No, it shouldn't matter
    alanh
    I love how liberals try to make a big deal out of Newt's mistakes but think Bill Clinton was great!! How totally hypocritical. At least Newt has changed his ways!!!! He is the best chance for America right now!! We need change!!
  • goatman112003 2012/03/05 08:37:08
    Yes, it matters
    goatman112003
    +3
    I believe it shows the character of the man and good good he keeps his promises. If a piece of quail will lead him astray what does money and power do.
  • Alex 2012/03/05 07:32:33
    Yes, it matters
    Alex
    +1
    Infidelity is a strong testament to one's character.
  • HillaryLover 2012/03/05 06:37:34
    Undecided
    HillaryLover
    +1
    That depends on the individual circumstances/incidents. Normally, such behavior is a PRIVATE matter between partners. Besides, we elect politicians. We don't elect saints and we don't want saints representing us in political matters.
  • Andy Fletcher 2012/03/05 05:06:41
    Undecided
    Andy Fletcher
    +1
    The Gingrich issue is not a recent one. It occurred during the GOP persecution of Clinton and the hypocrisy of it drove the final nail in the coffin of the GOP in my life. Newt on the other hand, has redeemed himself in my eyes. I wish his window hadn't passed.
  • Dave 2012/03/05 04:41:16 (edited)
    Yes, it matters
    Dave
    +2
    Hey Angel!

    Of course it does! If a person can't be faithful, truthful and/or considerate of the one s/he made a commitment to, that person shouldn't be trusted by the masses s/he doesn't even know! This is a manifestation of deep selfishness. Rather rampant in our culture... wouldn't you say?!

    It Ain t Funny Either
  • ANGEL Dave 2012/03/05 14:43:39
    ANGEL
    You are so correct - "deep selfishness" is very rampant in society today.
  • Roger47 2012/03/05 04:03:26
    Yes, it matters
    Roger47
    +1
    Infidelity shows a fundamental lack of honesty in the relationship that matters most. If a person is dishonest there, why should they be trusted anywhere else?
  • MarcusRP 2012/03/05 03:58:32
    Undecided
    MarcusRP
    Infidelity is an issue that is left up to the voter whether they want to take it into account or not. Some people don't let infidelity into their considerations, and others do.
  • ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2012/03/05 03:36:39
    No, it shouldn't matter
    ὤTṻnde΄ӂ
    It shouldn't matter but when it's a serial habit, I think that indicates a character flaw.
  • Daniel 2012/03/05 03:30:03
    Yes, it matters
    Daniel
    +1
    Sadly we've become to accepting of a society.
  • U-Dog 2012/03/05 03:26:48
    Yes, it matters
    U-Dog
    +3
    Breaking a marriage vow is like breaking one of if not the most important contracts you will ever commit to. If a politician doesn't have the moral integrity to uphold their marriage vows then they will have little integrity and little reason to be trusted in any other aspect of their life.
  • TheDude 2012/03/05 03:20:11 (edited)
    No, it shouldn't matter
    TheDude
    +1
    Focus on the real things. This is politics, not Days of Our Lives.

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