Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer are probably two of the biggest perverts running for office today, but who cares right? What does it matter that New York has two sexual deviants trying to get elected? After all, what a person is like in his private life should not affect how they govern while in office. It is because of this truth that I see no problem with either of these men being on the ballot, and furthermore, I believe that the Founding Fathers would have no problem with them either.
Consider John Witherspoon, a Signer of the Declaration of Independence; in one of his sermons, Witherspoon gave support for men like Weiner and Spitzer holding office, saying to his audience:
“Is it reasonable to expect wisdom from the ignorant? Fidelity from the profligate? Assiduity and application to public business from men of a dissipated life? Is it reasonable to commit the management of public revenue to one who has wasted his own patrimony? Those, therefore, who pay no regard to religion and sobriety in the persons whom they send to the legislature of any State are guilty of the greatest absurdity and will soon pay dear for their folly.” (1)
Oh wait, sorry, that’s the wrong quote; it actually goes against my point…that’s embarrassing. Well then, how about we take a look at Founding Father and great American educator Noah Webster; this quote by the guy who created Webster’s Dictionary is one of the strongest cases in favor of having people who were corrupt in their private life, hold political office:
“If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted…If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.” (2)
Oh dear, this is really embarrassing, I mean, that’s the second time I’ve done that in the space of three paragraphs. Seems Webster is actually against electing unprincipled men; okay, this hasn’t been going very well has it? But all is not lost as I still have my ace in the whole with Founder Samuel Adams; Adams was one of the most influential and knowledgeable Founders this country has ever had, I guarantee you that THIS quote by Adams is the best evidence for electing Weiner and Spitzer:
“If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation.” (3)
For those who haven’t picked up on it by now, I am being completely sarcastic by claiming the Founders would support these two sexually immoral “men.” If you really believe that someone’s private actions and corruptions will not affect how they govern in public office, you are naïve at best or blinding yourself to the truth at worst. Obviously your private life will affect how you act publicly; how you act in your private life shows who you are as a person, and who you are as a person does not change just because you are a public official. People seem to forget that these “private sins” committed by Weiner and Spitzer both happened while they were elected officials, and it all stems from the fact that they were corrupt in their private life to begin with.
Don’t buy the lie that your private actions should not affect your public career or office; it is illogical, antithetical to reason, and it is argumentation like this that leads to bad men being elected to run our towns, states, and our nation. You want to know why we are in the mess we are in? It is because we tolerate candidates like Weiner and Spitzer, and it seriously needs to stop.
1. John Witherspoon, A Sermon Delivered at Public Thanksgiving after Peace, http://westillholdthesetruths.org/quotes/309/is-it-reasonable-to-expect-wisdom
2. Noah Webster, History of the United States, http://westillholdthesetruths.org/quotes/310/if-the-citizens-neglect-their-duty
3. Samuel Adams, Letter to Elbridge Gerry, [Wells, William V., The Life and Public Services of Samuel Adams, vol. 3, Little, Brown, and Co., Boston, 1865, pg 124-125]