WEINER’S BONER: IT’S ABOUT THE LIES

There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity.”

              — Tennessee Williams, from Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

William Clinton, John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliot Spitzer, Chris Lee, John Ensign and, of course, Anthony Weiner all have one thing in common that is more disturbing than their illicit sexploits. Each one of these elected officials demonstrated the ability to look you and me — their electors — into the eye of the camera with a straight face expecting us to believe a complete and utter falsehood.

If an elected servant in a position of power, can boldly and knowingly lie about their personal iniquities, they certainly can lie about anything else. Their credibility is zilch. It doesn’t matter if they are talking about campaign promises, the economy, national security or hookers on the side, a lie is a lie. Proven liars in public office should never get a pass nor be allowed to continue serving in highly sensitive positions of trust.

“My computer was hacked,” can only run a close second to, “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”

In Anthony Weiner’s case, it’s a double whammy. Not only did he conduct himself in a sordid manner, not only did he violate his marriage vows, he looked us — the public — in the eye denying it all, and invented more lies until he faced the proverbial spot on the blue dress — in this case — the other woman on line.

What is amazing, is the gullibility of Americans who will make excuses for liars who have a charismatic personality. Or, when the liar represents a cultural, ethnic block that, in itself, supercedes the bar of integrity.

Voters didn’t care that federal judge, Alcee Hastings, was impeached for bribery and perjury in congress by a vote of 413-3, and then convicted and removed from federal bench in 1988. Yet, he ran for a seat in the very congress that impeached him, and won! Integrity mattered not. Today, Hastings, a proven liar, sits on the House Committee on Intelligence, among other positions of trust. Feel secure?

As a thirty-year cop, and someone who is related to a chronic drug addict, dealing with liars has been a life-long journey. With so much experrience, one gets pretty good at detecting lies and dealing with deceit. It has taught me that a sociopathic liar has no conscience or remorse. What matters most is not getting caught. Liars will go to great lengths to avoid detection. Until, of course, their back is against the wall.

Most career cops will tell you, for every thief and burglar that is apprehended, there are a hundred more out there that don’t get caught. If the same ratio of liars is applied to elected representatives, we could be in sorry shape.

There was a time when integrity was the pillar of trust upon which voters risked electing representatives and executives with access to the most sensitive national security issues or even, the power to send our kids into battle. In this age of media hype, personality and charm creates a blur over any questions of dishonesty. (As we know)

It’s all about character. The apologies of Rep. Anthony Weiner ring as insincere as many other elected officials, too numerous to name, who have been caught in embarrassing situations, thrusting their families into a quagmire of shame. Still, many still try to retain their positions of trust, the electorate be damned, despite being exposed as liars. And, too often, the electorate chooses charisma over integrity.

It’s a sad commentary on voters as well.

 Click here: Rep. Alcee Hastings, Florida Democrat, sued for alleged sexual harassment

 Click here: Alcee Hastings – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia