Please! If you value your lives, get out and vote! Everywhere you look there are stories about the weird, wild and ridiculous escapades of people in public office. This country is in crisis and the only way to start fixing what’s wrong is for us to get off our collective asses, head down to the local polling place and vote out the crazies and hypocrites that have made their way into office.
Now don’t get me wrong. I know that politicians are people too and that they are just as likely to find themselves in the same wacky situations that can befall any “regular” person. However, there needs to be a line. If a man or woman is going to pursue a life of public service, they need to be more careful than the average citizen about the decisions they make and the lives they lead. Like it or not, public office has put them in the public eye (that’s where the word “public” kicks in) — in a role of leadership and responsibility. They need to be able to inspire some level of confidence. If they can’t do that, they should resign or be voted out. That’s not too much to ask is it? Sometimes I feel like I’m one of the few people who can see the epidemic of idiocy that has enveloped this country — me, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and a scattering of clear-eyed citizens.
This isn’t just a crazy political rant on my part. I have evidence to back my claims. Let’s take a look at people America has chosen to place in positions of power and influence (full disclosure, some of this information comes from Real Time with Bill Maher):
New York: Incumbent Congressman Michael Grimm (R), publicly threatened to throw a reporter over a balcony and has been indicted on 20 counts of tax fraud, but as of mid-September he was leading in the polls and on track to be re-elected. His trial has been scheduled for late November.
Tennessee: Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R) is a self-declared Pro-Life candidate, even though he made his (now ex) wife have two abortions and his mistress to have one. DesJarlais is a medical doctor who was reprimanded for sleeping with at least two of his patients.
** Just so there’s no suspicion of bias, I tried to find a Democrat with a wacky story but could not. If you know of one please feel free to tell me in a comment.