Scourge (Mar 12, 2008)
Scourge (Mar 12, 2008)
That's not what he's saying Arianna. He's saying would you rather have an incompetent person in charge who screwed up everything or a person who was married and had a girlfriend and ..... I don't know smoked weed. And was a great leader who did his job right. When I say did his job right I mean not using his power for selfish reasons like you're suggesting. Or are you saying it's physically impossible for someone in that scaranio to do that?
No, I don't think the personal lives of the politicians should be of our concern... not to the point where they cannot go out to eat as normal people. However a person's life can actually tell if the person is actually going to handle the whole country (or state) at the best; and I think the voters have the right to know what kind of person is going to run the country.
On the Clinton scandal, yes we know and of course he knows what he did was wrong and we should not take it out now. It has nothing to do with his wife whatsoever... but if clinton would have run for president again (if he could) his past life would have say that he is not actually very capable handling the country why? because if he cannot even control himself nor his household... how can he run an entire country?
Nothing less from Pyro ^_^ Great Sig ^_^ THANK YOU!!!!"show me.... THE BEAST!!!" The Beauty and the Beast movie
Yes. They're our leaders... and if they're doing things to make us look like idiots in the eyes of the world or compromise our trust in them, we should absolutely know.
The question is: whether certain sorts of private matters have any impact on their ability to lead and we aren't making ourselves look foolish by keeping them front and center 24-7 for months at a time and fighting over it amongst ourselves.
If the president did drugs in highschool -- it probably doesn't matter. If he's cheating on his wife -- it sucks, but ditto. If he's sending smarmy emails to male interns -- whatever.
BUT if he's laundering money, taking bribes or lying to us: yeah... I think it matters and I want to know.
Sort of a Clinton vs. Nixon situation ^^;
I don't give a damn really if the Prime Minister (or president) is cheating, having affairs, has been divorced 3 times and has had 10 children to 10 different wives or whatever.
I care is what they plan to do while they are in power, the policies they are going to implement, how they are going to fix our roads, hospitals, schools and other infrastructure. Where he/she stands on issues that I actually care about, what he has done in the past in regards to politic, what his party stands for - that is what is important to me
I don't care what they do in their personal lives - so longs as it doesn't infringe on their ability to run a country. More importantly what their party believes in.
And I don't think most people really care on the bits either. Some State politicians here have come out and said they have tried marijuana, Aust current Prime Minister has even admitted to have ' had to much to drink' and entered a strip club in New York. Obviously it didn't effect the election much because - well he's in power.
The only real reason why it's a big deal is because the media makes it out to be. The only time I'm happy with the media making a big deal out of politicians personal lives in when they are doing something illegal.
Cheating on your wife, doin' drugs in high school/college, smackin' your woman around a bit, drinkin' like a fish, pretty much anything that was in the past or that is a domestic problem should remain where they originated. I don't think the media--or anyone else, for that matter--has the right to say anything about the actions of a person if those were meant to be personal issues. The Clinton scandal was a big waste of time and a pile of BS, to boot. Yeah, he lied under oath... Plenty of people commit purgory! But he wouldn't have needed to do so, had someone just said, "Why don't you go get marriage counseling?" Or something along those lines. An average "Joe" can cheat on his wife and there's no mass of cameras, no media swarm, but someone with some power gets a bit of skull action and it's the end of the friggin' world! It's sad, really...
I believe as long as they're not doin' anything illegal, it's none of my business.
But I will definitely agree on the breaking the law thing. That is why Spitzer is in so much trouble right now... come to think of it, adultery just might be illegal. I know it used to be that is why it could be used as grounds for a divorce. Did that ever get taken off the books?