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Defense attorneys often base their client’s case on said person’s ‘unfortunate’ childhood: They tell the jury that the defendant was raised with a history of severe abuse—sexual, emotional, physical (usually some combination) and, therefore, is not totally responsible for the crime s/he committed. They ask for forgiveness, leniency, a shortened sentence or a plea bargain. Sometimes they get it.
I have great compassion for those children who, through no fault of their own, are so severely damaged by their parents or caretakers that, without acute intervention, they will never, ever be able to live any semblance of a normal, healthy life.
I find this heart-wrenching but, regardless of their childhood trauma, these people are still accountable for their actions and, we can only hope, are appropriately dealt with in our criminal justice system.
It is reported that Representative Weiner was, growing up, a classic nerd who then rose to the ranks of ‘important people in Washington.’ It is said that he was unable to handle his…..
success, that he likely suffers from some diagnosable personality disorder, and that he exhibits the behavior of a sensation seeker. The experts report that ‘he wasn’t thinking’, and that he ‘can’t control himself’.
Anthony Weiner has poor impulse control. He has faulty decision-making ability. He violated his relationship with God, his wife, his family and friends, and the public who voted him into office. He lied overtly and he lied by omission, the later being more damaging than the former.
While I find this ‘unfortunate’ for Anthony Weiner, it’s a grossly inadequate explanation for his lack of integrity and faulty character.
Weiner’s constituency trusted him with their vote. If he doesn’t have the common sense, the laudable values, the decency to keep his privates, well, private, then how can be trusted with lawmaking responsibilities?
In front of the entire world he tearfully ‘confessed’ to making decisions he deeply regrets. He’s terribly sorry for his inappropriate conversations.
I wonder what his wife would say about that. I wonder what he will tell his child once it is born and old enough to understand his/her dad’s transgressions.
It’s my opinion that his ‘confession’ and ‘apology’ was pathetically lacking and that it is not only, unfortunately, par for the course—it’s irrelevant.
That he must resign before he further humiliates himself is not a question, but a question of time.
PS If I were a guessing kind of gal, I’d say that Weiner will resign within 48 hours (tops), his wife will stay with him a short time, and then leave him after he comes out of ‘treatment.’
What do you think? Should he resign? Can he effectively continue to do the job he was elected to do? Let me know what you’re thinking. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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