Now we have another married U.S. congressman caught being stupid - contacting a single women on Craig's List and ultimately sending her a shirtless photo of himself. Now you can't really call this a sex scandal because there seems to have been no actual sex involved. But still, God Bless America - it's headline news!
You gotta be kidding, right?
When will Americans no longer be surprised and excited by moral missteps and sexual deviancy?When will such bland behavior cease being headline news?
I offered that question to two media personalities and one said, "It's news because he's a congressman."
Because he's a congressman, I'm to believe shady behavior is below him? Get a grip. My fellow Americans, because he's a congressman shady behavior should be expected.
The days when thinking doctors, lawyers, teachers, and politicians, lived to higher standards then the rest of us, as some say "ordinary" people, are long, long, gone my friends. Or should be anyway.
Serving detention in fifth grade, I'd look out the window and see my teachers, married male and married female, but not to each other, going two by two, together, chatting, flirting, giggling their way to the parking lot. I was ten and could smell the funk.
Cripes, on radio talk shows politicians openly describe their time at the statehouse as being very similar to high school.
Remember high school? There were smart kids, athletic kids, dumb kids, wise assed kids, rich kids, poor kids. There were every kind of kid regarding ability, personality and intelligence. Mostly everyone got along. You weren't all fast friends, and there were a few fights here and there, but you got through it. So it seemed.
And through it all, if you paid attention, there were a million stories being written within the school walls.
Stories: The student hoarding a fifth in their locker. The coach carrying on with a player. The senior sexting the seventh grader. The school board member sexing the married school principal. This stuff had been going on since Adam ate the apple.
Now because of the new media - even though nothing new is taking place - we see what we couldn't clearly see before in a flash.
If new media isn't discovering anything new, what the new media may be proving is how stupid we are.
Before the Internet and smart phones, we could hide our ill ways. Now, if you don't assume your silliness will to be found out, one can only surmise your mind is dry as a scone.
Ah, that's the rub; that's what's surprising. Not that married folks want to have sex with someone other than their partner. Not that politicians, schoolteachers, doctors and priests, want to do cocaine, and smoke dope and play grab booty - it's that they think they'll get away with it.
There's also the theory all the T.V. shrinks pose: "They need help, they want to get caught."
There's that and there's the guilty; they have so much power they think they're above the law and they think they can get away with it. They don't care because the pay off is worth it.
Here's another one of my theories regarding cheating spouses: the spouse who's being cheated on has known it for a while and hasn't taken action, so the cheater thinks he or she is home free.
Or perhaps there's an unspoken agreement: Just as long as you don't rub it in my face. Blah, blah, blah.
All of these theories and excuses are viable. I'm not opposed to anyone using anyone of them. Whatever works for you. I'm just saying, that whatever you do, it's not headline news to me.
Do whatever you'd like with your life. I'm in no position to judge you. Iconfess:I've surfed the Internet for naked photos of Jessica Biel.
Rusty DeWees tours Vermont and Northern New York with his act "The Logger." His column appears weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Listen for The Logger, Rusty DeWees, Thursdays at 7:40 on the Big Station, 98.9 WOKO.