published Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Marital infidelity and politics

Unfortunately, there have been all too many instances of marital infidelity and other improprieties among some of our highest officials, presidents, senators, representatives and others. Nor is such misbehavior limited to people in politics. It is reprehensible and should not be tolerated or approved.

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., who has been mentioned as a possible conservative presidential candidate, is the latest prominent politician to "confess" in public: "Last year I had an affair. I violated the vows of my marriage."

We don't know why he decided to make his statement at this time, embarrassing his wife and three children, as well as many political supporters. He did not indicate a plan to resign.

Whether the offender is a president or a senator or an ordinary individual, if a person cannot honorably live up to a pledge of faithfulness to his or her spouse, how can anyone be confident the offending individual should be trusted to be honest, upright and dependable in other matters and public office?

Marital infidelity is treated much too lightly by too many, politicians and otherwise.

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