We interrupt this chirpy little mommy-blog for a moment of political postulating…
When I was in school, and I was first feeling my way around the world, trying to determine what my political footing would be, I wrote a research paper with the premise that the private life of a politician is irrelevant to their performance as a leader. I asserted that JFK and FDR were both known philanderers, and they were both excellent presidents–why, then, should it matter if a presidential candidate had been unfaithful to his or her spouse?
I wrote that years before I became someone’s wife. It makes me shudder a little now.
The next presidential election is in full-swing, and already we’re hearing more than we ever wanted to know about the people running. And I’ve been interested to observe that many of the candidates I might consider supporting have been blatantly unfaithful to their spouses.
And this bugs me. I’m trying to decide just how much it bugs me.
It’s not that I expect the president to be the model of the perfect spouse (there is no such thing)–it’s just that, sitting smack dab in the middle of a marriage myself, I see how closely intertwined your character is with your treatment of your spouse. Can I fully trust a leader who cheated on the most important vow he or she ever took?
I bring this up simply because I thought it would be an interesting point to throw out for discussion. How big a deal is it to you that your president is a faithful spouse? How much does that impact your voting? If a candidate who had cheated (but with whom you agreed otherwise politically) ran against a candidate who had been faithful (but with whom you greatly differed politically)–how much weight would you give to the issue of marital fidelity?
My favorite posts are always the ones where y’all jump in for a hearty discussion, so get to it. (And even though I referenced the US election, you international folks feel free to jump in.)
*UPDATE* Thanks for a hearty discussion, everyone. Just a heads-up that I’ll be closing comments on this at 2 pm Central on Sunday, simply because these things need to have an end point. If you have something left to say, please remember to stay on-topic.
*UPDATE#2* Comments are now closed. Feel free to continue the discussion at your own blogs! Thanks–