AKA Client 9. My initial reaction was almost gleeful. I don't live in New York so Governor Spitzer's troubles don't affect me. Nonetheless, he's a Democrat and a perfect hypocrite so why not have a little chuckle at his expense? Then I read this:
Incidents like this aren’t shocking, given the fact that the human heart is divided against itself. The struggle between nobility and corruption is an on-going one for people in every profession, every circumstance, every faith. People who act honorably in some areas of their lives can act dishonorably in other areas. And those who fail can be redeemed.
Then I looked in the mirror. And I remembered a conversation from years ago when a relative encouraged me to run for office. Not necessarily because I was somehow qualified but because I was so passionate and apparently sounded as if I knew what I was talking about. My response was something to the effect of "No way. I'm not good enough. There are better people out there". By that I didn't mean smarter or more knowledgeable. I just meant better.
Nobody is perfect. At least no one on this earth. We all have our flaws, we all make mistakes and hopefully learn from them (I never seem to). Whether we learn from our mistakes or not, we will pay for them one way or another. Eliot Spitzer is responsible for his actions. That he should pay for his mistakes is right and just. He did not wake up yesterday and discover he was the governor of New York, he had to know if he got caught it would be front page news and his family would suffer tremendously. Why would he risk that?
I would like to believe if I ever did run for office and by some miracle got elected, my personal behavior would be above reproach. The public trust carries with it an awesome responsibility. I expect, and we all deserve, leaders who can live up to that trust, who are worthy of that trust. Leaders who accept that responsibility.
Those who fail can be redeemed. That's a comforting thought.
But it’s still a depressing spectacle.