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I don't condone Congressman Anthony Weiner's behavior in any way.  Do I
think it was cheating on his wife?  Yes.  Do I think it was immature? 
Yes.  Do I think it was a character flaw?  Yes.  Would I ever vote for a
person who had a character flaw?  Yes, because there might be hardly
anyone else to vote for.  Just like I would vote for Thomas Jefferson,
FDR, John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, President Eisenhower, and many others
who had affairs, or did other immature things.

Do I think that a man who cheats on his wife will be a man who cheats
his country?  Possibly, but in many cases I don't believe that to be
true.  Republican President Eisenhower was a great General who led the
WWII Allied forces in saving the world from Hitler and his killing
machine.  He was also a good President and--based on what I have learned
about him--a good man, despite having had a mistress.  I also greatly
admired and respected FDR for saving the country from a huge depression
in which people suffered greatly--despite his having had an affair. 
FDR, overall, was a great President, though he made what I believe to
have been a horrible decision to--without any notice--  herd innocent
Japanese citizens into internment camps, making many of them lose their

I thought Andrew Jackson was a great General in helping save America
from the British in the War of 1812, but he made an immoral decision to
force thousands of American Indians to leave their homelands in the
east and be herded like cattle to lousy reservations out west.  They
called the cruel eviction of the Indians--during which some of them
died--"The Trail of  Tears."  Would I vote for Jackson, even if he
helped to save our country?  That's a tough one, but probably not.

I think we have to weigh peoples' worth and goodness based on their whole character, not just

on whether they are faithful to their wives.  And I also believe that
some sins are worse than others.  While some sins hurt wives other sins
may kill thousands of people unnecessarily.  It's been well documented
that Bush lied our country into the Iraq war, resulting in the deaths
and loss of limbs of thousands of young American soldiers and thousands
of innocent Iraqi citizens.

Congressman Weiner was wrong and stupid, but I will leave that between
Weiner and his wife.  It's up to her to decide if he is still worthy of
her love or whether she should dump him.  And it's up to the voters in
his District to decide whether Anthony Weiner is a good Congressman to
represent  them or whether they should dump him.
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I am a semi-retired 64 year old psychotherapist. I am a Progressive and a Democrat. I admire FDR and Teddy Roosevelt. Despite my disappointment with the Democratic Party I find the far-Right Republicans to be much much worse. I deplore living in (more...)
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