Sanford admitted to an affair with an Argentinian woman. Craig pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after being arrested by a policeman at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for lewd conduct. Foley was accused of sending suggestive text and instant messages to male teens.
It seems as if it usually boils down to sex but not always. Richard Nixon was run out of Washington because of Watergate and Ted Kennedy almost lost his political career over the Chappaquiddick car crwash that took the life of Mary Jo Kopechne.
In 1922 Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall was found guilty of bribery, fined $100,000 and sentenced to one year in prison in what is remembered as the Teapot Dome Scandal.
Human failure is rampant in politics, mainly because politicians are human beings prone to fall short. You may quickly name persons of unblemished service and there would be many but the problem with that is that you never know everything. Every human being is guilty of foul-ups, let downs and human failure. Even the Bible says all have come short. All means all of us.
People actually talk about the faults and mistakes of others all the time.
Granted you or your neighbor may not be running for public office and therefore you may feel you are exempt from life scrutiny. Just remember these people are human beings with a human nature and human problems and have the ability to fall short of perfection. We all have that nature.
Whew...I’m not slamming either party. This is not about right, left or moderate. Professional help is available and it’s not restricted to a political party.
Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author of "American Issues" and nine other books. Contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or like his facebook page at www.facebook.com/glennmollette.