Weiner Took the Cancer Car to Vegas
I’m assuming no one is in the dark about the fact that women like power. It’s a topic that has been explored for a thousand years in a million ways. If you’re a man and you’re not built like a Greek god and you want to get laid: lots and lots of all kinds of laid (notice I didn’t say relationship with someone monogamous. I said laid) one might suggest that you get yourself some power. Billionaire oligarchs do it. Heads of media companies do it. It’s not out of the question to see a twenty-two year old model fawning over the body forty-two year old owner of a night club as though he had washed on to a beach on a clamshell blown there by Aphrodite herself.
It stands to reason then that a successful politician like Anthony Weiner should get and extra helping of extramarital ego stroking (insert stroking joke here) being that politicians are innately powerful.
No. And here’s where he differs from say Michael Bay or the head of the Mexican mob or anyone else who’s free to use his position to sell himself to some gal’s retouched facebook photo. The power that makes him so “sexy.” It’s. Not. His. Power.
It doesn’t belong to him. Unlike Tiger Woods or Erwin Schrödinger, The Politician didn’t earn his position. We the public handed him all the power of public office and the notoriety that comes with it, in order to govern us. In other words, he’s just borrowing power in order to serve the public because he is a f****** public servant. Anything, and I mean anything else that he does with the power, THAT WE GAVE HIM, is a misuse of power.
Let’s look at it another way. Say you lend a friend your Escalade to pick up sick kids from the hospital and run them to Disneyland. The Escalade has that third row of seats; it’s perfect for the task. Then say you found out your friend took it to Vegas because strippers like Escalades. It’s not illegal to go to Vegas, or to bone strippers but you’d probably cut this person off as your friend.
And, in the case of Anthony Weiner, if he’s using any of his political celebrity to appeal to girls on the internet, it’s a violation of the position with which we trusted him. At least when Chris Lee was trolling for sex on Craigslist, he didn’t play the congressman card. We empowered Weiner because we thought we could trust him with power. And I’m not going to evoke the tenuous nature of our faith in democracy. That would be a little overly dramatic for the situation. But it’s reasonable to have expectations for the people we elevate to a position of power and it’s fair for the public to be let down. It’s getting to an unfortunate stage where we just shrug and say, “Politicians.”
Authors note: I do not live in Weiner’s district, the word public was meant in a general way.
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