I’m going to alter from my normal persona and stand on a teenie-tiny little soapbox tonight. I say teenie-tiny because I won’t need to be on there for long, and because my opinion is of such incredibly small weight in the matter, but nevertheless, when something bugs me enough, I have to say something. And since this blog happens to be my cheap form of therapy, my rants will just have to spill over to here from time to time.
Now keep in mind that I am a rather apolitical person. You will never read my opinions on who you should vote for, and why, here in Topsy-Techie land. Sometimes that is because I am trying to be diplomatic with such a diverse readership, and then sometimes it is because I simply don’t have an opinion.
But there is a trend in the political arena which has really gotten my ire up, and has created in me so much of an opinion that I am risking the fact that I could come across as a cynical, well, you-know-what in order to voice that opinion. It has come to the forefront yet again this week during the scandal of my home state’s senator, John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth. It has to do with wives of politicians who have been publicly embarrassed, made fools of, and generally degraded by having their hubbies extracurricular activities splashed across the media. It is a crucial, sensitive, life-changing time for these women, and you would expect that they would be feeling every range of emotions from anger to grief to humiliation.
Yet the emotion that almost always gets put forward in the public eye? Denial. Press conference after press conference they are conspicuously present, standing in (outward, at least) support of their cheatin,’ ambition-driven spouse. Why???? Please won’t someone explain this phenomenon to me? I can’t figure out if I am the better woman, or the lesser woman, because I would be so far from that press conference that GoogleEarth would have to reboot to find me. Why would I want the world to think that I – – in any way – – gave credence to the cretin who had just wrecked my home, my life, and my marriage??
I understand that it is just politics as usual, but do these women really care whether their hubbies political careers continue after they have confessed to being lying, cheating miscreants? Doesn’t that put a red flag up in these women’s minds that says maybe they aren’t the best guy for the job of governing our country, after all? Really…if you have some inside info or just an opinion on this one, I’d love to hear it, because I am all out of ideas on why it continues to take place time after time in the American political arena.
Political rant over. That wasn’t too painful, now was it?