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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Why Politicians' Records Are More Important Than Their Scandals

Cynthia Tucker argues that politicians’ actions should be more important than their scandals in her column, “Politicians’ Public Acts Trump Their Personal Behavior:”

I don’t want to talk about Newt Gingrich’s many marriages. I really don’t. Nor do I want to talk about an alleged extramarital affair that Herman Cain may have carried on for 13 years. There are so many better reasons to doubt the leadership skills of both men — sound, practical grounds to resist their claims of fitness for the nation’s highest office.

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  • metanoia

    I continue to be troubled by the argument that there is no connection between the public and private actions of a person. The heart of a human act the person who is acting. If the personal character of a person is capable of duplicity, dishonesty, etc., in private life, there is every reason to believe that capability will be expressed in public life, for in both instances it is the same person whose character determines what actions are permissible. The public/private distinction is not only artificial, it is also false.