So, Anthony Weiner has resigned… I usually don’t find much use in discussing scandals like this, but I’ve noted that Pat Buchanan has suggested that a blow was struck for the “old morality” by the public’s expressed disgust and the political class’s unanimous condemnation of the Congressman:
The national reaction to Anthony Weiner, the clamor that he get out of the House now, to which the Democratic Party is yielding, testifies to the enduring moral health of the nation.
The culture war is not yet wholly lost.
The truly remarkable thing that the Weiner episode—along with countless other leaked photos and accounts of DC sexual escapades—reveals is the large percentage of lying, sociopathic perverts who are currently governing the country. This strikes me as far more significant than the fact that Debbie Wasserman Schultz washed her hands of a congressman who was no longer useful.
In the ‘90s, Buchanan and the Religious Right defined the “culture war” as one primarily over morality (or, more accurately, over moral hot-button issues that could be voted on). Yet one wonders whether this is the battlefield on which the real war was and still is being fought. First-generation Latino immigrants are overwhelmingly Catholic, and according to a Pew study, 75 percent of them self-identify as “Pro-Life.” One can thus easily imagine a United States that is “virtuous” (as the conservative movement (mis-)defines the word) as well as poor, non-Western, and brown.
To be more blunt, if America’s historic majority is to be dispossessed on this continent, then who really cares if the public gets grossed out by a Cognressman’s Twitter feed?
What interests me more than these questions is this notion—a very modern, democratic one—that political leaders must be “representatives” of the people. An indiscretion on the rep’s part is deemed a betrayal of the people (who are presumably good) as well as his democratic “position of honor.”
This morality is new.
Pat, one would assume, honors Emperor Constantine, who commissioned the Council of Nicaea, canonized the Bible, and laid the foundation stone for the conversion of the European peoples to Christianity. Constantine also executed his son and wife, the latter by means of boiling her to death in her own bathtub, for reasons that seem to have much more to do with the emperor’s jealously and rage than any actual crimes.
I don’t bring this up to scandalize Constantine. One could come up with numerous other anecdotes involving rank immortality among truly great men. Henry VIII is, rightfully, an English hero, yet who could defend his marital shenanigans?
In turn, my opinion of Martin Luther King Jr. would not change in the slightest were I to discover that he were actually a loving family man (and not a sexual hyena.)
(On this matter, I do hope that the FBI’s “MLK tapes” will one day be released. The sainted civil rights leader’s penchant for White prostitutes would reveal that, much like the other sociopaths who flourish in democracies, he had no great love for his own people.)
At any rate, the true “old morality” judged political leaders on whether or not their use of state power protected and advanced their race and civilization. Salus populi lex suprema—The salvation of the people is the supreme law.
Put more crudely, if a politician did what needs to be done—most importantly, expel the Third World element from this continent—then I wouldn’t care if he were boffing goats on the White House lawn.