After reading many of the op-eds this week, watching the news, and watching Anthony Weiner himself, I have concluded that Weiner not only needs to be left alone but needs to be supported instead of torn down and further humiliated. What he did was wrong, I will not make excuses for his behavior. I won’t allow the internet, a busy schedule or a hard-pressed public life to be made scape goats for poor decision making. I will allow to some extent the reasoning of a mental health or sexual health issue which he is seeking rehabilitation for.
When first confronted with his misdeeds, he was backed into a corner and lied which is wrong but not unusual. When the truth became undeniable he did not try to make excuses for himself by attempting to “define” whether or not twitter relationships are considered cheating or completely blow it off and act as if nothing had happened. He did not continue on with his lie or leave a blazing trail of arrogance like other politicians in both the Democratic and Republican parties have done. He was humble, publicly apologized for what he had done to everyone involved including other members of the Democratic party and those he represents. He has been publicly remorseful and is seeking help for his problems.
I am really disgusted by Nancy Pelosi’s calling for Weiner’s resignation publicly instead of privately or better yet coming alongside and supporting Weiner, a member of her own party. It’s kind of like the herd sacrificing the lame sheep to the wolves instead of circling around it and protecting it from the attackers. Weiner, if he continues to stay on the road to rehabilitation, supports his wife, ( whom I have immense respect for), and repairs his marriage could be a great leader for the Democratic party and example for men everywhere.
I am glad he is not resigning, has left his wife out of this, and has taken ownership for his behavior. For all of his efforts and remorse he needs to be encouraged and supported and not treated like every other politician who has not done the same or has made excuses for their immoral behavior.
We have all fallen short. We all have personal issues that if exposed would be humiliating. Maybe we should look at Weiner as an example of what to do when the darkness in our lives is exposed by the spotlight whether publicly or privately. Wisdom Truth, Love and Justice ie: Jesus says to pick the log out of your own eye before you pick the tiny splinter out of someone else’s, remove the wrong in your life so you can help other’s instead of tear them down. We should heed this advice and leave Weiner alone. Enough already.