Political Ethics: Arrested Political Development & Forgiveness
Published in The Huffington Post on 03/08/2013
Published in The Florida Squeeze on 03/07/2013
So voters in Delray Beach this March must decide in the upcoming election whether Carney’s arrest and lack of conviction in 2007 not only reflects on his moral turpitude as an election official, but in addition whether he got a special break that the average voter would not have received in similar circumstances.
Yet, even if Bloomberg is right, I don’t want him or any government leader to limit
Should Prior Arrest Doom Candidacy for Politician?
It really depends.
by Steven Kurlander
You know the old saying from British poet Alexander Pope: “To err is human but to forgive is divine?”
Well, in politics, it’s usually a little more complicated than that.
American politics has always been a blood sport of sorts. But in a world characterized by an unforgiving 24/7 news cycle and relentless and political pundits and bloggers, politicians more than ever are subjected to extraordinarily high standards of behavior and severe rebuke for immoral behavior.
Look at former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner. Some unrestrained Twitter flirting and he’s forced to quit, his political career is shot to hell. Herman Cain, running for the GOP nomination for president, is accused of having an affair or two, and his 9-9-9 plan is deep-sixed forever.
And in many elections these days, negative campaigning serves up constant reminders of whatever moral shortcomings politicians may have. We are even subjected to “forgiveness” tours by “fallen” politicians looking to make comebacks…Continue Reading
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