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With Their Pants Around Their Ankles

What is it with government officials and sex? Is there something in the water or are there aphrodisiacs in the food they serve in government cafeterias? It seems like there is always some politician or official diddling someone somewhere.

Quite honestly, I’m surprised they have time for it considering how much time both politicians and bureaucrats spend screwing their respective countries but somehow they do find the time……and apparently the stamina as well.

It was revealed today that there is yet another alleged incident involving Secret Service Agents and a few hand-picked ladies of the boulevard.

According to Janet Napolitano, this is not indicative of a systemic problem but then, isn’t it politicians and their appointees who also believe that a $15 trillion deficit isn’t a sign of poor economic management either?

Politicians, bureaucrats and other officials all agree that the behaviour isn’t acceptable and want to assure us that they are taking this situation seriously….hopefully more seriously than they take the budget deficit. They all would like us to believe that this kind of thing is an isolated incident but I wasn’t so sure.

I decided that there was a need to dig deeper into the situation and took it upon myself to do a little research on government and sexual peccadilloes.I don’t mind admitting that I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about it. It’s raining today and I’m feeling kind of lethargic but fortunately, it didn’t take much research to find some information which leads me to believe that I may not be the only one who has noticed government’s propensity for illicit dalliance.

It isn’t something new either. Apparently there is something in being sworn-in to office that is quite arousing because the sexual misadventures date as far back as 1796. I won’t list them here although I have provided a link to the list at the bottom of the page for those of you with more salacious curiosity.

It isn’t just our American friends who are led and served by randy government rakes, Canada has had its share of racy moments in politics as well. My particular favourite was Cabinet Minister Maxine Bernier showing up at his swearing-in with his girlfriend, Julie Couillard, in a dress so low cut, it almost received a standing ovation from the RCMP in attendance.

Fortunately there were no American Secret Service agents present or who knows what  might have happened.

Unfortunately, Ms Couillard, had been associated with organized crime figures and a Quebec biker gang something Mr. Bernier overlooked in his race to remove his trousers. He also forgot his briefcase full of classified documents, leaving them at her home after he got dressed. Considering that it cost him his cabinet post, Mr. Bernier might have done better to forget his briefs but remember his brief case.

England, France, and of course, Italy, indeed, most major democracies have all had their share of uh oh incidents. In fact, it seems to be almost de rigour for some politicians and those associated with them. John Edwards is now on trial as the result of a sex scandal involving alleged misuse of campaign funds to cover up a sexual misadventure and, of course, Italy’s former Prime Minister Berlusconi was such a randy fellow that he could have taught the Secret Service how to really party with hookers.

And that is the problem when many of these folks get caught with their pants down. They often end up doing things that are even more inappropriate, often unethical and sometimes illegal in order to try and cover up the original slap and tickle moment.

That only results in damage to the reputation and credibility of the service, the government and the nation. You can’t be taken seriously when people are either offended by your lack of professional character or are laughing at you or both.

I’m no prude and quite frankly don’t care what goes on between consenting adults but to be honest, I get tired of being lectured by politicians and government officials who say one thing but do another. There is very much a “do as I say, not as I do” attitude and while I don’t think sexual misconduct is all that serious, it is indicative of the same attitude they bring to everything else.

They see themselves as separate and apart from the rest of us and I believe it is because they become intoxicated by their own self-importance. It causes them to believe that the rules don’t actually apply to them.

They’re wrong. The rules do apply and they are set out in simple but extremely profound documents called constitutions.

Most nations have one, even Canada now and they all say pretty much the same thing, ‘government by the people, for the people’. What they don’t say is “government by ‘us’ for you guys.”

Being elected or appointed to government office isn’t an opportunity to live above the law or to gain added privilege. It is a responsibility to respect the principles set out in the oaths that were taken and the constitutions those offices are meant to serve.

People who cannot rise to that responsibility should definitely seek a career path adjustment. We are not well-served by those who lack both the morality and the integrity to lead by example.

When your pants and your thinking are around your ankles it is fairly difficult to protect a president but as Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi discovered, it is impossible to reflect the dignity of a nation.

 

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  • Anonymous

    If one of these men would see prostitution as a suitable career for their own daughters and wives that would be fine. If they instead are classifying these women into a sub-group of humanity then they are hypocrites. Hardly any prostitutes who have got out look back on this as being a life enhancing experience. I feel ashamed of my kind when they prey on people who are not in a good position and who have to be paid to pretend (which means they allow themselves to be abused for money). It deletes emtional currency from human kind in this gratuitous world.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      Using people, whether to get elected, to finance their elections or for their personal pleasure and gratification seems to be part of the job description for politicians and some government officials.

      We used to have governments like that a very long time ago. They were called monarchies and we all know what happened to most of them. I sense from the growing amount of disgust and anger these days, that it isn’t out of the realm of possibility for history to repeat itself.

      Perhaps government officials should start to pay attention to what’s going on around them.

  • Anonymous

    Well Maggies’s Bear, men will be men. The average guy in my neighbourhood is slightly balding and a little overweight. I doubt such men get many “opportunities”.

    Politicians however are surrounded by attractive staffers, journos, campaign volunteers, groupies….. It is the stress you know. They need an outlet. There is also the personality; they are all risk takers and get a buzz purely because extracurricular activities are illicit.

    Where Berlusconi is concerned.. well he is Italian.

    You do not hear about female politicians lifting their skirts. Sooner or later, it will happen but I like to think they will either be faithful to their husbands or at least very discreet.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      I hate to burst your bubble but the simple reality is that most of these dalliances included the participation of women who were so shallow they were drawn to power like moths to a back porch light. Their values were such that they were not overly concerned with potentially breaking up families, demeaning the office of the one they blessed with their favours or ruining careers. I’m afraid neither gender is covered in glory when it comes to linen dropping to the floor.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01770377021985691847 NevineB

    “Ain’t that the truth”!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01770377021985691847 NevineB

    Moral standards are subjective to where, and when we live. At least Europeans don’t make a show of going to church to project an image to the electorate. No one will question their pastor or priest as they do in the USA.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      I agree and I think we can also agree that regardless of when and where we live, regardless of whether it is North America, Europe or Asia, government politicians and officials tend to believe they should live by a different standard.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01770377021985691847 NevineB

    I would add most businessmen have also been affiliated/associated/ or coerced into business with the mafia.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01770377021985691847 NevineB

    Not a single politician in Italy has not been associated to the Mafia, directly or indirectly.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01770377021985691847 NevineB

    Why stop at 1796, you can go back to Anthony and Cleopatra!
    Berlusconi would have withstood the scandal had the girl not been a minor. His sense of being above the law came to him much before politics. In fact politics was only a means to an end, shielding him from the law.
    Should politicians receive a refresher course on why they are in the job once a year or so? With a test at the end of the course!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16123459288721211812 Bear

      I only went back to 1796 because I was commenting on democratic governments. One would have hoped that representatives of the people might have risen above the moral standards of the kings and queens that we replaced. Turns out that was wishful thinking.

      As for Mr. Berlusconi, his association with the Mafia is fairly well documented and it occurs to me that Julie Couillard would have made a better consort for him than she did for Max.