I find it sadly ironic that we'll roast politicians for their personal sex lives and drop-kick them from office but allow them to stay when they funnel money to no-bid contracts and corrupt lobbyists. The only stuff I really care about is the lying and the bigger cover-ups that threaten the structural integrity of our economy and government. We're missing the real scandals by focusing on a sexting "scandal." We've got bigger problems to tackle than Anthony's weener!! We are dying financially due to corrupt dealings in our economy and not one person has seen jail time because of it. Yet we're going to focus on Anthony's weener for months on end??? We have soldiers dying in a quagmire over in Afghanistan, a broken health care system, a broken education system, a broken banking system and terrible energy strategy; but we can't muster up enough outrage over those to equal and overtake a sexting "scandal???" We have our priorities all mixed up.
There's another issue at hand here. America has a prudishness problem. In many cases, (but not always) the personal sex lives of politicians in Europe is seen as personal. So long as they don't break the law. They realize that we are all flawed humans and that our personal lives are just that--personal. In Europe, most do not fear the naked body and don't see it as something to be ashamed of and hide from head to toe. In America, we freak out when we see a boob on the Super Bowl half-time show. Americans aren't allowed to talk about sexuality very openly, which is why I think people try to hide their sexuality and end up lying about it.
We like to think we are above sexuality and see sexual expression as taboo and love to trash celebrities and politicians whose private sex lives become public. Yet, at the same time, we love movies and television shows that show sexuality and suggestive dialogue. That's why I think Americans secretly love sex scandals--they are constantly the most talked about stories. They are intrigued by the sexual nature of them but feel guilty about enjoying the sexuality of it all, so they balance it all out by criticizing the person or people involved in the sex scandal. It's completely and totally dysfunctional; especially when you acknowledge that the vast majority of us have some sort of moral failing in our personalities. But we sure love to trash others over their issues to make us feel better about ours!!
Europeans understand that temporal problems such as economies, the environment, national security and health care are vastly more important than someone's personal sex life. A sex scandal of a politician doesn't impact the personal lives of a country's citizens like an economic crisis does. I think Europeans get that distinction but America is still stuck in high school drama mode. We're getting screwed--and not in the good way!!
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