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June 8, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Politicians (Weiner, et al) behaving badly

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Weiner didn’t kill anybody

I really don’t care if alpha males like Democrat Bill Clinton, Republican David Vitter, Democrat Eliot Spitzer, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger or Democrat Anthony Weiner dally with mistresses, prostitutes or online flirts. Sexual escapades in American government go back to the 1700s.

Long ago, Europeans realized the futility of being shocked, shocked, at high testosterone levels in male leaders. We’re not their wives and we suffer no crime at their hands.

How many innocent civilians did Weiner kill? [“Congressman comes clean, admits tweet of lewd photo,” page one, June 7.] Isn’t it convenient when minor sex scandals distract us from real moral catastrophes? George Bush and Dick Cheney lied our nation into war, then killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians in Iraq. They never resigned in disgrace.

The invasion of Iraq remains the most despicable crime in American history, but we prefer spectacle to moral self-examination. Americans have not begun to grip our collective responsibility for the imperial rape of the Middle East.

— Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom

Enough is enough

We’ve had enough of the scandalous activities from our elected officials, whether inappropriate sexual behavior, illegal use of campaign funds, abuse of power or outright lying.

What a shameful example to Americans, and especially the younger generation. Anyone committing any of these types of activities should be forced out of office, and definitely not re-elected.

It is time to really hold our elected officials’ feet to the fire and drain the swamp of the garbage. We the people have the power to clean house. Are we up to it, or are we going to look the other way?

We can bring integrity back into governmental offices, if we have the backbone to do it. Get involved by putting pressure on Congress and voting.

— Larry Brickman, Bellevue

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