>>Percentage of Americans outraged over Weiner’s extended denial about those tweeted photos and so forth:
MANY, BIG, LOTS%
It has been a week filled with, among other things, the phrase: “If only he hadn’t lied.” These words were often followed by: “How can we believe anything he says about health care or other issues in Congress?” Hmmmm.
Take that notion to the next step….
People of all ages will lie if caught in a situation where they fear repercussions—which often, though not always, refers to something they believe they shouldn’t have done. Key! A person’s active conscience might not be strong enough to prevent him or her from giving into temptation and indulging in a behavior, but later, if a reflective conscience is still strong enough to bring on the lies of denial—great, I say!
At least he had the decency to lie.
Where will we writers be if people go so far down the low road that all personal behaviors are A-OK. We need lines between OK and not OK. We need good guys and bad guys. Let us encourage whatever measure of loyalty or appropriateness or propriety remains in the hearts of our fellow and sister citizens, even if it means watching people squirm through their lies now and then.