Presidents and Infidelity: Red, White, Blue–and the Not So True

Today is President’s Day. Specifically, it’s a day meant to acknowledge George Washington’s birthday; it now honors and encompasses all presidents and their terms. Some of these men, however, did not honor the terms of their marriage. Even the highest office one can uphold in the United States has been affected by infidelity; several times over. It’s an equal opportunity issue that draws no party lines, as our recent presidential campaign exampled: The Democratic Party’s presidential candidate was Hillary Clinton, her husband is the former 42nd President, Bill Clinton, who has admitted to infidelity; the current 45th President, Republican Donald Trump, has outstanding accusations of alleged infidelity. Mud was slung on both fronts regarding past and present allegations. Everyone got dirty.

Here’s a list of past presidents who have had affairs:

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James A. Garfield
  • Warren G. Harding
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Dwight D. Einsenhower
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • William J. Clinton

Is it possible to completely separate competent public policy and decision making when entangled in adulterous liaisons? Some will argue that one’s private life has nothing to do with running a nation, or, the old standby: keep government out of the bedroom. Well, the government leader just jumped into his paramour’s bed. So, yes, agreed; let’s keep that type of governing out of that type of bedroom. Others say, personal character speaks volumes: If you’re cheating on your spouse, will you cheat the country? If you’re disrespecting your wife (and ultimately, yourself), will you do the same to the people? It’s an ongoing dialogue, with never ending fodder. There’s always a new high profile infidelity around the corner. FYI, Washington D. C. was the least faithful city in America (2013), according to Ashley Madison.

Why aren’t we tired of the normalization of infidelity? Why aren’t we implementing a more proactive approach to decreasing those statistics? (Across the board, not just government.) This boggles. I guess it shouldn’t all things considered, but that’s just it–all things have not been considered! Try taking this into consideration: Government is responsible for balancing our social and economic systems. The trickle-down effects of infidelity impose on those systems. How? Here are a couple of instances: emotional; people affected by adultery can depend on drugs, mental health facilities, hospitalization (for their own need, or because their mate is now a patient due to a knife hitting its mark): financial; pockets are drained due to divorce, loss of income and bankruptcy; with welfare right behind to pick up the slack. The fallout is enormous–and it’s real. This translates into lots of money being spent, perhaps unnecessarily. Foresight has its advantages, big ones. Thankfully, we have systems in place to help those in need, but what if that particular need was less? What if we did preemptive educating to help curb those costs? What if we decided to be less complacent, more aware, and better equipped to handle conflicts in relationships? 

And, what if we asked this of our government as well?





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