Letter to the Editor
I remember in 1998 when President Clinton has an encounter with Monica Lewinski. Conservatives were outraged and demanded impeachment. Clinton lacked the moral integrity to be a public servant, they claimed, because he had committed “adultery”. The Neocons were salivating for a divorce saying that Hillary had to leave Bill for the self respect of women. Wendy Vitter, wife of Senator David Vitter said Hillary should not be forgiving saying, “I’m a lot more like Lorena Bobbitt than Hillary. If he does something like that, I’m walking away with one thing, and it’s not alimony, trust me.”
Now in 2007 when David Vitter who called for Clinton’s resignation has been exposed having relations with multiple prostitutes you don’t hear the moral outrage. No one is using the word “Adultery” to describe Vitter, nor are conservatives calling for his resignation because he has asked for and received forgiveness from God and therefore the problem is solved. I personally have a problem with giving forgiveness to those who refuse forgiveness for others who have done something similar.
If the Vitter’s want to be forgiven they need to ask forgiveness from the Clintons who they attacked during their time of marital crises. These people were absolutely viscous the way they went after Bill and Hillary and now I think they should answer not for the sin of Adultery, but for what they did to the President and the country. I believe that if the Vitter’s ask for grace then they should earn it by saying that are sorry for having denied grace to others.
I don’t remember anything like THIS when the Jesus freaks were going after the Clintons!
Statement on Sen. David Vitter
The statement by my friend and form colleague, Louisiana Senator David Vitter, was very disappointing. He admitted to a serious sin in a statement he released to the press on Monday, prior to news reports revealing that his phone number appeared on a long list of clients numbers of the now infamous DC Madam, Deborah Jeane Palfrey.
In the release David assumed complete responsible for what he did and that he asked for and received forgiveness from God and [his] wife in confession and marriage counseling. These allegations first surfaced about 4 or 5 years ago when David was considering running for governor of Louisiana. He backed away from the race admitting to marital problems and he and his wife sought counseling. This public revelation coincides with that time frame.
While I commend him on assuming personal responsibility and working to make things whole in his life, I cannot defend Davids behavior. Adultery is a serious matter that affects not only the individuals involved but families and the well being of the entire community. Voters have the right to consider issues like this when they assess the character of an elected official.
Having said that, the American people have shown themselves to be very forgiving toward a public official who admits their failures and takes redemptive steps. And despite what some have said since he released his statement, so does God. Proverbs 24:16 reads For a righteous man many fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity. I hope to see David back on his feet again.