In Muslim countries,ultra conservative countries generally run as conservative religious theocracies, women who have been caught engaging in any kind of normal, human sexual activity viewed as outside ultra conservative Muslim law are subjected to the punishment of being stoned to death, a practice both barbaric in its form,it's reason and barbaric and inhuman in its view of the "crime" committed.
In the United States we have our own version of punishment by stoning, in its own way barbaric and inhuman, with barbaric and inhuman thinking behind it, enforced by a dishonest and hypocritical news media and political system. Anthony Weiner is the latest victim of the barbaric practice of being politically and journalistically stoned for what is essentially normal sexual behavior, the intention being the same as that in Muslim countries, which is to stone him to political death.
It is the absolute sole intention of this crass, dishonest hypocritical news media and the spineless politicians who wont stand up to them, both Democratic and Republican, to stone Anthony Weiner to political death.
And his offense is nothing more than that committed by those Muslim women, and in some rare cases men, who really did nothing more than express their normal, natural, human built in sexual impulses, impulses that science has already proved is as integral to being human as walking upright, and is a separate impulse than simple procreation which is the only reason dogs and other animals have sex.
Watching Wolf Blitzer and other media hordes, the same people who hid under a rock when Bush and Cheney was lying the country into war with Iraq, along with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Tim Kaine and a few other spineless Democrats aided by Republicans who, as usual, are trying to take political advantage of the situation while pretending to be the keeper of the nations morals, all throwing stones at Weiner in the hopes they can stone him to political death, is an ugly sight. And not just ugly but typical.
This is not Mark Foley who used his position as a member of congress to prey on underage congressional pages for sex. Or Newt Gingrich who as Speaker of the House spearheaded the impeachment of Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky at the same time he was cheating on his own wife with a member of his own staff. This isn't conservative Republican senator Vitter of Louisiana who admitted to cheating on his wife with paid prostitutes in Washington DC and who was re-elected by the conservative Republican moralists in Louisiana. All of what Weiner did he did online and according to him, most of it as a single man before he was married, and all things considered as a member of congress, it was probably a lot safer than going to a bar or club if he wanted sexual contact as we well know all members of congress and the news media do even though they like to pretend otherwise.
What Weiner did in the year after he was married is between him and his wife, not Weiner and Wolf Blitzer, Chris Matthews or any other member of the media. If Weiner feels he needs to apoligize to his wife that is also his business and no one else's. What is between Weiner and his wife was none of anyone's business a month ago, none of their business now and will be none of their business a year from now. And Tim Kaine's laughably inept, hollow and hypocritical statement that Weiner's lying about what he did makes Weiner unfit for public office makes Kaine sound like a clown as well as being unfit for public office. Where was Kaine as chairman of the DNC when Obama pubicly lied about the AIG bonuses pretending he knew nothing about them when he was the one who approved them? Where was Kaine when Obama publicly lied about never having campaigned for a public option, and lied about his bill "getting health insurance for 30 million people" when it does no such thing? Where was Kaine when Obama was caught publicly lying in Ohio about getting rid of NAFTA? Kaine wasnt running for anything then, and Obama's serial lying in public for two years about everything from the economy to Bush's tax cuts to healthcare reform didnt make him unfit for public office in Kaines eyes. Maybe that was because Kaine was chairman of the Democratic National Committee. But Weiner lying about a picture of his underpants that was made public by a conservative bottom dwelling blogger, the one who posted a doctored video of Shirley Brown to paint her as an anti-white racist when the real video showed her to be the opposite, now for Kaine that undepants lying is serious stuff.
Weiner had every good reason to lie about all of this since it had nothing to do with the conduct of his office and was none of Kaine's or anyone else's business. Kaine just became another stone thrower because he is running for senate in Virginia and arrogantly, for political reasons, decided to pick up a stone and throw it too. He, like other Democrats calling for Weiner to resign think they have some right to tell Weiner's constituents who they should and should not have represent them.
What the media and politicians are doing with this is not only far worse than anything Weiner did, Weiner did nothing wrong at all despite the phony moralizing of the media, and the rank cowardice of Democrats who do what they do best in the face of conflict and controversy -- run. Like Pelosi ran from the public option after she said it was the centerpiece of healthcare reform and ran from it because Obama sold it out. But what's healthcare for 300 million people compared to Weiner's underpants?
If anything Weiner is guilty of not being discreet or careful enough, knowing that there is always the risk of being found out and if it happened, the news media and his fellow politicians would turn into predators because, unlike issues of WMD, Bush and Cheney lying the country into war, Bush's negligence in ignoring 8 months of specific warnings before the 911 attacks or Republican lies about the public option, journalists and politicians only attack when they feel its safe for them, when they feel the prey is in a weakened state and wont fight back.
The worst thing Anthony Weiner has done throughout all of this is apologize. He owes no one an apology. If anyone owes an apology its the news media for the terrible way they do their jobs and wasting the time of most intelligent people. and cowardly Democrats standing by and letting the stoning take place and in some cases picking up stones themselves and joining the mob.
Maybe its time Anthony Weiner picked up some of those stones and started throwing them back at their deserved targets. And declare he will never resign and if the Democratic leadership doesn't like it, if they are too weak to insist that the media focus on the issues that matter, then tough on them.