The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It

When I first began writing this blog I wanted to offer those who read it something a little bit different – something that they weren’t likely to see elsewhere.  Of course, the stories of the lessons I learned from my family are uniquely mine and have never received any media coverage – so they certainly qualified.  But my main focus was to ask people to think about America and our challenges – and to try to offer some unique solutions.

I try to keep abreast of the news and it astounds me how time after time and day after day there is one story or another about a public official who has gone sexually astray.  The list is so extensive that a person who didn’t know better might think that sexual dalliance is not only common among public officials but might be a bona fide job requirement for holding their position.

There is no doubt that sexuality is one of humanity’s most controlling forces.  And I personally believe that what an individual does with that is between them and their own conscience – unless it adversely affects someone else.  But on the other hand, if an individual is willing to betray the presumed sanctity of his marriage vows and then go home and treat his wife as if nothing happened, it makes me wonder – do you and I have the right to scrutinize that person’s character and make judgments (a word I really dislike) about him as an individual.

I believe that in this case the answer is, “Yes, we the voters do have the right.”  Let me explain my thinking.

Two people in a sexual relationship are about as intimate as I think people can get.  When it is combined in a marital arrangement, it goes beyond passion and takes on the cloak of trust and responsibility and commitment.  Those are good and wonderful things if both parties earnestly try to fulfill their part of the bargain.

But if a person willingly breaks that commitment to the person on earth with whom he shares the deepest intimacy, I cannot help but wonder how seriously he will take his commitment to those who put him in office.  He only has to face us occasionally at the polls – while he has to live his life of deception daily in front of his spouse.

When it comes to voting on that arms contract, if this person can so easily cast aside his marriage vows, why should we not expect that he might also take a bribe or a kick-back from an unscrupulous supplier?  I will admit that writing my earlier post today about the John Edwards trial set me on this path.  I began thinking how I would vote if I happened to be a member of his jury.

To return to my theme of trying to present novel solutions and using my historical background I considered how other great nations and empires had addressed this problem.  Specifically, I thought about the ancient Chinese empires; the Egyptian Dynasties; and the Babylonian Empire.  They shared a common way of dealing with this issue.

In each of these great empires, all of those who served the state in important posts (of course, this was before women’s lib so they were all men) were eunuchs.  This naturally curtailed any skirt-chasing  (or whatever the ancient equivalent name for that was) and allowed these highly trusted individuals to focus on the job for which they were hired.

Of course, today we have an inclusiveness in our society which allows women to hold any of the posts that were previously only available to men.  So in the interest of equity, should we implement the ancient remedy to keep our male advisors on the straight and narrow, it seems only fair to do the same for those ladies who desire to hold elected office.  Here’s what I’ve come up with.

Women who serve the public in office shall not be allowed to use any beautifying enhancements such as lipstick, blush, mascara, rouge, etc.; they shall not be allowed to avail themselves of face-lifts (sorry Nancy P.); they may not engage in any treatments to reduce cellulite and may not purchase clothing that is considered provocative.  (We will, of course, create a Federal agency to implement more specific rules and oversee this whole thing).

I’m planning on submitting this idea to my Congresswoman as soon as I can reach her.  I may have to sell certain parts of this but I am sure that her ears will perk up when she reads about creating a brand new Federal agency.  (She’s a liberal Democrat).

If you think about it, we have so many problems which we seriously need to address that is if this is all it takes to get us back on track, what I am offering is really a very modest proposal.

Comments on: "A VERY MODEST PROPOSAL" (6)

  1. It is interesting you mention eunuchs.

    In ancient China, men who served in the inner circles (did not apply to generals, tax collectors and hundreds of other officials) were ‘eunuched’ for one reason only – so that they did not mess around with the emperor’s concubines. These women, hundreds of them, were trained in erotica and waited for months for the emperor to turn up in their chambers – and some never received such a visit. Talk about being man-hungry.

    The ancient Chinese and Indians had another solution > polygamy – something discouraged by Christianity. Only the ‘best and most successful’ men spread their seed. We see this natural selection among animals. Now, every idiot can do it and the results speak for themselves.

    How about polygamy for both men and women?

    Totally unacceptable, I know …. but while we are speaking of ancients…

    • Thank you, Eric for your comment – and, of course, you are quite correct about one of the reasons for the creation of eunuchs.

      And you are exactly on the mark when you say, “every idiot can do it and the results speak for themselves.”

  2. Another thought provoking article. One thing you can be proud of in the US is a system whereby a leader can be impeached for pushing the boundries beyond what society feels is appropriate. In other parts of the world the absence of that important feature is the reason for the kind of civil unrest such as we currently see in the Arab awakening.

    • We may have a system where a leader “can be” impeached – and have had two such instances in our history – Presidents Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Neither was convicted.

      I remember well the first time a judge was “not retained” in Chicago. Once elected, unless a member of the judiciary was notorious either in his personal life or competency, this was a position which he would maintain until retirement. To be retained, the judge at the end of his term needed only 30% of the popular vote. The first judge ever not to meet that requirement was so bad that over 80% of his rulings were overturned on appeal. That was a happy day for our judicial system.

  3. I suspect that as always power is an aphrodisiac for (some) women, if a guy is even slightly inclined that way, it’s probably very easy for him. Most politicians are charismatic as all get out anyway. Women in power I don’t hve enough experience at that level, and I suspect they don’t either. My only real experience is with law enforcemnt oficers and there, at least, most women (particularly rookies) tend to be badge heavy.

    For Ian, just about concurrently as we were writing impeachment into our constitution, the Brits got in a heckova a mess trying to impeach Lord Hastings (for corrutption in India, if memory serves). It went on for years and stalled the government almost completely. It was such a mess that nobody in the Emprie ever tried it again, and we’ve only come close on 3 occasions ourselves. It’s a little easier for us with our separated government, I suspect.

    • Thanks, as always for your insight! I’m sure that Ian will respond to his segment – and thank you for bringing that up as I wasn’t familiar with Lord Hastings. Now to do some research.

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