- Posted August 6, 2013 by
Brooklyn, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
- The NYC Marathon: Hoping for the Best, Planning for the Worst
- Aaron Hernandez Pleads Not Guilty and May Well Beat This Rap
- Hank Williams' Words, As True Today Amidst the World's Sadness
- An A-Rod 211 Game Suspension Hurts MLB More than Rodriguez the Man
- The Ends Justify the Means--Isn't That How We Live? Who Are We to Sit in Judgement?
Rodriguez, Weiner, Spitzer---Have They No Shame? Apparently Not!
Rodriguez, Weiner, Spitzer--Disgraced Celebrities Struggling to Stay in the Limelight
There was a time when people who shamed themselves before the public would slink into the woodwork and spare us all the discomfort of having to experience those queazy feelings of seeing them again
Not so anymore.
We have Alex Rodriguez fighting his 211 game suspension for drug use and trying to impede the investigation by showing up to play for his Yankees in Chicago this week while 12 other suspended players chose to accept their punishment.
Eliot Spitzer must be thanking his lucky stars that Anthony Weiner has been made such a spectacle of recently, with his 20-something year old ex-paramour making an hour long pornographic reenactment of their telephone trysts. At least nobody's talking about Client #9.
What we have here in Rodriguez and Weiner rolling themselves out before huge media audiences is them setting themselves up in their minds for their own deliverance--for our forgiveness of their bad behavior.
I don't know about you, but I think I'd find it a tad difficult to display myself so brazenly before the public. The shame of my presumed guilt would be too much for a person to experience while carrying out the responsibilities of, say, hitting a fastball down and inside or trying to persuade the public that my six hours a day of phone sex is a thing of the past and will not impair my judgment as mayor of the greatest city in the world.
Help me out here. Has the world changed? Have the rules of personal conduct changed? Or only for those with sufficiently big bank accounts and egos who seem to fly shamelessly in the face of the rest of us.
Something to think about, wouldn't you say.
I'm W J O'Reilly.
Be well and see you next time.