If you want to keep yourself secret, don't send a picture

June 25, 2011|By LLOYD WATERS

You know, there are some very good hotdogs in the grocery stores that cook up nicely on a grill, and then there are some hotdogs in the political world, when exposed to a little media grilling, absolutely become overdone.

Thus, I present to you, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

While the average citizen is legitimately looking for a congressman to solve some problems in regard to jobs, the economy, a few wars, and some other incidentals, Congressman Weiner apparently had some other interests and things to occupy his time.

He obviously was not very good in establishing priorities.

At the very beginning of his twisted Tweeter games, he offered some theory that a nasty hacker must have sabotaged his account, and done some unbelievable illicit deeds.

Weiner obviously forgot the first rule of secrecy: If you want to keep yourself secret, don't send a picture.

His early answers to reporter's questions were so vague and illusive that you just knew there was something amiss in the kraut.

After watching some of his responses on TV, he must have concluded he looked pretty dumb.

Everything was heading south in a hurry. It was getting a little too warm for Tony.

Finally, Congressman Weiner admitted to having sent the inappropriate messages and pictures to several women. Some were apparently sent from his office where he should have been working.

It has long been suspected by me that those "performance evaluations" never really do get it right.

Congressman Weiner is not the first individual to get himself into hot water, and unfortunately, I don't think he will be the last.

Every one of us, and I'm not excluding anyone from my list, has at one time or another done something that might have been judged inappropriate by a group of our peers.

Weiner's situation is a difficult spot for him, his wife, his parents, the Democrats, our Congress, our country, and anyone who happens to pick up the paper or watch television.

I suspect even some of those other-world countries must think that our political leadership is filled with a bunch of "reality show" wannabes who will stop at nothing to find another career on late night television.

I can see a Weiner and Schwarzenegger reality show now. "Two hotdogs with toast" might be the title. Millions would watch.

While we are reminding China that they could do a little better with their "human rights" program, they are probably thinking that maybe we should do the same.

Perhaps an improvement in our own house might be realized if Congressman Weiner would have considered those "feelings" of a wife, an unborn child, friends and neighbors, people you work with everyday, and the constituents who elected you to office.

All of these individuals have been affected in a hurtful way.

If you have ever fried a hotdog in one of those old cast iron frying pans, you know that if you leave them in too long, they're going to get burned to a crisp and then you have to throw them out.

I think that same analogy works equally well with Congressman Weiner's situation.

Personally, as a citizen and voter, I am prepared to forgive the congressman for his transgressions.

It was not totally his fault that he was left in the skillet too long. Besides, someone else put him in there and didn't watch the stove as they should have.

Unfortunately, given his confessions, and the erosion of public trust, his resignation was the right thing to do. I did, however, find a little humor in former President Clinton's call for Weiner's resignation.  

I've been told the worse mistake you can make is the one you don't learn from.

I hope Congressman Weiner will take a few moments to learn from his error of judgment and become a wiser man because of it.

Lloyd "Pete" Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.

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