Once again, allow me introduce to you the newest contributor to The Periphery. This writer comes from a long ways away, and because of that, has a unique angle on the controversies and happenings of our world.
Anthony Weiner is running for mayor of New York. That’s cool. We Nonorians don’t think anyone should be prohibited from volunteering for office.
What’s curious, though, is that he has considerable support despite the scandal that ended his time in the United States of America’s House of Representatives and despite their being more lewd pics and text messages sent to other women even after this original scandal.
Then again, Weiner isn’t the first politician from the United States to maintain popularity post scandal.
In 1990, Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry was caught in a set up on camera smoking crack-cocaine in a hotel room with his ex-girlfriend whom he was trying to have an affair with.
Two years later, and after serving six months in jail, Barry was elected to the D.C. city council. Two years after that, he was elected mayor once again. He ended his time as mayor after this term, but re-ran for city council and has served ever since despite a tax-related conviction, testing positive for cocaine and marijuana in 2005, driving under the influence in 2006, a misdemeanor stalking charge in 2009, and other offenses.
Barry and Weiner are extreme cases, but the truth is that faults can be endearing to the Earthlings. They root for those stricken with them to come back from hard times. A few years back an audience on Jay Leno’s television show cheered as actor Mel Gibson announced his sobriety. Athletes like golfer John Daly, who is seen as imperfect given his weight and other vices, are seen as relatable, “regular guys”.
This seems a harmless phenomena and in fact is interestingly telling of what Earthlings like to see in others. But it’s more risky when this trend drifts into politics. Unlike a celebrity or athlete, a politician’s shortcomings can affect a human society.
Democracy is touted around the Western nations of Earth, but Earthlings in democracies use their vote to elect questionable leaders. Watching the rise of China, they can justify their closed institutions and unilateral rule. Why would they want a democracy when they see the kinds of people getting elected in America?–or Egypt, or Italy, etc.
I think I understand it now: Yes, democracy is better than a tyrannical dictator, but at the same time can also help facilitate the ruin of a nation if the voters decide it.