[OPE] Spitzer redux

From: Jurriaan Bendien <adsl675281@tiscali.nl>
Date: Fri Nov 07 2008 - 15:14:26 EST

"I think this gives him an opportunity to re-sort his public life and to move on," said Alan Dershowitz, a friend and former law professor of Mr. Spitzer's. "He was a great political figure who made one mistake and we're a forgiving country, and the mistake he made was a private mistake." http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/07/nyregion/07spitzer.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&sq=Spitzer&st=cse&scp=2

Now how about a more relaxed, less fascist attitude to Palestinian people, Mr Dershowitz? Personally, I couldn't care less what Mr Spitzer does in the bedroom, that's his own business and a private matter. The "mistake", to be precise, is that it is not morally consistent to prosecute sex workers, while secretly availing yourself of their help.

>From a Dutch perspective, American morality is often a mighty funny thing - it makes a mountain out of a molehill, and a molehill out of a mountain. If Bill Clinton sticks a cigar up Monica Lewinski's ass, it's a big deal, but if millions of people die like flies in Iraq, then that's just the "Inevitable Movement of History" we don't have to think about anymore. I sure hope that with a new government, Americans will get things in better proportion. The fact that Mr Clinton subsequently put a lot of effort in the battle against HIV/AIDS proves that this is at least possible.


New York, you got money on your mind
and my words won't make a dime's worth a difference,
so here's to you New York.

- Art Garfunkel, "A heart in New York"

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