Congressman Anthony Weiner from New York has gotten himself into the kind of trouble that has, once again, ended a once-promising political career. What did he do that was so wrong and more importantly, what can we learn from it?
Congressman Weiner developed a dialog with a few women on the internet and sent them some suggestive pictures. So what? That stuff is really none of our concern.
Does it show questionable judgment? Maybe, but in the big scheme of things who cares? He wasn't elected because his constituents thought they had finally found a moral beacon.
No, he was washed out of Congress and will be forgotten not because he sent some questionable pictures but because he lied about it. The Watergate scandal proved that the cover-up is almost always worse than the misdeed. In other words, we may be able to live with the poor judgment, but we cannot live with the lies.
The lesson for us is that when we stumble – and we will – our "go to" move should not be to lie about it. We will be better people if we'll just take responsibility for our errors, take whatever punishment we have earned, and go on with our lives in an honorable way. Maybe we can't change the character of everyone – there will always be Weiners out there – but few things should be more important than protecting our own character.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.