Schwarzenegger Reveals True Colors
Original post made by Cindy Cross on May 19, 2011
The recent news that former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child while married to Maria Shriver was a shock. From the outside, Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver looked like a happy couple. Beneath the chrome is a man who had denied allegations that he groped and sexually harassed women on movie sets in the past.
Born in Austria, Schwarzenegger was hoping to follow in the footsteps of political icon Ronald Reagan. What better way to secure political relevance than to marry a Kennedy? With no political experience under his belt, Schwarzenegger couldn't bank on his celebrity alone to win over California voters.
Reagan, as we all know, was a B-movie actor who went on to hold the highest position in the land. Schwarzenegger's interview on CBS's show 60 Minutes revealed an interest in amending the Constitution to further his political career:
He is ineligible to run for president. Would he like to be able to? Would he like to see an amendment to the Constitution?
"Yes. Absolutely," says Schwarzenegger. "I think, you know, because why not? Like with my way of thinking, you always shoot for the top. But it's not something that I am preoccupied with. I am not thinking one single minute about that. Because there's so many things I have to do in California, and my promise was to straighten out the mess in California."
Besides Schwarzenegger, the American political scene is full of shady characters. Consider the following*:
• President Bill Clinton's fall from grace with the Monica Lewinski fiasco.
• Rep. Mario Biaggi (D-NY): In 1988 convicted of obstructing justice, tax evasion, conspiracy, extortion, and accepting bribes.
• Rep. Albert Bustamante (D-TX): In 1983 convicted of racketeering and accepting an illegal gratuity.
• Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho):In 2007, Craig had been arrested for lewd conduct in the men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. Allegations of cocaine use and sex with male teenage congressional pages by unnamed congressmen were pursued by investigators and journalists in 1982, but were eventually dropped.
• Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): Accessory to male prostitute who ran a whore house in their Washington townhouse.
• Rep. Gerald Kleczka (D-WI): Convicted of DUI in 1987; arrested for DUI in 1990 and 1995.
• Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL): Illegally converted official funds to his personal use and mail fraud; accused in 1996 of embezzling $700,000 from the federal government, he was charged with 13 of the original 17 counts against him. He went to prison after serving in Congress. He is now back in Washington working as a lobbyist.
• Rep. James Moran (D-VA): Charged with spousal abuse, assault and battery.
• Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-IL): In 1995 was convicted of having sex with a minor and obstructing justice.
How many decent politicians do we have in America? The minute we find one, and revere him or her, they come crashing down with news of impropriety. Should we hold them to such high standards, or bring them down to the level of the average American--warts and all?
*The list is much longer. Go to www.wwco.com for the full listing.
on May 20, 2011 at 12:10 am
You missed the boat with this one, Cindy, primarily because you could have named all the morality-legislating Republican sleezeballs who have been found over the years to be going over to the 'dark side', but for some reason you didn't. Are you feeling intimidated by the right-wing honkers on these posts? I understand if that is the case, as they are a pretty frightening lot. But still, a blogger wannabee, if she believes in her craft, should look for courage.
Larry Craig, for example -- and the only Republican you name -- is most interesting not merely because he turned out to be a homosexual, but that for years he ran a virulently anti-gay crusade as part of his need to appeal to all the other closeted, repressed, gay, right-wing fascists in Ida-ho but Ida-rather-sheep.
It's not so much the fall, Cindy. No one is perfect. It is when the fallen reveals that he who has been riding the rails of hypocrisy -- cruelly, and at other people's expense -- has been doing so for all of his political life. My strong hunch is that if you look more closely at the list of fallen -- the Republican molester of young pages in Florida, the New York Republican who was advertising himself on ebay, or even the gay prostitute fake journalist George Bush was so friendly with and called upon for a question virtually every one of the 4 press conferences he gave over eight years -- you'll find a theme of hypocrisy which compounds in multiples the seriousness of the transgressions.
Barney Frank, on the other hand, but for the same reason, is not so interesting. He wasn't cheating on a wife or family, for one thing, he was already out of the closet, and he never campaigned on a holier-than-thou anti-gay crusade. But that really is the distinguishing feature when considering Dems v. Repubs. One is open and honest; the other closeted, hate-filled, self-loathing -- all prime ingredients of the fascist personality.
on May 20, 2011 at 6:13 am
Our highest elected state official in California is boinking his housemaid, and hiding the effects, a child, from his own wife.
But please, Barney Frank is no better, a pervert versus a sociopath liar, both are messed up.
Par for government.
on May 20, 2011 at 8:08 am
You forgot to mention Spitzer, former NY governor who was all against prostitution and then got caught with a prostitute, spending over two hours with her on Valentine's day! And now he gets a gig on TV, unbelievable!
But the Arnold thing is worse. He got his wife and his maid pregnant around the same time, since the kids were born days apart. And he is supposed to be a republican, who are supposed to be for "family values."
And then Palin issues a statement criticizing Arnold.... has she forgotten her unwed teen pregnant daughter who is now making money because of it?
Republicans are hypocrites! Democrats are getting their share of scandals but at least they do not run with "family values" campaigns