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The Burning Briefs

August 8, 2008 - Joselyn King
"Liar, liar, pants on fire. . . "

Yes, it was that childish thought that came to mind when I first heard that former U.S. Sen. -- and former presidential candidate -- John Edwards, D-N.C., had confessed to adultery.

He did this to a wife fighting cancer. One who bore him two children after age 50, and who had already suffered the tragic loss of a son.

Apparently, he had already told Elizabeth about it. She probably should have taken action then, but that's beside the point.

He went on. . .continued his campaign. . .and denied the allegations.

Oh, yes. He hoped it wouldn't become public. Gee, surprise, it did.

Now many might think it's nobody's business what a public official -- or prospective one -- does in his or her personal life. But it does.

You don't think he or other cheaters before him maybe paid somebody to cover for him? Granted a favor to someone to keep them quiet? Given a job to their "miss-tress" or "mr.-tress?"

In the end, their indiscretions always cost taxpayers money.

I have to think of something my wise handyman once said -- just after he discovered a married co-worker had been carry on an affair with a construction vendor in an empty apartment.

He told my landlord -- his boss -- "Someone who cheats on their wife or husband will cheat you, too."

Well said.

 
 

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