I’ve written about Senator Ensign’s soap opera scandal before, but today’s revelations have made me really angry. As I stated in my previous post, I don’t necessarily think politicians should resign over infidelity–it’s just an unreasonable expectation. They are human even though they don’t always act like it. I do think that politicians like Ensign, who are on record calling for others to resign for doing the same thing, should certainly think about saving us and their family and friends from the sanctimonious and dishonest excuses for their selfish behavior.
Today, thanks to a statement from Ensign’s lawyer, we find out that the 51 year old member of “The Family” and the Promise Keepers had his PARENTS try to pay away his extra-marital affair. As Ensign’s constituent and as a human being, what disgusts me must about Ensign’s scandal is his cynical solution and what it tells us about the kind of America we live in. And apparently, that America allows grown men, who make decisions that affect our daily lives, to act like spoiled teenagers with enabling parents.
After lecturing the rest of us about what is moral and right, in the end, Ensign demonstrated how morally bankrupt he really is–he tried to pay his way out of the human damage he created with his recklessly behavior. Most of us don’t have $100,000 to stuff into the mouths of people who threaten to tell our secrets, but if we did, would our automatic response be to bribe them to remain silent? I’m convinced that’s not that case. No, it takes a special kind of smug, self-important fiend, someone so convinced of their own brilliance and goodness, to believe that they should be saved at the expense of their friends. And let’s not forget that the Hamptons were Ensign’s great friends before he had an affair with Cindy Hampton. And what is the response of Ensign’s fellow paragons of virtue and holiness? Senator Coburn didn’t hesitate to close ranks around his brother Ensign, enabling and protecting him at the risk of damaging others. Is that what Jesus would do?
In Ensign’s letter to Cindy Hampton, he writes:
“Plain and simple, it was wrong; it was as sin. God never intended for us to do this. I walked away from Him & and my relationship with Him has suffered terribly. I know He loves me & I know He loves you. He wants to restore Darlene & me and Doug & you. More than that, He wants to restore our relationship to Him.”
Yes, Ensign apologized to Cindy Hampton because he used her for his “own pleasure,” but faithful to the end, Ensign is all about Ensign, telling Cindy Hampton what God wants–as if he knows. It’s the height of arrogance, but what do you expect from a morally bankrupt hypocrite?
And by the way, Doug Hampton, Cidy Hampton’s husband, alleges that Ensign was pursuing Cindy the day after she received this letter.
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