How about - ‘had a mistress to whom he gave secret material who may well have been a spy.’ Call that Puritanical?
If Bill O’Reilly had any personal appeal, I’d be inclined to think he’s projecting. On the other hand, Petraeus looks like a rodent, so ...
Now it’s Puritanical to keep one’s marriage vows? My, how far this society has fallen.
I remember when a queer was found to be working in L.B.J.s administration, I can't recall in what capacity or even his name but it was a scandal at the time and the queer was fired. I also remember the lame joke from that period, that the White House phone number had been changed to, JOhnson 812.
No, we are not a nation of Puritans. The idea of honesty and fidelityin marriage is pretty much dead in America.
Why was it such a big deal for Petraeus? Because it was an action that he could be excoriated for publicly.
Don’t get me wrong, I think marriage should be for life and divorce only occur due to adultery, which is what Jesus taught in Matthew 19.
This country is in a moral freefall. It is no surprise that a General would be found out cheating on his wife.
The fallout is purely political.
San Fransisco does not support any sex act that could produce a child.
What I want to understand is if people in our society endorse so called “genderless marriage”, why would these same folks have any problem with adultery whatsoever?
How did that work out for him?
I don't know if the Italian voters knew about the "orgies," but after word about them got out Berlusconi had to step down, so far as I know.
Are we puritans? There is some vestigial puritanism that Europeans love to throw in our faces, but I'd say no, we're not puritans or puritanical anymore.
Europeans still believe in the class system, which is why they give the powerful a pass.
The closest cultural entity we have to royalty is the USA is Hollywood celebrities. They’re worshipped for practically anything they do.
“I am deeply saddened that Petraeus is no longer protecting this nation. He is a patriot and a brilliant warrior in the cause of freedom. Frankly, I don’t care what the general does on his personal time. It is a damn shame he had to resign.”
I disagree with much of this.
I AM saddened that General Petraeus gave into temptation and committed adultery which REQUIRED him to resign. I sympathize with him, but I know it was right and proper for him to resign. It was a disgrace to the nation when Bill Clinton stayed in office after what he had done, which was worse than Petraeus. Petraeus was correct to resign. Hopefully, the rest of us will learn from this. We have gotten to lax on expecting high standards of conduct (public and private) from person in high elected office or high appointed office.
BTW - The “Puritans” have been given a bad rep that is not a correct understanding of them and their ways. I personnally wish I was more “Puritan” in my views and ACTUALLY lived as I claim those views are.
The most important thing I would like to see stopped in reference to General Petraeus is that all the salacious details be kept off the news. The borders on a scary obsession with voyeuristic ways.
I am certain that if he gets his house in order, I so hope he can, that General Petraeus will again be of service to the country.