View Poll Results: Should a politicians personal life be taken into account?

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  • Yes, a politician's personal life reveals important things about their ability to lead

    13 33.33%
  • Yes, but it should only be weighed as one of many factors

    18 46.15%
  • It depends entirely on the individual transgression

    15 38.46%
  • No, those things might say something about the man, but not necessarily how effective he is.

    7 17.95%
  • No, what matters are results

    4 10.26%
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Thread: Should Personal Lives Matter?

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    Re: Should Personal Lives Matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by tecoyah View Post
    I doubt very much you have even the slightest idea what the details of an individuals life entail.....yet you vote for them anyway.

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    He probably isn't.....but you don't know.
    You're mostly correct, except in the instances where the media or other entities provide verifiable background information about the candidate.

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    Re: Should Personal Lives Matter?

    My primary criterion is character. If a candidate flunks my character test, his or her lean or promises either don't matter much. If you're willing to habitually betray your spouse or your faith, I surely can't count on you to stand up for me.

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    Re: Should Personal Lives Matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    My primary criterion is character. If a candidate flunks my character test, his or her lean or promises either don't matter much. If you're willing to habitually betray your spouse or your faith, I surely can't count on you to stand up for me.
    I understand that this is a common inclination of many, if not most, potential voters, but do the facts back that up? Is someone who cheats on his partner more likely to perform badly as an elected representative? Or be less trustworthy towards the needs and interests of his constituents? That's what I want to ask.
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    Re: Should Personal Lives Matter?

    This should be an interesting thread...
    no man is perfect, some may be too "imperfect"....but who are we to judge ?
    A toughie.....
    Does pulling off a flies wings make a man into a future animal abuser ?
    I think it does....
    Does a little boy lying at the age of 4 make him into a liar....permanently ?
    I think it does...

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    Re: Should Personal Lives Matter?

    A person who cannot conduct their personal life in an honorable and ethical manner, cannot be trusted with political power.

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    Re: Should Personal Lives Matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    I understand that this is a common inclination of many, if not most, potential voters, but do the facts back that up? Is someone who cheats on his partner more likely to perform badly as an elected representative? Or be less trustworthy towards the needs and interests of his constituents? That's what I want to ask.
    I guess it depends on how you define "badly." Why would you trust someone to be trustworthy in the service of others when he or she can't be trusted to keep a promise to his or her life-partner? Honor and virtue, like charity, begin at home.

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    Re: Should Personal Lives Matter?

    I do not give a **** who a politician sleeps with, how many times they have been divorced, or any worthless crap like that. I want to know what a politician stands for, and how they are going to accomplish their goals, and what those goals are. However, certain things do matter. Drug use can affect judgement and performance. Corruption is a deal breaker for me, no matter what the corrupt politician stands for. But most of what people make a big deal about, I just do not care. Some married guy is caught on camera kissing some one not his wife? Don't care. Going out with a rentboy? Don't care.
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    Re: Should Personal Lives Matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    Honor and virtue, like charity, begin at home.
    That sounds like a meaningless cliché to me. I'm not sure there's any evidence to back it up or render it true; I think it's an emotional response, nothing much more.
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    Re: Should Personal Lives Matter?

    I don't think it's productive when political opposition goes on a witch hunt into someone's personal life largely for the sake of political gain. In particular, I think Rand Paul's recent comments with regards to Hillary Clinton are repulsive.

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    Re: Should Personal Lives Matter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    That sounds like a meaningless cliché to me. I'm not sure there's any evidence to back it up or render it true; I think it's an emotional response, nothing much more.
    You realize, of course, why clichés become clichés.

    Not really sure why you're suggesting that my opinion is an emotional response. Because I am a woman? In any event, I've said nothing that remotely suggests this.

    We all make mistakes, and I admire those who admit their faults, change, and move on. But lying, cheating, and stealing are all the same to me, and if they're habitual rather than the slips and falls of which most of us are guilty, that's a deal-breaker. I won't vote for a habitual philanderer, which is why I never considered for a second voting for Bill Clinton, whose "bimbo eruptions" were already very well known.

    You either have a virtuous character, or you don't. And where do you learn virtue and live it? Think for just a moment...at home.

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