Yes, a politician's personal life reveals important things about their ability to lead
Yes, but it should only be weighed as one of many factors
It depends entirely on the individual transgression
No, those things might say something about the man, but not necessarily how effective he is.
No, what matters are results
"The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión
"Austerity is used as a cover to reconfigure society and increase inequality and injustice." - Jeremy Corbyn
But no, I was saying that, on a personal level, a candidates personal life was info I would include in my decision. Not that what was in that personal life would be the determining factor in my decision.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
Well, a number of premises are at odds with the facts.
Beginning with Modi and his marriage. One first has to allow for the fact that in India, family is everything. It is a land where arranged marriages are still an accepted and sometimes desired practice, and Indian leaders have traditionally been strong on family. If I am not mistaken they are the first democracy to have a woman head of state, so some of the "western" ideas have to be set aside.
Modi was countering criticism about his unique marriage arrangement and put that spin on it.
Yes, many politicians of the past did bad things, Kennedy especially, he used prostitutes.
But let's start with Clinton and the spun doctored myth he was persecuted over a blow job. No, he was impeached by congress because he LIED under oath, a high crime of obstruction of justice.
Now THAT matters. It's about trust. Do I want a president open to blackmail?
You see, morality in public life is based on precedent, Kennedy got away with spying on Nixon, but Nixon got caught spying on the DNC, so they had to find a better way to spy. Clinton almost lost the gig, so the moral of that is don't get caught.....with an intern, hookers I guess are still cool.
In France, it is completely acceptable for a man to have a mistress, wives lovers etc. so what's going on there has no relevance whatsoever.
But, here's the point. these people have sworn at least two oaths, one a lifetime commitment of marriage, the other terms of service. When you break one vow, are you not likely to break the second? And if you lie to cover it up, to protect yourself, is that not the opposite of what that politician has sworn to uphold?
You see, in the end, it becomes a matter of trust. Will this person do what he says? Or will he stoop to self pleasuring activities that might expose him to secondary crime, blackmail, extortion....? If he lies to cover it up, what else is he lying about? What is he really telling our allies?
Then there is this. Politicians write and pass laws, expecting people to obey them, they fund massive budgets for enforcement, but seek to escape it themselves when their careers are at stake.
In any office I've ever worked in, if the head guy had gotten a blow job from an intern he would be out of a job. Because they have to raise money and campaign to get the job why should they be any different?
"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
Personal life matters, as it can be an indicator of overall integrity, but... like most other things political... we the voting public tend to allow ourselves to get bogged down in absurd and irrelevant minutiae.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey
In fact, I'd say it's naive not to believe that - to trust someone who's demonstrated a lack of trustworthiness in the past.
I don't think anyone should be telling others how to judge their representatives. People should judge their representatives on whatever grounds they see fit. If that includes personal lives, fine.
I think it matters with some vices being more severe than others.
Leading the nation and having positions of power has great impact upon citizens, I'd rather have those who have that power be in good moral character. Someone that is willing to cheat on their spouse, commit crimes, commit fraud or unethically/illegally acquire money would be a tip to me that this person shouldn't have a position of power and likely is or is more likely to be corrupt and dealing with ulterior motives among other things.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates