Honesty is still the best policy

This past week yet another scandal rocked the United States Congress when U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) resigned. Weiner is another in quite a long list of politicians from both sides of the aisle who lied to cover up inappropriate behavior. He was caught “sexting” when he inadvertently posted a lewd photograph of himself to his public Twitter account.

After a press conference where he apologized for his behavior and announced his decision to step down from office, the pundits on the air all weighed in. One comment, among many that left me speechless, particularly stood out. A Beltway insider calmly explained that after Weiner realized what he had done “he had no choice but to lie.”

Excuse me?

Are the moral imperatives of past years and God’s laws really so passé in the world in which we live? Is lying, which is a manifestation of dishonesty and indicative of a lack of virtue, really that harmless? Is the quest to maintain position and place is society justification for lying?

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