No matter what your feelings are about Congressman Chris Lee's shirtless photograph on the Internet or Congressman Weiner's even more vivid picture of his 'junk' (I love this 'straight guys' description of their privates!), we clearly are entering a new social media age of scandals. Not only can folks present themselves in all their glory to complete strangers anywhere in the world but with the advent of cell phone video capacity some unsuspecting folks might have others choose to display their goods.
How times have changed in my short life span.
The first scandal I can remember was the fact that a Democratic Presidential candidate, Adlai Stevenson, was divorced. When New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller left his wife for another woman it was common political wisdom that he could never be President. Now we have Newt on wife number three after abandoning his first two ill wives. Presidential candidate Gary Hart was the first with photographic evidence of his misdeeds with Donna Rice sitting on his lap next to a boat named aptly "Monkey Business." No longer were scandals just in black and white print in newspapers left to the readers imaginations or horrible black and white mug shots. We had real photographs including the famous one of John Edwards holding his out-of-wedlock baby in the Los Angeles Hilton!
Drugs and alcohol at different times in our history have been great taboos. Now is it common for a candidate to express that they smoked weed 'as a youthful indiscretion.' Some have admitted to even stronger stimulants in the same vain. As long as candidates are up front about past drug use or alcohol abuse the American public seems to be in a forgiving mood.
Now with this new age of social media, high tech instruments and common invasions of privacy it is my prediction that in the future we will elect a President of the United States who everyone will have had a peek of their 'junk'. They again will issue the mea culpa with the terms 'youthful indiscretion' and 'everyone was doing it.' The fact of the matter is that the next generation will actually know that everyone indeed was doing it and they will most likely be a voting public leaning toward forgiveness. And candidates will also find that their 'junk' is public property and will be discussed for better or worse in vivid detail.