A lot of people are very shocked and upset about Sam Adams recent scandal and I have to admit I'm shocked by people's reaction to it. People who, if held up to any scrutiny about their lifestyles usually with regards to their sex lives or their drug habits, could easily be prosecuted and sentenced to several years in prison. Sam is getting the brunt of a lot of people's judgment today and I feel like I'm the only person who thinks it's unfair.
I'm hearing several consistent contradictions in people's response to this scandal. First off there's the whole "I couldn't survive that kind of scrutiny so I would never run for public office" argument and "if someone wants to run for office they should be prepared to have every part of their life examined and live their life accordingly." Immediately following this comes, "I'm really scared that he's going to be kicked out of office for this, he's really our best hope for the city."
I'm really tired of people's sex lives turning into political fodder. Age of consent laws are antiquated and completely arbitrary as they are determined by individual states. If Sam and Beau were in one of the 31 states where the age of consent is 16 (including Washington State) there would be no legal argument to justify the money on finding a special prosecutor.
John Ball is not a crusader of truth in this case either. His motives for investigating and publicizing this affair can't be construed as anything less than politically motivated. He was digging for trouble and he found something. That something he found is a private matter between (in my mind) two consenting adults.
"BUT SAM LIED!" Yes he lied. He lied to the Oregonian and WW two ridiculous rags that had no business asking about Sam's sex life to begin with. He didn't lie under oath, this isn't Bill Clinton and Kenneth Starr dragging the American people through months of grueling investigations and televised dissertations. And he lied about something that most people I know who are openly criticizing him would prefer never to disclose to the general public either. I know I was having sex at the age of 17 with people older than 18. What about you?
Sam shouldn't have lied and he never should have asked Beau to lie, I don't condone lying, however, I see a bigger crime here. Politicizing anyone's CONSENUAL sex life is a witch hunt and NO ONE should ever be put through the humiliating process of being judged not to mention threatened with prosecution for CONSENSUAL sex. John Ball, WW, the Oregonian and the citizens of Oregon really have no right to make an issue of Sam's behavior unless every last one of them is willing to be pursued with the same intrusive investigative tactics.
Someone asked me what example Sam is setting. Well what example are we setting if we say that it's okay for people's CONSENSUAL sex lives to become fodder for political scrutiny?
Sam has admitted wrong doing, apologized and consented to an investigation. He's taking responsibility for the wrong doing he's done (and by wrong doing I mean the lying). You don't have to like it, but how would you want to be treated if you were subject to the same sort of intrusive and inappropriate questioning?
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