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Show Of Hands April 2nd, 2016 9:10pm

"What a politician legally does in her/his private life is nobody's business but her/his own." Agree or disagree?

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Mesy1600 MD
04/08/16 7:56 pm

Leaders should be held to a higher standard. Imagine what sort of message it would send to the world if some horrible act was committed by a prominent leader. Because these people are the embodiment of the country, they must behave well. They literally represent the people.

DiQuellaPira Columbus, Ohio
04/06/16 12:07 pm

I don't care what they do in their private life unless they are not being hypocritical. (Ted Cruz)

godshandsfeet Snellville, GA
04/03/16 7:16 pm

I care about my leaders spiritual health an whether or not they are able to be in communion with God to help them lead. God does not dwell where sin is harbored. I wouldn't judge my leaders for making a mistake, but I would not want them leading me if they were living in sin instead of seeking God.

Notgiven Weeeeeeeeh
04/04/16 12:00 am

with in sin i am guessing you mean these:
- were divorced
- ate shrimp
- had an abortion or made somebody abort
- never masturbated

Notgiven Weeeeeeeeh
04/04/16 12:02 am

oh and i am really glad god told bush to invade iraq.
and all those republican presidential nominees that were told by god this is their year. god's just a big freaking troll, huh?

SocialSuicide Gay Punk
04/06/16 12:26 pm

Oh man... Humans are born to sin. Those people who shoot family values while holding a picket sign that says GOD HATES GAYS and using sites like Ashely Madison.

04/03/16 6:45 pm

As long as it stays legal and ethical, yes.

Sk8BoredR Asian American warrior
04/03/16 1:33 pm

Only if they preach one thing and then do the opposite. Otherwise all spouses should be off limits as well as their families.

commonsense America isnt racist
04/03/16 9:49 am

Disagree. Their family / personal life tells me what type of person they are and how they deal with life's problems. It's very relevant.

04/03/16 1:03 pm

If one preaches family values, yet has been married and divorced three or four times, this is very telling!

liam2013 iowa
04/03/16 8:01 am

I don't judge my politicians personal or family life. I judge them on the performance of their job in the office and what have or can do for the nation.

themahcrow Louisiana
04/03/16 5:40 am

If they're politicians serving me then I have every right to know what's happening in their personal lives or don't vote for them. But honestly here's what's going on in all of their personal lives: they're all full of sh!t.

04/03/16 12:53 am

Private time is private time, to a point. They chose to be public figures

04/03/16 12:21 am

Nope. They are getting paid by the taxpayers.

04/02/16 10:10 pm

What they do in their personal lives...well it says a lot about them as a politician. So yes. It does.

UncleChickenHam New Hampshire
04/02/16 9:48 pm

Depends on what that legal thing is. Worships Hilter as Jesus come again? I have issue with that. Enjoys getting super drunk Friday nights? Whatever.

PocketNotebook Libertarians Unite
04/02/16 8:50 pm

Unless the politician brings it up themself, then it isn't anyone's business.

thefreshprintz Bradley, IL
04/02/16 8:41 pm

I think to an extent, not if the politician in his or her private life is a drug addict or criminal drug runner or something like that. I think it would be a bad thing and then it isn't their own business. Grey area here.

NKarta Please excuse my sanity
04/02/16 8:03 pm

It shows their true character. Why does the same poll show up like twice a month?

FlaviusAetitus PA, Bernie2020
04/02/16 7:59 pm

Unless the politician runs on something in the personal life then no. For example the Alabama governor ran a family values campaign, and because of his scandal, he ruins what he ran on

K4tn1ss Dont look in the closet
04/02/16 7:54 pm

Oh come on 49%! How would like it if the news was screaming about you buying a burger at McTrump's! Ha. I am so funny. McDonald's McTrump's. DONALD TRUMP!

Vietman manhattan
04/02/16 6:54 pm

Yes, only because they work for a organization which has a legal ability to conduct violence.

04/02/16 6:52 pm

If someone can't keep promises they make to their spouse (and God), what makes you as a constituent any better? A lack of integrity can't be compartmentalized indefinitely.

04/02/16 6:53 pm

I will now look up a definition for the word 'is'.

weallhave1 Tennessee
04/02/16 6:48 pm

Character is what you do when you think no one is watching. It's important to know the character of potential and actual elected officials so we have an idea if they will be fair and honest or corrupt.

04/02/16 6:47 pm

I mean, there should be regulations and limits in terms of how far privacy will go for politicians, but in no way is prying into someone's private life okay, no matter who it is, although it seems like celebrities are special cases.
However, if a politician is doing potentially illegal and lives like a seriously messed up human being, ultimately, the public will find out, and perhaps that is not such a terrible thing.
In any case, privacy in terms of everyday life should be respected. However, I believe that the character of the people political ideas come from is of even a similar importance than the ideas themselves, for debatable reasons.

04/02/16 6:37 pm

If we don't care what a politician legally does in their private lives, then I never want to hear about how a politician donated to this cause, or took donations from a corporation, or is affiliated with a racist group

04/02/16 6:41 pm

If a candidate marches with the klan in their spare time, it should not matter, according to a majority here

04/02/16 6:44 pm

If a candidate is wasted 23 hours a day and is only sober enough to make a short speech, that doesn't matter.

If a politician owes massive amounts of debt to various lenders, that doesn't matter.

04/02/16 6:47 pm

If a candidate preaches a $15 minimum wage, but pays their staff $7.50 per hour, that's okay.

If a politician runs a company that gets massive subsidies from the government, well that's their private life we can't touch it

kywrite augusta, ga
04/02/16 6:15 pm

It can't be, unfortunately. A politician's private life offers insight as to what his public policies will be. And once in office, he is, unfairly or not, the representative face of his constituency.

04/02/16 5:55 pm

I said yes, but within reason. If you're representing the public, paid by public money, you should be held to a higher standard. I taught public school for 20 and was careful of many things I did on my private life. I didn't drink in public, stayed politically neutral on Facebook and kept away from political/religious/controversial conversation with most people. It was a challenge, especially when students attempted to engage me in conversation. We have too much influence in their lives and must let them form their own opinions. Certain occupations require a higher level of discretion; if you can't maintain it, find another career.

bestpollsdaily Massachusetts
04/02/16 5:47 pm

This is a dumb statement because what does "private life" qualify as?...

PrinceOberyn Here I am Here I Remain
04/02/16 5:19 pm

As long as it is legal and consensual its none of our fucking business.

Wackacrat Harford County
04/02/16 4:50 pm

With in the legal scope of things.

getupbaby South City
04/02/16 4:35 pm

No, not everything. If a candidate gets all leather and boots in the bedroom, that's one thing, but certain things (such as crack addiction, which has happened) will affect their service.

RadRussian Sons of the West
04/02/16 4:09 pm

I don't want a deviant.

PrinceOberyn Here I am Here I Remain
04/02/16 5:21 pm

Oh please, get over yourself. Just because you are repressed, it does not mean everyone else has to be. My anal beads send you their regards, good sir!

RadRussian Sons of the West
04/02/16 5:33 pm

My bible sends its regards to you as well.

PrinceOberyn Here I am Here I Remain
04/02/16 5:39 pm

I put the regards in my own bible...oh wait, that's right, I burned it.

RadRussian Sons of the West
04/03/16 10:09 am

Did your wife's son tell you about atheism?

MJSeals Esq.
04/02/16 4:06 pm

If he's doing cocaine, I want to know.

10o5t126 ...
04/02/16 4:05 pm

I agree as long as "private" isn't code for "concealing illegal activity."

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
04/02/16 3:55 pm

Well, yes and no. Should they be allowed to do what they want? Yea. Should it be against the law to talk about what they're doing? No

orgblu10 Shamerica
04/02/16 3:51 pm

I believe politicians should have to live by the same rules we live by. If this is a principle I apply personally, I'll extend it to them as well.

mikeyDe Marine Corps
04/02/16 3:47 pm

When you choose that career you go right up under the microscope. It really is not anybody's business but others will make it there business and there's no stopping it.

Brandon1995 San Francisco
04/02/16 3:37 pm

That shouldn't apply to Republican politicians. If republicans want to govern our sex lives, their sex lives should be our business too.

04/02/16 3:39 pm

And if democrats want us to pay for it, we should know about it as well.

evoecon nearest binary system
04/02/16 5:04 pm

Republicans do not want to govern your sex life.

kywrite augusta, ga
04/02/16 6:17 pm

And if liberals want to interfere in my free exercise of religion, I demand the right to proselytize to them without restriction.

It works both ways.

04/03/16 8:02 pm

How are liberals interfering with your ability to exercise your religion?

evoecon nearest binary system
04/03/16 8:07 pm

Churches should not be forced to pay for services or products which are against their doctrine.

evoecon nearest binary system
04/03/16 8:11 pm

Health insurance for employees which provide contraceptive service at no charge to the employee, for the Catholic Church comes to mind.

04/03/16 8:16 pm

Preventing you from using the excuse of "it's my religion" to discriminate against women and denying them medical services for contraceptive, which the equivalent is provided to men, is not interfering with your free exercise of religion. It's preventing you from discriminating against women. You'll have to find another illegitimate reason to discriminate against people.

evoecon nearest binary system
04/03/16 8:21 pm

Your liberalism is the case in point.

This is not an unfair discrimination. Especially with an institution with a long held position on contraceptives.

By the way, which male contraceptive is paid by health insurance.

04/03/16 8:51 pm

My liberalism is the reason why same-sex couples can marry here. My liberalism is the same reason why interracial couples can marry here. My liberalism is the reason why the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act are the laws of the land. My liberalism is the reason why schools can no longer be segregated by race.

Many institutions have or had long standing positions diametrically opposed to those events. Having a long held position against something, such as contraceptives, is not a legitimate excuse to continue it when it has a discriminatory effect.

Religious institutions provide health insurance to their make employees but refuse to provide health insurance to women with the equivalent services that men are offered. For example, vasectomies are covered by insurance but equivalent birth control procedures for women are not.

evoecon nearest binary system
04/03/16 9:06 pm

Tubal ligations are typically covered under the insurance. Catholics would not want vasectomies cover any more than other contraceptives.

GlockMan1 Alabama
04/02/16 3:34 pm

You were elected by the people. The people want to know what they are getting. Including your private life.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
04/02/16 3:29 pm

Mostly agree, as long as they are walking their talk. If they are denigrating uninhibited fun loving people while secretly having fun themselves, or are claiming to be for the working class while laundering Investment Banking cash on the side, I do care. It isn't the legal activity though, it's the hypocrisy or appearance (or reality) of a conflict of interests.

Shazam Scaramouche, OH
04/02/16 3:24 pm

Well....there was that Coke using hooker buying mayor in Toronto. If that was my mayor, I'd be interested in knowing that.

jlong105 Indiana
04/02/16 3:32 pm

Or the crackhead in DC

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
04/02/16 4:06 pm

Rob Ford died last week. Very tragic.

evoecon nearest binary system
04/02/16 5:49 pm

My point was sarcasm. Progressive allow the mayor to stay in office.

MemeThief Not Authoritarian
04/02/16 3:22 pm

Agree in general, but some major life choices make them more or less fit for high offices.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
04/02/16 3:22 pm

Relatively private lives. But most politicians are liars, faking it by putting on a show for the crowd they're speaking to, namely to get elected. So, if they lie, which they do, often, then we need to expose the hypocrisy somehow.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
04/02/16 3:23 pm

*They should be able to live relatively private lives.*

ShereKhan A very dark place.
04/02/16 3:16 pm

Your ego has put you in the spotlight, be prepared for your makeup to run.

Gunfighter06 Iowa, since 1846
04/02/16 3:10 pm

Agree, unless a serious crime has been committed.

fredd TrumpLand
04/02/16 3:04 pm

I think it's somewhat subjective. With politicians there is often a strong stench of hypocrisy.

BadLogic101 I commit fallacies.
04/02/16 3:00 pm

I agree as long as said politician also governs by a live and let live philosophy.

04/02/16 3:09 pm

Yes to this.

04/02/16 2:57 pm

Unless you run your campaign on moral family values. And end up banging your secretary like the Alabama gov. The main reason you were elected has then become false and voters deserve to know

04/02/16 3:09 pm

Also yes to this.

BarryB Was it something I said
04/02/16 2:54 pm

Do they walk their talk? If they want to legislate based on their moral standards, their behavior is relevant.