By Cal Thomas
“You can’t run from your mistakes. You have to confront them.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
Believe it or not, there was a time when people didn’t go on TV to confess their sins. That was back when most understood what sin is, before everything became excusable, especially for celebrities and the politically powerful.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is on a media tour promoting his book, “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.”
It certainly is.
On “60 Minutes,” in USA Today and elsewhere, Schwarzenegger acknowledges affairs with women not his wife and the son he fathered with their housekeeper.
He calls it all a “mistake.”
No, a mistake is something far less consequential.
Let’s pick another word – “fornication” – and consider its definition: “voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons or two persons not married to each other.”
It’s an old-fashioned word that has fallen out of favor, but doesn’t it describe Schwarzenegger’s behavior better than “mistake”?
Perhaps the saddest moment in the “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl is a video of Schwarzenegger’s wife, Maria Shriver, defending him when he was accused of groping several women.
Schwarzenegger’s interviews reveal a man without a moral center.
Monica lewinsky next
Next up is Monica Lewinsky. She reportedly is writing a book about her liaisons with Bill Clinton.
What additional detail does the public need to have?
The cultural condemnation for this behavior long ago went into retreat. Still, if you want to support fidelity while showing disapproval for Schwarzenegger’s behavior, don’t buy his book, or Monica’s. Schwarzenegger’s book might have been more accurately titled, “Total Reprobate.” Reprobate: “A depraved, unprincipled or wicked person.”
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