Some of the last posts have made me want to make one more comment…
There is a wonderful movie called the Last Hangman. It is the story of the man who was the last hangman in Britian. There is a great moment in the movie that speaks to what should be the humanity and compassion in all of us.
The hangman has just hung about 20 people in Nuremberg who have been executed for war crimes. He is in the morgue overseeing the preparation of the bodies for internment. Through a mix up, there is not enough coffins. The orderly who is assisting him states that it does not really matter because these people don’t deserve proper burials.
The hangman turns to the orderly and replies that these people have paid the ultimate price for their crimes. And that having paid the price, their bodies are now deserving of all the respect and dignity that they can be afforded.
As these last posts show. As an elected official you can make a stupid mistake in a brief moment that you probably will regret for the rest of your life. Then, because of the mistake you can pay the price of losing your reputation and your public office. Regardless of paying this price, there will be people out there who will continue to try and punish you forever, by repeatedly bringing it up and rubbing your nose in it. Sadly, these people simply cannot bring themselves to forgive you and and let you move on and try and heal yourself.
Final comment… it is my observation over the years tha has led me to conclude that there is a small segment of our population that delight in kicking people in the teeth who are already down (have paid the price). To my mind, this is particularly despicable when they do this, under the guise of being anonymous