Sex. Whether it be consensual, non-consensual, gay, straight, or otherwise, that is all that media seems able to report on. This celebrity here did this, this senator here did that…it never ends. We certainly need to bring those guilty of real crimes (which takes more than flirting, SJWs) to justice, but to obsess about sex and every nuance of it as we are doing now is simply not healthy.
The Business Insider has confirmed that “Republican Gov. Eric Greitens of Missouri has been accused of taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he has admitted to having an extramarital affair.” KMOV-TV (a CBS affiliate) has also reported that the governor’s lawyer has said that there was “no blackmail.”
This is where the details get burdensome for everyone since many, many couples take “dirty” or deeply personal erotic photos of one another during the course of their relationship, no matter how serious (or not) it may be. This may not be wise to do but it happens. To later suggest that just owning these photos is now wrong or leading to blackmail can be a very dangerous accusation to start lobbing around.
WE MUST END THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION. I'm calling on Governor Greitens to resign immediately and give Missouri the opportunity to restore some dignity to the governor's office.
— Jamilah Nasheed (@SenatorNasheed) January 11, 2018
The lady, who has not been identified, is heard in an audio recording talking to her husband and saying that she met Greiten at a hair salon that she worked at. The now ex-husband is said to have made the recording in 2015 without his wife knowing of it.
He claims also that the G.O.P. member “took a picture of my wife naked as blackmail.” While that is hard to prove, if his wife had not been cheating on her husband, the photos would not exist. That is why honesty in relationships is of the utmost importance. Also, it is very unfair that we know Greitens name, but not the name of the accuser.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has heard the recording as well and say that the lady admits to “being blindfolded and partly undressed in the photo.” Well, unless the governor kidnapped and raped the lady (he did not) we have to assume that the tryst was consensual. This is just a case of immorality not wanting to be exposed more than anything else.
The lady has refused to talk to the press, also making many people wonder about the legitimacy of her claims. “There is no worse person,” proclaims the ex-husband, making reference to Greitens. “I think it’s as bad as it gets. It’s as bad as it gets when someone takes advantage of something.”
The woman does say that she was in no way forced into the act(s) and, giving her claim some credit, she says that she was promised that the pictures had been deleted. If this is true, the actions and overall honesty of the Republican governor could fairly be called into question.
For his part, Greitens has admitted the affair, also a result of cheating in his relationship, so the leader is no saint, either. The governor said that it was a “deeply personal mistake” that took place in 2016.
“Eric took responsibility, and we dealt with this together honestly and privately,” said a statement that was given to KMOV. “While we never would have wished for this pain in our marriage, or the pain that this has caused others, with God’s mercy Sheena has forgiven and we have emerged stronger.”
The statement also said, “We understand that there will be some people who cannot forgive — but for those who can find it in your heart, Eric asks for your forgiveness, and we are grateful for your love, your compassion, and your prayers.”
James Bennett, Greitens’ attorney, finds “multiple false allegations” being hurled at his client and says that “no blackmail” was ever even suggested. “The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these almost three-year-ago events are false,” Bennett said.
As if those on the left never sin, “I’m calling on Governor Greitens to resign immediately and give Missouri the opportunity to restore some dignity to the governor’s office,” said Democratic Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed in a tweet.
“I am extremely disappointed in Governor Eric Greitens and that I believe he has hoodwinked us, the citizens of Missouri,” Republican State Rep. Nate Walker declared. “Rumor had been circulating around the State Capitol earlier today that this was coming. I am not sure what Governor Greitens will do next — in my opinion, he has broken the public trust. I may have more to say once the terrible shock of this sets further in.”
No one knows if the 43-year-old Navy Seal will leave office or not. That largely depends on how rapidly he can get this scandal out of the newspaper headlines.
Still, we are left with a very clear and simple set of facts as the dust settles. First of all, this is what happens when cheating and dishonesty replace wedding vows. Secondly, this is what the outcome is when couples stray apart and disgrace their own union.
As America seems ever more comfortable with such actions, we can not be surprised to find that it reaches the highest levels of government, too.