A politician from the party of family values does it again.
I live in Los Angeles, Calif. Being a California resident, I was forced to live through seven years with the former “Terminator” as my governor. It was a hard pill to swallow, but what Californians are trying to swallow now is that we were kept in the dark, as was The Arnold’s family about his having fathered a child out of wedlock. Would this have affected the way some people vote? Would this have affected the outcome? Would he have become governor at all? Those are questions we Californians are pondering.
As a Democrat, and someone who felt Gray Davis should have been given his full term to do this job, I did not vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger as my governor. Ironically, after running this state for seven years, he did exactly what he accused Gray Davis of doing during the recall election; he ran this state and our budget into the ground. Despite his being a former world champion bodybuilder, movie star, and marrying into the Kennedy dynasty, this was not a position he was winning any awards for.
As a woman, I wasn’t shocked at his behavior. Whether it’s a politician, movie star, or athlete, it seems the more powerful a man becomes, the larger he believes his penis to be; and the more attractive to other women he is, even if he is another woman’s husband. I also wasn’t shocked because during the campaign we saw a lot of women who claimed to have been groped by the former star on movie sets and in Oui magazine Arnold boasted of participating in orgies. [Check out a roundup of this month's best political cartoons.]
But as a woman I was quite concerned about something no one seems to be speaking about. Why will women easily slip into bed with another's husband?! And on top of that, she worked in the home seeing this man’s wife and children day in and day out. Has she no shame?! I never dated a married man. I felt the karma would not be good and I felt as a woman, I should respect the wife of that man more. And what of the woman in this instance? The wife? Maria Shriver? She is intelligent and strong. She has her own career and her own celebrity status. This was not a wall flower. How did she remain with this man all these years!?! Why would she remain with this man all of these years? Why do we as women tolerate this!!?! We have burned our bras, fought for equal pay, yet when it comes to another woman’s husband, forget it, right? And what of that child fathered by Arnold 10 years ago. Did he grow up believing another man was his father? And what of that father? Is he now learning his governor was the boy he believed to be his son’s true daddy?! And what makes this further sickening is this is not a Hollywood movie, this is real life folks. [Check out a roundup of GOP political cartoons.]
Now I know many of you are shocked to hear this from a liberal, Democratic feminist, but listen up: Ladies, keep your hands off my man, you hear!? Respect that woman, that family and yourself! And guys, if you’re going to cheat, respect your wife enough to tell her: “Hey, this isn’t working out.” My husband and I promised each other that we would leave before we cheated. We’ve been married 15 years and have been faithful. So I’m not just preachin’ it, I’m livin’ it. I might sound old fashioned but what are the vows about fidelity and till death do us part for and why do we take them!?! But I digress….
What will happen to The Arnold’s career now? He’s supposedly going back into movies again. Will the world, women especially, think of him as the Adulterator instead of the Governator? Will he lose that female audience or do they have short memories? I’ll let you know right after I check out the latest Mel Gibson flick.