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Danger Lampost

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Should a public official caught in an extra-marital affair resign or be forced to resign?

It seems American politics is constantly filled with news stories of high ranking public officials who get caught in an extra-marital affair, and then either resign or are forced by political pressures to resign. Had I more time to research this debate, I would see if I could find any statistics on the relevance of this issue in different countries. But I was thinking that would be a fascinating call out to TED members in other countries for your point of view on this issue, both in your own country and in the United States.

Some studies show about 50% of Americans have an extramarital affair. So I would expect that a significant percentage of our elected officials are having affairs. Should they all resign?

Is there a contradiction here? Should we hold our elected officials to a higher standard than we (as citizens) appear to hold for ourselves?

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  • Nov 13 2012: "Some studies show about 50% of Americans have an extramarital affair."

    Heck, we live in a representative democracy! To truly represent us, we must demand that 50% of the politicians should have a history of extramarital affairs! It's all the people of the _other_ kind that must resign, until we have a representative balance.
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      Nov 13 2012: Don't forget that we should allow a bit more corruption on our public officials' part for the extra burden of having to resist the corrupting influence of power, lol...
      • Nov 14 2012: Don't worry about that. Corruption is already over-represented among public officials.
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          Nov 14 2012: So is the decline of morals in the majority of us

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