Emotion – Do we hang ‘em or hug ‘em? Is it a two-hanky piece or just an eye dabber? Can’t every cheating spouse cry on cue in those “tell all” news conferences? Would you trade a Jimmy Swaggart card for a Jim Bakker?
Consequence – History tells us that Chester A. Arthur, 21st president of the U.S., was the last public figure brave enough or foolish enough to utter these famous last words: “I may be president of the United States but my private life is nobody’s damned business.”
Keith Kappes is a columnist for The Morehead (Ky.) News. Contact him at email@example.com.