Should U.S. Congressman Trey Radel (R-FL) Resign?
Grant me the long path to answer this question. Is American society ready to stop working for something good? Of course, it is not. But if I thought for one second that morality was the aim of politics, I would not be a student of politics. Politics is subservient to morality; it’s not in the same category. It rather falls in the domain of “Do as I say, not as I do,” in a way of speaking. We cannot practically hold politicians to aspire to be morally incorrupt. Never (period). But, we can make fun of them. And we do. Why? We do because they hold themselves to be morally incorrupt. So, when we send a politician to Washington, we hope for the best and plan for the worst.
We sent Mr. Trey Radel of the 19th District of Florida to Washington. Now that we know he needs drug rehabilitation, so he can soberly vote for our issues in Congress, how do we treat him in our view as the constituency? I would say this for any politician: Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian. I would see how he relates to his constituency. If he really cares about them, then he would try to make the appropriate changes to become a better example of obeying the law FOR HIS CONSTITUENCY. After all, politicians are legislators. Let us not forget. They write the law. So observe carefully the previously stated pundit, “Do as I say, not as I do,” can ironically apply to any Congressman or Congresswoman.
But as for morality, we should keep that category for the saints and the sinners. And these are the ones who are aiming for something more perfect, but certainly not to become politician-like.
No, I don’t think Mr. Radel should resign. This is not the answer. And this should not be a whip that stings his back. If he cares about his constituency enough to make the appropriate changes, then he should do so. His arguments of change should be carefully crafted to convince his constituency that he can continue soberly and wisely on our behalf. His salary, his reputation, his family, and his constituency depend on it.