Millennials and others of a certain age have not lived in a time when fidelity was universally valued and mostly supported by culture -- though sometimes hypocritically -- and its opposite was roundly condemned. There was even a time when a divorced person could not expect to become president, though plenty of married presidents managed to conduct clandestine affairs, often with the indulgence of the media.
How far we have come (or gone) as a country and culture was evidenced by the re-election of
This isn't about that. It's about Vice President
This is sometimes called the
Some years ago, Rev. Graham spoke at the
I later asked him why he did this. He said it was because some people who saw the photo could conclude that he was drinking an alcoholic beverage, a no-no among Southern Baptists, though some seem to have modified their position in recent years.
Graham once told me about his own policy of never being with a woman without his wife present, or having a woman pick him up at an airport when he traveled, unless she was with her husband. It is a standard I employ, not because Graham and I (and Pence) find it hard to resist temptations of the flesh, but because it is the best protection against all sorts of negative things that could happen, or someone reading something into a picture that has the potential of damaging one's reputation.
Pence's comment was printed in a recent
I've been in Pence's office. Many women work there, including his deputy chief of staff, his national security adviser, his director of intergovernmental affairs and their top deputies.
So what's the problem? I think it is that the Pence "lifestyle," for wont of a better word, stands as a rebuke to those who have chosen different ways of behaving, in or out of marriage. Deep down inside most of us know right from wrong, otherwise "Judge Judy" would not be so much fun to watch as she dispenses truths your grandmother probably agreed with and tried to teach you.
After all the criticism about President Trump's past with women, one might think the critics would welcome a wholesome example like the Pences. But in