It has been a rough, cold winter for us here in NY.  We did not need the last bit of ugly news — that our governor known as a spirited reformer — actually has been maintaining a standing account for his regular engagements with lovely young things at about $5000.00 a pop.  It looks like this guy may become one of the residents of our many NY prisons as the financial details of his dealings begin to emerge as IRS fraud.

I will never forget the look of sadness on his wife’s face as she stood beside him while he confessed his crime — some of it that is.  My heart goes out to his 3 daughters as well.  How can they live a lifetime in the shadow of his shame?

What really gets to me is the American hypocrisy that seems to be all around us that makes lovely young women fair game.  I recall as a teen suddenly discovering that the pattern of exploitation of young women was so deeply embedded in our culture and was socially acceptable if kept within discreet limits.  I watch the constant use of ads exploiting lovely young bodies — many of them prepubescent!  There is something deeply sick in our culture that persuades so many that our young ones should be so abused.

I will never forget the day that I was walking across Manhattan when a beautiful young teen in a flaming red dress stopped me, I thought to ask directions, but it turned out to invite me to sleep with her at a price.  I was stunned and muttered a startled “No thank you” as she continued on her way.  She was, I assume, one of the hundreds of thousands of American run aways who had been snared by a pimp on arriving at NYC.

There is no way presumably to halt these atrocities.  But perhaps calling them precisely that — ATROCITIES — might give some such as Spitzer pause.  This guy should never show his fact in public again and should be condemned by all who encounter him.  NO EXCUSES!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]
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