When people commit some moral offense, they often will attempt to reconcile themselves with the offended party and perhaps with God.
They acknowledge their wrong doing.
They express remorse.
They ask forgiveness from God and man.
Not so with our current crop of politicians. They never admit to moral offenses. The admission that one is a morally vicious person might very well mean an end to one's political career. Admit only to suffering from some kind of mental illness. Instead of confession and contrition, seek therapy.
Former congressman Anthony Weiner and current San Diego Mayor Robert Filner appear now as the latest poster boys for psychology as religion. Or is it religion as psychology?
Weiner resigned from Congress after admitting to sending lewd photos to female acquaintances. After " a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy," Weiner has secured forgiveness from his wife and is back as mayoral candidate for New York City.
Meanwhile on the left coast, San Diego Mayor Robert Filner has been accused of multiple cases of sexual harassment. While Democrats fought on the front lines of the Republican "war on women," Filner stayed behind the lines gawking and groping. As pressures mounted for his resignation, he did what any self-respecting politician would do: he checked into a two-week session of concentrated therapy. And now he has been released as an "outpatient."
Because their actions reveal a character flaw--an immoral disposition, if you will--a couple of weeks of therapy will accomplish little.
Do not experience surprise when they appear in the news again.