Cal  Thomas

Jay Leno and David Letterman never run out of material when they are making fun of politicians, especially when it involves sex and hypocrisy. After years of beating up on Bill Clinton for his sexual indiscretions, the late-night comedians are spending equal time chortling about Republicans who have been caught with their pants down.

Their latest target is Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican. Vitter is an easy target for those looking to play "pin the hypocrite tail on the elephant." He's a lector in his local Catholic Church and he has been associated with the Family Research Council, the political offshoot of Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family. Pictures of a woman said to be the prostitute with whom Vitter reportedly had a relationship are posted on various Websites.

The first reaction one should have is not laughter, but sadness, sadness for him, his wife and their four children. Vitter let down his family in order to feed a lower nature that resides in all of us. Is there anything sadder than a child who no longer sees his father as having good character, or a wife whose trust has been shattered?

The second reaction is how could he have been so stupid? In the Internet age when Larry Flynt offers $1 million to anyone who can provide evidence of people in high places engaging in base behavior, the biblical warning "be sure your sin will find you out" rings even more true. Not all sins are exposed in this life, but the higher the profile, the more likely exposure will occur, especially if it involves our national preoccupation with sex.

Laughing at others, especially over adultery, is the ultimate cover-up. It keeps us from focusing on our lower nature, which used to be called sinful before we all became "dysfunctional." Once, we repented and confessed to God such things, if we did them, or sought God's power in order to protect us from such behavior. Today, we issue press releases, consult advisers, take medication, or check into rehab. Those yukking it up seem oblivious of their own potential to follow in Vitter's footsteps, as many have done before. Whatever happened to the humbling expression, "There, but for the grace of God, go I?"

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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