By, Shell L
As a #NeverTrump #EX-GOP exile, after decades of Republican Party support, I shall put forth the following argument about fidelity as it relates to this campaign and the character of the presidential candidates. Yes, both sides have issues with it. Got it. Check.
We all pretty much know by now that Donald Trump has been married several times, and we know about his alleged mysogenistic and lewd behaviors over the course of his adult life. We also know that Bill Clinton is guilty and/or accused of various extramarital acts. But my goal is not to rehash the ugly details on either side.
Instead, I would like to highlight the virtue of fidelity, which is defined as faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support.
Marital vows can take on many forms. One of the more common general recitations include some facsimile of …for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.
I don’t claim to know exactly which vows were exchanged between Donald Trump and each of his wives, or those exchanged between the Clintons. From what I have read, they both have Christian upbringings and identify as Christians. Marital vows should, therefore, should mean something.
Fidelity is tough. It’s not for the weak at heart, particularly as it relates to marriage. It speaks to one’s character and fortitude. Infidelity, on the other hand, is capable of causing next level pain. Although it’s seemingly quite common, and we all know someone who has experienced this, or have been personally through this, it can be devastating. While many quickly decide to divorce and move on, some finding renewed happiness and others not, some chose to stick with their original vows. For better or worse. It’s a vow. A promise. A commitment.
I’m not condemning divorce. Many people have very legitimate reasons for doing so. Doing it multiple times, however, one may wonder about the legitimacy. I think it would likely have been easier for Hillary Clinton to bail on Bill after all of the scandals and negative press. We’ll never know for sure. But she didn’t. I don’t pretend to know her reasoning. But she chose to stick with him, for better or worse. I find that to be a very virtuous attribute. I know of the strength that is required without all of the fanfare. I can’t imagine dealing with this type of situation under public scrutiny.
I consider fidelity a strong attribute for Hillary Clinton, a virtue that sets her apart from Trump.