Friday, July 3, 2009

Sanford Political Cartoons

I love political cartoons and just came across these two on Daryl Cagle's Political Cartoonists Index as particularly interesting in that though the cartoonists go for absurdity, we polyamorists see them as making a valid point. (You can click on them to enlarge them if needed.)

Here is the first one which is by Dwane Powell of the Raleigh News & Observer.



Not surprisingly, Mrs. Sanford has ruled out this possibility.

"South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford sat in her oceanfront living room Friday, recalling how her husband repeatedly asked permission to visit his lover in the months after she discovered his affair.

"I said absolutely not. It's one thing to forgive adultery; it's another thing to condone it," Jenny Sanford told The Associated Press during a 20-minute interview... "


In this next one by Chip Bok of The Akron Beacon-Journal.



The reference is to what seems to be becoming tradition in France, i.e. Fran├žois Mitterand, former prime minister, openly had a wife and a mistress. These two women attended his funeral together, at his wife's invitation. It's also worth noting that the present First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is quoted as saying she is:

.... easily "bored with monogamy", and that "love lasts a long time, but burning desire — two to three weeks".


To date President Sarkozy has remained silent on the issue, but it's safe to say that he and Carla have some kind of an open marriage agreement.

I am amused by the irony of the hugely different points of view on marital fidelity of the French and South Carolina First Ladies.

My friend, Alan M., of the most excellent Polyamory in the News blog, has, as always, done a fine job of analyzing the Sanford scandal in the context of polyamory - check it out. See also my previous blog posts on this topic here (the Loving More press release) and here.

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