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Who Says There Are No Second Acts In American Lives?
Eliot Spitzer regaining credibility on CNN

By Paul Tomori
Friday, November 05, 2010 at 12:23:36 (EST)

It was F. Scott Fitzgerald (Great Gadsby author) who said "there are no second acts in American lives".

It looks like Eliot Spitzer (former New York Attorney General and Governor... and once considered to be a Presidential hopeful) is trying (and I think succeeding) to prove Fitzgerald wrong.

After years of fighting Wall Street white collar crime, organized crime and prostitution followed by his high profile arrest for hiring a prostitute in Washington DC, then his resignation from public life... I think most people expected Spitzer to disappear into the shadows. It's only been a couple of years and he's back with a vengeance.

A couple of nights ago, he took the moral high ground against a radical Islamic cleric from the UK calling the man to his face a "terrorist who deserved to be immediately arrested". Way to go, Eliot. His debating style is lively and his anchor partner, Kathleen Parker lead a great prime-time show discussing the current issues, most of which have a moral question.

Not bad for a guy who's own moral credibility was shattered just a short time ago.

I have always believed that, except for psychopaths who just need to be locked up for the protection of society, most other moral slip-ups should have a chance for redemption.

After all, virtue is easier professed than practised.

Strangely, those who profess virtue the loudest (i.e. political and religious figures), seem to be the ones continually caught up in the web of deceit and impropriety. Where can we find reliable inspiration to be good?

Let's hope that Eliot Spitzer earns back and this time keeps the credibility that his high intellect is worthy of. Notwithstanding his indiscretions, he has been one of the good guys fighting crime. Here's to Act Two for an American good guy.

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