In 1960 author Joseph Wood Krutch wrote a now-famous essay, "The New Immorality," which dealt with the growing rift between private wrongdoing and the need to maintain a public stance of moral well-being. Former Sen. Gary Hart's fall from grace would seem to justify the author's fear in the face of a growing national problem. The matter here isn't simply one of not casting the first stone or any stone, but of realizing that there is no line that can be drawn between any person's "private" and "public" lives
Each of us has, to a certain extent, a face that meets the public every day and influences it; ideally, it is the same one that, without too much distortion, stares back in the morning from the bathroom mirror. The growing feelings of resentment on the part of the people toward their elected officials seems still to reflect this belief in the inherent goodness and idealism of those we would have lead us, and whose mirror, in the morning, must mirror us , whose posters must show us our most truly representative selves, whose speeches must speak in our absolutely honest behalf. Hence the letdown, the sorrow, and the anger when self -betrayal occurs.