Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is on a media tour, promoting his new book, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. He's right about that.
Schwarzenegger writes about his affairs while living with and then married to Maria Shriver. He calls those affairs a "mistake." That's too easy. A mistake is a wrong answer on a math test. Arnold's behavior is better defined by the ancient word "fornication," which means "voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons or two persons not married to each other."
Schwarzenegger was never a conservative. He governed as a liberal on many issues. Perhaps the saddest moment in his "60 Minutes" interview was when Lesley Stahl played a clip in which Maria testifies to his character after several women had accused him of groping them. Clearly he has none.
The environment in which we live tolerates everything, but when someone behaves as Arnold has, we tsk-tsk, as if that old definition of sin suddenly applies. Trying to have it both ways is what Arnold did. His book should be retitled Total Reprobate. I'm not buying it.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: October 3, 2012