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Life liberty and the pursuit of … skinny-dipping?

If I had to guess which Congressman wishes that he had been wearing a W.W.J.D bracelet last summer while vacationing in Israel, I’d put my money on Rep. Kevin Yoder.

On August 19,2012 Politico reported that Congressman Yoder swam naked in the Sea of Galilee while on a trip to Israel last summer. Like any other public scandal, the news traveled fast.

Yoder confirmed the incident saying “After dinner I followed some members of Congress in a spontaneous very brief dive into the sea and regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit.”

Despite his public apology, some believe that Yoder should resign. However, others such as the American Association for Nude Recreation issued public statements of support following the Congressman’s behavior.

Other nudist organizations, share similar sentiments, viewing the incident as nothing more than innocent fun. Regardless, one thing seems pretty clear: Representative Yoder’s skinning dipping days are over.

I have to say that I find myself hopping on the “innocent fun” band-wagon. Don’t we all either snicker at the idea of skinny-dipping or recall times when we have ourselves engaged in a refreshing “dip” or two?

The American Association for Nude Recreation supported the activity stating: “Obviously, Congressman Yoder is a typical American who enjoys skinny-dipping, like over 50 million other Americans.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not excited about the prospect of naked mayhem breaking out in D.C. However, everyone skinny-dips for kicks right? And, aren’t our elected officials supposed to be “representing” us? So… 1+1? There’s something trustworthy about politicians are able to have good ‘ole fashioned fun, at least we know he likes to frolic naked in the Sea of Galilee in his free time, rather than spending it embezzling money or some other things that some fully clothed, politicians do.

Instead of taking this “incident” too seriously, I recommend David Letterman’s approach: just laugh about it.

Lastly, a little food for thought:  if we don’t allow our politician’s to be people, how can we expect them to care about people?


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