Iz: "Why did Richard Nixon resign? I mean, wiretapping isn't nearly as bad as adultery. Why isn't adultery illegal?"
Me: "Well, adultery is illegal in some countries, but in the U.S. we consider it to be a private matter between consenting adults. What Nixon did was absolutely illegal. He resigned before he could be impeached."
Iz: "Oh! So Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky were in a polyamorous relationship?"
Me: "Um, no. Bill Clinton committed adultery. Which should be his own private business, even if it was morally wrong, and even if it was a very stupid thing to do. If he and Monica Lewinsky were in a polyamorous relationship, they would have gotten approval from Hillary Clinton beforehand, and then President Clinton wouldn't have committed perjury when he denied that the adultery took place."
Iz: "Oh. I don't think I want to be in a polyamorous relationship."
Me: "That's fine, it's not for everyone. And you have to be a fairly mature and confident person to make it work."
Iz: "I still think adultery should be illegal. People get hurt really badly."
Polyamory and Politics: A Nine-Year-Old's Perspective
Soon my knowledge of U.S. presidential history and politics will be insufficient for Iz's needs, but for now we have some rollicking discussions, and I am highly amused by the ways in which her liberal Bay Area filters color her take -- or don't affect it at all: