Monday, June 29, 2009

The Demise of the Republican Party: Gov. Mark Sanford - the Face of Hypocrisy

I have been trying to avoid writing about the Mark Sanford "affair" but after watching the CAD compare himself to King David and the pathetic responses by the right-wing biased Fox media, I find it impossible to avoid the hypocrisy of it all. Therefore, I am writing this one blog about it.
For those of you who haven't heard, Republican governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, went missing for six days over Father's Day weekend. The governor, married and father of four, was not seen in public nor by his children from June 18 to June 24. Neither his family nor his staff knew where he was, although his staff told the media Sanford was out hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Then Sanford was spotted by a reporter on June 24 in Atlanta's International Airport returning home from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Sanford CRIED when he confessed before the cameras (boo hoo). He admitted having an affair (since the local newspaper caught him in the act). He said, "I've been unfaithful to my wife. I developed a relationship with what started as a dear, dear friend from Argentina." His voice choking at times, Sanford apologized to his wife and four sons, his staff and supporters, and said he would resign immediately as head of the Republican Governors Association. He said the affair began last year and his wife discovered the affair five months ago. He added that he and his wife were trying to work through it.
I do admire Jenny Sanford's strength through these difficult times. She said, "We reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eye and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong. I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago. This trial separation was agreed to with the goal of ultimately strengthening our marriage."

The other woman is a beautiful Latina by the name of Maria Belen Chapur. She is a former TV News anchor, divorced mother of two teenage sons. There is no one you can blame for the affair other than the married Mark Sanford. His wife has been a wonderful mother. The other woman was single and available.
What is worse is, after his wife found out about the affair, Sanford asked his wife for permission to visit his lover. His wife responded, "Absolutely not. It's one thing to forgive adultery; it's another thing to condone it!" For Jenny Sanford, the focus is the couple's four sons. During her interview with AP, she wept as she displayed the stellar report cards earned by her eldest two sons at their exclusive private school in Columbia.

Mark Sanford is a CAD for asking his wife to be complicit with his affair. Despicable.
Not only was he a CAD, but he used his mistress in the fact he had no plans of ever divorcing his wife.
He was also a CAD to the State. It wasn't until after his affair was revealed and after a reporter used the Freedom of Information Act to seek records of what public funds were used to pay for Sanford's trip to Argentina, that Sanford said he would reimburse taxpayers for expenses he had incurred one year earlier with his mistress in Argentina. He said, "I made a mistake while I was there in meeting with the woman who I was unfaithful to my wife with. That has raised some very legitimate concerns and questions, and as such I am going to reimburse the state for the full cost of the Argentina leg of this trip.”

Sanford is also a hypocrite. He demonized Bill Clinton when he had an affair.

In 1998, Sanford was a Republican congressman from South Carolina when he demanded "moral clarity" from Clinton and called on him to resign. Sanford told the Post and Courier newspaper in Sept. 1998: "Very damaging stuff. This one's pretty cut and dried. I think it would be much better for the country and for him personally [to resign]."

If this whole fiasco had ended at this point, I probably would not have blogged about this story. However, what happened next got on my last nerve.

The AP reports: About an hour after Jenny Sanford talked of her pain and feelings of betrayal, her husband brushed aside any suggestion he might immediately resign, citing the Bible and the story of King David _ who continued to lead after sleeping with another man's wife, Bathsheba, having the husband slain, then marrying the widow.
"What I find interesting is the story of David, and the way in which he fell mightily _ fell in very, very significant ways, but then picked up the pieces and built from there," Sanford told members of his cabinet in a session called so he could apologize to them in person and tell them the business of government must continue.
Meanwhile, questions grew about a trip to Argentina he took last summer. While Sanford has agreed to reimburse the state for part of a more-than $8,000 tab that enabled him to see the mistress, state officials indicated they never intended a South American economic development trip to hold meetings in Argentina. That was only done at the governor's behest, said Kara Borie, a spokeswoman for the state Commerce Department.

(Should Jenny Sanford be worried as her husband compares himself with someone who had an affair and murdered the spouse?)

Can you believe the monumental ego this philanderer has? Comparing himself to King David? After asking his wife to be complicit??
After reading all this, you would think Fox News, the self proclaimed leader of "fair and balanced" news and believers in Christian Conservatism would be ferocious in reporting this story, demanding for Sanford's resignation as they did for Bill Clinton or John Edwards. Think so? Think not! Here is what they are actually reporting:
. Did Email Hacker Bring About Gov. Sanford’s Fall?
. Bill O'Reilly devoted 3 segments of his show talking with Karl Rove who both blamed Democrats for "celebrating" the affair. Then O'Reilly (who had an affair with Andrea Makris and paid her off to keep quiet) LIED again by saying “The right has been fairly restrained about the John Edwards situation." Hah! I remember entire shows on Fox with Ann Coulter, Malkin, Hannity and others just revelling in tearing Edwards apart. What Lies and Hypocrisy!

Mark Sanford and the Fox News pundits are Cads, Liars and Hypocrites!
They CLAIM to be Christian Conservatives. Instead, they are attack dogs. Whenever a Democrat/Liberal politician strays, Faux News relentlessly demonizes them. Yet they overlook their own (Republican) scandals. It is happening again with Sanford.

Frankly, I am sick and tired of the Hypocrisy of the Republican Party. I think ALL of America is catching on to their tactics. Their politicians do not adhere to the moral values of the Christian Conservatives. They merely PANDER to the Christian Conservative movement for their votes.

I am sick and tired of the moral lectures from Fox News and Republican politicians. If they are ever to get in the good graces of Americans again, what they have to learn is, we are all human. Everyone has human failings. No more lectures. No more demands that everyone adhere to your political agenda. Don't cry and thump on the Bible and say "I have sinned." Don't call yourself King David. Don't demand resignations of ANY Democrat or anyone you disagree with when they cheat on their wives. Stop saying the little rural areas are the "true American areas." Stop saying you are the patriotic party.

WE ARE ALL AMERICAN. ALL AREAS OF AMERICA ARE PATRIOTIC AREAS. WE ALL SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. AND SOMETIMES ALL OF US SIN. Republican Politicians, my advice to you is: Stick to politics. Stick to supporting our President. Stick to improving the economy. AND ABOVE ALL, STOP THE HYPOCRISY!!!


Dee said...

Regardless of Sanford's hypocrisy, I am not calling for him to resign. In fact, most Democrats are not asking for this. We say let him serve out the rest of his term which ends in 2010.

As Sanford reputation continues to erode based on his own admissions, more and more Republicans are asking him to resign.

Let it be clearly understood. Those asking for him to resign are members of his own party who want to get rid of him to make room for a candidate they think can win the governorship of SC in 2010. Their motives are purely political!! Not for the people!

Reported today:
COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) — Three more Republicans in the South Carolina state legislature spoke out against Mark Sanford on Monday and said the best thing for the governor to do in the wake of last week’s scandal is resign.

At a local Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Cherokee County, GOP House members Lanny Littlejohn, Dennis Moss and Steve Moss each told the audience that Sanford has lost the credibility to steer the state’s economy through the final 18 months of his term following revelations of an extramarital affair.

ultima said...

"...Sanford said he would reimburse taxpayers for expenses he had incurred one year earlier with his mistress in Argentina."

Reminds one of all the people who Obama tried to appoint of offices in his Administration who only then decided to pay taxes they had conveniently overlooked. What goes around, comes around.

ultima said...

"...Sanford is also a hypocrite. He demonized Bill Clinton when he had an affair.
In 1998, Sanford was a Republican congressman from South Carolina when he demanded "moral clarity" from Clinton and called on him to resign."

There's a lot of that going around. Where were the Democrats when Clinton was called on to resign? Where were they on the impeachment vote? Anything said now about Sanford has a hollow ring to it against the backdrop of that earlier silence of those who choose to see Sanford in a different light than multi-philanderer Clinton.

ultima said...

It might be well to list all those congressmen, governors,presidents, ministers, etc. who have indulged in infidelity and worse. That would at least put Sanford in perspective. I recall that a former governor of Colorado, a Democrat, had such an affair as well as a former acquaintance of mine who was known to have a zipper problem.

ultima said...

Clinton, et. al., did not turn out to be the demise of the Democrat Party for long -- 8 years so there is no reason to expect Sanford's indiscretions will cause permanent damage to the GOP. Things don't look very favorable right now but once Obama's socialism sets in and the National Debt begins to impact us all, the Democrats and Obama's acolytes may be seen in a different light. And who knows when Obama's ego will get him into trouble vis a vis the fair sex, other than his wife. He should talk to Jesse Jackson, he knows how to seduce his staff or campaign workers when they are weakened by adulation for a politico and his power.

The Arizonian said...

Sanford is being ousted for not going with the flow.

They acted like they couldn't find him or didn't know where he was. The TSA knew were he went (he flew). This had been going on for awhile. They always knew what was going on, letter the dirt to build up until they were ready to sling mud.

Remember, this was the same governor that told the Fed to take their stimulus money and shove it. Then, when they forced it onto him, he said he was going to use the money to pay down the state's debt (seems smart to me).

He didn't play along, they destroyed him.

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