It's been 9 months It's time for another one.
(scandals that shoulda been dubbed with the infamous gate)
(click on the Titlegates for the storygates)
Cry-gatey "I spent the last five days of my life crying in Argentina," says Republican Governor Mark Sanford. Crying cause he is a low life cheater, and he finally feels bad about it? Or crying cause he was caught? Crying because he was caught, is my guess. Especially since he came out and said his Mistress is his 'soul-mate'. What really torques me off is the hypocrisy of it all. Back in the 90's he referred to Clinton's behavior, and affair as "reprehensible". So he didn't lie about his affair like Clinton did, but so what? He still cheated on his wife. And instead of leaving the mistress and trying to honor the promises he made when he was married, he is now running off with his mistress. What an idiot. I've said it once and I'll say it again. Men who cheat on their wives are the lowest of the low. He once said, "It is my personal view that the largest proclamation of one's faith ought to be in how one lives his life." Well we know how seriously he took his faith, what a hypocrite. One joke says, "He has a conservative mind but a liberal penis." Not fair to the Liberals I say. I think trust and fidelity in marriage are pretty universal ideas.
Promise-Gate Senator Ensign also professed to be a man of faith. A member of the Promise Keepers. He broke promises 3 and 4. (among others I'm sure)
A Promise Keeper is committed to practicing spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual purity.
A Promise Keeper is committed to building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values.
Now I know that everyone makes mistakes. But affairs, those are real doozies, especially when you claim to be candidate that stands up for traditional morals. Everything I can say about him, I've already said above. The dude is scum.
Both of these men either spoke out against Clinton's affair or belonged to groups which spoke out against Clinton's affair. They, or so they claimed, were on the Moral high-ground.... Ah the Moral High Ground, If you are there why not stay there? If extra-marital affairs are bad when Democrats are doing them, aren't they at least as bad (i.e. much worse) when Republicans are doing them? If the GOP professes to be the party of Christian values, then the GOP shouldn't tolerate it's members screwing around out side of marriage, period. Taking the more secular path, If the GOP wanted Clinton to step down because of his affair, why isn't it calling it's own members to step down when they make the same idiotic blunder? (Both Parties are just as guilty as each other on this)
There is the Christian vote, the black vote, the latino vote, the NASCAR vote. Politics seems to be divided into racial, religious and other forms of pandering. These men are classic examples of the pandering to the Christian Vote. "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves" (Matt. 7:15) They looked the part, but sure didn't act it. In this world of sound bytes and buzzwords how do we cut through the crap and see who we are really voting for? How can we avoid voting in these types of people?
Did these men start out as ravenous wolves? Or did they start out all right and get corrupted along the way? Should we have seen it coming? My Democrat friends will say, duh, they were Republicans, of course you could see it coming. For my rebuttal to that, see the first Scandalgate post.
My opinion is that both of the major parties are too big and too entrenched into the Washington system of loose morals, loose ethics and loose promises. They all stand for values, until they think no one is looking. Charm, Charisma and Slickness seem to win out over Manners, Competency and Honesty. I don't think we value "Acting Presidential" over "Looking Presidential".
The fact that Mark Sanford's name was getting thrown around for 2012 scares me. Mark Sanford had the presidential image, but he certainly didn't have the presidential conduct. I'm glad he is out of the running. I'd take Harry Reid over Mark Sanford (and coming from me, that is saying something).