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The Difference between Mark Sanford and Bill Clinton
American Thinker ^ | 05/09/2013 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 05/09/2013 9:38:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

With the victory of disgraced former governor Mark Sanford in the recent South Carolina congressional race, there are bound to be those who would equate his supporters with Bill Clinton's. After all, both men were unfaithful to their wives.

Both men lied to their constituents about it. And both men had supporters who voted party over principle, didn't they? Not exactly.

For sure, there are Republicans imbued with the libertine spirit of the age who, often sexually compromised themselves, can easily justify Sanford's behavior. There are Republicans who buy into the tripe that a politician's "personal life" should have no bearing on his fitness for office, as if the personal doesn't influence the public.

There are even more Republicans who rationalize their vote by saying that Sanford has confessed his sin and must be forgiven, ignoring that we don't know if he truly is a changed man and that forgiveness doesn't obviate worldly consequences. Yet there are many other GOP voters -- and they may be in the majority -- who take another position. And it's one that well illustrates a profound difference between liberals and conservatives.

I supported Mark Sanford against his opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, with no regrets or apologies. Why? Well, I think I speak for millions of conservatives when I say that what cost Sanford his governorship was absolutely wrong and not to be excused under any circumstances. I would prefer that candidates such as him get primaried out of the equation (and that Sanford wasn't is a different matter), but this didn't happen. And while what he did was a sin, there are other kinds of sins as well. One of them is advocating nation and culture-killing leftist policy.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: billclinton; elizabethbusch; marksanford; southcarolina; stephencolbert

1 posted on 05/09/2013 9:38:07 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

FROM THE AUTHOR:

Bill Clinton’s voters were generally different. Far from hating the sin and supporting the sinner, too frequently these ideologists became apologists and promoted the sinner by rubber stamping the sin. How often did we have to hear nauseating refrains such as “It’s only sex” or “Who cares if he got a _______ in the Oval Office?”? Why, one liberal man even said to me, quite passionately, about Slick Willie’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, “He did the right thing” (hey, who wouldn’t abuse his position and debauch a young intern if given the chance?). And then, of course, there was the truly idiotic rationalization “Character doesn’t matter,” which, of course, may seem an attractive philosophy when you haven’t got any.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 9:38:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
My take on the Sanford/Clinton comparison is that Sanford, rightly or wrongly, determined his marital status quo was untenable. He stood for and took the consequences, and his new, life partner, apparently STILL is with him.

For Clinton? It is/was never more than a piece of a$$ or a bl@w job. Even still, despite the overwhelming evidence, his ‘wife’ inexplicably remains married to him.

It's called ‘money and power’. I'd blow chunks if someone showed me proof those two Arkansas hustlers have even seen each other naked in the past 20-25 years.

3 posted on 05/09/2013 9:43:32 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

Sanford was a good Governor and Congressman who did something wrong.

Clinton was a horrible President who let Bin Laden off the hook, hiked taxes, tried to socialize medicine 15 years before Obama did, committed perjury and he’s a rapist to boot.


4 posted on 05/09/2013 9:44:41 AM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: SeekAndFind

WOW! This author seems to think that we are left with those who are the lesser of two evils. He has surrenderd.


5 posted on 05/09/2013 9:47:00 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SeekAndFind

The difference? Mark Sanford’s got a better-looking wife?


6 posted on 05/09/2013 9:48:06 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind
1. Did Sanford LIE under Oath?

2. Is Sanford's Mistress / Fiancee a Government Intern that worked for Sanford at the time?

3. Does Sanford smoke Cigars that can be used as Dildos?

Not a big Sanford fan, but compared to Clinton he is a Piker.

7 posted on 05/09/2013 9:50:49 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obama / Clinton Benghazi (4), Ted Kennedy (1), my Gun Collection (0)...)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is no problem with American Politics.

Bill Clinton was not elected after his action.

Mark was elected not because of some kind of sympathy or something. He was running against a Democrat that did not get more votes.

Even a tail chaser is better than a liberal.


8 posted on 05/09/2013 9:53:58 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mr. Duke has analyzed the situation correctly.

My wife can’t get past Mr. Sanford’s infidelity, but I told her that Colbert Busch was the far greater threat.


9 posted on 05/09/2013 10:00:35 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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10 posted on 05/09/2013 10:00:42 AM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: DuncanWaring

Mark Sanford’s ex-wife is not only better looking but also more intelligent and refused to keep being humiliated the way Hillary is by Bill Clinton.


11 posted on 05/09/2013 10:00:50 AM PDT by apocalypto
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To: SeekAndFind
Another difference: Sanford used a picture of Nancy Pelosi to get elected.

He carried around a picture of Nancy Pelosi reminding the conservative folks of South Carolina who the Democrat would support if elected.

It apparently was effective...

12 posted on 05/09/2013 10:03:52 AM PDT by topher (Traditional values -- especially family values -- which have been proven over time.)
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To: apocalypto

That too.


13 posted on 05/09/2013 10:09:59 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: SeekAndFind
And while what he did was a sin, there are other kinds of sins as well. One of them is advocating nation and culture-killing leftist policy.

Amen.

14 posted on 05/09/2013 10:11:43 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

Are you including the oath he swore to when he married?


15 posted on 05/09/2013 10:17:17 AM PDT by stormer
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To: SeekAndFind
“Who cares if he got a _______ in the Oval Office?”?

Lewinsky?

16 posted on 05/09/2013 10:26:59 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Ben Carson/Rand Paul in 2016)
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To: sauropod

Has your wife gotten over David, in the Bible, committing adultery?

Maybe the former Mrs.Stanford wasn’t very “affectionate.”


17 posted on 05/09/2013 10:29:40 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Kickass Conservative

My only real problem with Sanford is using taxpayer funds to go to Argentina which he sorta paid back with his ethics charges he was fined and leaving SC without telling anyone other than that he votes pretty good.


18 posted on 05/09/2013 11:02:48 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Sanford’s bizarre disappearance can’t be dismissed by pretending that it is merely a sex scandal.


19 posted on 05/09/2013 11:15:13 AM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sanford supporters in this race said Sanford was OK because he had paid a $74,000 ethics fine and we must forgive him.

Now, the people advocating legalizing the illegal aliens in the country have a good argument the illegals aren't getting off free because they will pay a fine that will make up for illegally coming here. A dangerous precedent has been set.

20 posted on 05/09/2013 11:37:34 AM PDT by strings6459 (If it comes down to it, Take One With You.)
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To: Kickass Conservative
1. Did Sanford LIE under Oath? 2. Is Sanford's Mistress / Fiancee a Government Intern that worked for Sanford at the time? 3. Does Sanford smoke Cigars that can be used as Dildos?

4. Did Sanford have to pay off a woman he was accused of sexually harassing?

5. Has a woman come forward and accused Sanford of rape?

21 posted on 05/09/2013 12:38:24 PM PDT by Kazan
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

“we are left with those who are the lesser of two evils...”

Can you think of even one case where this was not true? Or have you found the perfect candidate?


22 posted on 05/09/2013 12:40:11 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: SeaHawkFan
Maybe the former Mrs.Stanford wasn’t very “affectionate.”

Oh, yeah, that's a great reason to publicly humiliate not only your wife but your four young sons. Sanford trashed his own family for a piece of foreign ass. He's as low as they come, and I have nothing but contempt for anyone who voted for him.

23 posted on 05/09/2013 1:34:32 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: SeekAndFind

FReepers hate abortion and homosexuality, but cheating and divorce are a-okay for many, especially if there’s a hot piece of tail involved. Liberals call us hypocrites. Hard to argue that.


24 posted on 05/09/2013 6:10:36 PM PDT by informavoracious (We're being "punished" with Stanley Ann's baby.)
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To: DuncanWaring
The difference? Mark Sanford’s got a better-looking wife?

The difference is that Mark Sanford's wife doesn't want to be President. At least, not badly enough to stick with him. Hillary did and does.

25 posted on 05/09/2013 6:14:32 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: madprof98

Stanford is a slime ball; no question about that.

If I was in that state, I would have held my nose and voted for him, because the alternative was even worse.


26 posted on 05/09/2013 8:48:35 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: stormer

Just showing the difference between Clinton and Sanford.

They both violated their Vows.


27 posted on 05/09/2013 11:13:52 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Obama / Clinton Benghazi (4), Ted Kennedy (1), my Gun Collection (0)...)
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