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Corrupt conservatives; Sanctimonious hypocrites on the right dishonor faith, family and freedom
The Washington Times ^ | 2009-06-27 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner

Posted on 06/28/2009 12:41:59 AM PDT by rabscuttle385

Is the conservative movement rotten to its core?

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's bizarre revelation that he had an extramarital affair with a longtime female friend in Argentina has dealt another blow to an already decrepit Republican Party. After losing control of Congress in 2006 and the White House in last year's election, the Republicans are not only in the minority; they also are adrift and leaderless. Mr. Sanford was highly touted as one who could advance new ideas, as a fresh face for Republican conservatives.

He carved out a distinct political identity by fusing a command of policy with Southern folksiness. Pro-tax-cuts, pro-life and a staunch critic of big government, Mr. Sanford is a solid conservative. He has been a champion of old-fashioned, austere values such as frugality, modesty and Christian morality. His Southern conservatism is rooted in God, country and family.

. . . . .

He has openly confronted America's decline, often making comparisons to the decadent Roman Empire. He rightly pointed out that, like ancient Rome, America is plagued by malaise and is in decay: Our borders have become porous; our politics are rife with factionalism; our economy is slowly being strangled by bureaucratic statism; our national identity is disintegrating; and our culture is ravaged by neo-pagan hedonism and moral permissiveness.

His greatest accomplishment as governor is that he has abolished the illegal $155 million budget deficit he inherited from his predecessor. Mr. Sanford is a rare breed: He takes constitutional requirements seriously. And he balanced the budget by slashing spending.

He emerged as a national leader against President Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus plan.

. . . . .

Yet now he has squandered much of his legacy on an act of pure folly.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: doublestandard; ensign; gopimplosion; hypocrisy; marksanford; rinoparty; sanford
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To: rabscuttle385

George Washington should remain the standard for our presidency. Competence and moral judgment are not mutually exclusive.
Democrats seek power over moral character. Look at their politicians and see where that leads.


21 posted on 06/28/2009 4:21:17 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: rabscuttle385

Without a doubt our downfall is not an exclusive result or condition of the Democrats. Communism perhaps but not of just the Democrats. If we have any hope or chance of coming out of this we must get rid of the R/D dynamic, the MSM dictating and Marxism them permeates almost all aspects of our society. Our churches included.


22 posted on 06/28/2009 4:27:32 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: rabscuttle385

As a former resident of South Carolina I’m so sick of hearing this tripe about Sanford. It is one thing to be a conservative with low tax, low regulation and hold the line on spending principals while also understanding the role of governor (See Sarah Palin). It’s another thing to say no to any expenditure and cause your state to be stuck in third world country status because you don’t understand that the state has legitimate expenses and responsibilities. Sanford allowed his philosophy, which is ideal for Congress and the president, to dictate what he has done as governor. It doesn’t work, hence the awful conditions in South Carolina.


23 posted on 06/28/2009 4:36:07 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative
I would also add that conservatism believes in putting forth solutions that allow the private sector to step in and address the needs and issues in a community. Sanford has shown zero initiative or creativity in working with the private sector to devise solutions to the State's problems.
24 posted on 06/28/2009 4:41:06 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

In other words, Sanford is LAZY!!


25 posted on 06/28/2009 4:41:42 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Blackmail in the media was certainly on the horizon, probably his next run. The editor that had his emails stated that they new about the affair last December. They were just waiting for the most oppurtune time to release the emails and destroy Sanford.


26 posted on 06/28/2009 4:48:00 AM PDT by KyHammer ( Don't blame me, I voted.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Is the conservative movement rotten to its core?

Why would one think other wise? And may-be this is one of the reasons the pubis can’t fight the demis because of their on guilt ????


27 posted on 06/28/2009 4:51:14 AM PDT by buck61
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Interestingly, back when Sanford was in Congress he was one of the first and most vocal denigrators of Newt Gingrich who was then speaker. I emailed Sanford asking him to explain his attacks on Gingrich, a fellow conservative. He wrote back that Newt was behaving in ways that were unbecoming of the expected conduct of a congressman and leader. I never truly liked Sanford after that but did like most of his principled stands on the economy and power. All in all, a sad ending to a career. Now, he needs to step down.


28 posted on 06/28/2009 4:54:00 AM PDT by doosee
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Oh, and any government this side of glory is going to be composed of, by very definition, sinners. If we specially despise Sanford, can it partly be because he is a mirror of us, in our thoughts if not our acts? The biblical story of Solomon is an extreme cautionary tale. He asked God for great wisdom to govern the people, but apparently forgot to ask God for wisdom to govern himself. The result, the smartest Old Testament government that Israel ever had, but also a consummate womanizer who even stooped to pagan idol sacrifices to please his paramours.

Preach!

Amazing << Hear this. Feel this, and tell me that this isn't music.

Oh, dear...


29 posted on 06/28/2009 4:55:23 AM PDT by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: doosee

That’s interesting regarding his comments about Newt. I wasn’t aware of that. Very strange considering that came from a guy who brought pigs into the statehouse.


30 posted on 06/28/2009 4:57:57 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

...”In Europe, I must note that the traditional view of marriage included (for many of position) mistresses, and such behavior may not be considered a political detriment”...

Yes, because much of Europe is Godless and Socialist. The sexual partners of both men and women gain power over one another and, yes, First Ladies may be running the country..However, they are known to the population. A man’s mistress is an unknown, secret part of his character and his life and anyone holding high office in the US should be impeached for adultery, in my view, because it does speak of the depth of treachery which might exist in that person’s character. Better not take that chance.


31 posted on 06/28/2009 5:06:21 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: rabscuttle385

Great. A right-leaning newspaper savaging a leading conservative. Gee, when’s the last time the leftist media savaged a Democrat? And some of us continue to wonder why a nation that’s 40% conservative is being savaged by a 20% minority of leftist freaks.

What did Reagan say about publicly criticizing one of our own?


32 posted on 06/28/2009 5:08:16 AM PDT by Rocco DiPippo
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To: Rocco DiPippo

Speaking of Reagan, correct me if I’m wrong, but was he not playing around on Jane Wyman? To my knowledge, the only perfectly righteous, moral man ever born was a fellow named Jesus Christ, and there will never be another like him, but if there was, I don’t think he’d be interested in entering politics.


33 posted on 06/28/2009 5:12:55 AM PDT by Rocco DiPippo
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To: rdb3
If we specially despise Sanford, can it partly be because he is a mirror of us, in our thoughts if not our acts?

No. I don't have the faintest desire to deceive my family for cheap thrills with a Latin hottie.

34 posted on 06/28/2009 5:16:31 AM PDT by Tax-chick (O hai. Do I need you for something right now?)
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To: lbama
That’s right, if a man’s wife can’t trust him, how can a business associate?

It's as simple as that.

35 posted on 06/28/2009 5:17:30 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: Tax-chick; rdb3
If we specially despise Sanford, can it partly be because he is a mirror of us, in our thoughts if not our acts?

No. I don't have the faintest desire to deceive my family for cheap thrills with a Latin hottie.

I agree. Projection is a form of ameliorating your OWN digressions.

36 posted on 06/28/2009 5:21:11 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Tax-chick; raybbr; HiTech RedNeck
Please don't get it twisted.

The point is expecting to get perfection, moral or otherwise, from political leaders who are just as human as we all are. That's just not smart.

The bible is full of examples on this. And if great men of God can fall, where's the surprise here?

Amazing << Hear this. Feel this, and tell me that this isn't music.

Oh, dear...


37 posted on 06/28/2009 5:33:18 AM PDT by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: rdb3

post 37 - True, but this article’s point is made at the very last paragraph.


38 posted on 06/28/2009 5:41:43 AM PDT by jla
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

It almost makes one long for GA Jimmy’s “confession” that he had lusted “in his heart” instead of in Argentina!


39 posted on 06/28/2009 5:45:00 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: raybbr

Still though the desire to sin may pop up from below the surface when one is ill-prepared to resist. Maybe Mark Sanford is really a Flip Wilson Republican.


40 posted on 06/28/2009 5:46:18 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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