Gov. Mark Sanford’s desertion of his post as chief executive of the state of South Carolina should be grounds for impeachment. His personal affairs are relevant only as they have proved to be a massive distraction (and will continue to be).
But the adultery is very newsworthy as well, illustrating, as did the case of Republican John Ensign, the massive hypocrisy of the “conservative” wing of the Republican Party, which attempts to stick its collective nose into the private lives, healthcare and bedrooms of Americans (not to mention Africans), and attempt to criminalize, discriminate, intimidate, vandalize and even murder citizens for their private sexual and/or reproductive orientation, practices and decisions.
It is absolutely certain that Republicans all across the country are obtaining birth control and abortions for their children, then turning around and publicly condemning the same practices, for political gain. When caught in the hypocrisy, as were Ensign and Sanford, they claim redemption through “repentance” and claim their entitlement to “forgiveness of sins.” For them, religion is just a way to spread hate and self-righteousness, while at the same time providing a “get out of jail free” card for themselves.
In the same vein, we have Bob Inglis, who now, for political gain, condemns the condemnors:
South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis made a name for himself in the late 1990s as one of Bill Clinton’s most zealous pursuers, an impeachment “manager” who attacked the moral failings of the president with a gusto that earned him a devoted following in the staunchly conservative “Upstate” of conservative South Carolina.
But with his governor now felled by similar temptations, Inglis sees an opening for the Republican Party, a chance to “lose the stinking rot of self-righteousness” and “to understand we are all in need of some grace.”
This is not “Bob Inglis 1.0,” the one that was a “self-righteous” expletive, he said in an interview with Washington Wire today. It is a Bob Inglis that is, if anything, more Christian, more attuned to the Gospels, he said.
Nice thoughts, Bob. Maybe you really believe it. And by the way, why don’t you give us your thoughts on now the GOP spent us into huge deficits, but now challenges the stimulus plan?