Here at Evans Politics, we've had a lot of "fun" posting several derogatory videos about Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina and his being caught in an extramarital affair.
I believe it should be made clear that neither I nor, I think, the liberal press, is interested in attacking Gov. Sanford or even the Republican Party just because there have been a lot of morally wrong or, shall we say -- ethically "challenged" -- Republican political figures who are eminently "attackable."
One should not forget the context here. The GOP is the party of "family values." During the Clinton years and up until recently, it was the Republican Party which ruthlessly took any opening provided by "errant" Democrats as an opportunity to "make political hay."
They tried very hard to have Clinton removed from office over the Monica Lewinsky affair, and it's important to note that, while Democrats mainly, reluctantly lined up in support of the President, we were NOT approving of what went on there. I remember it very well, I was like, "Oh, my God, I don't damn be-LIEVE this!"
However, during the nineties and on a continuing, relentless basis since then, especially the GOP has been pushing this whole "holier than thou," family values agenda. And for a long time it was a very effective tool for them.
Liberals believe that the Republican Party is using the whole push for morality and family values as a tool to reach out to Christian America, when in fact the Republican agenda is anything BUT truly Christian.
We see Alaska governor Sarah Palin pushing this whole family values routine, yet she knowingly permitted her minor daughter to have an ongoing series of sexual encounters IN HER HOME. Palin pushes this whole abstinence campaign when it is completely a joke in terms of what the statistics show is effective and is something which is contrary to human nature. (Maybe we should go over to chastity belts?) Now, somehow she feels that she can be a Presidential contender while promoting her daughter as an unwed mother, and still hyping herself as a big "family values" person. And during election '08, nobody came on as more homey and family values than Sarah Palin. Give me a break!
It's because of the HYPOCRISY of these Republicans, because of the guilty (or those who've been caught) parties have been among those shouting "family values" to the heights, that we liberals are so outraged, and that we take such liberties in going on the attack. And because the actual values, in terms of the political agenda, of the Republican party is NOT pro-family, and not very moral, at all.
Now, look at Gov. Mark Sanford. As a Representative, he was a strong voice calling for Clinton's impeachment -- for an affair. He went on the attack in other cases involving immorality among Democrats too, we need not go into that, it's totally documented and incontrovertible.
The REASON that the liberal press is now in attack-dog mode -- savoring and making a lot of jokes about Governor Sanford, is the HUGE HYPOCRISY of the man and in fact of the entire Republican Party. Here is one of the foremost moralists of the GOP -- caught with his pants down. It's just representative of the false, utilitarian and lying moralizing of the Republican Party. If they want to talk the "family values" talk and be all over liberals about this, they sure as hell better "walk the family values walk," you might say.
We liberals feel that the whole Republican family values campaign is hypocritical, and just a tool to appeal to honest, decent Christians in this country, and that if you examine exactly what real values they are supporting and promoting politically, their values are NOT moral, and not very Christian. How does funding government equally on the backs of ordinary Americans just the same as for the very wealthy and fortunate in our society (flat tax) meet the standard of Christian morality?
Paul Evans is a 54 year old website designer and book editor who lives in Wooster, Ohio. He owns and runs Evans Politics, a non-comprehensive news aggregation and commentary website with a lot of features including original content, streaming rock (more...)
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