Last week it was Nevada Senator John Ensign who confessed to having an extra-marital affair, this week it’s South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford. Most of us knew this was coming. The story surrounding the missing governor was just too preposterous to be true–governors just don’t go missing–but this post is not about the sordid details of Sanford’s affair with a woman in Argentina. If you want the sordid details you can quotes from Sanford’s love emails here. I must say that Sanford writes well.
Both Ensign and Sanford were considered to be rising stars by the Republican Party and both were exploring 2012 presidential runs. More importantly, both mixed their politics with “God’s Laws” and attempted to legislate their views against gay marriage and abortion because they “destroy marriage” and American family.
If it wasn’t clear to some before now, it is becoming increasingly clear to most Americans that the real enemies of marriage and “family values” are those who speak the loudest and most frequently about protecting them. Cue Ensign and Sanford, Craig and Vitter, Gingrich, etc.
These politicians are not just wrong because they are irresponsible–but irrepsonsible they are. Ensign had an affair with his employee and possibly violated Senate ethics by making “out of door payments” to his love interest and her husband. And Sanford left his state without a head executive for six days and lied to his own staff to do so.
They are wrong because they are the worst sort of hypocrites. They preach to us about protecting marriage and protecting families but do nothing of the sort. Ensign, Sanford and other conservative Republicans choose not to support legislation that would do American families the most good.
They vote against funding to provide health insurance to children and their families who cannot afford it. (SCHIP)
They vote against increased funding for contraception and women’s health.
They vote against health care reform that includes a public option.
They care about families if it helps them get elected.