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Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Measure of a Man: What He Says to Us... and to His Mistress

What'd you say, Bob?

[I]t is my personal view that the largest proclamation of one’s faith ought to be in how one lives one’s life.

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, quoted by Aaron Leichman of the Christian Post, faithfully regurgitated by Bob Ellis of DakotaVoice.com, 2008.06.06.

One month later...

You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty. I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night's light - but hey, that would be going into sexual details ...

—South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, e-mail to someone other than his wife, 2008.07.10, published by South Carolina's The State, reprinted by Fox News, 2009.06.25.

For more on hypocrisy, read Steve Hemmingsen's forthright commentary at KELOLand.com. As he says, "the bunch that prays the loudest... often has the most to pray about."

p.s.: Fox News says the woman for whom Mark Sanford violated the sanctity of his marriage supposedly works for Bunge Limited, an agribusiness conglomerate that competes with Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland (says Wikipedia). Oh well: another Republican in bed with Big Ag....

Update 2009.06.27 09:15 CDT: Predictably, Bob Ellis trots out tripe about Mark Sanford's bold, courageous leadership and "clear, consistent... and correct" vision of "traditional values and limited government." Well, South Carolina certainly got limited government while Sanford was AWOL, but where again is the leadership in abandoning your post for a final fling after your wife throws you out?

Sounds like Dakota Voice is pandering to adulterers.


  1. So the best thing to do is, rather than advocate proper moral behavior even if you fail to live up to that standard, simply do as liberals do an condone the lowest common denominator.

    Avoidance of hypocrisy via the open embrace of depravity. What an intelligent moral strategy.

    How did I possibly miss something so obvious? We learn something every day, don't we?

  2. You missed that because I never said it. Governor goes AWOL to do harm to two women—nothing to condone or embrace there.

    Someday, Bob, you'll surprise me and discuss what the people you disagree with actually say rather than the simple straw-man rhetoric you wish they'd say.

  3. I simply cut through the delicate tripe you use to prop up your self-justification and get to the heart of the implications of what you advocate; deep down, you know exactly that's where your position leads. I know you're afraid to face that, but an honest person must, if they are to get to the truth.

  4. If we wanted government to dictate morality, we would be a Christian-Democratic State, the reason "we" hate Iran, an Islamic-Democratic State. Acceptable behavior is based on our personal beliefs. The Republican party can now either totally embrace morality (Palin) or disassociate themselves from it and once again contribute to our political needs.

  5. No, Bob, you conjured up the words you wish I had said to reinforce your own fragile worldview. I offered no delicate tripe—the words were mostly those of Governor Sanford. I agree completely with the first quote: the largest proclamation of one's faith or philosophy is how one lives one's life. Where's the tripe or relativism in that?

    The second quote demonstrates how badly Governor Sanford failed to live up to his own words. He's the relativist, bleating moral platitudes for the rest of us to follow but carving out exceptions for himself.

    And notice how once again, when a Republican icon fails, all ad-hominem Bob wants to talk about is how bad other people are.

    John: I think you should have put "morality" in quotes: too many Republicans are embracing a word, not actions.


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