What a Waste

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Governor Sanford’s admitting to an extra-marital affair is yet another concrete example of how violating the sacred law of chastity has far-reaching and deeply damaging consequences.

We cannot tolerate people who do not keep the law of chastity to lead us. They are damaged goods. They are broken in a fundamentally deep and significant way. This isn’t a flaw people are born with, a flaw that has nothing to do with a person’s ability to lead. This is a flaw in how they choose to live their lives. This is a flaw that shows that they do not choose the better choice, but choose to satisfy their personal lusts and greed. This shows that they do not put those closest to them—their wives and children—ahead of everything else in their lives. This shows they have no loyalty, not even to their closest partner in life.

How can we count on such a person to lead in even the most insignificant government role? We can’t.

If you are an adulterer, please do not apply for leadership in our country.

The Republican Party is going to do the responsible thing and find a replacement for Mark Sanford. Hopefully they will do this sooner rather than later. And hopefully Gov. Sanford is contrite enough to stand aside and let someone else who hasn’t put personal lust above others.

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3 Responses to “What a Waste”

  1. Doug King Says:

    I agree that those who cheat on their spouse should not be trusted to hold high office. Politicians in both parties have been guilty of this. I wonder how much of this infidelity problem is due to the immense political power and prominence given to elected officials. As the saying goes, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I think everyone in high office is susceptible to corruption and must therefore be careful.

    It’s good that our government has checks and balances that help minimize the damage that can be done by one corrupt person. This case also shows the importance of having trustworthy media that hold politicians accountable.

    • Jonathan Gardner Says:

      Problem is that it’s only one party that gets scrutinized. Rep. Frank is having an open relationship with a member of the board of Fannie Mae (or was it Freddie Mac? Or both?) and there is nary a word on it.

  2. Doug King Says:

    I don’t think the problem is limited to the Democrats.

    I think the root of the problem is that the job of governing has become so difficult and expensive that we now have a defacto rulling class — an aristocracy — who live and play by different rules than the rest of us. I think we need to downsize the Federal government’s budget and assign responsibility for social programs to the states.

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