Okay, so by now everyone has heard about where South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has been since he went missing last Thursday. If not, here’s a link to the full story for those not in the know.
In a week, there was speculation that he was away writing or away hiking, missing out on Father’s Day with is his family. I find it hilarious that both of these were so far from the truth.
I learned the news while driving down I-95 listening to All Things Considered on NPR. Frankly, there was a lot of laughing and multiple yelps of “Are You Kidding Me!”. True, these were tamed once I started hearing about the news of the day from Iran, but, for a minute, I experienced pure ecstasy.
In less than two weeks, we have had two revelations of marital mischief from prominent Republicans. Though Sanford is by far the juiciest, what with the South American mistress and Harlequin-esq email exchanges, I find the sum total of the intrigues amusing and vindicating.
I don’t want to hear any Republican talk about “family values” & DOMA in the same sentence for a very long time. Hypocrisy is alive and well in the Republican Party.
Beyond their un-insightful reasons for denying equal rights to same sex couples, I am just as disturbed by the precedent this is setting for their children. Gov. Sanford has four boys who now have the example of a philandering father to live up to. Nevada Republican Sen. Ensign paid off his mistress’s family with extra salary and jobs, including one for the mistress’s 19 yr old son. What kind of message are we sending to the youth in this country? Cheat on your wife, keep your very profitable job, but just don’t turn queer?
There is no better time than RIGHT NOW to repeal DOMA, end Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell, and have this country come together in support of the LGBT community, rejecting the hateful hypocritical views of many conservatives.
Hmm, it’s ironic that the “Right” can be so wrong.
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