Wake up conservatives. The election of Mark Sanford to Congress
should not send a message to the GOP elites to back bad candidates.
It is also not some angelic story of redemption and grace…or the
second coming…or even the
raising of Lazarus.
Let’s review the facts. Four years ago, Mark Sanford left his
wife and four sons to be with his Argentine soul mate, after lying
about his whereabouts on the Appalachian Trail.
Then—just during this campaign—he trespassed on his ex-wife’s
property, violating a court restraining order. He also asked his
ex-wife to come work for his campaign, and worst of all introduced
his children to his mistress-turned-fiancée ON stage AT a campaign
Those acts alone should make us question not only his sense of
morality, but also his judgment. Lying, family abandonment, poor
parenting choices, and violations of court orders: Sounds to me
like the conservative values we all know and love.
If the man can’t show good judgment with his own children, what
makes anyone think he can legislate on behalf of anyone else? In a
party where we advocate for limited government, we need a strong
civil society made up of moral individuals. If Sanford is the
standard-bearer of conservative values, count me out.
Republicans always want to rally behind a singular hero when we
have solid principles on our side. Heroes fall and fade. Let’s not
keep putting our faith in political savior.
If we’re really being honest with ourselves, Sanford is not the
second coming for conservatives. This isn’t some story of
forgiveness, but of rewarding continued bad judgment. Sanford is at
best the lesser of two mediocre options, and at worst the
personification of what’s wrong with conservatism today.