Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mark Sanford: "Loyal to ideas, not to men"

Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina hits the nail on the head with his Politico piece asking what's ahead for the GOP ... and making some good points. I was alerted to it by Norm Leahy in his "Loyal to ideas, not men" post.

Gov. Sanford writes:
First, let’s go back to the principle of saying what you mean and meaning what you say.
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Second, our loyalties need to be to ideas, not to individuals.
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Finally, we need to look toward the states for answers, rather than toward Washington.
He fills in the reasons for all three points in a succinct way that the GOP would do well to follow, and concludes:
Where change must come, though, is in once again making our party one that governs on the principles it professes. That change starts with each of us in elected office, and more importantly, with each person who cares about returning to conservative principles making their voices heard.
We have to find our way ... or we will be wandering the political wilderness for a long time.

7 comments:

zen said...

WOW...This is a great post. Please bump it to the top!

"the principles it professes" Like Family Values.

"Where change must come, though, is in once again making our party one that governs on the principles it professes. That change starts with each of us in elected office, and more importantly, with each person who cares about returning to conservative principles making their voices heard. "


I cannot even lift my feet high enough to avoid that deep hypocrisy.
More like this PLEASE!

SWAC Girl said...

Ah, Zen, you had to dig back almost eight months to find that one. And trust me ... you don't even want to go there ...

... Democrats John Edwards, Bill Clinton, Barney Frank....

Shall I continue? In other words, there's enough of this on both sides of the aisle.

It's a sad day and the difference between you and me is you will not find me gleeful when a Republican or Democrat have been unfaithful to their spouses and family.

Republicans believe in personal responsibility and this will be no exception. It is a sad day for Gov. Sanford's family and the state of SC. You may want to go gloat elsewhere.

zen said...

Oh trust me, I couldn't care less who Stanford, or anyone else chooses to have consensual relations with. And yes, that is a difference, it's people like him, you, and your party that feel the need to insert yourselves into people's lovelives.

I do not gloat for the hurt he's done to his family. But I do for what he, Ensign, Vitter, Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, etc are doing to expose the inanity of the "Family Values" party.

SWAC Girl said...

Zen, I hope you're sitting down because I'm saying that I totally agree with you. I do not stand for hypocrisy of any kind. If you are going to talk the talk, I expect you to walk the walk. So enough of the crowing ... you do not have to convince me.

Again I will say it is a sad day for Gov. Sanford's family and SC ... just as I was saddened for Elizabeth Edwards when her cad of a husband also was not only unfaithful but had a child and tried to hide it.

zen said...

LOL...Yes we do agree.

Not so shocking really. I know we have more in common than not. So why is the focus always on differences, rather than similarities?

SWAC Girl said...

From Mrs. Sanford:

http://www.thestate.com/sanford/story/839461.html

"When I found out about my husband's infidelity I worked immediately to first seek reconciliation through forgiveness, and then to work diligently to repair our marriage. We reached a point where I felt it was important to look my sons in the eyes and maintain my dignity, self-respect, and my basic sense of right and wrong. I therefore asked my husband to leave two weeks ago.

"This trial separation was agreed to with the goal of ultimately strengthening our marriage. During this short separation it was agreed that Mark would not contact us. I kept this separation quiet out of respect of his public office and reputation, and in hopes of keeping our children from just this type of public exposure. Because of this separation, I did not know where he was in the past week."

zen said...

And on Father's Day he heads to see his mistress. Class act.