Silent hypocrisy pours from the GOP

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I find the silence from Republicans over South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's affair absolutely stunning.

I have all the sympathy in the world for the Sanford family, but after that I'm enjoying the situation a lot. I mean, you Republicans are so quick to moralize against the Democrats about everything from calling non-war supporters un-American, and calling those who are trying to solve the economy and deficit problems socialists. And though you say it was a lie that brought about impeachment of President Clinton, the rest of the country saw that it was once again you self-righteous moralists always trying to get into everyone else's business.

So where are you moralists now? Nothing over Sanford , Sens. John En- sign and Tom Coburn , and the Washing-ton home ( called "The Family") where hypocrite Republicans live and supposedly fool around with impunity. Don't Republicans have any shame?

Harry Luden

Martinez

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justus4
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justus4 07/26/09 - 02:45 am
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Good letter. The write
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Good letter. The write identifies an obvious soft spot in the conservative ideology commonly advised to not throw stones, or to be so quick to judge. Sanford got off easy and probably will run in 2012. He will abandon that self-righteous moralist stuff and go for it. A new kinda of Republican if U will, while other conservatives will be eating their crow.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/26/09 - 05:31 am
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Mr Luden, you don't solve the

Mr Luden, you don't solve the economy and deficit problems by the spend, spend, spend philosophy or at the expense of the US Constitution. And they really are socialists at heart.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/26/09 - 05:45 am
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You nailed it. It is the

You nailed it. It is the hypocrisy and politics of it all. We now know that Sanford, Ensign, Newt, Coburn and the like don't really have core family values it is just campaign slogans. So what us do they run around screaming that they really don't believe. I have a problem when I can't began to tell what you really believe because everything is about politics.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/26/09 - 06:13 am
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Gee Harry, no mention at all
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Gee Harry, no mention at all of the support old Bumpin Bill Clinton got from the Dems, enough to get out of a conviction, or even a censure. You and the other libs have got the nerve to call Republicans hypocrites is the classis case of the pot calling the kettle black. Sanford should resign, but in case you missed it, JUSTUS, he was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by SLED. Unlike Clinton, who was guilty of perjury, a felony. Now who's eating crow?

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 07/26/09 - 06:43 am
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The difference is Mark

The difference is Mark Sanford! HE is deciding not to step down - which would be the honrable thing to do - instead he compasre himself to King David! You have not heard what Republicans say about him because you do not listen to Republican or conservatives. Typically, Republicans caught in such circumstances resign. Democrats get re-elected.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/26/09 - 06:57 am
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Jesusiscoming, please change

Jesusiscoming, please change your name. Your post are not Christ like.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/26/09 - 07:03 am
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concernednative on Sun Jul

concernednative on Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:45 AM At least the republican's do not keep electing them to office, like Franks, Dodd, Murtha, Jefferson, Blagojevich (whom Obama, Emmanuel, and Axlerod helped reelect while he was under Federal investigation for corruption). Every Party has corruption because power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely!

dashiel
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dashiel 07/26/09 - 07:14 am
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At this point, is there

At this point, is there anybody left who is naive enough to believe a politician? When Sanford introduced a pig to the legislature, palmettoheads embraced him. But not a pig and a poke.

ldsmith1
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ldsmith1 07/26/09 - 07:17 am
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Concerned- Being honest is

Concerned- Being honest is very Christ-like. Many conservatives have called for Sanford's resignation. Conservatives get skewered because we profess to have morals. Liberals get a pass because they weren't trying to live up to any standards in the first place. Does the name Teddy Kennedy mean anything to you?

Ih8cc
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Ih8cc 07/26/09 - 07:31 am
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justus is still an idiot...

justus is still an idiot...

sconservative
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sconservative 07/26/09 - 07:46 am
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The difference between

The difference between Sanford and Clinton is obvious - Clinton lied under oath (I did not have sexual relations with that woman) and Sanford apologized. We have beautiful Psalms because King David used his power to take another man's wife, have the man killed, make the woman his wife, get her pregnant and repent. He was severely punished by God - the baby died - but David became a "man after God's heart." King Solomon was later born of this union, and this was the line of the Messiah.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 07/26/09 - 07:57 am
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Well there you have it, using

Well there you have it, using the Bible to justify an affair. It does not get any more delusional than that. Want to pull down a Republican politician? Just use a little T&A. It works every time. So what's really worse about Clinton than Sanford? Clinton broke two commandments, and Sanford only one? No sir/madam, Clinton lied under oath and Sanford lied to his wife. They both lied.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/26/09 - 08:16 am
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Niko Mahs on Sun Jul 26, 2009

Niko Mahs on Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:57 AM Purjury is a felony, lying to your wife isn't or there woud be no wifes with husbands...By the way I don't justify with Sanford did and Sanford is politcal toast..

bdittle
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bdittle 07/26/09 - 08:29 am
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Partisanship is no longer

Partisanship is no longer civil debate. It is just hate fed by talk radio and 24-hr news. Propaganda is being feasted upon and regurgitated on both sides. On the extremes (read the posters on this paper's comment section), there is no room for ideological reasoning and it makes me sad for the country.

apex24
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apex24 07/26/09 - 08:51 am
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I guess the Leftist Liberals

I guess the Leftist Liberals and this idiot LTE forgot about John Edwards. This guy is poking a staffer while running for President. But I guess that's different. Yeah!!!!

LaTwon
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LaTwon 07/26/09 - 08:52 am
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there is not enough bandwidth

there is not enough bandwidth to list the dirty deeds of the politicos from both sides of the isle that so dominate our lives.
this letter writing yahoo revels in the failures of theirs to justify the evils of his. it makes him happy. he is "enjoying it". very small. there is no right or wrong any longer nor truth.

UrbanMeyerHater
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UrbanMeyerHater 07/26/09 - 08:52 am
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bdittle, socialism is

bdittle, socialism is socialism. It is what it is. It can be called "reform" or "change", but that in itself is a lie. You should be sad for this country. You wont recognize it in ten years.

bdittle
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bdittle 07/26/09 - 08:59 am
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Urban, that is what I am

Urban, that is what I am talking about. Yes, socialism is socialism and capitalism is capitalism. We have never lived in a pure form of either. Pretending that we were this unbridled capitalist machine 6 months ago and now are on the verge of communism is just fear mongering and obstructs the truth and reasonable political debate.

egan01
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egan01 07/26/09 - 09:00 am
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it is a good thing the

it is a good thing the founding fathers did not have to deal with the modern so called journalist. We would still be a colony.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/26/09 - 09:01 am
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BDITTLE, for a change, we
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BDITTLE, for a change, we agree. Talk radio, liberal and conservative, fuel the fever. But, unless I'm wrong, both sides have the right to do this. Liberals and Conservatives aren't going to see eye to eye. Common ground is seen as giving in to the other side. How's this for an example? A sitting president says to anybody opposed to him, "We won...you lost." Would you agree that there's not much bi-partisanship there, or does your charge only apply to conservative Republicans?

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 07/26/09 - 09:11 am
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Mr. Luden's letter is built

Mr. Luden's letter is built on a false premise when he writes: "I find the silence from Republicans over South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's affair absolutely stunning." There is no silence from the Republicans about this. If he hasn't read or heard anything from Republicans about Governor Sanford, then he hasn't been paying attention. By the way, Sanford is South Carolina's governor, so if there isn't as MUCH attention to it as he desires in this newspaper, it just may be because although we have readership from South Carolina, since North Augusta and Aiken are part of the CSRA, this newspaper is based in Augusta, GEORGIA, not South Carolina. He may find more on the subject in a newspaper (or other media) from Columbia, SC, and understandably so, if his opinion is that the Georgia media lacking on the subject. I don't agree with that.

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carcraft 07/26/09 - 09:15 am
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THis LTE writer forgot

THis LTE writer forgot Blagojevich Governor of Illinois who was selling Obama's senate seat! Obama, Axelrod and Emanuel got him reelected while Blagojevich was under FEDERAL investigation for corruption...

MyOpinion2
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MyOpinion2 07/26/09 - 09:27 am
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I do not understand why we

I do not understand why we are still pointing fingers. Lets face it, both sides are human (basically the same) There is corruption in both parties, so one side is NOT better than the other. Its individuals that make these parties and it is up to us to vote morally folks in or out. Sanford resign already, no one trust your vote any more. You made SC a laughing stock. SAVE FACE! Your are a LIAR and CHEAT! Please retire!

bdittle
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bdittle 07/26/09 - 09:31 am
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Southernguy, Olbermann is as

Southernguy, Olbermann is as guilty as Limbaugh in bringing down journalistic integrity. No one is going for that 3rd fact check because there is no time in the 24-hr news get-the-story-out-first cycle. In the name of "entertainment", these pundits spew half-truths and opinions that listeners accept as fact. So I do think in this case, you and I agree.

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mad_max 07/26/09 - 09:40 am
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This is valid criticism of

This is valid criticism of "conservatives". I am a Republican because they are the only viable party that professes fiscal conservatism (yeh I know, Bush deficit) and patriotism (of the type I believe in). I do wish the Republican party would not make morals and religion a major part of their professed values because we all know that plenty of people on both sides of the aisle are fooling around and doing all kinds of other crooked and deviant stuff. It happens, always has, always will. I also wish that the Republicans were a tad more progresive on things like abortion and stem cell research. Their stand on these issues is political suicide in today's society. I guess if the Libertarian party had a chance in hades I would vote Libertarian, but they don't so I will continure to vote Republican because the Democrats have gone way past "liberal" and should now be wearing Mao jackets and carrying flag with a sickle on it. If someone finds a party who truly believes in low taxes, small government, balanced budgets, free enterprise, personal liberty, individual responsibility, and strict interpretation of the Constitution, please call me at 1-800-FRE-EDOM. Hmm, maybe I am a Libertarian.

disssman
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disssman 07/26/09 - 10:09 am
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Overburdened, you don't solve

Overburdened, you don't solve the states problems by running off to Europe on vacation either. What kind of Governor leaves a state in the condition S.C. is in and goes on vacation? And Madmax thats right keep following the dogs tail. even though you know it is the wrong path. It is no wonder the country is in the shape it is with people like you (lemmings) refusing to vote their hearts and instead voting what the party demands. Talk about a Socialist society, you would be a posterchild for it.

LaTwon
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LaTwon 07/26/09 - 10:21 am
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the longest of journeys

the longest of journeys begins with one step..................

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 07/26/09 - 10:23 am
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To say both parties are not

To say both parties are not perfect, is correct. To ignore what the libs are doing to our country now, is inexcuseable. To ignore the facts of the Chicago, IL crooked political machine is watching it repeat itself in our White House. To not lay blame where blame belongs now, is irrational. We need to do something about what is happening now and not let our country be destroyed with every day that goes by.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 07/26/09 - 10:35 am
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Convert, you're kind of

Convert, you're kind of obsessed with Chicago, don't you think? Plenty of corruption right here in river city...and across the river, too. No place is immune to political corruption. Don't like Chicago and Illinois? Don't live there. It's very simple.

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crackertroy 07/26/09 - 11:11 am
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Actually Harry, almost all
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Actually Harry, almost all Republicans believe Sanford should resign (except for Sanford himself). There's no silence about it. Of course if you read Newsweek, watch CNN and ABC News for your news sources you're not going to find any Republicans talking about Sanford resigning because you won't find any Republicans, well, saying anything about anything through those media outlets.

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