Governor Mark Sanford Should Resign


 

The sudden death of Michael Jackson has pushed the saga of the missing governor from South Carolina off the front pages of America’s newspapers. But as the public’s attention drifts away from the pop star’s death, the calls for Mark Sanford’s resignation will once again take on a life of their own.

Already, some fellow Republicans have called for the governor to quit—not so much because of his indiscretions, but because of the circumstances surrounding them. The affair itself is not grounds for resignation. It is a fundamentally personal matter unless there is evidence he has violated his oath of office. However, Sanford disappeared without notifying his subordinates and lied about his whereabouts. As commander-in-chief of the National Guard, this is inexcusable. In addition, there is mounting evidence that state funds were used to finance the affair. That alone could be grounds for some kind of sanction from the state legislature.

The governor’s double standard and that of the Republican party is also at issue here. During the Bill Clinton impeachment hearings, as a member of Congress, Sanford voted to impeach on three of four counts and asked the president to resign. A political commercial from a recent Sanford campaign has surfaced, showing the governor insisting on the importance of family values in the conduct of public office. Add to this the recent similar scandals associated with other GOP politicians like John Ensign, David Vitter, Larry Craig and Mark Foley, and there are grounds for concern about the gap between Republican values and behavior.

You can argue that the Democrats have no lessons to give. Indeed, no political party has a monopoly on virtue and the Democrats have had their share of scandal. Why the Sanford incident is grounds for resignation has a lot to do with trust and credibility. The Republicans are, after all, the ones who preach family values and there should be a price to pay for hypocrisy. During the Clinton impeachments hearings, the Republicans lost two senior leaders, Majority Leader Bob Livingston and House Speaker Newt Gingrich, after the pair admitted to extramarital affairs.

The Republicans are having enough trouble getting their message across without these tabloid-type scandals. Who remembers and, more importantly, who cares that Governor Sanford took a principled stand against the stimulus package coming the Obama White House? On a personal level, this story has legs much to the detriment of the real victims, his wife and children. Sanford is so far refusing to quit, claiming he can regain the trust of his constituents. But his real problem will be with his family. As for remaining as governor? Using state funds and lying about his disappearance is enough to merit resignation. He should just go for the sake of his state, his party, his office and ultimately, for the love of his family.


 

Governor Mark Sanford Should Resign

  1. The Republicans are the biggest hypocrits around . democrats with the Kennedys, Edwards and Clinton have been known to fool around but at least , they don't preach family values .
    You forgot to mention that sanford was supposed to be presidential material . That alone is enough to eliminate him from office and consideration .

  2. While I agree that there should be a price to pay for hypocrisy, softwood lumber, income trusts, and fixed election dates show that this isn't true.

  3. While I agree that there should be a price to pay for hypocrisy, softwood lumber, income trusts, Michael Fortier, and fixed election dates show that this isn't true.

    • On those points , I agree.

  4. Trying very hard to care about the dalliances of a politician.

    Ok, I'm really not. Why is Macleans?

  5. Agreed that he should resign, not because of the affair but because of misusing state resources and lying.

    This is also why Clinton should have resigned, not because of the affair but because of misusing state resources and lying (in his case, under oath to a grand jury… a felony worthy of jail time for anyone not a Democrat politician).

    As for the gap between "Republican values" (by which I think Parisella means Christian values) and behaviour, this is something we all (even Parisella) struggle with. Surely even Parisella agrees that lying is bad. Surely even Parisella has lied at some point. Behold: the gap between values and behaviour. The values are no less valuable, despite the failure of those who uphold them.

  6. (1) Agreed that he should resign, not because of the affair but because of misusing state resources and lying.

    (2) This is also why Clinton should have resigned, not because of the affair but because of misusing state resources and lying (in his case, under oath to a grand jury… a felony worthy of jail time for anyone not a Democrat politician).

    (3) As for the gap between "Republican values" (by which I think Parisella means Christian values) and behaviour, this is something we all (even Parisella) struggle with. Surely even Parisella agrees that lying is bad. Surely even Parisella has lied at some point. Behold: the gap between values and behaviour. The values are no less valuable, despite the failure of those who uphold them.

  7. (1)Agreed that he should resign, not because of the affair but because of misusing state resources and lying.

    (2)This is also why Clinton should have resigned, not because of the affair but because of misusing state resources and lying (in his case, under oath to a grand jury… a felony worthy of jail time for anyone not a Democrat politician).

    (3)As for the gap between "Republican values" (by which I think Parisella means Christian values) and behaviour, this is something we all (even Parisella) struggle with. Surely even Parisella agrees that lying is bad. Surely even Parisella has lied at some point. Behold: the gap between values and behaviour. The values are no less valuable, despite the failure of those who uphold them.

    • Lying is a necessary part of life. I accept that politicians- in fact they have to as the general public is dumb and needs information withheld from them. This is a terrible truth, but it's a truth nonetheless. We have to trust that our politicians know what they are doing in lying to the public. However, there is a limit. I think John is pointing out that Sanford didn't just lie, he acted inappropriately in regards to his position. AS for being a hypocrite, well, I don't think that's a reason to leave office. If it was, then 95% of elected politicians would need to resign.

      • I'll disagree with you about lying; it's neither necessary nor ever good. From politicians it's even worse, and certainly trusting politicians who lie to the public is a bad idea.

        That said, I agree (as stated above) that Sanford should resign for his lying and misuse of public resources, and that hypocrisy is not a reason to leave office. I'll see your 95% and raise you 5%. All politicians, and in fact almost all human beings, are hypocritical to some extent since we all hold ideals (compassion, honesty, politeness, courage, etc.) that very few live up to. Parisella, like a lot of modern leftists, is very self-righteous in his denunciation of those who do not practice what they preach…while failing to recognize that he (and me, and you) fail to practice our own values as well.

        There is nothing more annoying than a self-righteous, judgmental "liberal" who castigates Republicans for being self-righteous judgmental hypocrites.

      • I'll disagree with you about lying; it's neither necessary nor ever good. From politicians it's even worse, and certainly trusting politicians who lie to the public is a bad idea.

        That said, I agree (as stated above) that Sanford should resign for his lying and misuse of public resources, and that hypocrisy is not a reason to leave office. I'll see your 95% and raise you 5%. All politicians, and in fact almost all human beings, are hypocritical to some extent since we all hold ideals (compassion, honesty, politeness, courage, etc.) that very few live up to. Parisella, like a lot of modern leftists, is very self-righteous in his denunciation of those who do not practice what they preach…while failing to recognize that he (and I, and you) fail to practice our own values as well.

        There is nothing more annoying than a self-righteous, judgmental "liberal" who castigates Republicans for being self-righteous judgmental hypocrites.

    • Gaunilon makes a legitimate point on Clinton .I think Parisella used Republican values because these hypocrites have decided to make Christian values their own.Christian values should be party-blind . But not for Gingrich , Limbaugh and Palin . For them , Christian =republican . It`s that simple .
      Yeah , simple -minded!

  8. we agreed that he (Sanford) should resign for his lying and misuse public resources

  9. With talk of new mistresses and soul mate …….anyone still think he should not resign…….

  10. From my perspective, the issue is quite simple. Rightly or wrongly, he has lost a substantial number of people who are willing to support him, place confidence in him, and trust him. A leader needs as many people believing in him or her as possible.