Mark Sanford & Other Men Of God

SC GovernorIs anyone else growing weary of god-fearing, bible-thumping hypocrites?

Honestly, I couldn’t care less if S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford cheated on his wife or not. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it’s a painful and difficult time for their family (such as it is), but unless it’s made him a better or worse governor than before, I don’t really care.

But what always irks me is how so many of these guys who get caught cheating, stealing, whatever, use god as their way of showing public remorse or in wanting people to support them, stand behind them, believe in them. Their claim of belief or faith in a higher purpose means no more to me than who they fuck and when.

Sanford recently wrote in an opinion piece that:

“It’s in the spirit of making good from bad that I am committing to you and the larger family of South Carolinians to use this experience to both trust God in his larger work of changing me, and from my end, to work to becoming a better and more effective leader.”


Luckily, Sanford’s critics and political adversaries are more than a little wary of the man’s ability to change or learn from his “mistakes”, god or no god.

House Labor Commerce and Industry Chairman Bill Sandifer, R-Seneca says he told the governor:

“You have gone out of your way to make enemies. You’ve done absolutely nothing to make friends, and now you want us all to be your friends? That’s a pretty tough pill to swallow.”

Sen. Jake Knotts R-West Columbia, the man who made it public knowledge that Sanford had gone missing, states:

“His love letters show he’s a helluva writer. He’s a helluva writer and a promise maker, but he doesn’t keep promises to the state of South Carolina like he doesn’t keep promises to his wife.”


Senate Minority Leader John Land also doubts Sanford’s sincerity or ability to change and work with others:

“If he didn’t get his way, he’d take his balls and go home, so he left a lot of things on the table. You don’t all of a sudden have a mid-life crisis and suddenly get along with people.”

Actions speak louder than words, governor. Yes, even louder than the word “god.”

Mark Sanford & Other Men Of God

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