South Carolina proved how much they love the Bible and Christianity last night by electing Mark Sanford, the adulturing liar, whose slogan was “He’s still got 8 Commandments left he ain’t violated!”
You may remember him as the fellow who used to be governor, cheated on his wife, went “hiking on the Appalachian Trail” to be with his lover in Argentina, and used taxpayer money to do it all.
Upon being elected, he said “I thank the people of South Carolina for their trust.” He then wrung his hands, threw back his head, and emitted an evil laugh.
But you know, his opponent was a Democrat. A clean, honest, decent Democrat but that’s not enough for South Carolina. If Jesus himself came back as a Democrat, he’d lose in South Carolina.
This is the state, just to remind everyone, who also kept re-electing Strom Thurmond, a man who was once a member of the KKK and who fathered an out-of-wedlock child with a black woman and then never told anyone until the child was grown. Ten Commandments? Who cares, his opponent was a Democrat!
It wouldn’t be quite as ironic if they were equally forgiving, but when Bill Clinton had an affair, these same people voted to have him impeached and removed from office. So apparently the Bible only applies to the people they don’t like, and not to them personally.
“Do as I say, not as I do” is now the 11th Commandment in South Carolina.
This isn’t new. There’s a whole movement of these faux Christian types who don’t believe sins count as long as you proclaim yourself a Christian and are doing the good work as laid down by Jehovah and Grover Norquist. And a Republican. So, of course, while an affair is bad if Bill Clinton has it, It’s Okay If You Are A Republican.
Strom Thurmond is a bad example to use here; after all, he started as a Democrat, and didn’t change until Nixon’s infamous “Southern Strategy” flipped white Democrats to the Republicans.
Well, I’m using more recent terms here. Historically, the republicans started out as the liberal party with Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, and then that switched, and then by the 60s it was all mixed up (there were liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats). It’s only been since Nixon (as you said) where Democrats = liberal and Republican = conservative, and even that took many years.
I’d say since Reagan. There were still many conservative Democrats in Congress during the Nixon administration…..Talmadge, Mills, Scoop Jackson, etc…..Nixon at one point counted on the Southern Dems to keep him from being impeached before the full extent of his swinishness become public.
Yes, I agree. I didn’t say it as clearly as I wanted, but my point was that the change started around the time of Nixon (and his “southern strategy”) and took many years. It really started coming together around the time of Reagan, yes. There were still a few moderate-to-liberal Republicans in the north as recently as five years ago (people like Lincoln Chafee) but they weren’t pure enough for the GOP and were pretty much drummed out of the party.
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