For most people, actions speak louder than words.
Not so with conservatives, as can be seen with their poster boy, Mark Sanford.
He’s the guy from South Carolina who sold himself as the shining example of “family values,” “ethical politics” and “character,” a solid example of the real conservative.
This is the same Mark Sanford who, as a representative in Congress, voted to impeach President Clinton on morality issues.
Yet, when he was the governor of South Carolina, decided to go to Argentina to have an affair with his mistress.
He also made this secret rendezvous on the taxpayers’ dollar.
The governor eventually paid a $70,000 fine for ethics violations, plus made himself, the state South Carolina and the GOP the joke that circled the globe.
This tryst, which took place on Father’s Day weekend, cost Sanford his marriage.
He also lied about his whereabouts, telling his family he would be hiking the Appalachian Trail.
In this recent special election, Sanford was charged with violating his divorce agreement and trespassing into the home of his former wife.
After the charges were made public, Sanford said he violated the terms of the agreement because he had wanted to be with his children.
What was important in this race was that conservatives had a golden opportunity to take a positive stand for “family values” and they ignored it.
Sanford won the special election after South Carolina’s Republican Senators Lindsay Graham and Tim Scott endorsed him, as did porn publisher Larry Flynt.
This election clearly showed that the GOP is not for low-income single moms, who are so frequently stereotyped and ridiculed, nor are they for the working families who are struggling to get by because of a lack of decent living wages.
Those families have no value to conservatives.
GOP candidates throw around words like “God” and “sanctity of marriage” and “family values” more than a preacher on a Sunday morning.
But it appears that while conservatives “talk the talk,” they don’t have to “walk the walk.”