The Hypocrisy of Mark Sanford
Mark Sanford is the former South Carolina governor who cheated on his wife and ran off with to Argentina to be with his mistress while claiming he was hiking the Appalachian Trail. The Dickipedia entry for Sanford (unfortunately, the website no longer exists) at the time was:
Marshall Clement “Mark” Sanford, Jr. (born May 28, 1960) is the Governor of South Carolina, a passionate lover of Argentinean women, and a dick.
Sanford was a leading candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination until an extra-marital affair in Argentina brought national attention to his dickishness (pun very much intended).
In addition to being a disgraced politician, Sanford is also a real estate developer and Air Force Reserve captain, which allows him to screw people out of money while wearing a bomber jacket and most likely calling them “Iceman.”
Sanford talked about having found his soul mate and following his heart which is all fine and good…except that Mark Sanford is opposed to same-sex marriage. This prompted the following question from CNN’s Jake Tapper…
Who are you to deny love between two men or two women, when you are somebody who talks about following his heart, regardless of the laws and traditions of the state of South Carolina? Why are you sitting in judgment of same sex couples, when you have had the life you have had?
Great question. Here’s Sanford’s bullshit answer.
I think that if you’re a conservative, you believe in this notion of federalism, that one size does not fit all and that we shouldn’t have prescriptive answers coming out of Washington, D.C., for any of the different things ultimately that we have got to resolve as a family of Americans.
“Family of Americans”??? It’s laughable how wingers love to use the State’s Rights argument for any issue to which they’re opposed. How would the women’s vote or abolishing slavery have worked out if it was done at the state level? Would it have been acceptable as a nation for the U.S. to allow women to vote in every state of the union except Alabama and Mississippi? How about allowing slavery to operate freely in Georgia?
Inter-racial marriage? Legal everywhere except, maybe, South Carolina because, to quote Mark Sanford, “one size does not fit all.”
I’m not about to criticize Sanford for falling in love and eventually marrying his Argentinian mistress although there is much to say about the manner in which he did so. Unfortunately, life does not play out like fairy tales where everyone meets the love of their lives first time around, lives happily ever after and no one ever gets hurt. As many of us have discovered, life can at times be messy especially when love has a say in the proceedings. If Mark Sanford has indeed found his soul mate, then good for him. He has divorced his wife and is currently engaged to his Argentinian lover.
But then, who is he to be opposed to two people marrying the person they love? What does it matter to him that they be of the same sex? Claiming that the issue of same-sex marriage should be resolved at the state level is ridiculous and only helps to point out that opponents of marriage equality have no valid arguments to shield them from the glaring bigotry that is at the heart of their opposition.
And, in the case of Mark Sanford, you can add a healthy dose of hypocrisy to the mix.