Sanford's lack of integrity poor reflection on voters

info@islandpacket.comMarch 24, 2013 

A letter writer recently extolled the integrity of former Gov. Mark Sanford. It is clear the writer can't define integrity.

Wikipedia states: "Integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values ... expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is ... the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions."

Sanford can't approach that definition.

Since his trip to Argentina, Sanford has continued to make excuses, justifications and manipulations of the truth. He has compared his behavior to that of other politicians. Does the "everybody does it" mentality make it right?

If one supports Sanford in his run for office, that person condones his behavior. Sanford is a reflection of the community who elects him. Is this now the "new morality" for Beaufort County?

If one will lie to his or her family and supporters about such serious issues, what makes us think he or she will not lie to us about other issues? Has our society decided lying, manipulating facts and misusing public funds and equipment is something we should accept?

As a Department of Defense civil servant, had I done the things that Sanford did regarding infidelity, misappropriation of funds and misuse of government property, I would have been fired.

Clearly, there is a double standard among military and government employees. We continue to elect and re-elect these people to public office and perpetuate corrupt government over and over again.

As the daughter of a 30-year career naval officer with impeccable integrity, I am embarrassed by the previous letter.

Tietjen Durham-Culp

St. Helena Island

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