"The issue of lying is probably the biggest harm, if you will, to the system of Democratic government, representative government, because it undermines trust. And if you undermine trust in our system, you undermine everything."
Those words are straight from the horse's mouth, Mark Sanford's in this case. There is not much point in dredging up the facts highlighting the hypocrisy behind them. Nor the irony suffusing these: "Too many people in government seem to think they are above regular folks ..."
Lest we forget the impact of Sanford's gubernatorial reign, the GOP-controlled state House censured Sanford for bringing "ridicule, dishonor, shame, and disgrace to himself, the state of South Carolina, and its citizens."
Voters who choose to ignore or overlook Sanford's true legacy will also struggle to forget the pronouncement of George W. Bush: "Fool me once, shame on, shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." But, no, that is not correct, since District 1 voters face a wonderful opportunity to be fooled again.
Bush meant to say: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." So this time around, it will be the electorate that will bring ridicule, dishonor, shame and disgrace to South Carolina. This time, it will be voters undermining everything because they will be lying to themselves.
Robert D. Nelander
Hilton Head Island