Many letters have been written recently about U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford. One writer indicated he voted for the "lesser of two evils" because the Democratic Party is so amoral, according to his religious beliefs.
Other writers indicated they supported Sanford because of his fiscal conservatism. And many have compared Sanford's personal behavior to that of former President Bill Clinton's to justify overlooking that behavior.
The immorality of both men involves a breach of contract with their wives, not their constituents. However, Sanford also breached the public trust; he used taxpayer money (which was later repaid) to travel to see his mistress, and he abandoned his official post.
Sanford ran on his fiscal conservatism. Yet one of his first votes after being elected was in an attempt to weaken the Dodd-Frank law meant to protect taxpayers from any further costly burdens due to the misdeeds of banks or other financial institutions.
Voters chose a man who not only defiled his marriage and family, but more importantly, the public trust, and he votes against those positions he says he supports. They chose to reject Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a candidate with strong family values who is fiscally conservative, because she labels herself a Democrat.
We wonder what has gone wrong with our country. We have no one to blame but ourselves.
Hilton Head Island