There was a time where the most reliable way to get a reliable supply of the strange was to be a rock star or actor or pointlessly famous rich person.
Now, it would appear that the best way is to be a "family values" politician.
Today's hypocritical douchebag: Mark Souder, eight-term Republican Congressman from Indiana, who as dramatic convention requires, was "[e]lected as a family values conservative as part of the Republican revolution in 1994," but has now been caught screwing a staffer. Souder's resignation statement shows that he previously could not locate his family values and now cannot locate his sense of shame, personal responsibility, or the caps-lock key:
IT IS WITH GREAT REGRET I ANNOUNCE THAT I AM RESIGNING FROM THE US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AS WELL AS RESIGNING AS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR CONGRESS IN THIS FALL'S ELECTION.
. . .
I SINNED AGAINST GOD, MY WIFE AND MY FAMILY BY HAVING A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A PART-TIME MEMBER OF MY STAFF.IN THE POISONOUS ENVIRONMENT OF WASHINGTON DC, ANY PERSONAL FAILING IS SEIZED UPON, OFTEN TWISTED, FOR POLITICAL GAIN.
. . .
BY STEPPING ASIDE, MY MISTAKE CANNOT BE USED AS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL IN A PARTISAN ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE THE CAUSE FOR WHICH I HAVE LABORED ALL MY ADULT LIFE.
I HUMBLY ASK YOU, FOR THE SAKE OF MY FAMILY THAT YOU RESPECT OUR PRIVACY IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
This is the same Mark Souder who said:
I believe that Congress must fight to uphold the traditional values that undergird the strength of our nation. The family plays a fundamental role in our society. Studies consistently demonstrate that it is best for a child to have a mother and father, and I am committed to preserving traditional marriage, the union of one man and one woman.
The importance of Judeo-Christian values in America cannot be underestimated. Yet, in the public square, religion has been maligned by the courts to a point where children cannot pray in school and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down the Pledge of Allegiance. I am committed to fighting the assault on American values.
It is not immediately clear to me why, if "upholding traditional values" is a legitimate activity for Congress and a basis on which Rep. Souder campaigned, it is "twisted" "political football" and an invasion of "privacy" to comment when a Member of Congress cheats on his wife with a staffer. Certainly if a politician rubs our noses in it — for instance, by appearing in a video in which his lover interviews him on the subject of abstinence — it's fair comment.
Mark Souder joins folks like John Ensign and George Alan Rekers as professional moralists who violated their own purported moral code. It would be nice for this sort of thing to lead the professional moral scolds to engage in some reflection. But it's not likely — the typical professional moral scold position is well-entrenched as "well, at least we have values to betray" and "nyeah nyeah, we're saved and you aren't."
Why do I keep emphasizing these stories? Well, because (1) I approve of anything that promotes increased hatred and distrust of professional politicians amongst the populace, and (2) I approve of anything that undermines the concept that the state, rather than families, should have a role in promoting (not to mention imposing "family values."
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