Monday, September 21, 2009

Being a South Carolina Government Official

Can someone please tell me what's going on down there in South Carolina? Here are some recent comments by state government officials. They are self-serving, hypocritical, untruthful and uncivil.

1. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)

On health care reform:

"If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."

2. Governor Mark Sanford (R-SC)

On President Bill Clinton's affair:

"The issue of lying is probably the biggest harm, if you will, to the system of Democratic government, representatives government, because it undermines trust. And if you undermine trust in our system, you undermine everything."

On his own affair after lying to his staff:

"I've let down a lot of people. That's the bottom line. I've been unfaithful to my wife."

3. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

On President Obama's speech to the joint session of Congress:

""I found his tone to be overly combative and believe he behaved in a manner beneath the dignity of the office."

4. Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC)

On President Obama's speech to the joint session of Congress:

"You lie!"

All are opposed to health care reform in a state that has among the highest number of uninsured residents in the Union at 20.4%. So, what's in the water down there in South Carolina?


Pamela said...

They're stupid! I would be embarassed to be a represented by such idiots.

I find with a lot of Republicans who claim to be the right wing or conservative who rely on evangelicals to support the Republican party, hypocrisy.

Their elected officials have been caught in numerous scandals including adulterous affairs. But because they hang their hate on "being conservative" and pro-life they are backed by those who say they posses more moral weight than the liberal democrates.

When you show me you are for the American people all the American people and not just those of substance then you have my attention and my vote.

And you would show those who elected you and sent you to Washington that your desire is to improve the quality of their lives and not to oppose any and every policy that would do so.

So far they are clueless in South Carolina!!

Judith Ellis said...

It is terribly sad, incredibly too bad that the Republican party has been hijacked by the likes of these; it's unfortunate indeed. I am also wondering now about the foundation upon which it was built.

I know in the south the Republican party used to be the moral liberal party with a strong ethical voice. The Democrats were the more "righteous" Conservative unyielding voice. Could these remnants called the Blue Dogs? Frederick Douglas was a Republican for example. Lincoln was too, of course. But Douglas was such pre-Reconstruction.

Regarding scandals and affairs, I don't think any one party has the lock down on that. But I agree with you that what makes it particularly bad for many Republicans is their disdainful disgusting self-righteousness.

I agree with you wholeheartedly that the elected official is sent to Washington to do the job on behalf of the people. But with big lobby firms this is becoming increasingly more difficult from national to foreign policy.

Thanks for your commment, Pam. It's good to see you.

zorro said...

He's some input from Utah.
Orin Hatch added an amendment
to the Baucus plan that lets all states that have names that begin with the letter "U" to get special assistance for paying for health care. I just say it on Rachel Maddow.

Judith Ellis said...

Zorro- Stop it! I was taking you seriously before now!!! You can't be serious! Are you? No way!!!

Judith Ellis said...

Isn't his state the only one that begins with "U?" C'mon, Zorro!

zorro said...

it was on maddow and oberman this very night.
I thought it was a joke when I heard it on countdown, but then maddow discussed it.
It is in the first 3 minutes of the current Maddow show.

zorro said...

Hatch explains it a bit here.

Judith Ellis said...

Thanks for the link, Zorro. It helps. Essentially, Senator Hatch doesn't want larger states where insurance is higher to benefit and smaller states as his would not. That said, his proposed amendment still has a frivilous notion to it that probably doesn't best serve the legislative process.