Pardonable and Unpardonable Sin

“And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Republican Party, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

—GOP Jesus, in the Erstwhile Conservative’s translation of Matthew 12:32

Imagine that. Republicans in the Old Christian South forgave the lying, philandering, Jesus-loving trespasser, who, as governor of South Carolina, disappeared for four days, misused taxpayer money, and while serving in Congress the first time, voted to toss the lying, philandering, Jesus-loving Bill Clinton out of the White’s House.

Voters preferred Mark Sanford and his Argentine mistress, to, well, a Democratic woman who couldn’t exactly go all-in with the Democratic Party in a blood-red, Jesus-loving Republican district.

Sanford is now back in the Tea Party House of Representatives, where he truly belongs. We know he belongs there because, uh, God said so. The Washington Post reported on the victor’s victory speech this way:

Sanford also sounded a spiritual note in his address, thanking “god’s role in all of this,” and calling himself an “imperfect man” who was “saved by god’s grace.”

So, here’s the lesson in all this, my friends: If you’re a politician who wants to leave his four kids and Christian wife for his “soul mate” in Argentina, and who wants to subsequently keep his job in politics, make sure Jesus is your co-pilot.

Because Jesus, apparently, will forgive anything except being a Democrat.

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11 Comments

  1. And honestly — what else did we really expect from South Carolina 1st District voters? They’re still crazy after all these years. The land of the hypocrites. Bob Jones University.
    Strom Thurmond. Remarkable intellectual poverty. This will be the last bastion of climate deniers and the believers in the ultimate resurrection of the Old South. There could be no other outcome. We’ve all known that.

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  2. ansonburlingame

     /  May 8, 2013

    Yep, it is just terrible that South Carolina in one Congressional District did what they did, elect Sanford to a term in Congress, again.

    But then there is a Congressional District in NYC that has done the same for Charlie Rankle, time and time again. And there is the Senator from ??? who cavorts with a ……. in foreign enclaves, feeds federal funds to the ……, etc.

    Different people speak for different areas of the country to elect politicians that others don’t like.

    Well my goodness, there “outta be a law” to prevent such things, democracy I think it is called, local democracy so to speak.

    But before you get away with trashing South Carolina for terrible polical choices, might I add California to the list of states to trash as well??? Now which State might go bankrupt first, SC or CA?

    Oh, and the 7th Congressional District should be……????? for electing and reelecting OBL, right?

    Anson

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  3. Troy

     /  May 8, 2013

    Couldn’t be stated any better! Shameful!

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  4. Bbob

     /  May 8, 2013

    We might not have heard the last of Sanford’s transgressions. I heard him say on teevee that God has forgiven him. And that God will forgive many times, I believe he got up to seven in his counting.

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    • Good point, Bbob. Being a good and wily “Christian” I’ll wager sanford will be going for the “seventy times seven” program.

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    • Bob,

      I heard that and thought the same thing! And the seventy-times-seven phrase also came into my mind, having heard it so many times when I was in church. That’s a big selling point for the Gospel: God gives you lots of chances if you just keep believing unbelievable things!

      RDG

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  5. Michael D. Gaden, BSNE, MBA

     /  May 8, 2013

    My observation is that people generally get the democratic representation they deserve. I think it might have been Sam Clemens who said that – if he didn’t, he should have.

    I’m pretty happy with Boxer, Feinstein, and even Brown (was happy with the Governator, even) – less so with Issa and the crop of politicians in Southern California, where I live.

    One of the main reasons California is in budget trouble, in my opinion (shared by some pretty good financial and economic thinkers, I believe) is the mistake the electorate made with Proposition 13 to severely (it turns out) limit property taxes. Tax relief could have been achieved in several other ways that didn’t have such a drastic effect on the state’s income.

    Now, which party is it that doesn’t like taxes? Let me think…….who was governor then? Hmmm!

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    • Prop 13, among other negative effects, has managed to change the status of public schools in California from top-tier to bottom-tier. And having to depend so much on income and sales taxes for much-needed revenue means that in hard times the budget will get busted. What a mess.

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  6. kabe

     /  May 8, 2013

    It was just one week ago that my social media outlets were swamped by my Conservative friends about the gay NBA player. There were MANY comments about how this was a sin and that the “main stream media” was promoting homosexuality. Isn’t adultery and divorce a sin as well?
    What really gets me about this is the fact that Sanford won a primary first.

    Kabe

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    • Kabe,

      Although some of these folks give lip service to the idea that there is no distinction between, say, homosexuality and adultery, all one has to do is listen to them for, oh, about two minutes and one discovers that homosexuality is the most gravest sin in the history of the cosmos and adultery is, as the Sanford case shows, the easiest sin in the world to forgive, and ultimately, forget.

      RDG

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  7. ansonburlingame

     /  May 9, 2013

    Michael,

    Long ago, I lived in San Diego when Prop 13 was a huge political issue. Pete Wilson, GOP was mayor at the time and I was a home owner in San Diego. The proposition passed, overwhelmingly, back in the mid 70’s or so and the few attempts to repeal it since then have not worked, either, democratically. Without Prop 13 in place, and based on trends in the upward direction of those taxes in that long ago era there is NO WAY to determine what property taxes in CA MIGHT be today without Prop 13.

    So complain all you like about it now, but “fixing” it, well go rally your votes to do so is my call, today. Given CA taxes and financial situation today, you know as well as I do that voters will NOT let the State take that lid off of that caldron of higher taxes, today!!! I don’t blame them either, the tax paying residents of CA. Lord only knows where the traditional tax and spend Dems in your state might go without Prop 13 holding them back!!

    Which is better, a large group of homeowners going bankrupt or a tax and spend state government?

    Anson

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