Standing with a cigarette in my mouth and one hand in my pocket, I shift my weight to one leg bending my opposite knee slightly. I look down, then back up, let out a sigh and say "so?"
There is no response. Mainly because no one is standing there and I say it to myself, but in response to my thoughts over the recent surge of Democrats berating the Republicans with the broad and general label of "Moral Right" and "Party of Family Values" over two Republican officials having affairs.
It isn't so much that I don't care. I pisses me off but only because it was an event that broke trust not because it tarnishes the platform. People are elected into power because we trust them to make good choices in their lives; not just in office but at home. They run campaigns to convince the public they are right for the job because they can do it better than anyone else. They're supposed to make choices that reflect their character. If they make a poor character choice, then naturally I'm going to see this as opportunity for them to make poor professional choices. Thus, I no longer feel they're fit for the job and deserving of a pink slip – because I don't pay people to not do their job and do it well in my company and I'm not going to pay them to not do their job or do it well in office.
When Democrat leaders show infidelity and Republicans call it out, the general response is that these actions are private matters of the home or that it's not a big deal because it is common. Yet, they're very quick to throw it back at Republicans with echoing reminders that ours is the party of "Morality" and dash to expose every facet of it, who it effected, get statements from the family, the 'other', and talk about it to no end. The volume of these actions increases when Republicans play it down, or say "so?"
It is as though the Democrats want us to be mad. That somehow if we're not mad then we're not Republicans and when we are mad then we've failed as Republicans. In essence the Democrats in this instance simply can't be happy unless we're not. So why then is it okay for the Democrats to be apathetic and frequent the "shut up" argument when it is one of their own, calling it 'private matters' but launch all sorts of media investigations prying into and all but playing Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Democrats, either it's private or it isn't.
When Clinton was busted hiding smokes in vaginas and lying outright on national television and to Congress under oath, the Republican Party went to extremes to bring this to light. We also brought to light Spitzer and his New York whore… but now that the Republican Party has been busted with members cheating on their wives, any attempt to throw back similar deeds among Democrat ranks is met with "but we're not the ones with the claim to moral high grounds and family values". True, you guys are not the party that claims this. I'll suppress the welling urge I have to dedicate a paragraph to the irony of the Democrat Party openly stating "we're not the party of family values" and the claim to trying to work with Republicans while simultaneously working to completely divide and conquer them, but I won't guarantee I'll hold off on it for very long.
The New York Times made this darling little graphic (and forget the fact that the url says "blowchart"), which plays the percentages game (poorly) and tries to (laughably) "indicate" that red states defy the 'family values' and 'moral majority' more heavily than blue states. What it really shows is… nothing. But, it's a fun little 'blowchart', for instance, all three lists contain less red states then blue states, have larger groupings of blue states than red, and fails to indicate any real demographics such as the 83:1000 teen births being to Hispanics which statistically reside at higher percentages in red states such as AZ, NM, TX… and Cali (being the only Blue), nor indicated if those pregnancies were imported. No, it's just enough 'information' to lead a mind already made up in the direction they already wanted to go.
All of this comes from the Party that platform on a fight of 'the Culture of Corruption'. And, since this is the same Party that also stands for equality I'm going to take a moment and remind them that I shouldn't be considered out of bounds by bringing up the numerous thefts and public lies of late by the Democrats concerning tax evasion (you know, the thing they love to raise and implement and avoid while simultaneously bitching about how tax cuts hurt and Republicans only tax the poor?), cutting defense funding (unless it's to be funneled over to a brother of some kind, Murtha), buy and sell political seats (Blagojevich & Jesse Jackson), trading for power (and ironically being busted by the NSA on a wiretap, Fienstein)… and then there were people like Chris Dodd who… covers a lot of ground with a total lack of ethics.