I’ve always considered Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina one of the “good” Republicans….That is someone more in keeping with Barry Goldwater’s legacy of true limited government….It isn’t necessarily what I believe in but it is principled and non-hypocritical….I also had hoped that a Mark Sanford presidential campaign could pry his party away from the grip of the neo-conservatives as Sanford’s reputed view of the world is supposed to be a lot more Ron Paul than Dick Cheney.
However, all of that is for naught due to Sanford’s bizarre mistress escapade in Argentina http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90777/90852/6685794.html ….It’s funny the view we have of public figures….This is not something I would have ever have associated with him in a million years.
But it does go along with my belief that even a ”good” Republican is stuck in the thrall of religious hypocrisy….The Republican Party has set itself up in America as the watchdog of personal morality therefore creating a situation that when prominent Republicans are caught in affairs, infidelity, and other personal scandals there is the extra weight of hypocrisy added to their troubles.
Of course, how moral is a party that backed a president for the last years who went to a war on the basis of a lie and killed thousands of Iraqis as well as US servicemen unnecessarily?
The bottom line is the Republican Party is morally bankrupt and composed of sexual deviants masquerading as family men, hypocrites who use religion to justify war, prejudice, others who talk of God but spend most of their time on legislation to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
In other words the Republican Party is scum.
Now that Sanford’s out, I am looking forward with great glee to Newt Gingrich attempting to sell himself to the values voters in the Republican base….This will be the same Gingrich who asked his first wife for a divorce when she was in the hospital just having had cancer surgery….The same Gingrich who while he was conducting impeachment proceedings on Bill Clinton for lying about his relationship with intern Monica Lewinsky under oath, was cheating on his second wife with an intern, a woman more than thirty years younger than him….The same Gingrich who later converted to Catholicism so he could annul his second marriage and marry the intern.
Aside from his toeing the line of on the usual family values BS, Gingrich is wrong on many other issues and often speaks without knowing what he is talking about.
A recent example of this was his comments on the Uyghurs released from Guantanamo Bay and how they should just be sent back to China. http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20090618/wl_mcclatchy/3255553_1
I used to work in a language school in Kuala Lumpur and had a number of Uyghur students as Malaysia has an arrangement with China that allows them to come here and study….Coming from China’s most
Westward province Xinjiang, they are Muslims and not ethnically Chinese being closely related to the peoples of the Central Asian Republics such as Uzbecks and Kazakhs. However, unlike the peoples of the Central Asian Republics, the Uyghurs had the misfortune of being inside China instead of the Soviet Union and so do not have their own country even though a clear argument could be made that Xinjiang contains the historical nation of the Uyghurs.
How they are treated by the Chinese is shameful….Besides doing what they do in Tibet which is move more and more ethnic Chinese into the region so as to take resources away and dilute the Ugyhur population, they are also forced to take Chinese names and give up their actual names under severe penalty….Even worse are the usual human rights violations committed by the Chinese including torture and murder ….Mosques are often targeted for destruction fanning religious inspired violence and a burgeoning insurgency.
Now I don’t pretend to know the level of Al Qaeda involvement in Xinjiang but I do know Chinese persecution of the Ugyhurs long precedes the appearance of Osama Bin Laden….I also feel if the Ugyhurs were Buddhist instead of Muslim the world would be a lot more up in arms on their situation like they are rightly about Tibet.
The Uyghurs just released from Guantanamo Bay were kept there based on Chinese intelligence…. Now I’m sorry but I just don’t trust Chinese intelligence….I find the totalitarian hybrid fascist/communist state China as odious as Islamic fundamentalist terrorist organizations.
Newt Gingrich of course has one foot in the neo-conservative camp and one foot in the Nixon/Kissinger CFR “Let’s get rich in China” camp….It’s the worst of both worlds foreign policy-wise.
For those interested in helping the plight of the Uyghurs…. http://www.uhrp.org/