Morals and Ethics (3/25/10)

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Morals and Ethics (3/25/10)

Postby Ferguson Foont » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:08 pm

The Senate Republicans named David Vitter to be their point man for their attempt to kill the reconciliation bill of the Health Care Reform Act.

Every time I hear David Vitter's name mentioned it brings to my mind one of the chief differences between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to morals and ethics. Both parties consist of individual human beings, each beset with his or her own set of strengths and weaknesses, each occasionally subjected to temptation, each sometimes yielding to impulses that result in inappropriate, wrong, and even illegal behavior.

But whenever a Democrat gets caught, he gets kicked out of whatever position of power he holds within only a couple of days, never surviving as much as a whole week, and the Democratic leadership is quick to act to limit the influence of the individual who has proven himself too weak to resist whatever temptation might have ensnared him.

On the other hand, when a Republican is caught, whether it's with his hand in the cookie jar or in a situation where he's permitted his "Little General" to take command of his faculties, the Republicans close ranks around him and he completes his term in office, indeed he often is endorsed to run for reelection, and his Republican colleagues try to blame others for the misdeeds of their own members.

In other words, although both parties are made up of imperfect human beings, one party, the Democratic Party, refuses to condone unethical and immoral conduct when committed by its members, and the other party, the Republican Party, acts in a way seemingly intended to encourage, and even occasionally reward, such unethical and immoral conduct, perhaps in an effort to foster the notion that they are above the law.

Remember, David Vitter did exactly the same thing (only kinkier, involving diapers and whatnot in ways I'm not sure I want to speculate about) with employees of the same escort service whose services were similarly employed by Eliot Spitzer for more straightforward liaisons. When found out, Spitzer was forced to resign, but David Vitter not only remains in office but is given the platform on TV in opposition to health care reform. Of course, what Mark Sanford did was far worse and, in addition to the more sordid aspects of it, involved the misappropriation of public funds, and yet he too remains in office, protected by his Republican colleagues.

And do I even need to recall the matter of Larry "Wide Stance" Craig?

One party, the Democratic Party, governs seriously and conscientiously for the good of the people, although like all people they sometimes make mistakes, both personally and as a group. When such mistakes are made, those who make them are dealt with swiftly and appropriately. The other party, the Republican Party, just wants to abuse power to the maximum extent they think they can get away with (and often in excess of that extent) for its own selfish ends. This observation is substantiated by almost every action either party ever takes or attempts in every aspect of public administration and in their performance in every office of public trust.

There is a HUGE difference between the two parties in almost every area, but none more striking than in their treatment of ethical and moral misbehavior.
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