Joe Biden Reminds Us To Buy Guns and Ammunition
Why Biden's Staff Might Be Supremely Irritated With Obama Right Now
Who Is 'Wanda The Stuffer'? And Why Did She Get Arrested.
A Biden Spokesperson Did Not Just Say *That* to Explain Joe's Wandering Off...
I Can’t Stand These Democrats, Part 4
The Climate Movement Cannibalizes Itself
President Benedict Arnold
The Need for the Electoral College as Illustrated by Baseball
Morning Joe Has Become America's Baghdad Bob
The Losses Can Never Fully Be Calculated
Do Daddies Really Matter Within America’s Court System?
Biden Admin to Announce Largest Relief Program for Millions of Illegal Immigrants
Pro-Hamas Agitators Show Up to Ted Cruz's Home for the 23rd Time
As Joe Manchin Leaves the Democratic Party, West Virginia Politics Sure Have Changed
New Bill Would Automatically Enlist Men Into the Draft

A Saving Grace

It's terribly sad to see promising politicians like Mark Sanford and John Ensign ruin their careers with sex scandals.  

What both men did is wrong, there's no denying it.  If there is a saving grace, at least they have acknowledged it and have resigned from positions of leadership among their peers.  Mercifully, they have refrained both from taking the "well, everyone does it" tack and otherwise downplaying their misconduct.

Obviously, all of us are human and all of us sin.  But the fact that no one is perfect still is no reason either not to have standards oneself, or insist that no standards should ever be expected of anyone.  Even those who themselves lie should still teach their children that lying is wrong; those who cheat should still uphold honor as a worthy goal, even if it's apparently unattainable for them.

No doubt those on the left will have a field day slinging around charges of "hypocrisy."  But I don't see it.  Both Sanford and Ensign acknowledged that what they have done is wrong.  What's more, through their apologies and resignations from the RGA and position as Senate Republican Conference leader, respectively, they have demonstrated that they realize that there is -- and should be -- some accountability to colleagues and the public for their conduct. 

For that, at least, I applaud them.  It's a little too little and a little too late, but it's better than what we've seen from others in public life who have been caught cheating.

Join the conversation as a VIP Member


Trending on Townhall Videos