Letters to the Editor

Friday, July 10, 2009 at 12:00am

Report issues, don’t create them

It seems that the media and other sources are screaming for blood from disgraced South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford because of his personal problems. To me this is as ridiculous as the ‘witch hunt’ that was mounted by the Republicans against former president Bill Clinton because of personal issues in his life even though his job performance was far above-average.

I don't know a lot about the governor’s job performance but I would like to think that his constituents would judge by that rather than by gossip and hearsay concerning his marital problems, and spare his family the pain and embarrassment — a courtesy not shown to Clinton.

This event has had far too much airtime and the networks need to give it a rest until there is a real story, such as misuse of taxpayer money in any escapades he may have had.

We have enough real issues to deal with without manufacturing more.

C.W.Clouse, 37209

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230 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 7/10/09 at 2:43

Good morniing.

The affair is between Stanford, his wife and his lover, is none of our business. His disappearances from his duites has made it public specticale and should be examine. His hypocritical stand against Clinton should be look into as well.

I don't how much time the media should give this story. However I do know how much I will let consume my time.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/10/09 at 3:05

Verbal Cartoon

A little conservative dies and goes to his faith. He is excited because all of the people are happy and enjoying their rewards.

Then the little conservative happiness turns to torment. He discovers that all of the happy people are liberals. -Stolen from the Twilight Zone.

By: daKine7 on 7/10/09 at 4:35

I believe what Sanford did over that Father's Day weekend binge was deplorable.
I mean, 4 having sons and he's in Argentina with his "soul mate"? Luckily, for him, his saga was eclipsed by MJ's death and here in Nashville McNair's murder. So, I guess in the proper context his indescretion was 3rd in line at the gates of Hell.

By: idgaf on 7/10/09 at 4:59

In your dreams nemo. Liberals are always worried about what everyone else is doing and figuring out a way to control it.

By: daKine7 on 7/10/09 at 5:22

id: What's all this "worries" and "fears" you assign the left, liberals, and Democrats? It seems to me, the right, conservatives, Republicans are the ones clutching the Bible and holding onto archaic concepts and ideals who's time has expired. Their collective fingernails are getting worn.

By: house_of_pain on 7/10/09 at 5:28

There's a signpost up ahead...next stop, the Plagiarism Zone.

By: ycartrob on 7/10/09 at 5:32

It's about integrity and it is important what a politician does in their personal life. You think a man who will cheat on his wife and lie to his family about his personal whereabouts and doings is going to be upfront and honest with YOU and his constituents? Think about it.

By: house_of_pain on 7/10/09 at 5:39

I don't know about that. Would you want your employer meddling in your personal life?

By: idgaf on 7/10/09 at 5:50

Dooley Clinton committed perjury it wasn't about how he flicked his bic.

Still trying to sell that old talking point?

By: Captain Nemo on 7/10/09 at 6:00

Before Standford's revelation he was a Presidential hopeful. Now he is just one more sign of the GOP's appalling legacy.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/10/09 at 6:17

If the GOP and people like idgaf, had not been playing voyeurs, Clinton's sex life would have remained his business. Had Clinton had been giving National Secrtes for sex then it would have been the publics business.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/10/09 at 6:21

By: idgaf on 7/10/09 at 5:59
In your dreams nemo. Liberals are always worried about what everyone else is doing and figuring out a way to control it.
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Once again id has gotten the Bush Adminisrtaion mixed up with reallity.

By: Kosh III on 7/10/09 at 6:31

"In your dreams nemo. Liberals are always worried about what everyone else is doing and figuring out a way to control it"

Gee, and here I was thinking it was conservatives who tell women what they MUST do with their bodies, who tell gays who the canNOT love etc etc

This liberal could care less what id does with his sheep herd.

By: Kosh III on 7/10/09 at 6:33

As for Sanford, had he told his staff where he was going and how to contact him in case of emergency, I could care less that he was violating one of the 10 Commandments.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/10/09 at 6:36

Never let your sheep around id.

By: gdiafante on 7/10/09 at 6:36

Clouse, when politicians are elected they are expected to adhere to a certain standard of ,morality and ethics. If they do not, they are fair game. Especially when a politician is a member of a political party that bases part of their identity on those ethical and moral standards.

By: gdiafante on 7/10/09 at 6:38

Kosh, the bigger picture here is that if Sanford was willing to go to those extremes in order to have an affair, how can any of his constituents believe that he has the capacity to be honest and work for the betterment of the people?

Of course, deep down we already know that most politicians are liars already, so it shouldn't really be much of a surprise anymore.

By: Schuss on 7/10/09 at 6:46

Clinton committed PERJURY. I care less if he likes fat girls, except that he LIED about it (then bit his lip). It goes to INTEGRITY. "If he lies about sex, what else did he lie about?" Maybe he was giving national secrets away, but he would have LIED about it!

Nemo, back to the reef for you!

By: idgaf on 7/10/09 at 6:49

By: Kosh III on 7/10/09 at 7:31

Gee, and here I was thinking it was conservatives who tell women what they MUST do with their bodies, who tell gays who the canNOT love etc etc

This liberal could care less what id does with his sheep herd.

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No they say you should not kill a baby. Funny how if you do that to a cat or dog you would be charged with a crime but not a baby.

I don't have a problem with abortion in the first tri-mester but you sickos want to kill them inches and seconds before they are born.

When you attack me or someone else personally you acknowledge you lost the argument.. I also have no problem with you or your gay lover as long as you don't want to pervert the institution of marrage.

A little moral compass may do you liberals some good.

try it you may find some peace in your life and stop trying to control others.

By: gdiafante on 7/10/09 at 6:53

By Idgaf:

"but you sickos..."

then goes on..."When you attack me or someone else personally you acknowledge you lost the argument."

LOL

By: Loner on 7/10/09 at 6:58

Good morning, Nashville!

Excellent letter, Dooley. I agree on all points. It's the hypocrisy of these "family values" Republicans that so chafes. Democrats don't usually claim to act with Divine Sanction, as do the Republicans, so when they get busted for fornication and adultery it's not so unexpected or as shocking.

Bill Clinton's "lie" to Congres was a white lie, to protect his privacy and the privacy of others; it wasn't a lie to cover criminal activity or malfeasance.

Congress was out of order in asking that infamous and totally irrelevant question, "Did you have sex with that woman?"

President Clinton should have refused to dignify the out-of-bounds question with a response. At that point, he should have walked out of that kangaroo court in a dignified and presidential manner. Clinton could then have taken his case directly to the people, polls at the time indicated popular support for his presidency .

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/10/09 at 7:02

Funny picture but I doubt he was really looking at the girl myself.

SECOND STIMULUS PACKAGE

http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//090709/ids_photos_wl/r3356552547.jpg/

By: house_of_pain on 7/10/09 at 7:03

Ha! Nice catch, gd.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/10/09 at 7:05

Schuss I may be away from the reef, but I am not stuck on a mud bank like you.

If Bush Lied about Iraq, what eles has he lied about?

By: gdiafante on 7/10/09 at 7:06

If id's correct, that means that Dan Akroyd always lost Point/Counterpoint...that is disconcerting...

By: slacker on 7/10/09 at 7:06

Speaking of straying, keep your eye on Obama. The guy is an amatuer ogler, with no peripheral ogling skills. There he was, with the camera's rolling, for all the world to see, making a direct ogle at a young girls buttocks. Nothing wrong with that of course, but he needs to hone his skills, particularly the difficult upskirt open stairwell ogle, while looking straight ahead, and shaking hands with a diplomat.
He could practice, by reading from his teleprompter sideways.

By: dargent7 on 7/10/09 at 7:07

What a load of psychotic mumbo-jumbo from the above post: "You sickos", yet says when anyone insults HIM, they've lost the argument.
"I have no trouble with abortion in the 1st tri-mester"...? Isn't a major tenant of the Republican party that life begins at conception?
"you want to kill them [ in the delivery room]" Oh, really? We'd that one come from?
"Moral compass"?...you Repubs deny teens sex education, force them thru fear tactics to have "the baby", ridicule them for being on welfare (a liberal program), then send them at 18 off to war that was elective. "Oops, sorry the "intel was wrong".
Veto college grants and scholorships, but endless wars are a breeze thru the Congressional GOP.
And I still have my Boy Scout compass.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/10/09 at 7:09

What can I say about id that he has not already said about himself. lol

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/10/09 at 7:10

Loner,

So you are saying the Republicans, because their party champions family values are more hypocritical than the Democrats? And because of that., "so when they get busted for fornication and adultery it's not so unexpected or as shocking" - that makes it ok???

Sorry but BOTH are guilty in my book and BOTH are disgraces to their offices and should be outed from office, regardless of whether their parties champion family values or not, IMO.

BTW, what got Bill Clinton in hot water was his lie while under oath - aka perjury...which is a high crime. Frankly, the Senate fell down on the job not putting him out of office as the evidence that he lied under oath was irrefutable.

Oh and if Clinton HAD refused to answer and pled the 5th, then he wouldn't have had all the trouble he had. Of course it would have LOOKED like he actually did what he did...so he lied. Rather amazing when you consider he was a lawyer and KNEW he was committing perjury!

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/10/09 at 7:11

More Stimulus!

AIG Seeks Clearance For More Bonuses
$2.4 Million in Executive Payments Due Next Week

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/09/AR2009070902702_pf.html

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/10/09 at 7:12

I KNEW the stimulus money was going down a rat, er mouse, hole!

GOP hits Pelosi for mouse funds

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/10/gop-hits-pelosi-for-mouse-funds/

By: ycartrob on 7/10/09 at 7:21

Loner, I don't think congress was pressing Clinton on having sex with some woman at a hotel in D.C. It was the fact that "the boss" was having sex with an intern on company grounds/time. If you can see past your partisan blinders, you can easily discern why it's a big deal (although not illegal, it's a definite violation of the job description/rules of conduct). In any other job setting he is fired, but not so for the highest position in the land? Tell me another job where the "board" would approve of the "boss" having sexual relations with an intern in his office.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/10/09 at 7:22

ycartrob,

Um...maybe in a Cathouse??? LOL

By: gdiafante on 7/10/09 at 7:24

Rob, the Senate only did what popular opinion at the time dictated...You'd think some people would have gotten over this by now.

By: house_of_pain on 7/10/09 at 7:24

How about a director of pornographic films?
I don't think the "board" would mind on that one.

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/10/09 at 7:28

Rob,

Granted the Senate only did what the popular polls said they should do...rather than what their JOBS dictated. You'd think some people would have understood that by now as well.

By: Dragon on 7/10/09 at 7:28

My objections to Clinton's affair was committing purgery as well as showing profound disrepect for "the people's house" by committing the acts in the Oval Office. Everyone knew he was a hound dog before the election and not the first president to be unfaithful to his wife.

By: slacker on 7/10/09 at 7:29

chief, Clinton's arrogance got him in trouble. All he had to do was say it is a personal matter between me and my family, and refuse to comment.
They shouldn't have gone with that impeachment fiasco, some type of censor would have been more appropriate.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/10/09 at 7:30

g, I got to hear the good boogie woogie song, "Savoy" on Nashville Jumps on my way in this morning.

8~)

By: gdiafante on 7/10/09 at 7:31

Agreed slacker.

By: gdiafante on 7/10/09 at 7:31

I completely forgot about that again...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/10/09 at 7:31

http://www2.kenyon.edu/Depts/IPHS/Projects/swing1/history/savoy.jpg

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/10/09 at 7:32

bummer for you, g. lol! that show always makes my morning each and every Friday.

By: gdiafante on 7/10/09 at 7:34

I haven't really been listening to anything lately, just trying to stay cool...AC is still out, the repairman couldn't make it last night. With no wind stirring, it was 93 degrees in the house last night at 9:30...the kiddies are going to the grandparents until this thing is fixed.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/10/09 at 7:35

http://tinyurl.com/letwd4

now if that image won't make you smile and put you in a better mood, nothing will.

8~)

TGIF!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/10/09 at 7:36

wow, that really stinks, g. my air conditioning went out last August and it was a huge pain in the backside so I feel for you.

By: slacker on 7/10/09 at 7:39

gdiafante, buy two huge cheap fans, they will help.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/10/09 at 7:43

g, do you have to replace your unit or can it be fixed?

By: chiefpayne568 on 7/10/09 at 7:43

Slacker,

That was my point...Clinton was a lawyer and knew he only had three possible answers: 1. Tell the truth 2. Lie and commit perjury or 3. Plead the 5th and refuse to answer.

Since he lied and committed perjury while under oath, he was guilty of a high crime and was justly impeached. Unfortunately, the Senate refused to acknowledge what the evidence overwhelmingly proved and voted not to oust Clinton from office, caving instead to public opinion rather than doing their Consitutional duty.

By: Dragon on 7/10/09 at 8:19

I found it ironic that Clinton was disbarred. It appears that the standards of his behavior were good enough to be President of the United States, but not good enough to be a lawyer.