Strom and Sanford

The hypocrisy  of the South Carolina Republican Gov. Mark Sanford is really nothing new.

It is not dissimilar from the revelation that segregationist Sen. Strom Thurmond, who brought the Republican party to the South in the 1960s and 1970s, had fathered an African-American daughter, whom he supported while governor.

The Shakespearean line “perhaps they doth protest too much” defines much of the moral chest-pounding which we have seen from Southern conservatives, going back into a legacy where they touted “liberty” while maintaining slavery.  The so-called guardians of liberty have kept South Carolina’s black population in something just short of slavery even while much of the South moved forward.

My take is that folks who countenance discrimination and bias generally have flawed characters, that will eventually trip them up. What goes around comes around!


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