Family Values? Red States Lead in Divorce, Teen Pregnancy and Online Porn

mark-sanford-with-bush-010609-lg.thumbnail.jpgThere’s been a heap in the news about family values and the GOP. From the New York Times to  Theopalinsim.com, the"values" of the Right are called on the carpet (which has some pretty nasty stains). Over at Oxdown, TobyWollin sums it up nicely:

Sorry, guys – in all these cases, we had elected officials who behaved in this way for a very long time and turned what should have been private/personal activities into public issues – AND it might not have been ‘reflective OF’ the GOP but it sure as hell has ‘reflected ON" the party.

And one of the biggest reflections is that you guys are more than enthusiastic about wrapping yourselves in that ‘family values and purity’ flag – but you never, ever are willing to clean your own house or police your own. You are more than ready to dump truckloads of shit on Democrats for their personal peccadilloes – you are more than enthused to go after (and perhaps even aid and abet entrapment – I’m talking to you Roger Stone and Maurice Greenberg vis a vis Elliot Spitzer) anyone who does not agree with you.

What is astounding is the New York Times chart which takes politicians out of the mix and breaks it down into the values that the Right espouses: Anti-divorce, anti-porn and anti-teen sex. Well gosh, even with my admittedly and embarrassingly bad math skills, it’s clear that eight out of the ten states with highest rates in the categories of divorce, teen pregnancy and online porn usage were states where McCain came out ahead in the 2008 election.

Obviously an America with "traditional family values" is a Utopian ideal for some, but one which their party can’t create or enforce–especially when the party has leaders who are just as human as their constituents. Maybe it’s time to take "morality" out of the electoral equation and focus on the Utopian ideals of affordable health care, equal rights,  sex education and realistic pregnancy prevention,  living wages, and our Constitution.

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