Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Democratic Scandals vs Republican Scandals

I noticed some time ago that there was a distinction in the nature of the scandals American politicians tended to get caught up in that seemed to depend on their party affiliation.

Generally speaking, Democrats have economic fairness as one of their foundational issues. There's a lot of focus on poverty, the minimum wage, unions, the "safety net", and so on.

And so what's often the nature of their scandals? Money-oriented. They take bribes, neglect to pay their own taxes, or don't pay the required taxes for their hired help.

Republicans of course are the "family values" party, with the big emphasis on the moral issues. (You can see this coming, can't you... :-)

Their scandals? Larry Craig, Mark Foley, David Vitter, Ted Haggard, and today's latest addition: conservative GOP governor and (now former) prospective presidential candidate Mark Sanford of South Carolina.

Interesting, eh? Like I said, this is just a general observation, it's easy to find Democrats in sex scandals, and Republicans in financial ones, but there just seems to be a party-dependent bias in the nature of scandals.

Those principles to which a party most strongly clings seem to also be the ones on which their weaker members seem most likely to stumble.


fabio boldrini said...

In italy the democratic had sexual and money scandal. And the republican (not realy republican... but what is more similar) had sexual and money scandal.

Italians do it better.

John Gabriel said...

Bruce Cockburn rules!

Rick said...

In my 50+ years of experience, I've lived, and worked in Italy, Ecuador, Russia, and the US. Before anything, let me tell you that in the US we complain too much... here we have heaven... believe me, it's much worse in other countries. Now, it's my recollection that people who follow the liberal way of life (liberal ethics) tend to have more inclination to bend the rules. I hate to say it, but the article is about this, although it's simplistic, and senseless to generalize, and draw conclussions, like the article does, b/c each person is different, and even the same person may act differently at different times. People are also not completely liberal or completely conservative, it's an spectrum. Also, for example, if a person voted Democrat, and wants gov. to control what people do, doesn't want free trade, etc... is this person really a liberal? On the other side, a right-wing person who is for free trade, free mkts, etc... why would we call this individual a conservative? So, in my opinion above when I said liberal or conservative I was referring to the degree of losiness in social thinking, like moral behavior. A conservative who engages in brivery, etc. is not acting in a conservative way when doing that. I found this in the web, with recent data, very interesting