What Background Does A "Family Values" Politician Have To Have To Not Be Attacked?

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    Inspired by all the Gov. Sarah Palin, Gov. Sanford stuff of course.

    Assume a politician male or female, Democrat or Republican believes the following:

    1) Against abortion rights
    2) Against any kind of premarital or extramarital sex.
    3) Against any kind of marriage aside from one man, one woman.
    4) Goes to church and is generally seen to be in favor of religion.

    What does the background of a politician have to be in order for you to consider their personal lives of them or their family to be off limits to attack or insult?

    I'm betting I know the answer from many.
     
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    Politicians are investigated. When you want to be a representative (to represent people), then you practically invite people to evaluate you. The background of a politician must be consistent with his beliefs. Hypocrisy in a politician is frowned upon. Only if their behavior is shown to be consistent with their beliefs are their personal lives off limits to attack or insult. That is simply because you can’t attack someone for a hypocrisy that had not been committed. If a politician commits some type of hypocrisy or some error, then attack or correct insult is permitted.

    The bottom line is that if you want to be a politician, and especially if you “preach” conservative values, then you had better live in accordance with those values as you try to represent your constituents. In so doing, you can't be criticized.
     
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    I would say walking on water would be sufficient background, but then I realized it's the Left we're talking about. They'd still scream crucify him/her.
     
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    So the argument is going to be by many

    "if you can't live up PERFECTLY to the values you advocate you have no business advocating them?"

    Isn't it very unreasonable to apply this idea ONLY to family values?

    1) Can a politician who never served in the military be allowed to have credible beliefs on military and foreign policy?

    2) Can a politician who never set foot on a farm be allowed to have credible beliefs on agriculture policy?

    3) Can a politician who received a private school education be allowed to have credible beliefs on public schools.

    4) Can a politician who never ran a business of any kind be allowed to have credible beliefs on government economic policies?

    5) Can a politician with no legal or judicial background of any kind be allowed to have credible beliefs on the constitution or the role of judgements?

    You can go on endlessly. Politicians in general have influence on EVERYTHING at some point but have actual experience in very little.

    Finally, one could argue that only a person who has suffered through a terrible divorce or had serious problems with their kids as they grew up can really understand such matters and truly advocate "family values".
     
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    The left is not that inclined to preach. Have you ever heard the phrase “The religious left”? It is the apparent self-righteous moral lecturing of the right, followed by their moral failures, that causes the downfall of the Republicans. I think that it would be good political strategy for the Republicans if they were to tone down their “family values” rhetoric. This article basically makes my point better than I could to a degree.

    Bill Whitaker: GOP may have to redefine 'family values' for us

    “The failure of so many prominent Republicans may not just be in breaking the Seventh Commandment but repeatedly committing the stinging sin of hypocrisy.”

    People need to walk the talk.
     
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    Generally, the lack of a mistress is important to be considered a family values politician.
     
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    Not one of your five examples constitutes hypocrisy in the purest sense. Finally, experience is the best teacher and I would listen to someone give advice on marriage and divorce even if the speaker had been married and divorced. Yet, I would not want him to represent me if he had said that divorce is wrong yet had a divorce. There is a difference between giving someone solicited advice based on experience and being a hypocritical politician.
     
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    You hit it out of the park. Thanks.
     
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    A politician is supposed to have a clear platform and he servers the people who put her in office. #4 is up to the person and not relevant, the others have been settled mostly by courts and unless something changes are none of her business. Too much else going on.
     
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    They would have to live their life, as I live mine!
     

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