Response to letter about Sanford’s candidacy

  • Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dear Editor,
This letter is in response to Mr. David Warner’s letter-to-the-editor titled “Seniority Counts.”
Mr. Warner’s appeal to voters was probably met with many heads nodding in agreement due to Mr. Mark Sanford’s affability; however, the purpose of this letter is to ask U.S. Congressional 1st District voters to step back and thoughtfully ponder whether Mr. Mark Sanford is the correct person they want to send to the U.S. Congress.
Mr. Warner dwells on the importance of Congressional seniority. Then, he tries to illustrate three ways that Sanford’s Congressional seniority would benefit South Carolinians. They are: (1) “provide a unique opportunity to reestablish his proven conservative credentials,” (2) “directly influence important fiscal policy,” and (3) “the ability to monitor government spending at both the state and national levels.”
None of these three suggested advantages are so exclusive that another individual couldn’t adequately perform at the same level of competence though, for a season, less seniority; and they, in my opinion, don’t override the importance of public trust that is needed for elected officials. For American citizens who wish to have trustworthy men and women representing them, then integrity matters.
In President George Washington’s “Farewell Address,” he admonishes the nation about the importance of one having “high moral fiber” and demonstrating “virtue and morality.” While Washington lived a long time ago, his advice about integrity is still just as pertinent because the virtues of integrity are timeless.
Mr. Mark Sanford had his opportunity to serve We the People. I believe South Carolinians living within the U.S. Congressional 1st District shouldn’t allow talk about seniority to cloud their judgment. Instead, we should elect the person that we believe best represents all of the laudable qualities of integrity particularly since that individual will often find himself or herself conducting a lot of his or her political business in private. We often hear American citizens or occasionally see bumper sticker messages encouraging voters to get rid of the current, untrusted crop of politicians in Washington. Here’s our chance to somewhat accomplish this goal.
There are many candidates vying for the open 1st District Congressional seat. With a bit of effort on our part, surely we can narrow down the field to a person who doesn’t have a lot of past political baggage including extended promises to special interest groups, who holds dear our conservative values, and has demonstrated trustworthiness in the manner that he or she has lived his private and public life. Surely!
Michael Greenstreet
Persimmon Woods Drive
North Charleston

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