Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) resigned his congressional seat on Tuesday, confessing to an affair with a staffer and ending an eight-term career as a Republican from Indiana.
In stepping down, he asked God for forgiveness in a rambling, all-caps public statement. "I SINNED AGAINST GOD, MY WIFE AND MY FAMILY BY HAVING A MUTUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A PART-TIME MEMBER OF MY STAFF," he wrote. "MY COMFORT IS THAT GOD IS A GRACIOUS AND FORGIVING GOD TO THOSE WHO SINCERELY SEEK HIS FORGIVENESS AS I DO.
Souder is a vociferous proponent of pre-marital sexual abstinence. A video of Tracy Jackson, the mistress in question, interviewing Souder about sexual abstinence has been pulled from his U-Tube account but the Huffington Post saved the video.
Far more damaging though, has been Souder's role in the 'War Against Drugs'. No Republican has been more outspoken in Congress in his moral condemnation of Americans who use illicit drugs. In order to punish such sinning, Souder championed and vigorously defended perhaps the least forgiving law on the federal books: the denial of federal student aid for any student convicted of drug possession, no matter how minor.
In Souder's world a convicted rapist can get a student loan but a person caught with as little as one joint can never receive a federal student loan to try further his education and improve his or her life.
"Vile" doesn't even begin to describe the level of heartlessness and hypocrisy evidenced in Souder's deeds.