Framing the Dialogue

Hypocrisy (hi-pok-ruh-see)

Hypocrisy is defined as:

  1. The practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc., contrary to one’s real character or actual behaviour.
  2. A feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not.
  3. An expression of agreement that is not supported by real conviction.

Synonyms:  deceit, insincerity

What does Edmond Burke think:

“Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises; it costs nothing.”

How about Billy Connolly’s thoughts:

“Hypocrisy is the vaseline of political intercourse.”

Can you give some examples?

Example 1:  The Democrats and in particular President Obama has been trying to beat an empty drum about Conservative organizations being under the influence of foreign money in this election cycle.  In particular the United States Chamber of Commerce has been targeted.  This has turned out to a totally false accusation and perhaps a transparent way to avoid discussions about their failed policies since the Democrats took over Congress in 2006.  The hypocrisy is that many of the organizations that support Obama also take contributions/dues from foreigners.

Example 2:  In a related vein, the left like to accuse the right as being in the pockets of corporations.  I submit the hypocrisy as ALL politician are in the pockets of corporations.  The left is just in the pocket of different ones.  The Sierra Club, the AFL-CIO, National Lawyers Guild, British Petroleum, Screen Actors Guild, Political Action Committees, and AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees) are ALL CORPORATIONS!  I have a fundamental problem with people who make money as government employees (hence paid by our tax dollars) using that money to pay for political advertising.

Example 3:  Much has been made of supposed “hate speech” by conservative pundits.  I have no problem with Rush Limbaugh saying that he hopes Obama fails…I hope his march toward bigger and bigger and bigger government fails also.  The hypocrisy is when the “hate speech” on the left is mostly ignored.  Spend some time watching some of the vitriolic rants made by Behar, Olbermann, Schultz, or Scarborough. 

Example 4:  Kristi Noem’s opponent for a congressional seat from South Dakota had, perhaps, the most lame campaign issue to highlight.  It seems that Noem had gotten quite a few speeding tickets.  The interesting thing is that with the new media people start digging and find others who have a similar problem…many of them Democrats.  That’s the hypocrisy.  I live in Pennsylvania, home of Speedy Rendell.  Rendell, however, has found a clever ploy as he has his Pa State Trooper do his speeding for him. 

Example 5:  Rich Iott is a Republican who running for Congress from Ohio.  Rich Iott is a reenactor.  Rich Iott has portrayed a nazi soldier.  Rich Iott is being excoriated and perhaps worst of all his fellow Republicans are scurrying away like the rats they are.  Rich Iott, however, easily explained that he is a reenactor and that he also portrays American soldiers and Civil War soldiers (both sides).  You probably didn’t hear that one.  The hypocrisy comes in the form of Richard Blumenthal who is running for the Senate from Connecticut.  Blumenthal is not a reenactor, he just claims to be a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He isn’t and while the story made the news it has not been pushed except in the alternative media.  I think lying about military service is particularly offensive.

Example 6:  Four years ago then candidate George Allen uttered what many had called a derogatory name to a person who had been dogging his campaign.  I had never heard the term “macaca” before, but it apparently refers to being a monkey and highly insulting to a person of Indian descent as was Allen’s stalker.  The Washington Post hammered the Virginia candidate repeatedly over the utterance and it severely damaged his race.  Just last year, WAPO decided to reopen the wounds with another piece about a more contrite Allen.  My guess they are just firing a warning shot across his bough in case he has any idea to seek elective office.  The hypocrisy comes many years later when either Jerry Browns’ wife or a staff member referred to his opponent, Meg Whitman, as a “whore.”  It was reported that Brown further joked that he would “use that” as part of his campaign strategy.  His lame/limp apology and attitude that it was not that big a deal left many sour on this dour candidate.  The story seems to have ended since Brown is the darling of the lame stream media.  Maybe Brown’s ex, Linda Ronstadt said it best, “you’re no good, you’re no good, you’re not good, baby you’re no good.”  The National Organization for Women (“NOW”) called for firing the offender, but quickly backed off that position when they were told that the statement came from a Democrat.  California’s NOW chief went a step further and confirmed that Whitman was, in fact, a whore.  This groups should be renamed NODWUYAPL or National Organization of Democrat Women Unless You Are Pro-Life.

Example 7:  There is no left-right slant to this next bit of hypocracy.  The Wall Street Journal conducted an investigation and reported that Congressional staffers do not have to follow insider trading rules when conducting thier investments and, “Congressional aides have ringside seats on the making of laws that affect American business. Receiving salaries up to roughly $170,000 a year, they can glean information about policies and government action before the public. They have access to information about hearings or legislation that can move stocks and markets.”  Aides from both sides of the aisle are reported to have such investments.  Someone should ask Martha Stewart how she feels about this.

Example 8:  During the 2008 presidential campaign the New York Times did an investigative piece on the McCain campaign.  The hard-hitting story was not about McCain or Palin, but Cindy McCain and her admitted prescription drug problems in the past.  It was one of the few times that McCain actually showed any life during his failed presidential bid.  McCain, however, used his lawyer to do the dirty work,

“It is worth noting that you have not employed your investigative assets looking into Michelle Obama. You have not tried to find Barack Obama’s drug dealer that he wrote about in his book, Dreams of My Father.  Nor have you interviewed his poor relatives in Kenya and determined why Barack Obama has not rescued them. Thus, there is a terrific lack of balance here.  I suggest to you that none of these subjects on either side are worthy of the energy and resources of The New York Times. They are cruel hit pieces designed to injure people that only the worst rag would investigate and publish. I know you and your colleagues are always preaching about raising the level of civil discourse in our political campaigns. I think taking some your own medicine is in order here.”

The hypocrisy is seriously exposed here by the standard-bearer of the left-winged media.

Example 9:   This next example looks at the treatment of two deceased deceased members of the U.S. Senate. Any mention of Strom Thurmond (R-SC) always included his record on voting to uphold racial segregation as included in his NPR obituary linked in blue.  By the way he was a Democrat at the time.  His colleague on the left, Robert Byrd, never seemed to endure the same reminders of his past as a recruiter for the Klu Klux Klan.  His obituary, also from NPR, did not mention his KKK roots.  Hypocrisy.

Example 10:  The race to replace Joe Biden in the United States Senate has garnered national attention since Tea Party favorite, Christine O’Donnell, beat the RINO favored by the Republicrats in that state.  Both Republicans and Democrats have blasted her and have given her national attention because of statements that she made many years ago about witchcraft.  Ms. O’Donnell is an avowed Christian.  The hypocrisy is that the Democrats actually have witches in their party!

This is probably a low blow, but try to argue with my logic.

An update of this posting can be found at this link.

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