I remember when being called a hypocrite was an insult

September 9th, 2009

I always thought that the Internet would cut down on hypocrisy.

It’s so much easier to point it out now and a simple Google search exposes most cases of hypocrisy in seconds.

But instead of going away, viagra sales malady the ubiquity of hypocrisy just seems to be removing the stigma.

Now, none of the Democrats who supported President Obama speaking to students seem to care that when the first George Bush did the exact same thing Congressional Democrats actually held investigations over it.

And there’s no shame that the Democrats in Massachusetts want to change the law to allow the Democratic governor to appoint a replacement for Edward Kennedy after THEY changed it in the first place to prevent a Republican governor from appointing a replacement for Senator Kerry.

And Michael Moore can charge you money to see a documentary that calls for the abolishment of capitalism and no one blinks twice.

All my examples here are Democrats, but Republicans are no better.

And no one cares. The more brazen a hypocrite you are, the more likely you are to get away with it.

What are we going to have to do to reinvigorate “hypocrite” as an insult?

Make people wear a Scarlett H?

Bring back the stocks?

Or maybe just start holding people accountable again for saying one thing and doing another?

Entry Filed under: Golden Rule Breakers,Observations

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  September 9th, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I think it’s less about actual hypocrisy… and more about jealousy and retaliation.

    So for instance, with the education speech… it’s not that Democrats complained about Bush I speaking to kids so it would be hypocritical to do the same thing now… it has to do with the fact that he “got away with it”. So despite the fact that they complained, they feel the need to “retaliate” and do the exact same thing with Obama.

  • 2. John Foust  |  September 9th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    No one’s allowed to change their minds. It would imply thinking. It’s part of the whole anti-intellectualism movement of the Republicans. There’s only one way to think, and that’s the way that Fox News told you to think this morning. Any deviation will be mocked and any unrepentant deviators will be excommunicated. We have always been at war with Oceania. Any flip-floppers are not fit for office. Coming up next on Fox, the Morning Hate with Greta Van Susteren!

    As for the education speeches (Reagan, Bush and who knows who else, what, Clinton didn’t do one?) perhaps a better question to ask just how much politicking a President should be doing when talking to school kids. And then ask yourself how much Obama was doing and what sort of response it justifies.

    Watch Reagan’s clips. He’s pitching his tax cuts and claiming that God himself has kept this country afloat for 400 years, and then he even used the word “Negro”. Was that cool back in 1989?

    And tomorrow, we’ll contrast and compare with opinions about prayer in schools, Bible studies in schools, compulsory Pledge recitations in schools, free speech in schools, and creationism in schools, and textbooks approved by the Texas School Board.

  • 3. Elliot  |  September 9th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I have no problem with people changing their minds. Being willing to change your mind is a wonderful trait and a sign of intelligence.

    Changing your mind for simple expedience however, is a sign of naked opportunism and the absence of integrity.

  • 4. Patrick Dorwin  |  September 9th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Not to get off topic here, but you just made a post that was more than three lines long… Do your fingers hurt?

  • 5. Elliot  |  September 9th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Hmmm, I wonder if violating my one-sentence posting style makes me a hypocrite?

  • 6. John Foust  |  September 9th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Interesting! (TM Owen Robinson)

  • 7. Fred  |  September 11th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Then there is Foust who claims to not be a left winger but only has scorn for the right.

    Ignore MSNBC while you bash Fox.

  • 8. John Foust  |  September 11th, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Hey Fred! Good to see you again. It’s a darn shame you don’t let me comment on your blog. Instead we have to talk on other people’s blogs. Why is that? Too often in today’s political landscape discourse is kept among those who agree.

    I claimed what? You have to describe me before you pigeonhole me, I guess. And what do you think about what I posted above? Was it too complex? I can slow it down, break it up bit by bit for you, if you like. Fox was only a very small part of what I wrote.

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