The Consummate Liberal Hypocrites
Do as I Say, Not as I Do
To paraphrase Mark Twain, "Suppose you were a liberal. And suppose you were a hypocrite. But I repeat myself." Indeed, it's a near-universal truth about Leftists that they are consummate hypocrites. Alexander has listed some notable examples, and we invite you to add to the list through reader comments.
“Be not intimidated … nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice.” –John Adams (1765)
To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Suppose you were a liberal. And suppose you were a hypocrite. But I repeat myself.”
Decisions by the Supreme Court this week to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8 prohibition against same-sex “marriage” set the bar to overturn every other state codification of heterosexual marriage.
Don’t get me wrong – as a conservative in the “classical liberal” tradition, I hold that government has no business dictating the type of relationships individuals choose, though on a personal level I believe homosexual behavior is, most often, the result of gender disorientation pathology, and thus, I grieve for those so afflicted – no matter how “gay” they might seem. However, I also hold that government has no arbitrary power to redefine marriage as anything other than what our Creator expressed through nature for all time. Regardless of how government defines marriage in legal terms, they have no power to redefine nature as defined by our Creator.
So, to the point: Liberals are endeavoring to institutionalize the abject LBGT violations of nature, while simultaneously advocating for the most stringent preservation of every minuscule aspect of natural order in the rest of the environment.*
And that irrefutable fact reminded me of a near-universal truth about Leftists: They are consummate hypocrites.
So, how is it that such a minuscule but vocal constituency is able to successfully challenge the timeless order of marriage and family, the third pillar of Liberty, without any Beltway Republicans and media types “outing” this hypocrisy?
Because undermining marriage and family is critical to the Left’s statist agenda, and anyone who steps in the way of that agenda will be labeled xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, fascist, etc., etc., etc. Too many Republican politicos fear their own shadows – and are incapable of articulating a defense against such derogatory references. But the reality is that Leftists use those slurs to divert attention from their own unmitigated hypocrisy in pursuit of their political goals.
Indeed, they have taken the tawdry art of political hypocrisy well beyond the outer-most limits of decency. Leftist protagonists have taken the once-noble Democrat Party and converted it into the Socialist Democratic Party. Today’s party leaders are case studies in the exhibition of double standards, pretense and duplicity.
Leftist hypocrisy, of course, is not a recent revelation. In his 1944 book “Bureaucracy,” economist and classical liberal Ludwig von Mises wrote, “The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They call themselves liberals, but they are intent upon abolishing liberty. They call themselves democrats, but they yearn for dictatorship. They call themselves revolutionaries, but they want to make the government omnipotent.”
But the current ranks of Obama’s sycophantic NeoCom cadres would have embarrassed even their ‘40s-era forerunners.
Obama is the prototypical face of Leftist hypocrisy, as he lives the life of the rich and famous all the while feigning to be a “man of the people.” This week for example, the Obama family is on a $100 million taxpayer-funded “heritage tour” of Africa.
He spews his class warfare rhetoric while he, Michelle LaVaughn, and their entourage, jet around the nation and world for political junkets and exotic vacations – all at enormous expense to taxpayers and Air Force resources. He condemns corporate executives for using private aircraft, while he has frivolously used one of DoD’s most expensive military assets, Air Force One ($228,288 per flight hour), with the added and much larger expense of all the backup aircraft, Air Force cargo planes airlifting limousines and support vehicles, helicopters, security and support personnel, and their political entourage, all with first class accommodations.
And Obama blames the “Republican Sequester” for massive DoD cuts to critical military spending. (Time to sequester Air Force One!)
Of course the quick rebut is, “Bush did too,” and for the record, I have always objected to presidents of ANY party wasting tax dollars for vacations and political junkets. However, Obama has used these assets more than any president, all the while spewing his class warfare rhetoric against the one-percenters. Writing about the opulence of the Obama administration in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal,” author Robert Keith Gray notes that $1.4 billion in taxpayer funds was spent on the Obamas last year, including “the biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever” and Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.” Notably, all of the support costs for travel are not included in that $1.4 billion.
It is worth noting that Obama’s Democrat predecessors mentioned poverty three times more often in major addresses than Obama – and Republicans mentioned the plight of the poor twice as often as Obama. Maybe that is because when Obama took office in 2009, the poverty rate was 13.1% and it is now over 15%.
Another reason he might not mention poverty is that Obama is on pace to break his 2011 all time record for presidential golfing junkets – 34 resort outings. He is now on pace to chalk up 50 golf trips this year. His sycophantic adherents must be complete idiots – rallying around all his “rich” rhetoric.
In advance of his annual outing to Marthas Vineyard island, Obama offered this advice to young people about “conspicuous consumption”: “I do think what’s shifted is a notion that the wealthier you are, the more conspicuous consumption you engage in. The more successful you are, the more society should stay out of your way as you pursue the bigger house or the fancier jet or the bigger yacht.” This from the “community organizer” who won the propaganda lotto and now engages in the most “conspicuous consumption” all, living in the most expensive public housing, and using the fanciest transportation on earth.
Obama is in the top bracket of “One Percenters” who, along with Michael Moore and other members of the Socialist Bourgeoisie, rally the 99 Percenters with their slick classist rhetoric designed to lock up the votes of the Left’s largest constituency – those they have enslaved on Poverty Plantations across the nation.
He is the latest and greatest of Leftist hypocrites, following the tried-and-true models of Bill Clinton, Albert Gore and John Kerry – akin to the limo-liberal Roosevelt and Kennedy dynasties that gave rise to such hypocrisy.
Who can forget Bill Clinton’s staunch defense of women’s rights, all while he was groping White House visitors and having sex with at least one intern – approximately the same age as his daughter – in the Oval Office? Who can forget his finger wagging lies to the American people, and his henchmen’s efforts to destroy the reputations of the women who dared tell the truth about him? This is the same Slick Willie who said: “The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.”
Poor Al Gore, who produces more hot air than any dilapidated coal plant, takes private jets around the globe to pontificate about “global warming” all while leaving one of the biggest carbon footprints around. Recall, if you will, that Gore sold his failing cable network to oil-rich Islamofascist Al-Jazeera TV for $500 million, and pushed the closing of that “deal” in order to avoid Obama’s impending capital-gains tax increase. Nothing hypocritical there…
John “Ketchup” Kerry married one heiress and then another. His current wife, Teresa, is the former wife of Republican Jack Heinz, and she took control of his fortune after his death. John and Teresa manage to scrape by with just seven vacation homes. They also own a $7 million yacht, which, as you recall, he parked in a Rhode Island marina in order to dodge $500,000 in taxes that his home state of Massachusetts would have assessed on that purchase. But he is a “man of the people”…
Consider if you will the following short list of other notable examples of Leftist hypocrisies, and, by all means, use the comment links to add your own entries.
Liberal protagonists are, for the most part, wealthy elitists, and yet pretend to be aligned with common grassroots folks.
They talk about individual rights but promote statist tyranny.
They spout John F. Kennedy’s challenge, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” but their policies promote the antithesis of that challenge, instead promoting constituents to demand what their country can do for them.
They hold up Martin King’s dream, “that my children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” but their policies promote the antithesis of that dream, judging all by the color of their skin, rather than the content of their character.
They talk about personal responsibility but are master purveyors of blame-shifting, victimhood and dependence on the state.
They say they want to lift up blacks and Hispanics while promoting policies that instead keep those constituencies on Poverty Plantations.
They talk about harmony and peace between those of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds, but do all within their power to foment disunity between those groups. Their constituent allegiance depends on the promotion of disharmony and inequality, and they are master race-bating political hustlers.
They talk about “justice” but depend on the perception of injustice to stir the classist and racist pots.
They call themselves “pro choice” as long as you choose what they choose.
They are pro-abortion but anti-capital punishment. They support killing the most innocent among us while providing free accommodations and accoutrements for the most heinous of criminals.
They manufacture economic crises, blame them on Republicans and then call for government solutions.
They talk about cutting and balancing budgets yet Obama and congressional Democrats have burdened our nation with far more debt than any administration in history.
They subscribe to Darwinian evolutionary theory, but penalize the most successful humans and reward the least productive – including subsidizing that lack of productivity and guaranteeing the reproduction of future generations of urban plantation slaves.
They object to Islamist profiling while suppressing Christian expression in any public venue.
They admonish us to refrain from judging Islam or its adherents as a whole by the actions of a few terrorists, but they endeavor to undermine the Second Amendment and condemn more than 60 million law-abiding gun owners based on the actions of a few murderous sociopaths.
They demand tolerance and diversity but are wholly intolerant of diverse and dissenting views.
They talk economic growth but want to constrain free enterprise with oppressive taxes, laws and regulations.
They promote education but condemn school choice.
They condemn “hate” and preach unity while building their political empire by fomenting disunity.
They call those who disagree with their homosexual marriage agenda “bigots,” so is Obama a bigot for not supporting “gay marriage” as a candidate and for the first three years of his White House occupancy?
They condemn “trickle-down wealth” but promote “trickle-up poverty.”
They condemn racism while promoting classism.
They condemn Paula Deen (who rose from food stamps rolls to become a Food Network show host) for admitting the use of a racial epithet decades ago to describe a black man who robbed her at gunpoint. However, they do not condemn Obama, who described his loathing of white in his autobiography – and also admitted to hard drugs use. (Recall, if you will, the racist rants delivered by Obama’s “pastor,” Jeremiah “G-d Damn America” Wright.)
The list of Leftist political hypocrites is endless, headlined by Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Feinstein, Reid, Bloomberg and many others.
The list of Leftmedia hypocrites is endless, headlined by nearly every anchor at CNN, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, PBS and NPR.
The list of Leftist pop-culture hypocrites is endless, headlined by Bill Maher, Whoopi Goldberg, George Clooney, Rosie O'Donnell, Spike Lee, Alec Baldwin, Barbra Streisand, Arianna Huffington, Bruce Springsteen and many others.
But the biggest hypocrisy of all is Leftist talk about Liberty when the terminus of their political policies is, unequivocally, tyranny.
They condemn fascism while promoting socialism, but conveniently omit that NAZI stood for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers’ Party). In the words of British historian Dr. John Joseph Ray, “The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin’s Communism.” Libertarian Jacob Hornberger adds, “There is no difference in principle, between the economic philosophy of Nazism, socialism, communism, and fascism and that of the American welfare state and regulated economy.”
Journalist and political critic H.L. Mencken once concluded, “The chief difference between free capitalism and State socialism seems to be this: that under the former a man pursues his own advantage openly, frankly and honestly, whereas under the latter he does so hypocritically and under false pretenses.”
Now – it’s your turn…
*For the record, I support the protection and conservation of our nation’s most incredible natural habitats, but certainly not the Orwellian climate change legislation that Barack Hussein Obama just re-warmed in order to win back some of his disillusioned constituents. The “war on coal” has everything to do with Leftist socialist political agenda rather than environmental preservation.