"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority ... the Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Noah Webster

"There is no worse tyranny than forcing a man to pay for what he does not want just because you think it would be good for him."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Monday, April 4, 2011


Hypocrisy is another of those words that I have almost put into the list of "abused into meaninglessness."  At least three quarters of the time when someone uses it, it does not apply.

Modern liberals and leftists of course, have done this, since they are all about abusing the language for the purposes of controlling the narrative.  Racism and all of it's word forms is the epitome of such abused words in the English language.  For a leftist to call me a racist is now a badge of honor; similar to being called the "Worst Person in the World" by Keith Olberman.

If your mind lives in the world of newspeak and you believe in the propaganda of the left, you can call someone a hypocrite simply because it is the most convenient term you can think of to use as an ad hominem attack for the purpose of discrediting them. You don't want to argue the issues or principles, or more to the point, when you can't argue based on the facts, you try to destroy their character.

If you have ever in your life taken a draw off of a joint of marijuana, you can never, ever tell your child or anyone else about the dangers of taking drugs, or you will be a hypocrite in the eyes of the left.  If you've had an abortion and now suffer the emotional and mental anguish that such a decision cost you, you would be a hypocrite if you told other women to reconsider making the same mistake that you made.  If you cheated on your wife and experienced the heartbreak and damage that it caused and would like to warn others that it is not worth the temporary gratification, you would be a hypocrite to do so according to those who don't like to be told that there are standards that should be upheld.

Never mind that you've repented, made amends, and are now a paragon of virtue in the area in question.  If a modern liberal doesn't like your message and you have any history upon which to base your message.  You are a hypocrite.

President Obama has done me a big favor for the purpose of writing this particular post.

Let's say we have a dictator in the Middle East.  This guy is ruthless and bloodthirsty.  When a large province of his subjects weren't going along with his programs, he sent rockets with VX nerve gas into their territories and gassed tens of thousands of men, women, and children to death.  He did the same with his enemies in the next country to the East, thus proving that he had weapons of mass destruction and was willing to use them. The intelligence agencies of several countries were, and are still convinced that he was actively pursuing nuclear weapons.  This guy thought of himself as a modern reincarnation of Nebuchadnezzer.  He was known to maintain rape rooms and fed people into plastic shredders.  For years he ruled in a reign of terror that made the Shah of Iran look like the Pope.  We ignored him until he decided to annex a tiny sovereign country by force.  He routinely flouted the no-fly zone and other sanctions put in place by the UN.  He funded terrorist activities in other countries.  He hosted terrorist training in his own country, providing camps complete with airliner fuselages with which to run hijacking drills.

According to Barry, we never should have invaded his country or taken him out.  Once we were there and still needed to clean out the rats nest, we shouldn't have done "the surge."  According to the junior senator from Illinois, a president does not have the authority to take military action when there is no obvious direct threat to the U.S.  Apparently "kinetic militiary actions" are something entirely different.  Oh, but there is no hypocrisy here.  None.  Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.  Move along, now.

Hypocrisy is when you are actively engaged in doing the very thing you are preaching against.  Let's get this right.  If you did something in the past and have since proven yourself to no longer do such things and you have seen the error of your ways, and now you are warning others against such action; that is not hypocrisy.  If you are Elliot Spitzer and got elected Governor of New York by touting the fact that you've been busting prostitution rings, and then it turns out that you are their biggest customer, that's the pinnacle of hypocrisy.

When you claim to be a Democrat because you care about the working man and the poor and then you vote for the party that destroys free enterprise and the mechanisms that create wealth and prosperity, that's hypocrisy.

I could give example after example of genuine hypocrisy, but I think you get my drift.  And if you don't, you probably are a loyal member of the Democrat party.

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