hy·poc·ri·sy (/həˈpäkrəsē/), noun: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.
There are clear distinctions between insincerity and moral failings, but, the two are not mutually exclusive, especially in politics.
Writer Kevin Williamson observed that liberals (a/k/a, “progressives”) think government is infused with a moral purpose, that government must be invested with extraordinary power to achieve a moral mission.
But, Williamson writes, “There is no way to invest the state with extraordinary power without also investing those powers in the [fallible] men [and women] who hold its offices and staff its bureaucracies, which hold ever more nearly absolute power over our property and our lives.”
Therein lies a fundamental disconnect between the left’s view of government and American citizens’ constitutionally-guaranteed rights.
Liberals hold themselves to a different standard, because they imagine themselves to be morally superior to, and far smarter – better – than most Americans. That’s unsurprising, because history is full of loathsome snobbery, replete with ambitious “do as I say, not as I do” self-satisfied, self-styled “elites.”
Examining an individual’s or party’s behavior for underlying hypocrisies tells ordinary Americans whether their approaches to matters of policy and governance are, at least, well-meaning and sincere. Often they are neither.
In practical terms, political hypocrisy is exemplified…
…By politicians and wealthy liberals who would disarm Americans in violation of the Constitution’s Second Amendment while relying on armed guards to protect themselves.
…By global warming/climate change alarmists like John Kerry and Al Gore who fly around the world in private jets that emit more carbon in one long flight than most American families do in a year.
…By Democrats and media (pardon the redundancy) who spent lots of air time and column inches lecturing America about “civility” during Tea Party protests and the Trump administration, but who are conspicuously uncivil to people who merely disagree with them.
…By President(ish) Joe Biden and other officials who tell America that Donald Trump and 75 million Trump voters are “semi-fascists“ bent on “destroying democracy,” but who are, at the same time, misusing the Justice Department, FBI and Internal Revenue Service in Gestapo-like raids on private homes and to intimidate political opponents.
…By sore losers who disputed the results of the 2016 presidential election, even violently, but now label anyone who even verbalizes legitimate concerns about confirmed 2020 election voting irregularities “election deniers” and “treasonous insurrectionists.”
…By vulnerable Democrats in competitive House races who, as the midterm elections approach, have flip-flopped on criminal justice policies they once advocated – e.g.: “Defund the police!” – simply because polls reveal that crime has become an important concern for voters.
…By the white, “no human is illegal,” “immigrant-welcoming” progressives of Martha’s Vineyard who had the National Guard remove fifty Venezuelan illegals from their upscale, privileged liberal enclave. Fifty illegal immigrants equals less than .00003 percent of the number who have illegally invaded border states since Democrats took over all three branches of the national government and opened America’s southern border. NBC News quoted one “classy” Vineyard citizen: “It’s like me taking my trash out and just driving to different areas where I live and just throwing my trash there.”
…By “good Catholics” like Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden who shamelessly deny the Catholic faith’s core teaching that human life begins at conception.
…By sanctimonious politicians and liberals who claim to know the answer to the question, “What would Jesus do?” (WWJD?)
WWJD? is a popular device employed by liberal politicians who seldom follow the admonitions of the deity they invoke to urge Christians to support left-wing policies. It is a common supplement to the patently false notions that political class elites genuinely care about “the children, “the elderly” or believe in much of anything other than power, control and reelection.
Frankly, it borders on sacrilege to presume to know exactly what Jesus would do in regard to secular matters like national budgets or immigration policy, so, before manipulative political hacks and left-wing ideologues mention him, they should heed Christ’s rebuke found in the Book of Matthew, Chapter 23: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter…”
Voters will have an opportunity to similarly rebuke America’s hypocritical “law-teachers” and “Pharisees” in November.