One of my biggest problems with elected officials is the idea of hypocrisy. In case you don't know here is the Webster's definition of the word:
hy·poc·ri·sy [hi-pok-ruh-see] Show IPA
noun, plural hy·poc·ri·sies.
a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude.
In layman's terms it means that what's good for me isn't necessarily what's good for you. It is entirely frustrating to see an elected official behave one way, and expect you and me to behave in an entirely different way.
For example: The president told George Stephanopoulos in 2009 that everyone must sacrifice. Everyone has to "get some skin the game".
The problem with him telling us this is that the President lives in a fantasy world where people attend to his every desire, and he gets to golf and vacation however much he wants.
All of this while the White House remains closed due to sequester cuts. The fact is, if the president would put the sticks down, we could halt 341 furloughs of government workers. That's 341 people who won't be able to afford the green fees now because they don't have a job.
The same level of hypocrisy comes from the vice president, who recently spent $585,000 on a ONE NIGHT trip to Paris, France. That was JUST FOR THE HOTEL.
That's personal hypocrisy, now let's talk about LEGISLATIVE hypocrisy.
Recently, President Obama instructed the Justice Department, run by Eric Holder, to NOT defend the Defense of Marriage Act, otherwise known as DOMA, in court. DOMA was signed into law in 1996, by then President Bill Clinton.
Whether you like it or not, DOMA is the law of the land. It's been that way for almost 20 years. What the President and the AG fail to realize is one key aspect of government in this country: It's not up to the executive branch to determine what is or is not constitutional. That's the job of the judicial branch.
Now look to Colorado. Sheriffs there are being threatened that if they don't support a bill that they feel is unconstitutional and to far reaching, then they won't receive a much needed pay raise. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa:
A message delivered verbally to a representative of the Colorado Sheriff’s Association basically stated that the Senate Dems are very upset with the Colorado Sheriffs opposing the gun legislation proposed by the Senate Democrats. This message insinuated that this could negatively affect the salary bill which has been delayed and put off by the Democrats with the excuse that they would expect bipartisan support. I do believe the salary proposal is being held hostage and I believe that if they’re willing to send gun control measures without bipartisan support then they should be willing to take a stand as the majority leadership and follow a democrat-created commission’s recommendations.
No one else is allowed to have an opinion on the issue of constitutionality of legislation if it differs from the Democrat party line.
Need another example?
The White House Press Secretary recently had this back and forth with a CNS NEWS reporter. I think it's worth reprinting:
“There have been 381 sheriffs that have signed on saying they would not enforce gun laws they believed were unconstitutional. Would the administration have a problem if local law enforcement did not enforce whatever gun package were to pass?”
Carney responded that he had not seen the list of sheriffs.
“I think as a general proposition we think that people ought to follow the law,” Carney told CNSNews.com.
That's right Mr. Press Secretary, people ought to follow the law. It's amazing that your boss hasn't figured that one out yet.
The Bottom Line is this: The hypocrisy that is raging in the government of our country is staggering, even down to the level of enforcing or not enforcing laws. If you don't want people to follow your example, then maybe you should change your behavior.
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