on Hypocrites

hyp·o·crite noun \?hi-p?-?krit\ : 1: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion, 2: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings

Edmund Burke once said, “Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.” Remember when we were promised in 2008 that we would have a government that was more transparent, more responsible, more united and more frugal than those administrations that came before? Unfortunately what we got was not only more of the same that came before, but a lot more of the same that came before. We have an administration that is doing the exact opposite of what they promised. They are even more antagonistic to the cause of liberty, even more divisive, even more wasteful of public funds, and as more scandals come out, even more corrupt to the very core.

Needless to say, we are all disappointed in how this has turned out, perhaps even a little fearful too. No one expected that we would have to stop going about our daily lives to fight against our own government in order to maintain our liberties and hold onto our income. For too long have we shrugged our shoulders at the hypocrites that we elect from both parties. The same standards we hold for our friends, family and co-workers somehow does not translate into our political representatives. While we don’t like to hang out with hypocrites, for some reason we seem perfectly okay electing them. Why is that?

It took an administration that went too far before we woke up to the fact that we can no longer have two separate standards, one for our personal lives and one for our government. We finally realized that a dishonest and hypocritical government is far more dangerous to our lives and liberties than dishonest or hypocritical personal acquaintances. The latter can be easily changed, the former cannot. The latter cannot forcefully limit our freedom and take more of our income (without being arrested that is); while the former can.

Why should we not hold our politicians accountable for what they say versus what they do? Why should we accept men and women for political office who consistently forget that we are sovereign? What is wrong with demanding a higher standard for those in government? Why shouldn’t each party say what they mean, mean what they say, and let the American voters decide what it is they want?  Why do we keep electing people that lie to our face? Why do we continue to trust the words of those whose views change only around election time? Are we really that stupid?

It does not matter to me what your viewpoint is, but I do expect you to stand by it and argue for it without fear, manipulation or pandering. I expect you to value your viewpoint enough to be honest about it regardless of who agrees with it. That is the true measure of a statesmen (or women). The fact that so many of our politicians will say or do anything to get elected means that they are more interested in power than representing the desires of those who have elected them. Those that desire elected office for elected office’s stake are the very first ones that need to be kicked out on their keister.

We need to start asking ourselves if the people we vote for are of the quality that we would want as friends for our children.  If Washington was a playground (not far from the truth), would you consider it a safe enough place to allow your children to play and make friends? If not, then it proves that we are failing as parents to protect our children from the very people that will have control over their future. I understand that it is hard for many people to separate the politician from the political party. However, we must, as it is the character of the person that will determine the true political path they will take once elected.

It is a lot easier to prevent damage than to undo it. We must choose our politicians as carefully as we choose our friends. We no longer can settle for politicians that say the right things, they must do them as well. If politicians prove themselves to clearly be hypocrites, we cannot rely on them to vote the way we want. The character of the man (or woman) determines the actions of the man (or woman). A person of low character will compromise their ethics no matter the political party or agenda. If we can vote out the hypocrites, then we are off to a pretty good start at fixing all this. So what if it means starting over? I am not afraid, are you?

 “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet, and who led the Transcendentalist movement of the 19th century.

“Live truth instead of professing it” Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher

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