Politics of Hypocrisy or Hypocrisy of Politics

I am no political pundit.  I can’t recall off the top of my head the Rules of the Senate (can you?).  I both like and dislike the political process.

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to be a part of two comment-filled discussions on a post by one of my Facebook friends.  I like the posts he had because they were both thought-provoking, and my fellow commenters made me stand by my view while giving theirs, and I think we are all better off for it.  There was even a post from a blog I follow (the post, I believe, was a coincidence in being published the same day as the Facebook discussions) that brought up politics from a biblical perspective.

On the blog that I referenced and linked to, I asked the question of the author about his view on the death penalty since he is a self-described pro-life person.  His response made me feel good, but also highlighted the hypocrisy in our political system.  His response was that he is pro-life from conception until our last breath; he is not a proponent of the death penalty.

And that, to me, is just one part of where our politicians and political system are pretty much the definition of hypocrisy.  Think about it.  Republicans are labeled as the “pro-life” party when it comes to abortion, but are also, in general, more in favor of the death penalty.  Democrats are labeled as “pro-choice,” but are generally opposed to the death penalty.  In each case, whether the cause of death is abortion or lethal injection, etc., the taking of a life is done, and it is wrong.  But neither party can seem to rectify that on their party platform, so is it fair for anybody to call themselves “pro-life” if they are in favor of the death penalty?  How can either party claim that distinction when they advocate for an unnatural death at some point after conception but before natural death?

The pro-choice, pro-life issue is just one of many areas where hypocrisy shines.  Take our current Congress (and, contrary to popular belief, the opposite or inverse of progress is not congress, it is regress) and pick almost any issue.  If Republicans were for something last January, Democrats were against it (and vice-versa), but at some point during the year, Democrats were then for the issue and Republicans were against it.  I’ll give you an example:  tax cuts.  Under President Bush, Republicans were all for tax cuts without having them paid for; under President Obama, any tax cut has to be paid for with cuts from somewhere else.  Same issue, different president, different standards used.  How about the debt ceiling?  Again, Republicans were all for voting to raise it under Bush, but when Obama needs it raised, the government sees a credit rating downgrade because Republicans now are against it.  Some Democrats who opposed the war in Iraq were all for intervening in Libya.

Until they can fix what is structurally broken in Washington, nobody up there has any business leading this country.  Both parties have lost sight of what their job is, and that job is to do what is best for America, not some special interest or pet project.  Leaders have the ability to inspire us because of the example that they provide (among other ways), and there are not too many inspirational people in Washington.  Until they can rectify the hypocrisy, nothing of substance will occur.

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