The Democrats have been engaged in a breathtaking display of moral and political hypocrisy over the past few months, dwarfing in scope their more typical behavior on this front.
Let’s start with the case of Tara Reade, who claimed in a March 25th podcast that she had been sexually abused by Joe Biden. “Believe all women” quickly turned to “Believe some women” as the Democrats and their allies in the press studiously ignored the claim.
Contrast this to their treatment of Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed in August of 2018 that Brett Kavanaugh had molested her in high school. Ford’s claims were immediately embraced and amplified by the press and we were all told we must believe her simply because she is a woman.
We were told also to ignore the fact that she was a lifelong Democrat, had no corroborating evidence, couldn’t remember key details, and that the others supposedly present at this event all denied it.
Reade, on the other hand, is not on the opposite political side of her defendant, has corroborating testimony, and is accusing a man who is notorious for his handsy behavior with women, including smelling their hair during White House ceremonies.
And yet, her story was ignored by the press for most of April. They didn’t ask Biden about it until very recently, at which time he twisted himself in a pretzel by claiming that all women should be “heard,” but that the truth is still important.
What can explain this change of attitude among the Dems and their pals in the press? Can anyone deny this hypocrisy is 100% based on politics and the fact that Dems give themselves a pass on every crime or sin that they lambaste Republicans for? Their treatment and celebration of Bill Clinton in the face of multiple credible accusations of abuse and rape is a template for their habitual campaign of hypocrisy.
If this tendency were only in the realm of sexual misbehavior, we could perhaps consider it an anomaly, but, unfortunately, it’s most definitely not.
Let’s look at Russia. Hillary Clinton and Pres. Obama famously proclaimed that they were going to hit a “reset button” with our relations with Russia and try to repair the damage done by mean-old George Bush, who had the temerity to oppose Russian aggression in the country of Georgia.
Then Obama did Russia the favor of abandoning missile defense systems in former Warsaw Pact countries in Eastern Europe, and famously whispered to Pres. Medvedev in March 2012 that he would have “more flexibility” after the next presidential election to make deals with the Russians.
And Obama made fun of Romney in a 2012 debate for claiming that Russia was our biggest international threat.
Flash-forward to 2016 and the Democrats claim Russia is indeed the biggest threat to our democracy and that President Trump colluded with them to undermine the 2016 election. After Trump’s administration had sanctioned Russia for various violations of international law and been more tough in its actions toward Russia than the Obama administration ever had, the Democrats nevertheless kept insisting he was an agent for their malign behavior, even after the Mueller Report and subsequent investigations failed to find any such evidence.
Finally, there is the Coronavirus pandemic. While Trump’s response hasn’t been perfect, the Democrats and the press have been utterly ridiculous in their criticism of him and praise of their own.
He was called a racist for banning China travel on January 31st and criticized heavily for his European travel ban on March 12th. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi was telling her constituents to gather together in Chinatown and Bill DeBlasio encouraged New Yorkers in early March to live their normal lives. Even as it is revealed that Gov. Cuomo failed to utilize the hospital ship and additional beds set up by the military in a New York convention center, and exacerbated the fatality rate by ordering Covid-19 patients to be sent to nursing homes, the press still continues to blame the whole thing on Trump and other Republican governors and praise their own for their leadership in this crisis.
“Do as I say, not as I do” seems to have been fully embraced by our friends in the Democratic Party and the press. While Republicans are not immune to such behavior and all of us struggle with living up to our own standards, the Dems and the press are especially blameworthy and lamentable because their behavior is aimed primarily at dividing the country for their own political benefit.
If it helps their cause to besmirch an innocent man, so be it. If it helps their cause to ignore much more credible claims of sexual abuse, so be it. If it divides our country in a time of unprecedented crisis, but helps them win the presidency, go for it.
“By any means necessary” is an unfortunate trope that has entered our collective consciousness, but it is a truly evil mode of thought. Never should one engage in bad behavior to achieve what they believe to be good. This is the mindset that communist dictators used to justify the deaths of millions of their own people in the 20th century, and is the preferred method of many among us on both sides of the political divide.
But one party has taken it to frightening levels of maliciousness and cynicism. Their only real achievement as a result will be to ruin our country by damaging our collective bonds.
Let’s be sure to call them on it, not participate in it ourselves, and insist that our political leaders, including Trump, put the interests of the people above achieving political power.
Peachtree City, Ga.