Lack of principle is once again a big winner for Democrats.
It is rarely a productive exercise to accuse Democratic politicians of hypocrisy. After all, they so rarely campaign on principles that there is seldom an opportunity to notice when they violate the few principles they claim to hold dear. The hypocrisy-laden debates over the nomination of Chuck Hagel thus offer a unusual opportunity.
What pass for Democratic principles, but which in fact are just rationalizations of desired outcomes regarding the transfer of power and wealth, include, in domestic policy, that the rich get rich by making other people poor and, in foreign policy, that the U.S. is just one nation among many and therefore not exceptional.
A principle-free case in point: Democrat politicians, including particularly President Obama, are attempting (again) to destroy the educational opportunities of America’s poorest and poorest-served children in order to please teachers unions – perhaps the single most corrosive force attacking America’s youth and our nation’s ability to compete in the future of a global economy. I wonder what “principle” this travesty stems from. (John Boehner forced the reinstatement of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program in 2011 after Obama and his fellow Illinoisan, Dick Durbin, had torpedoed it two years earlier, but Obama has taken aim again. And why not, since voters in Washington, D.C. cast 91 percent of their ballots for him?)
What tax-raising, UN-loving, union boot-licking congressional Democrat could easily be called a hypocrite when their few core beliefs are little more than the statist, irrational detritus of the educational system they themselves have devastated?
Republican hypocrisy – unfortunately too common among all homo politicus, but not least because Republicans often campaign explicitly on principle – is kept on the front page of newspapers and websites until the hypocrite, even if having violated little more than a marriage vow, is forced from office.
Democrat hypocrisy, or even outright wrongdoing for which ordinary citizens might face criminal charges, is ignored by the media which in turn keeps the public from understanding how their government has been infiltrated at the highest levels by people of questionable moral character.
In the Obama administration, it began in the earliest days when a tax cheat was elevated to be Secretary of the Treasury. Speaking of Geithner’s not paying about $34,000 in taxes he owed and blaming it on his tax software, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) quipped, “Tim has made some mistakes, which he has freely admitted and corrected.” Does anyone expect that he, or even most Republicans, would have let a tax-dodging George W. Bush nominee for a cabinet position off so easily?
Consider President Bush’s poorly considered nomination of Harriet Miers to replace the Supreme Court vacancy left by the retirement of Sandra Day O’Connor. From prominent conservative columnists to Republican politicians, even NPR recognized that “Republican opposition made [the] Miers bid untenable” because of her obvious lack of sufficient qualifications for the post.
Fast-forward to today, when President Obama has nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel (R?-NE) to be the next Secretary of Defense, replacing Leon Panetta.
Others will make the case for or against Hagel in terms of his qualifications for the office he seeks. But the hypocrisy of Democrats in the U.S. Senate and their lackeys in the media has reached extremes that should cause voters to take notice – even if the NY Times won’t.
In a 2006 interview with author Aaron David Miller, then Senator Hagel made his famous comment that “the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people around here.” It is no wonder that an Iranian news agency recently described Hagel as “anti-Israel.” When questioned by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Hagel could name neither any person who has been intimidated nor any policy that the Senate “has been goaded into doing” because of such lobbying.
Regardless of one’s view of where Israel should fit within American foreign policy, imagine the likely outrage from at least some of the 11 Jewish members of the Senate, including the aforementioned Schumer and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin (D-MI), if a Bush nominee had said such a thing. Imagine the above-the-fold large typeface plastered across newspapers across the country, and the feigned outrage of MSNBC talking heads.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach put it well:
Senator Chuck Schumer was skeptical about Hagel but then changed his mind after a 90 minute West Wing meeting….Impressive. An hour-and-a-half conversation undid a twelve-year voting record, which included, as recently as 2008, a vote against an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill to label the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist organization. Schumer is often referred to as the most influential Jewish member of the Senate. But then how could verbal assurances alone have turned him around when he is surely aware of the Jewish teaching that it is not what a man says but what he does that matters?
Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) is at least nominally Jewish, born to a Jewish mother who survived the Warsaw Ghetto in World War II. Bennet, though not a practicing Jew, describes himself as a strong supporter of Israel and has cosponsored a Senate resolution “expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel…”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online