Liberalizing the double standing
Hypocrisy might stretch across both sides of the political aisle, but when it comes from the left, the media seems willing to overlook the double standards and deception and move on.
For example, when Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy voiced his belief in traditional marriage, he was denounced as a bigot. Freedom of speech is only practical when your speech is what the left approves. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama’s spiritual guide for 17 years, has made overtly racial statements while simultaneously criticizing white people for being racist.
“You are not now, nor have you ever been, nor will you ever be a brother to white folk. And if you do not realize that, you are in serious trouble,” Wright has said from the pulpit.
For constantly berating white people as racists, he sure does have a lot to say about “what’s going on in white America, US of KKK.”
When MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews said he was glad Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast because it helped Obama win re-election or that the reason Hillary Clinton was elected U.S. senator was because her husband “messed around,” Matthews gets a slap on the wrist. When a conservative says something incendiary, bad things happen. Advertisers were put under pressure by liberals to boycott Glenn Beck’s show on Fox News because he said Obama had “a deep-seated hatred for white people.” Beck eventually left Fox News — despite having excellent ratings — to stop the onslaught of advertisers abandoning his show. Sure his remarks had been inflammatory, but Beck has been vilified for his remarks while Matthews has enjoyed 16 years on air despite his provocative comments.
At a final campaign stop in Philadelphia, the day before the election, former President Bill Clinton said while campaigning for Obama, “When I was a kid, if I got my hand caught in the cookie jar where it wasn’t supposed to be, I turned red in my face, and I took my hand out of the cookie jar.”
In the same speech, he asked Americans if they wanted a president who lied to them. It is laughable that a former president who was impeached for lying under oath about having an affair while in office would give anyone a lecture about that issue.
Furthermore, the American Civil Liberties Union, a highly liberal-leaning organization, is the first to file a lawsuit seeking to ban any public display of Christianity. The Tangipahoa Parish School Board in Tangipahoa Parish, La., has been criticized by the ACLU at least six times in the past 10 years. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the school board for opening board meetings with prayer.
“Board members who pray before public meetings should be removed from society,” the ACLU of Louisiana said.
Though in September in San Diego, the ACLU actively defended the right of Muslims to pray in public schools, which is hypocritical to the ACLU’s attack on Christian prayer in public.
We have also been told for years that former President George W. Bush is the epitome of all things evil for his War on Terror. Over the years, various journalists and media personalities have slandered and defamed him. A USA Today columnist, Julianne Malveaux, said, “George W. Bush is evil. He is a terrorist. He is evil. He is arrogant. And he is out of control.” Although Malveaux is not entirely satisfied with Obama’s performance, she has called herself a “loving critic” of the President. On the other hand, Obama has tripled troops in Afghanistan, sent troops into Libya and Obama’s Pakistan drone strikes should not be ignored or whitewashed by the same people who were so quick to condemn Bush. To say the Benghazi attack justified our involvement in Libya, but 9/11 did not do the same for us in Iraq is preposterous.
Obama and his campaign spent the entire 2012 campaign lambasting Romney constantly as a liar, and yet he lied for weeks about Benghazi and still has not produced all the facts. He continually promoted the idea that the attack on Benghazi was caused by a spontaneous riot resulting from an anti-Islamic video. Within 24 hours, the administration knew it was a terrorist attack.
An encyclopedia could be filled with these examples and many more of liberal hypocrisies. And yet the duplicitous Left continues to get a free pass by the media and American people. They profess their support for freedom of speech only as long as your beliefs conform to their political ideologies.
Sarah Becker is a business sophomore and can be reached at [email protected]